Case Studies & Application Stories 

Collaboration Accelerates the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
March 27, 2015

Collaboration Accelerates the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0

By Beckhoff
How Beckhoff and Intel supply the standardized and open technologies required for engineers to implement intelligent production facilities and smart factories in accordance with IoT and Industry 4.0.

March 27, 2015

ST50 Flow Meter Improves Air Compressor System Efficiency

The installation of ST50 Flow Meters in large facilities with multiple air compressors allows the operators to compare compressor usage and adjust them for optimum efficiencies.

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A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation
March 27, 2015

A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation

AGT uses Keyence LK-G Series laser sensors to provide continuous, high speed, accurate and reliable thickness measurements.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry
March 26, 2015

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry

Using sensors made from low-cost optical fiber, with almost no limit to the number of sensor designs available results in a cost-effective and versatile testing platform.

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Gaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control
March 24, 2015

Gaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control

Tiny scratches can occur as a result of glass being tempered without precise speed control on the oven’s drives. Glaston fixed it with Unidrive M controllers.

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Smart Instruments Provide Condition-Based Maintenance
March 21, 2015

Smart Instruments Provide Condition-Based Maintenance

Automation World
Mitsubishi’s chemical plant in Kashima, Japan, leverages real-time data via Field Device Tool (FDT) technology to transition away from time-based maintenance.

Wireless and the Connected Factory
March 21, 2015

Wireless and the Connected Factory

Automation World
By David Greenfield
Hyundai’s Mobis Alabama plant, went live with a JMA Wireless single operator, multi-band wireless system. The plant’s wireless system comprises a JMA 700/850/2100 MHz optical DAS network, using four tri-band remote units, active point of interface with BTS/node-B/eNB, and a supervisory module for remote monitoring.

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Mass flow measurement at BYK-Chemie
March 21, 2015

Mass flow measurement at BYK-Chemie

South African Instrument & Control
An installation at BYK-Chemie in Wesel demonstrates how a mass flowmeter’s design impacts the accuracy of the measurement for products with different viscosities.

Refinery Revamps 1947 Vintage Pumps
March 21, 2015

Refinery Revamps 1947 Vintage Pumps

Pumps & Systems
The BP Whiting refinery had 1947 vintage Ingersoll-Rand, 3BEV, two-stage horizontally split pumps. They used reverse engineering to solve multiple challenges with one custom pump.

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Functional safety considerations on modification projects
March 21, 2015

Functional safety considerations on modification projects

Control Engineering Europe
A new Emergency Shutdown system is being developed for use on an unnamed North Sea oil platform to ensure that process modifications still adhere to IEC 61508 requirements.

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Keyence system inspects parts at Fastener Depot
March 19, 2015

Keyence system inspects parts at Fastener Depot

Inspectors at Fastener Depot use a Keyence Image Dimension Measurement (IM) System to quickly and accurately check and gauge parts.

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Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production
March 18, 2015

Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production

The new press at North American Tillage was automated with a GuardLogix PAC, PowerFlex VFD, and EtherNet/IP network to fit into their automated process line.

Rotork actuators control cryogenic LNG pipeline in Venezuela
March 17, 2015

Rotork actuators control cryogenic LNG pipeline in Venezuela

The Rotork actuators operate 26 inch, 20 inch and 12 inch ball valves installed in tandem with non-return check valves at six valve stations along the route.

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March 16, 2015

Egemin automates L’Oréal with AGVs

Egemin automated six L’Oréal sites in Europe and the US with more than 100 automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

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Alliance Sensors solves crosstalk  problem at Rawhide Energy Station
March 10, 2015

Alliance Sensors solves crosstalk problem at Rawhide Energy Station

When LVDT signal cables from valve positioners were bundled together or laid close to each other in a wire trough, even for short distances, the result was a mutual interference phenomenon called heterodyning or “beating.”

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery
February 27, 2015

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery

Patti provided engineering, design and implementation of an automated temperature monitoring system.

Xothermic diagnoses failure at glass manufacturing plant
February 24, 2015

Xothermic diagnoses failure at glass manufacturing plant

Xothermic used B-Scada’s Status Enterprise software to identify a failed thermocouple in a furnace at the unidentified glass plant.

February 23, 2015

Renewable energy research facility power monitor

InTech
By Jennifer Palumbo, Optimation Technology
NREL researchers needed a system for monitoring power usage and controlling safety systems for each experiment or laboratory on a facility-wide scale. The solution monitors electrical conditioning components between the ESIF’s power sources (120 V, 240 V, 480 V, 600 VAC, and 1,000 VDC on 250 A and 1,600 A buses) and the laboratory power connections.

Pharmaceutical Plant Simplifies Reactor Monitoring
February 22, 2015

Pharmaceutical Plant Simplifies Reactor Monitoring

Chem Processing
By Rebecca Dettloff, SensoTech, and Holger Müller, SchuF Chemieventile Vertrieb
When an unnamed pharmaceutical manufacturer wanted to add a sensor to some reactors at a plant in Ireland, it opted for an innovative, cost-effective solution — a bottom outlet valve that incorporates a sensor that quickly and accurately monitors concentrations, phase separations and chemical changes in process liquids.

Vision system inspects automotive sub-assemblies
February 22, 2015

Vision system inspects automotive sub-assemblies

Vision System Design
An unknown supplier to a mysterious car manufacturer uses a multi-camera vision system to inspect fully assembled front and rear suspension corner modules.

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