White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

September 02, 2015

Vision Inspection is vital for brand protection

By 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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Characteristics of Filling Systems
August 28, 2015

Characteristics of Filling Systems

By Penko
In principle, filling is a dosing process, only much faster. Product that has been produced in one batch, is now filled in multiple packages in succession or simultaneously. The filling process is typically done in a matter of seconds per package, as opposed to minutes or hours.

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Filling Systems for Liquids
August 28, 2015

Filling Systems for Liquids

By Penko
This White Paper discusses the challenges, options and solutions for process manufacturers when packaging products for consumers and/or the processing industry. This white paper focuses on packaged liquids in units smaller than 10kg (22 lbs).

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How to choose the right potentiometer for reliable sensing
August 21, 2015

How to choose the right potentiometer for reliable sensing

By by Jens Kautzor, Hoffmann + Krippner
White paper covers the various types of potentiometers, development history, various components and materials, and an overview looking at the technical issues of printed potentiometers and foil (membrane)/ The paper also covers the various tech specifications of accuracy and linearity when specifying potentiometers.

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Clipboards are out!
August 05, 2015

Clipboards are out!

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
Protocol gateways make IoT efficient, accurate, and low cost
Having complete and current data about any process can result in better decision making. By capturing and centralizing information from all the pieces/parts of production and doing so in a timely, automatic, non-intrusive manner, analytics programs can find places for these improvements.

Small Assembly Robots
August 05, 2015

Small Assembly Robots

By Denso Robotics
White paper examines the many factors — some obvious and some not so obvious — that determine cost of robot ownership, and gives buyers useful information to help guide them through the evaluation process.

July 23, 2015

Making Manufacturing Smart

Implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) makes factories smart and confers a host of
operational benefits.

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Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation
July 17, 2015

Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation

With a production line requiring tens to hundreds of workers for daily operations, manufacturers see automated production and man-machine collaboration as innovative ways to increase production efficiency while cutting labor costs.

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Understanding European versus U.S. Temperature Code Ratings for Solenoid Operated Valves
July 08, 2015

Understanding European versus U.S. Temperature Code Ratings for Solenoid Operated Valves

By Manny Arceo, ASCO Numatics
Whitepaper examines and explains the differences among the world’s major temperature ratings for solenoid valves — and serves as a concise guide to understanding and applying these ratings in order to correctly specify these components.

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Process Automation, Valves & Pumps
Effects of Changing Vapor Phase Conditions on Radiation-based Continuous Level Measurement
July 07, 2015

Effects of Changing Vapor Phase Conditions on Radiation-based Continuous Level Measurement

By Geoffrey Bowers, Vega
Radiation-based continuous level gauges provide highly reliable measurements because no part of the instrument system is exposed to the process fluid and requires no penetration into the process vessel. This paper presents a discussion on the effects of a dynamic vapor space, where the atmosphere above the process fluid changes due to reaction of process fluids and/or changes in temperature and pressure.

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New wireless transmission solution when traditional antennas don’t work
June 29, 2015

New wireless transmission solution when traditional antennas don’t work

By Keith Blodorn, ProSoft Technology
When deploying wireless communications in applications like monorail systems and bottle filling machines, traditional antennas’ design requirements are difficult. Using a radiating cable can simplify your installation and give you reliable communications. This white paper takes a look at ways a radiating cable can be used and factors to consider for successful installation.

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Industrial Networks, Wireless Networks
Streamline Device Commissioning
June 29, 2015

Streamline Device Commissioning

By Scott Hokeness, Emerson Process Management
Typical device commissioning processes are time-consuming and potentially error-prone. This whitepaper describes a new way to perform device configuration, commissioning, and validation – while reducing time by up to 80%. Use device templates and bulk configuration in AMS Device Manager to significantly reduce the number required steps and improve configuration accuracy.

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A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy
June 26, 2015

A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy

By Gary Prentice, Moore Industries
White paper shows how to select the best sensor for a particular application and ways to improve the accuracy of the sensor you choose. In particular, it details the reasons why 4-wire RTD sensors are almost always the best choice for high-accuracy temperature applications.

The Future is already here
June 22, 2015

The Future is already here

By The OPC Foundation
The OPC Foundation has further developed its standard into the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) which provides solutions to the identified drawbacks of OPC Classic while meeting the requirements for use in a modern device architecture.

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Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers
June 18, 2015

Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers

By Harting
Many equipment manufacturers have switched from point-to-point (hard) wiring to connector-based cable assemblies in factory and process automation and control systems. Adopting progressive connectivity solutions has improved their unit costs and productivity.

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Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification
June 15, 2015

Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification

By MicroMotion
Inaccurate measurements and process oversights can result in imperfect product, decreased output, non-compliance with industry regulations and requirements, and unscheduled downtime. This trend report explores how Smart Meter Verification can help you not only minimize downtime and confirm the accuracy of your measurements, but also cut costs and maintain compliance.

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking
June 15, 2015

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking

By Intertec
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.

Motor Management Best Practices
June 03, 2015

Motor Management Best Practices

By Copper Development Association
The third installment of The Copper Development Association's (CDA) Motor Management Program, Repair Specifications, and Preventive and Predictive Maintenance, provides an outline for creating motor repair specifications and an effective maintenance plan.

A New Approach to Safeguarding Your Industrial Control Systems and Assets
June 03, 2015

A New Approach to Safeguarding Your Industrial Control Systems and Assets

By Tempered Networks
White paper describes the Tempered Networks solution, a network segmentation product based on the International Society of Automation (ISA) TR100.15.01 architecture. The solution is used to create private overlay networks on top of shared network infrastructure. The Tempered Networks solution provides the enterprise with “Private Networks as a Service.”

When Failure is NOT an Option
June 02, 2015

When Failure is NOT an Option

By Brian Roth, Antaira Technologies
White paper describes Antaira Technologies’ redundancy serial-to-Ethernet device servers and how they can eliminate single points of failure for networked devices while also assuring data redundancy to support data transmission with dual independent host connections simultaneously.

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