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Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS
December 07, 2016

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS

By Dan Labell, Westfalia Technologies
One fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced. Given this fact, the decision to implement an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) should be an easy one to reach.

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation
December 06, 2016

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation

By Joseph Yang, Advantech
Many other automation technologies such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are already modular, so the concept of a modular IPC is a natural fit for industry.

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers
November 23, 2016

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers

By Anthony Borges, PINpoint
Andon 3D serves as a modern plant floor communication, product tracking, and manufacturing reporting system essential for improving manufacturing efficiencies.

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI
November 16, 2016

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI

By Victor Polyakov, Tibbo Systems
This whitepaper is an introduction AggreGate IoT Platform-based products. In 2010, two years after AggreGate Network Manager release, Tibbo started AggreGate SCADA/HMI project ‒ fourth-generation SCADA system.

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency
November 04, 2016

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS
This article should help users determine the accurate efficiency and thus the power losses of a power supply

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Industry 4.0-based Network Manager Ensures Solid Industrial Connectivity
October 21, 2016

Industry 4.0-based Network Manager Ensures Solid Industrial Connectivity

With the hot topics of Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), intelligent automation and so forth emerging into the market, factory machines and equipment will become connected to upload field data to back-end servers or cloud networks.

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Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach
October 20, 2016

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach

By RKNeal, Inc.
The purpose of this whitepaper is to present a novel cybersecurity framework for deplaying and managing cyberthreat management products across multiple OEM vendors.

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines
October 17, 2016

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines

The increasing availability of the tools that facilitate higher levels of manufacturing productivity and quality creates an opportunity for manufacturers to embrace a fresh mindset and leverage prevention and traceability regulations to improve safety, increase revenue, and elevate brand reputation.

Your Guide to Outsourcing Electrical Control Panels
October 13, 2016

Your Guide to Outsourcing Electrical Control Panels

Does building electrical control panels drain time and resources from your core business? The decision to outsource can be challenging for companies that have never chosen a panel shop before, or were burned by bad partnerships in the past. Knowing what to look for in a panel building partner can make outsourcing painless.

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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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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.