Case Studies & Application Stories 

How to link machine controls to IT systems
June 24, 2015

How to link machine controls to IT systems

Control Design
Connecting machines to IT systems provides a number of benefits for machine builders and their customers. Here are several examples.

How OPC aids integration
June 24, 2015

How OPC aids integration

Control Design
The Owens Design 300 mm wafer platform is designed for semiconductor metrology equipment applications and is linked to IT systems via OPC.

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Modular design shrinks big machine problems
June 24, 2015

Modular design shrinks big machine problems

Control Design
By Hank Hogan
Modular machines can save wiring and installation costs, as compared to a completely custom design. They also add flexibility and allow a greater variety of product to be produced in a smaller footprint compared to a one-of-a-kind approach. Here are several examples.

Panel building advances OEM’s delivery times
June 24, 2015

Panel building advances OEM’s delivery times

Control Design
By Dave Perkon
Northwind Air Systems, manufacturer of the DuroVac brand of industrial vacuums, collaborated with engineers at Eaton over about four months to create a proprietary software application that helps expedite the design, engineering, drawings and delivery of the control cabinet.

BP - Using drones to monitor safety
June 23, 2015

BP - Using drones to monitor safety

HazardEx
Until recently, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – was mainly associated with the military. These days, however, they are increasingly being used for civilian and commercial purposes. BP is now using unmanned aerial vehicles at its Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska, to help carry out safety checks in difficult terrain and temperatures.

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Eliminate Cabling Costs Through Proprietary Wireless Networking
June 23, 2015

Eliminate Cabling Costs Through Proprietary Wireless Networking

Pumps & Systems
Public water utility employees in Lage, Germany, chose a wireless system with a stand-alone solar power system to provide an independent power supply. By selecting both a wireless I/O signal radio system and a stand-alone solar power system, employees were able to eliminate the need to lay any cable. This saved between $25 and $35 per foot for digging trenches and routing cables.

OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider
June 22, 2015

OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider

The Detector Control System (DCS), part of the LHS, uses more than 5000 CANopen nodes. The link between the Scada layer and CANopen is realized by means of OPC UA.

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Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software
June 19, 2015

Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software

The software from MDT manages changes to 16,000 programmable devices in remote areas across the continent and reduces safety risks to employees associated with unmanaged control system changes.

How to incorporate mobility into your maintenance practices
June 16, 2015

How to incorporate mobility into your maintenance practices

Plant Services
By Sheila Kennedy
Portable asset management information puts knowledge where it’s needed. Here‘s how Northwestern Power and Loram Maintenance of Way, use mobile technology.

Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board
June 16, 2015

Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board

Control Engineering Europe
Europe’s largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer, Stora Enso, migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell’s Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System), which offers a unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.

Turbo generator plant upgrades to AUMA electric actuators
June 16, 2015

Turbo generator plant upgrades to AUMA electric actuators

Process & Control Today
Eraring power station in NSW Australia has upgraded pneumatic actuators for seal air dampers at 28 coal mills with AUMA’s electric actuation technology. Over 400 AUMA actuators have been adopted in all plant areas: applications include on-off, inching/positioning and modulating duty.

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Speedy delivery of calibration data
June 16, 2015

Speedy delivery of calibration data

By Jim Montague
Calibration is a complex procedure that takes time, and time is money. Here's how some facilities are saving both and also getting better data

Deploying wireless safely and securely
June 16, 2015

Deploying wireless safely and securely

Control
By Jim Montague
Wireless is expanding into more tight places and remote process applications than ever before. Here's how it's deployed safely and securely in various applications.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) benefits, examples
June 16, 2015

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) benefits, examples

Control Engineering
By Bob Karschnia, Emerson
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, applied for monitoring valves in a refinery, used wireless acoustic transmitters to improve regulatory compliance and reduce hydrocarbon losses by $3 million annually due to timely detection and repair of faulty valves.

June 13, 2015

Protecting Singapore’s Changi Airport power with automatic transfer switches

InTech
By Nam Paik
Thales Group, a French military and civilian aviation systems integrator, applied an automatic transfer switch, which is essentially a battery-less UPS system with two autonomous input AC sources, to protect Singapore’s Changi Airport’s systems.

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape
June 11, 2015

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape

Salvagnini is using distributed servo amplifiers for positioning, instead of keeping drives installed centrally in the control cabinet.

British Fruit Grower weighs in red and green
June 09, 2015

British Fruit Grower weighs in red and green

Red says balance contents are not yet in an acceptable tolerance range, and green tells an operator to move onto the next weigh.

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Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear
June 04, 2015

Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear

BJ-Gear in Denmark uses collaborative robots from Universal Robots to automate their production of gear wheels. This ushered in substantial cost savings on machinery, optimized work flows, and created a more varied and rewarding work environment.

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EPLAN helps design control panels at Bilfinger GreyLogix
June 02, 2015

EPLAN helps design control panels at Bilfinger GreyLogix

Bilfinger GreyLogix uses Engineering Configuration One (EEC One) for control cabinet manufacturing.

June 01, 2015

LB Foster keeps Pirelli tyres on track

Conveyors carry tires (sorry, “tyres”) through the MIRS testing area.

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