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Advancing Thermal Mass Gas Flow Meters For 21st Century Process & Plant Needs
May 13, 2015

Advancing Thermal Mass Gas Flow Meters For 21st Century Process & Plant Needs

By Gerardo Vargas, Fluid Components International
White paper describes the ST100 Flow Meters, designed for rugged industrial process and plant applications, including service up to 850 ºF (454 ºC). Both integral and remote (up to 1000 feet [300 meters]) electronics versions are available.

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Cyber Security Design Methodology for Nuclear Power Control & Protection Systems
May 11, 2015

Cyber Security Design Methodology for Nuclear Power Control & Protection Systems

By Al Braik, Emirates Nuclear Energy Cooperation
Cyber Security design process and its implementation in the Nuclear Power ICS Architecture are explained. A complete Nuclear Power ICS cyber security life cycle program is described and how the Defense In Depth approach is sequenced in this life cycle is explained.

10 Tough Questions To Ask About Your Dispense Valves
May 11, 2015

10 Tough Questions To Ask About Your Dispense Valves

By Nordson
Is your current dispense valve system giving you accurate deposits with minimal maintenance— or are you applying inconsistent amounts of fluid and wasting too much time and money on downtime, rework, and cleanup? This paper discusses some common problems encountered with typical dispense valve systems and offers helpful tips for improving valve performance.

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May 06, 2015

Physical Security Helps IT and OT Managers Improve Productivity and OEE

Unlike the security methods of old that rely on isolation, a properly designed physical security platform unleashes the value of the Internet of Things in aggregating information from people, processes, data and things. This unleashing brings a cascade of data from IP-enabled devices, machines and business systems connected via unmodified Ethernet.

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May 06, 2015

A Road Map for Addressing Quality and Manufacturing Challenges in Life Sciences: Moving Beyond Regulatory Burdens to Enable New Collaborative Models for Growth

Today, leading life sciences companies are greatly enhancing operational capacity and achieving business value through the adoption of next-generation Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software, along with formal processes to better manage quality and build the end-to-end traceability capabilities that have become so vital for compliance. This eBook dives deep into life science challenges and how leading organizations are approaching them.

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May 06, 2015

Rethink What You Should Expect From Your Distributed Control System

Today, process industry professionals face difficult challenges. How can we adhere to increasingly tighter compliance requirements while competing for market share in today’s globalized economy? How can we meet the continuous demand for new sources of productivity and margin growth while using the same automation approach and control system strategy we have been using for decades? A modern Distributed Control System (DCS) is designed to help you address these challenges.

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May 06, 2015

Manufacturing Connectivity and Data Integration

Today’s manufacturers can take advantage of a new era of connectivity promising greater productivity, improved utilization of assets, and better decision-making. Driving much of this change is the ability to smoothly mesh information technology with operations technology, enabling businesses to more fully leverage the value of their plant floor information. This research report offers insight into the benefits and potential risks of increased connectivity, industry investment trends, the projected growth in the adoption of enabling technologies and examples of The Connected Enterprise in action.

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May 06, 2015

The Connected Enterprise: Bringing People, Processes and Technology Together

The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting the physical and virtual worlds. It has brought people, processes and equipment together, from sensors and smart devices to entire systems. The proliferation of smarter end points, data analytics, scalable computing, mobility and visualization are reshaping the future of industrial automation.

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May 06, 2015

The Connected Enterprise

From your standpoint as a manufacturer, meeting demand requires you to be more productive, more sustainable and more flexible. Meeting the demands of growing consumer classes in countries like India and China, for example, must be balanced against the need to meet lower price points in those countries. You must ensure compliance in each new country. And you need to consider if it makes sense to source operations closer to these new consumer groups to remove complexity from your supply chain and reduce import costs. Improving the connectivity across your enterprise’s operations will be one key enabler for all of this.

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May 06, 2015

Standardized and Connected

Industrial experts explain how to seize “The Internet of Opportunity.”

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Basics of Understanding Machine Vision
April 30, 2015

Basics of Understanding Machine Vision

By Geralyn Miller, Teledyne Dalsa
Machine vision systems are built for visual inspection and control under demanding industrial applications that require high-speed, high-magnification, 24-hour operation, and/or repeatable measurements. Learn about the important differences between vision systems that make one more suitable than another for any given application.

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Proportional valves for closed-loop control of  inert gases in process automation
April 29, 2015

Proportional valves for closed-loop control of inert gases in process automation

By Festo
Proportional valve technology is an interesting alternative for closed-loop control of inert gases in process automation. It achieves the same accuracy as the existing technology, but the level of installation and investment required is lower.

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Top 10 things to consider when installing a new pH loop
April 26, 2015

Top 10 things to consider when installing a new pH loop

By Frederick J. Kohlmann and Kareem Key, Endress+Hauser
Maybe you have heard past pH horror stories throughout chemical, food and water treatment plants. And yes, the stories are mostly true. If you haven’t heard any of these stories, maybe this white paper will keep you from adding your own story to the already toppling heap. Whether a novice to the world of pH or a seasoned veteran, this is intended to be a helpful roadmap to a successful journey.

Machine Tool Apps: A Manufacturing Definition
April 16, 2015

Machine Tool Apps: A Manufacturing Definition

By Okuma
Paper describes machine tool apps and the 29 apps available in Okuma’s App Store, ranging from CAD/CAM software, measurement and gaging to security and tooling.

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Enabling Big Data Benefits in Upstream Systems
April 15, 2015

Enabling Big Data Benefits in Upstream Systems

By Steve Sponseller, Kepware
Big Data applications change the focus from reaction and response to anticipation and prevention. By incorporating Big Data technologies in their operating and business systems, upstream Oil & Gas companies can leverage information to anticipate problems, reduce costs, and coordinate resources in one effective process.

How Vision Systems play an increasingly important role in food safety, traceability and record keeping requirements
April 15, 2015

How Vision Systems play an increasingly important role in food safety, traceability and record keeping requirements

By Laura Studwell, Omron
Companies are increasingly using vision systems as a critical component of their traceability and recordkeeping protocols. This whitepaper outlines new industry regulations, the impact of traceability and recordkeeping on the supply chain and the use of vision systems to minimize product liability.

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Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection
March 29, 2015

Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection

By Moore Industries
When Tank Farm facilities are facing capacity limits, that translates into greater safety risks, and need for better systems to ensure safe tank filling. A logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements that can mitigate or prevent dangerous tank filling events. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated safety calculations.

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Technical Paper: Safety & Security First
March 26, 2015

Technical Paper: Safety & Security First

Only the combination of functional safety and cybersecurity ensures the overall safety of industrial plants. Properly setting up the safe controller is the last line of defense against cyber attacks.

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Roadmap to Energy Efficiency
March 25, 2015

Roadmap to Energy Efficiency

By Copa-Data
The implementation of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) has forced all large UK businesses to make energy efficiency a priority in the long term. Here’s a short and clear guide of what companies could do to reduce their energy usage in the long run.

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Java and the Internet of Things: Automating the Industrial Economy
March 20, 2015

Java and the Internet of Things: Automating the Industrial Economy

By Oracle
The gateway in an industrial controller or higher-end system can convert from OPC-UA to a backend system, in a controller-to-enterprise scenario. Java-based gateways run real-time analytics that connect multitudes of devices and sensors via the varying protocols used in industrial automation. The gateway software may execute on the same physical controller as the OPC-UA server or in another slot of the industrial controller.

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