White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

What is the real value of IoT?
September 29, 2016

What is the real value of IoT?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
Today’s IoT technology is more maturing than emerging. IoT devices are moving into the mainstream but they still have further to go.

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments
September 26, 2016

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments

By Dr. Jürgen Gallus, PI
Vacuum applications are of growing importance due to technologies that can only be applied in vacuum or cryogenic environments. This paper outlines how PI achieves vacuum suitability for its products.

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NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence
September 22, 2016

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution offers manufacturers a feasible, holistic approach to control, communication, and cloud integration, fast-tracking the implementation of virtual war rooms, preventive maintenance and Industry 4.0 applications alike.

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OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation
September 19, 2016

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation

By Randy Armstrong, Sparhawk Software
The widespread deployment of cloud based solutions has many factory operators wondering how they can take advantage of it to streamline their operations. The needs of these users have been the driving force behind the OPC UA PubSub Specification.

Integration of CAD for Electrical Engineering by Automation
September 15, 2016

Integration of CAD for Electrical Engineering by Automation

By Has Group
When dealing with CAD for electrical engineering the situation is different: the right technology and high integration enable a company to save a great deal of time, money and manpower through systematic information management.

September 14, 2016

Automated Testing

Semiconductor devices are an essential part of our daily life. Without integrated circuits, we would not have computers and smartphones. And without newer and even more sophisticated device technology, recent breakthroughs in internet speeds as well as assisted driving would not be possible. Many of these devices are not only electronic, but are interacting with, or creating, light.

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September 14, 2016

Introduction to Inspection

Vision inspection plays an instrumental role in factory automation. In the past, manufacturers struggled between relying either on a team of operators to manually inspect parts for defects or on an expensive early generation automated vision system.

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White Papers
September 14, 2016

Design Considerations

As with any product development, machine design starts with clear specifications, followed by solution options which meet the specified requirements. These can largely be divided into engineering architecture design, modeling and simulations of power, kinematics, dynamics, as well as failure safety analysis and hazard mitigation.

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Maximizing Fastening Tool Effectiveness with Manufacturing Execution Systems
September 14, 2016

Maximizing Fastening Tool Effectiveness with Manufacturing Execution Systems

By PINPoint
Fastening tool processes are a prime target application for manufacturers to improve their existing manufacturing operations (upgrade). Are Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) the answer?

Audits in Automated Production
September 13, 2016

Audits in Automated Production

By Auvesy
Quality, standards and efficiency play an important role in automated production. They can give companies a competitive advantage, while also serving as a basis for measuring success. But what is the best way to approach such an audit?

Device Security for the IIoT
September 07, 2016

Device Security for the IIoT

By Icon Labs and Renesas
A deep-dive guide for design engineers developing networked and web-connected equipment and solutions, this new white paper outlines security requirements for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and software solutions that are available today for securing these devices.

How Technology is Reshaping the Modern Supply Chain
September 06, 2016

How Technology is Reshaping the Modern Supply Chain

By Gregory Braun, C3 Solutions
This paper explores the current influence of mobile technology, Software as a Service (SaaS), big data, and web APIs. . These four have come a long way recently and continue to evolve rapidly

IOT Edge Computing Primer
September 01, 2016

IOT Edge Computing Primer

By Opto 22
Systems at the network edge are increasingly able to leverage cloudbased resources to perform edge computing, but before the benefits can be realized, three problems need to be solved: connectivity, big data, and IoT architecture.

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0
August 30, 2016

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0

NEXCOM demonstrates how it harnesses the technology of edge to cloud connectivity, cloud-based machine learning and cognitive computing to tap into the power of big data analytics to improve factory operations.

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Measuring Bearing Vibration Levels
August 24, 2016

Measuring Bearing Vibration Levels

By CAS Dataloggers
The diagnosis of bearing damage in roller bearings is an integral part of servicing and maintenance tasks. This whitepaper discusses best practices to ensure accurate measurement of vibration levels.

Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems
August 22, 2016

Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems

By Antaira
In order to provide smooth production processes with critical machine vision applications, building a rugged Ethernet network is essential to maximize uptime and deliver quality control.

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice
August 17, 2016

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice

By Advantech
Today's automation designers and engineers are faced with a variety of hardware platforms to choose from. This whitepaper intended to help show which platforms are ideally suited for specific roles.

Internet of Things Primer
August 12, 2016

Internet of Things Primer

By Opto 22
You’ve probably heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also called Industry 4.0, primarily in Europe. But what is it? This primer is designed to give readers the need-to-know information about the IoT revolution.

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor
August 12, 2016

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor

In order to improve efficiency and remote management on the CNC shop floor, networking is required from both device level and infrastructure level. This whitepaper discusses which method is preferred, wired or wireless?

Supercar Engine Assembly Optimized by Manufacturing Execution System
August 04, 2016

Supercar Engine Assembly Optimized by Manufacturing Execution System

This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by a leading Automotive manufacturer to manage the complex assembly of the engine for their new Supercar.