White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

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.

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.

Development of native HMIs for iOS devices
June 25, 2014

Development of native HMIs for iOS devices

By SweetWilliam
HMIs on tablets are relatively common today, but these technologies are not characterized by high performance, efficiency, or flexibility, especially when used for industrial process monitoring purposes. The lack of performance is due to a multitude of factors starting with the execution in a web browser, which was never designed for real-time monitoring of data.

Understanding Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and its Effects for Field Instruments
June 24, 2014

Understanding Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and its Effects for Field Instruments

By Gaurav Mathur
Companies have a moral and legal obligation to limit risk posed by their operations. To accomplish this, safety practitioners look to equipment specifically designed and approved for use in Safety Instrumented Systems that utilize Electrical and/or Electronic and/or Programmable (E/E/PE) technologies.

Facilitating ISO 14224 With EAM Software
June 20, 2014

Facilitating ISO 14224 With EAM Software

By Joachim Sahlqvist, IFS
ISO 14224 constitutes a “reliability language” that can be used to improve communication in oil & gas rig or facility operations and maintenance. This white paper shows how enterprise asset management (EAM) software that is prepackaged to support ISO 14224 can speed up compliance with the standard and ensure successful generation of valuable KPIs.

Move forward by using metric
June 11, 2014

Move forward by using metric

By Harting
Different national units of measurement are used for industrial wiring, cable glands and connector entries, and in particular, threading. Companies competing in global markets have to consider adopting a single unit of thread management rather than maintain different ones for different markets

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AMT discovered E-CAD outperformed CAD tools
June 10, 2014

AMT discovered E-CAD outperformed CAD tools

Advanced Machine & Tool of Fort Wayne, Indiana upgraded its old electrical CAD software because an important auto industry customer required EPLAN project documentation. Switching to EPLAN made it possible to generate accurate and well-structured documentation faster than previously possible.

Parallel Redundancy Protocol Notably Improves Industrial Wireless Reliability
June 10, 2014

Parallel Redundancy Protocol Notably Improves Industrial Wireless Reliability

Dr. Tobias Heer, Belden
The reliability and availability of wireless connections can be increased dramatically by using standards-based redundancy techniques, such as Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP). This paper describes the basic technical principles, requirements and application scenarios for the application of PRP in WLAN networks.

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Removal of Hardware ESD, Independent of Safety Logic Solver
June 05, 2014

Removal of Hardware ESD, Independent of Safety Logic Solver

By Sam Roy, Schneider Electric
White paper discusses how to remove independent hardware based Emergency Shutdown for logic Solver as identified in ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2001, IEC 61511-1 Section 11.2.8. Is it practical to implement and maintain an ESD switch/Master Trip Relay setup that is more safely available than the Logic Solver, and can be used effectively?

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Process Automation, Process Safety
Getting the Most Out of Your Next Generation Digital Security Surveillance System
June 04, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Generation Digital Security Surveillance System

By Zane Tsai, Adlink
Video surveillance is experiencing a “paradigm shift” from that of traditional video recording and playback to intelligent Digital Security Surveillance (DSS) based on IP networking. System developers and integrators must discern how to balance performance and cost, meeting customers’ needs while satisfying their own budgetary concerns.

Seven Common KPIs for Production Monitoring
June 03, 2014

Seven Common KPIs for Production Monitoring

By Red Lion
KPIs are variables that organizations use to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes. These performance measurements are commonly used to evaluate success in relation to goals and objectives. This white paper discusses how visual management can drive productivity by leveraging seven common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for production line monitoring.

Asset management in the water industry – the valve actuator’s perspective
June 02, 2014

Asset management in the water industry – the valve actuator’s perspective

By Rotork
In water and effluent treatment environments, the condition of the valves is a fair reflection on the condition of the overall plant, so a great deal of benefit can be gained if the valve actuator can keep the operator informed and updated about the state of the valve that it is operating.