Factory Automation 

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MEDIA

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groov Find 360
You watched our "Five Minutes to groov" video, but you got stuck somewhere along the way. No problem. This video will get you unstuck and connected to your groov Box.
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RESOURCES

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Littelfuse introduces iDesign Fuse Selection tool

The iDesign on-line tool offers a fast way to identify the best component for an application, find appropriate parts documentation, and order sample parts for prototyping.

Roxtec Transit Designer 2.0 calculates cable paths

Transit Designer is a free, web-based tool that simplifies both product selection according to needs and requirements and the process of designing, purchasing and installing cable and pipe transits.

HABEY USA announces HIO Project

The HIO Project was created to unlock the traditional restraints seen in the embedded hardware industry, and enable developers to participate in hardware development much like we have seen in the open source software realm.

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WHITE PAPERS

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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.

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.

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.

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CASE STUDIES

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Data Loggers track mold at Apartment Complex

The monitoring project, which ran for five months, was aimed at investigating unexplained causes of moisture damage, wood decay and fungal growth found behind cladding and sheathing in ground-floor walls throughout the unnamed complex.

Information-rich design for large-screen displays

Nuclear Engineering International
By Alf Ove Braseth
A new approach to human-machine interfaces has produced a radically different design of control room displays. The first of these has now been installed at the Halden research reactor in Norway.

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill

The safety PLC provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a large cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden.

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EVENTS

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March 17, 2014 - June 30, 2014


This alarm management course is designed to educate key site personnel on industry standards, best practices, business justification, safety implications, business issues and the Seven-Step Approach to Effective Alarm Management.

April 23, 2014
Pittsburgh , PA


ACP will be releasing ThinManager 7 and Relevance 1 on March 3, 2014. Because this amazing technology is "See it to Believe it," we are hitting the road and "Going Mobile" to show you how ThinManager and Relevance are paving the way for mobile devices to become a very relevant technology for the modern factory.

April 23, 2014 - April 26, 2014
San Diego , CA, USA


This year’s CSIA conference provides systems integrator members with educational and networking opportunities to help your company put on an Inspiring Performance for your customers.

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TRAINING

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April 30, 2014
Lenexa , KS


This FREE one-day training class prepares the student to apply PROFINET in his own project. Lunch is included. Technical details of the technology are provided along with practical demonstrations. The class is designed for End Users, OEMs, System Integrators and Manufacturers of automation devices. Each student will receive a certificate for 5.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH).

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014
Birmingham , AL, USA


This three day training class will cover fundamentals of process measurement; control loops and tuning, and final control elements, with process control exercises. Programmable Control Systems and Fieldbus Technology will be presented and discussed.

May 15, 2014
Waukesha , WI


This FREE one-day training class prepares the student to apply PROFINET in his own project. Lunch is included. Technical details of the technology are provided along with practical demonstrations. The class is designed for End Users, OEMs, System Integrators and Manufacturers of automation devices. Each student will receive a certificate for 5.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH).