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Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants
August 22, 2014

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants

By Roger Yue, Antaira
Having a redundant Ethernet network is important to W&WW management, because many plants are still legacy, meaning they were either built with a stand-alone station or have a traditional star topology Ethernet network.

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Networks & Fieldbuses, Water & Wastewater
What Goes Where: Determining Most Effective Technologies for Real-Time Operations
August 18, 2014

What Goes Where: Determining Most Effective Technologies for Real-Time Operations

By John Southcott and Chris Mathews, Brock Solutions
Organizations who use technology for applications that are not fit-for-purpose often find themselves starting, stopping, re-grouping and re-starting projects. This article demystifies what goes where (ERP, MES/MOM, Controls) and provides practical examples to guide companies through the decision making process.

Selecting Safety Standards for Machine Safeguarding Requirements—Part 1
August 18, 2014

Selecting Safety Standards for Machine Safeguarding Requirements—Part 1

By SICK
Most safety standards provide guidance for the entire lifecycle of machinery to enable them to remain safe. There is no one ‘right’ choice for every organization when selecting standards to follow for implementing safeguarding measures. There are, however, choices which are clearly wrong – such as not doing anything.

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Comparing Harmonics Mitigation Techniques
August 11, 2014

Comparing Harmonics Mitigation Techniques

By Jonas Persson, Comsys
Harmonics is a major concern in many applications today. The increased use of variable frequency drives introduce more energy efficient systems but also an increased harmonic loading. In this paper a number of compensation techniques are discussed.

How Process Robots are Transforming Supply Chains
August 11, 2014

How Process Robots are Transforming Supply Chains

By Bruce Jacquemard, One Network Enterprises
An electronic workforce of process robots can count your inventory items in real time, on demand, with no mistakes made. You pay them nothing, and they never complain. They even alert you to any issues related to orders, inventory levels, or shipments, taking action to reorder items when they drop below minimum thresholds.

Enterprise IoT Security Challenges Facing Industrial Automation
August 06, 2014

Enterprise IoT Security Challenges Facing Industrial Automation

By Cormac Garvey, HAL Software
Enterprise Automation & IT has been run for decades by professional IT and Automation managers that understand basic IT security. However, guidance from the industrial automation industry is fragmented and scant in regard to improving cyber security of control systems. lndustrial cyber security experts are peddling their rehashed wares, trying to cash in on clients fears, ‘Y2K’ style. Here’s a look at the standards, efforts and problems with industrial cybersecurity.

Why Use Limit Devices in Temperature Control Applications?
August 06, 2014

Why Use Limit Devices in Temperature Control Applications?

By West Control Solutions
Limit devices provide vital protection for temperature controlled process systems, ensuring product quality and the safety of both the workforce and the plant itself. This paper takes a closer look at why limit devices are required, describes how they work and explains why they reduce risk, providing a useful summary to anyone who is
considering specification of limit devices.

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Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings
August 06, 2014

Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings

By Tim Senkbeil, Lumberg Automation
Businesses in industrial settings require cabling components that are built to last, and can be depended upon. This white paper outlines the specific challenges connected systems face in extreme industrial settings, the benefits of new solutions that help maintain uptime, and steps and strategies for finding the best products.

Industrial PC Trends
August 06, 2014

Industrial PC Trends

Manufacturers are integrating commercial PC technologies to provide the customized solutions that users demand.

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The Executive Guide to Leveraging OEE
August 05, 2014

The Executive Guide to Leveraging OEE

By Manny Menchaca, Parsec
Overall Equipment Effectiveness shows where operational losses are and should be used in lieu of an
incremental-only budget. OEE information indicates every place that product value can be found, and therefore sheds light on where to apply precious resources.

Controlling Thermal Expansion
July 29, 2014

Controlling Thermal Expansion

Expansion of engineering materials is a common issue, but not much is known about how expansion affects the repeatability of positioning equipment. This white paper discusses and tests that effect.

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When to use Multi-Function Safety Relays
July 22, 2014

When to use Multi-Function Safety Relays

By Lenny Filipkowski, AutomationDirect
White Paper describes how one or more multi-function safety relays can often be used to replace many basic single-function safety relays, simplifying installations and saving money. In many cases, multi-function safety relays can be used instead of a safety-rated PLC, resulting in substantial savings while streamlining implementation and maintenance.

Simplifying Control Protocols: Binary and ASCII
July 16, 2014

Simplifying Control Protocols: Binary and ASCII

Every motion controller will have its own command protocol, or series of rules for communication, that dictates how you interact it. Zaber's devices use two command protocols: an ASCII protocol and a 6-byte binary protocol.

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Securing Industrial Embedded devices
July 15, 2014

Securing Industrial Embedded devices

By Mahesh Subrmaniam, HCL
Paper provides an overview of cyber security standards, procedures and design considerations to be made during embedded device development--specifically embedded devices that are networked, so the device is compliant with standards on cyber security.

Avoiding Unpleasant ERP Surprises
July 15, 2014

Avoiding Unpleasant ERP Surprises

By Michael Roman, IFS
When an ERP implementation goes wrong, the damage extends beyond the user who does not know how to run a report or input a transaction, because the problem can escalate and spiral out of control until it makes its way to an unhappy customer. Fortunately, there are ERP selection and implementation best practices than can guard against such risks.

Cycling Applications: Creating Precision Frequency Control and Vibration
July 09, 2014

Cycling Applications: Creating Precision Frequency Control and Vibration

This white paper discusses cycling applications for actuators and stages, including their characteristics, limitations, and best practices for optimal results.

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July 08, 2014

EtherNet/IP Vendors Improve ControlLogix Connectivity with Add-on Profiles

Whitepaper and video from Real Time Automation describes the five options EtherNet/IP vendors can employ to obtain enhanced connectivity with Rockwell Automation’s ControlLogix and CompactLogix programmable Controllers.

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Gain a Competitive Advantage for Bottom-Line Results
July 08, 2014

Gain a Competitive Advantage for Bottom-Line Results

By John Maher and Rick Denison, Synchrono
This paper looks at the competitive edge that manufacturers gain by being not only devoted to driving flow and eliminating waste, but also enabling their organizations to become best-in-class by using Pull and eKanban technology.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
July 07, 2014

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By Stewart Thompson, CAS Data Loggers
Need a monitoring and/or alarming system but aren’t sure how to purchase or use one? This whitepaper helps users better understand the difference between the types of temperature monitoring systems, so that they can identify which system is best for their application.

Group Motor Protection
July 07, 2014

Group Motor Protection

By Brent Purdy, AutomationDirect
Group motor protection provides numerous benefits. It’s economical because one protection device handles multiple motors. Here’s how to satisfy the NEC requirements for group motor installations.