White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems: 'To Cloud' or 'Not to Cloud'
April 11, 2016

SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems: 'To Cloud' or 'Not to Cloud'

By Gregory Braun, C3 Solutions
This whitepaper explores arguments in favor and against using systems based in the cloud, with the goal of offering benchmarks related to cost, security and functionality when deciding what type of system to implement.

Membrane Switches: What Do Design Engineers Need to Know?
April 06, 2016

Membrane Switches: What Do Design Engineers Need to Know?

By Jens Kautzor, Hoffman + Krippner
Today, membrane keyboards and switches have become indispensable for many industries. Often unnoticed by consumers, the simple keypad has now developed into a sophisticated high-tech system.

From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry
April 05, 2016

From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry

By Adam Chapman, Fluenta
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to change the capability of businesses to monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of different objects. Deploying this capability will be crucial for the Oil & Gas Industry over the coming decades, particularly as it relates to flaring and cold flaring (venting).

How to Evaluate and Install a Load Cell Sensor
April 05, 2016

How to Evaluate and Install a Load Cell Sensor

By Omega Engineering
Various load cell types are preferred, relative to the needs of the operational environment. This paper discusses what is the best type of cell to meat the user's needs and how to successfully install it.

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Industry 4.0 Needs Horizontal Integration
April 04, 2016

Industry 4.0 Needs Horizontal Integration

By Armin Singer, MPDV
A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is not only suitable to support Industry 4.0 but a necessary requirement. This white paper describes MPDV's Hydra MES.

Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?
March 29, 2016

Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?

By Zebra Technologies
When it comes to wireless communications, most industrial environments are three to five years behind the carpeted space. After years of focusing heavily on corporate office and branch WLANs, many organizations are surprised at what they’re finding when they look to leverage today’s advanced mobility tools beyond the carpeted space.

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March 29, 2016

White Paper: Tactile Force Measurement for Touchscreens, Tablets, and Panels

As a little boy watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my dad, I dreamt that one day I’d have a PADD (a tablet for those who’ve never watched Star Trek) and my entire desk would be a giant touchscreen display. Now, with touchscreen tablets having become mainstream devices and larger, more expansive, touch panels being produced, we are beginning to see them not only in consumer devices but also in high performance applications, such as aircraft avionics and industrial control systems. These commercial markets demand 100% accuracy, reliability and consistent sensitivity.

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Leveraging Predictive Analytics with Industrial Internet of Things to Deliver Operational Excellence
March 28, 2016

Leveraging Predictive Analytics with Industrial Internet of Things to Deliver Operational Excellence

By David Loshin, Knowledge Integrity
Statistical Process Control, or SPC, is used to look at things that have already happened and see if the outcome (often products in a manufacturing environment) are in conformance. This white paper describes how to take SPC to the next level and incorporate IIoT measures to improve productivity and quality.

Use of Motor Protection Circuit Breakers with Variable Frequency Drives
March 15, 2016

Use of Motor Protection Circuit Breakers with Variable Frequency Drives

A motor branch circuit, including a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) and one or more Motor Protection Circuit Breakers (MPCBs), is a complex system and its performance depends on all components, devices, configuration and their interconnection. This publication explains some considerations for the selection of MPCBs. The information in this paper has been developed through known engineering principles and validated by thorough testing and simulation.

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Associated Apparatus: The Safe and Most Affordable IS Solution
February 24, 2016

Associated Apparatus: The Safe and Most Affordable IS Solution

By Tina Todd, Moore Industries
The paper outlines how significant savings, both initial installation and ongoing maintenance costs, for intrinsically-safe (IS) facilities or projects can be achieved by selecting associated apparatus as the IS barrier in your system.

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Process Automation, Process Safety
February 23, 2016

Drive Business Performance with Quality Improvement

"How 58% of Plants are Improving Quality Management" highlights insights that can be applied in your own plant.

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Energy-efficient machine tool technologies for any size shop
February 18, 2016

Energy-efficient machine tool technologies for any size shop

By Okuma
CNC machining processes contain hidden costs that often go unnoticed. Here’s how Okuma’s ECO suite technology can achieve significant energy savings by reducing power consumption.

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AAEON publishes white paper about its products
February 17, 2016

AAEON publishes white paper about its products

White Paper details 8 of AAEON’s latest product offerings with Intel 6th Generation Intel Core processors, including their key features and most viable applications. From embedded SBCs to network appliances, these products will harness the strength of these processors to bring you the most powerful and well-rounded solutions available.

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Remote Services for PLCs
February 04, 2016

Remote Services for PLCs

By Sina Kopacz, MB Connect
White paper describes MB Connect's remote service platform that allows direct monitoring of machinery and equipment withweb-based visualization that can be displayed on any tablet, smartphone or computer with a standard browser.

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Intelligent valve actuators in the mining industry
January 26, 2016

Intelligent valve actuators in the mining industry

In mining, as in other hazardous industries, flow control equipment makes a vital contribution to efficiency and safety.

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Client Support Programme takes asset management to a new level
January 26, 2016

Client Support Programme takes asset management to a new level

Throughout nearly 60 years involvement in the valve actuation and flow control industries, Rotork has recognised that in order to be
successful it must also be committed to the success of its customers.

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Innovative flow control technology supports Australia’s programme for clean LNG
January 26, 2016

Innovative flow control technology supports Australia’s programme for clean LNG

Rotork flow control products have been selected for applications throughout the giant Queensland coal seam gas-to-LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) projects in Australia.

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Low emission I/P convertors for natural gas meet new environmental regulations
January 26, 2016

Low emission I/P convertors for natural gas meet new environmental regulations

Low emission pneumatic controllers and overall carbon footprint reduction are today’s hot topics for electro-pneumatic control systems.

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Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments
December 06, 2015

Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments

By Stahlin
Harsh environments similar to those found in water and wastewater facilities can affect the ability of an electrical enclosure to protect the controls contained within, leading to a multitude of problems.

Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors
December 03, 2015

Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors

By Joe Kimbrell, AutomationDirect
The decision to replace existing motors with newer premium efficiency motors can be difficult. And, a common mistake made is thinking that buying any new premium efficiency motor will deliver optimal efficiency. This paper discusses how to determine whether to rewind or replace a motor, and how to find the right motor size for the application.

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