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Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come
February 01, 2017

Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come

By Leroy Spence, EU Automation
If you are struggling to get over the post-holiday blues, don’t despair. Sit back, relax and read all about some of the industrial technologies you can look forward to that will change the face of manufacturing in 2017.

Making OPC UA Secure for the Industrial IoT
December 15, 2016

Making OPC UA Secure for the Industrial IoT

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
Securing an industrial system requires at the very least securing the perimeter against unauthorized access. The challenge is to fully protect the perimeter, and yet still provide access to the data from OPC UA servers inside.

To Replace or Service Automation Systems: That is the Question
December 12, 2016

To Replace or Service Automation Systems: That is the Question

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
For cost and efficiency purposes, most vendors will try to minimize downtime with already existing automation systems and manufacturing equipment, instead of buying new equipment. This may be a prudent decision in some cases but it does beg some questions

Talent Bridges the Gap Between IT and OT in the Industrial Internet of Things
December 01, 2016

Talent Bridges the Gap Between IT and OT in the Industrial Internet of Things

By Dave Vasko, Rockwell Automation & IoT Talent Consortium
Only about 14 percent of companies have been able to fully connect their manufacturing floors with their IT departments, because manufacturers just don’t have the talent they need with skills in security, cloud, industrial communications and data analytics technologies

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017
November 23, 2016

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. This article discusses a few key technologies that will shape industrial automation in the year ahead.

Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency
October 21, 2016

Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency

By Kevin Terwilliger, Dell
This article discusses ways to utilize advanced IoT technology to enable successful predictive maintenance models for their facility.

Evolving Towards the Industrial IoT
September 19, 2016

Evolving Towards the Industrial IoT

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
Amidst all the conversation and occasional hype about the Industrial IoT, there has been cautious but steadily increasing implementation. Here are some questions to consider when evaluating an IIoT solution, to help cultivate an evolutionary approach

Bill’s Deep Dive: Siemens MindSphere Cloud Leverages OPC UA
August 09, 2016

Bill’s Deep Dive: Siemens MindSphere Cloud Leverages OPC UA

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Siemens’ MindSphere, a cloud offering that links physical products and production facilities with digital data, and which leverages OPC UA, was a major feature at the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit.

‘Open Process Control Architecture Standard’ is the Rallying Cry at ExxonMobil’s Industry Day
July 14, 2016

‘Open Process Control Architecture Standard’ is the Rallying Cry at ExxonMobil’s Industry Day

By Bill Lydon
A major driver for the effort for open process control standards, has been the widespread call for accelerative automation technology, along with an ecosystem of suppliers that can leverage the latest technology.

Honeywell Leaps Ahead with Digital Transformation Unit
June 07, 2016

Honeywell Leaps Ahead with Digital Transformation Unit

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The rapid rise of the cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has spurred dozens of companies to harness the new technologies and drive the evolution of the manufacturing industry. In this article, Bill talks with Honeywell about their approach to IIoT and innovation

Will IT and OT Converge?
June 01, 2016

Will IT and OT Converge?

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
For decades, the world of Information Technology (IT) has been evolving separately from the Operational Technology (OT) world. Yet now, increasing demands within the enterprise are starting to force them to cooperate, and possibly even live under one roof.

Industry 4.0 Blossoms at 2016 Hannover Fair
May 09, 2016

Industry 4.0 Blossoms at 2016 Hannover Fair

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The 2016 Hannover Fair was full of energy and industrial innovation, highlighted by an abundance of evidence that shows Industry 4.0 is moving from concept to real-world applications.

Powering Industry 4.0 & Industrial IoT
March 22, 2016

Powering Industry 4.0 & Industrial IoT

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Many industry experts believe OPC UA is an enabling technology for the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. OPC UA enables multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise.

Reshape the Automation Pyramid
March 22, 2016

Reshape the Automation Pyramid

The market increasingly demands individualized products. Product life cycles are getting shorter and average lot sizes are getting smaller. Considering this, cost efficient production in a globalized and resource limited environment requires a highly flexible (IT-) infrastructure that also works well in cross-enterprise networks. It requires a reshaped automation data pyramid.

Secure Protection from Attacks, Malicious Software, and Unauthorized Access
March 02, 2016

Secure Protection from Attacks, Malicious Software, and Unauthorized Access

By Gerrit Boysen and Mariam Coladonato, Phoenix Contact
The requirements placed on a firewall in a production zone are different from those in the office world. Therefore, using an industrial firewall with a NAT function can support the individual, simple segmentation of networks.

Why Semantics Matter
December 16, 2015

Why Semantics Matter

By Wim Pessemier, KU Leuven
Information modeling, or the ability to express not only data but also the meaning of data, is a key concept in the quest to make systems more intelligent, more autonomous and more evolvable.

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How OPC UA Clients Discover Servers (Part 2)
December 15, 2015

How OPC UA Clients Discover Servers (Part 2)

By John Renaldi, Real Time Automation
OPC UA Discovery has a very flexible and sophisticated mechanism for Client devices to find and identify Server devices. This article is the second of two articles that explain that how OPC UA Device Discovery works.

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How OPC UA Clients Discover Servers (Part 1)
December 02, 2015

How OPC UA Clients Discover Servers (Part 1)

By John Rinaldi, Real Time Automation
OPC UA created a more robust and flexible mechanism that works equally well on the factory floor with embedded devices as it does in the Enterprise with IT devices. This article is the first of two articles that explain that how OPC UA Device Discovery works.

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Can Time Sensitive Networking turbo charge OPC UA?
November 17, 2015

Can Time Sensitive Networking turbo charge OPC UA?

Industrial Ethernet Book
By Stefan Hensel, B&R Automation.
Integration of all communication from the ERP level to the field level is an essential requirement for today′s most advanced production systems. To penetrate the barriers between IT and automation, equipment owners are increasingly turning to the open OPC UA standard and Time Sensitive Networking.

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Connectivity, security, mobility: Integrating modern controls
November 17, 2015

Connectivity, security, mobility: Integrating modern controls

Control Engineering
By Melissa Topp
OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) when built into automation software eases integration with other systems and enhances security for a better expansion of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 concepts.