White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

What Makes a Soft PLC?
April 10, 2014

What Makes a Soft PLC?

By Dan Fenton, Phoenix Contact
Provides an overview on the differences between “soft” control systems and “real-time” control systems, including a brief description of control systems with an emphasis on PC-based control, the jargon surrounding these PC-based systems, “real time,” and examples demonstrating different use cases.

Logic Solvers for Overpressure Protection
April 03, 2014

Logic Solvers for Overpressure Protection

By Moore Industries
This paper explores some of the possibilities available to the SIS designer of an overpressure protection system for the logic solver and to show examples of straightforward system topologies and their associated safety integrity level (SIL) calculations.

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Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Application
April 03, 2014

Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Application

By Matthew Mather, SICK
Have camera/image-based code readers replaced traditional laser scanners? Has RFID’s day finally come? Learn how to better understand the potential benefits and limitations of each of these technologies, so that you are better armed in your decision as to whether or not the added investment for each technology is justified for your applications.

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Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank
March 25, 2014

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

By Bill Sholette and Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
Leaking or overfilled tanks can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars. Proper instrumentation, monitoring and control can prevent these problems. This white paper explains how.

Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation
March 21, 2014

Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation

By Richard Clark, InduSoft
Today’s workers use multi-touch technology on a daily basis with their smartphones and tablets. This white paper surveys the benefits of multi-touch technology in an industrial setting, such as lower hardware and training costs, as well as improved safety, easier troubleshooting and faster command execution speeds.

Tailored Automation Solutions for Performance-Driven Machinery
March 11, 2014

Tailored Automation Solutions for Performance-Driven Machinery

By ARC Advisory Group
This white paper describes Aerotech’s service for machine builders from initial concept through end of life. This service, an extension of a machine builder’s own electromechanical and software development staff, uses Aerotech’s extensive application experience to enable the machine builder to complete its designs in a time-efficient manner.

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Proof Testing Level Instruments
March 05, 2014

Proof Testing Level Instruments

By Bill Sholette and Craig McIntyre, Endress+Hauser
Many manufacturers provide SIL-rated level instruments, but end user testing procedures for maintaining SIL ratings over the life of the instruments vary significantly. The end user is ultimately responsible for ensuring that partial and full proof tests are conducted to maintain the SIL rating of level instruments, but selection of the right instrument can ease compliance. Here’s how to do it.

CNC Machining for Curved Surfaces
February 26, 2014

CNC Machining for Curved Surfaces

By Okuma
White paper describes Okuma's Super-NURBS programming functionality that meets high-accuracy finish requirements while speeding up cycle times.

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20 Critical Controls: Key Considerations for Industrial Control Systems
February 24, 2014

20 Critical Controls: Key Considerations for Industrial Control Systems

By Industrial Defender
E-book describes 20 critical controls for key considerations when being applied to industrial control systems, and explains how automated data collection helps measure effectiveness of the controls to ensure a sustainable security posture.

Packaging in the Traceability Era
February 21, 2014

Packaging in the Traceability Era

By Marchesini Group
Counterfeit drugs are a problem worldwide. Pharmaceutical companies now have to conform to new regulations involving packaging. This white paper describes the regulations and codes needed to track drugs through the distribution chain from manufacturing to retail.

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February 17, 2014

The Business Case for Contingent Labor

The economy is improving across the globe and orders begin to flow. The discussion across conference rooms of growing companies continues to be focused on the age old question - Hire full-time employees or hire contract labor? This white paper addresses the benefits and potential downsides of moving towards a contingent labor model.

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Optimization of Process Integration
February 10, 2014

Optimization of Process Integration

By ODVA
White paper outlines a strategic vision for manufacturers looking to maintain cost-effective, sustainable production capacity in the process industries. It defines a network architecture and plan for the efficient integration of a plant's network infrastructure into existing business applications.


How Automation Technologies Improve Operating Efficiency and Reduce Collisions on Manned Forklifts
January 24, 2014

How Automation Technologies Improve Operating Efficiency and Reduce Collisions on Manned Forklifts

By Jeff Wuendry, SICK
This white paper explains the available types of backup sensing solutions on manned forklifts, their respective advantages and disadvantages, the most common applications, and key considerations when selecting a system.

Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures
January 24, 2014

Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures

By David Marin, Noren Products
Electronics for automation, process controls, drives and PLCs have become more common in NEMA enclosures. The thermal management of these electronic enclosures has become very important in protecting expensive components, as well as the cost of cooling these enclosures.

Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs
January 14, 2014

Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs

By Joe Kimbrell, AutomationDirect
Variable frequency drives — or VFDs — can reduce energy consumption, improve realtime control, and lengthen motor life. Selecting the right one for your application requires asking the correct questions. Here are some expert tips to consider.

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Four Quick Ways To Unlock Hidden Manufacturing Capacity
January 08, 2014

Four Quick Ways To Unlock Hidden Manufacturing Capacity

By Epicor
You can meet increased demand by freeing up needed resources within your current operations. The key is identifying areas of improvement within your existing operations with real-time manufacturing information and accurate, consistent metrics to make improvements in efficiency.

HMI Mobility
December 19, 2013

HMI Mobility

By Fabio Terezinho, InduSoft
Since operators, engineers and managers must monitor more processes in more places, they need the ability to access SCADA information from mobile devices. In response to those needs, SCADA suppliers have designed their products to provide a wide range of remote access methods.

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications
December 04, 2013

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications

By Noren Products
Thermal management of electronic enclosures is important to protect automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs. The water industry has a unique advantage with its ability to employ easily available sources of water for use in air to water panel coolers.

EtherNet/IP: fieldbus and more
December 03, 2013

EtherNet/IP: fieldbus and more

By Michael Robinson, Endress+Hauser
More Ethernet nodes will be connected this or any other month than will have been connected in the entire history of fieldbus. This economy of scale and the tremendous technological advancements that go along with it is what makes EtherNet/IP more capable than a fieldbus network, now and especially in the future.

A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications
November 20, 2013

A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications

By: Tony Paine, Kepware, and Russel Treat, EnerSys
A Distributed Communications Architecture removes the problems found in the Host-Centric Model. This architecture optimizes communications requests between client applications and field devices, minimizing bandwidth usage and cost.