There are several benefits of using IEI Smart Lighting Solution: longer usage life, energy efficiency, ecologically friendly, supporting up to 10 group IDs, easy to adjust brightness and color temperature, and live status reports.
By John Lewis, Cognex
Vision-guided robotics (VGR) is not without its pitfalls. In order to realize all the benefits of VGR you need to know the right questions to ask and how to get started. Using Vision Systems for Robot Guidance provides you with the information you need to get the most out of VGR.
By Aron Semle, KEPServerEX
This whitepaper discusses scheduling needs and how the Scheduler Plug-In for KEPServerEX addresses them.
As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure — from establishing ongoing training programs, to investing in new technologies.
Modifications in IEC 61508 regulations mean that industrial automation system designers and users must give new consideration to topics such as SIL levels and the transition from 1H to 2H methodologies. This paper reviews how these issues can impact the choice of solenoid valves and prepackaged redundant control systems (RCS) for implementation in a safety instrumented system (SIS), particularly in the oil, gas, chemical, and power industries. It also explains how making the right choices in planning and valve selection can affect design time, costs, and effort.
By Ian McGregor, Emulate3D
Compared with the traditional methods of testing, the benefits of virtual controls testing are both numerous and compelling.. A 3D environment creates the replica of the machine or material handling system being controlled, functionality to create realistic loads within the system, and connectivity to a wide range of types of control systems under test. This paper identifies ten major advantages to adopting a virtual approach for this phase of your next automation project
By Kat Dornian, Phidgets
When prototyping an idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from the costly, proprietary packages to low-cost and open source options.
By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.
Does one shift perform consistently better than another? Does the machine perform notably better in the summer than the winter? In the end, tracking OEE on a machine is not a tool that is going to make a machine produce more or run better, but is instead a way to determine which of your tools are working and which ones are not.
By Chuck Miller and Joanne M Salazar - Emerson Process Management
Ensuring safe operations is a critical issue facing today’s process manufacturers. Companies that do not plan and manage process operational risks face fines, production outages, equipment damage and worse. Download the workbook to gain a general understanding of existing industry standards and best practices for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).
By Anand Richard, Indiana State University
The only successful way to evade hacking is to constantly change the way a networked system or computing components are used. Changing network architecture, usage policies and rationing internet connectivity to an absolute minimum and to an ad-hoc formula will make a hacker’s job more difficult.
By Marty Thomas, Rotork
Today’s typical valve actuators are intelligent and can provide information regarding torque loading changes that can be used for preventive maintenance purposes, and this information can be accessed and monitored wirelessly with ease and convenience.
The challenge of modernising the instrumentation on an old utility boiler can be overwhelming, especially when the boiler was originally commissioned in 1964. This particular tangentially fired (“T-Fired”) power boiler hosts 12 Auxiliary Air dampers and 12 Fuel Air dampers, but the drives were failing in their performance and were simply worn out beyond their service life.
By Teledyne Dalsa
Line scan technology is ideally suited to applications in which large, high-resolution, or high-speed image capture is needed, such as in a continuous web application—paper, textiles, metal, or glass tape, for example. Here’s how it works.
By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.
By Adam Steele
Describes the potential applications of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in industry. An in-depth analysis of the technology, the report looks at how RFID can be used in logistics and manufacturing.
By Bernard Cubizolles and Alicia Bowers, GE
Are you running your plant with serious risk? Most industrial applications lack recommended updates, which make them a target for hackers. Outdated architectures, backups and spares can also create problems. With the number of attacks rising and the critical need for system availability, take simple steps now to minimize risk.
By Moore Industries
Details how the use of a HART interface module can serve as a simple and cost-effective method for gathering HART information that can be used for monitoring instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and alert messages.
By Matt Signon, Maverick Technologies
As electric utilities consider replacing aging power plant control systems, there are many strategic questions to be examined early in the planning process. This white paper offers insights and actual case study examples to assist with upgrades.
With HTML5 technology, HMI-SCADA allows users to create remote viewing screens compatible with most any tablet or smartphone, while dashboard tools speed creation of summary screens.