Automation 2020: IIoT and Smart Manufacturing

Formerly called Advancing Automation, this ebook series includes articles from a variety of experts on the latest in smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 topics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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In Memoriam: Richard “Rich” Merritt, 1943-2020

In Memoriam: Richard “Rich” Merritt, 1943-2020


Richard “Rich” Jesse Merritt died Saturday, February 8, 2020, at his home in Cedar Rapids. He was 76. He was a giant of industrial automation and control technical communications, serving countless publications and clients over his long career, including Automation.com and ISA’s InTech magazine.

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Hannover Preview 2020: Digitalization and Mobility Reach Higher Importance in COVID-19 Environment

Hannover Preview 2020: Digitalization and Mobility Reach Higher Importance in COVID-19 Environment


By Bill Lydon
There was great anticipation for another electrifying Hannover Messe event at the Hannover Messe 2020 Preview. While the April event has been cancelled, the February event still revealed a trove of quality information and innovation

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Conquering Manufacturing Bottlenecks with Industrial IoT

Conquering Manufacturing Bottlenecks with Industrial IoT


While bottlenecks still exist in today’s manufacturing environment, the good news is that the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is providing new ways to solve them.

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Electromechanical actuators (EMAs) are a more precise actuator option. Download our free white paper for selecting an EMA.

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The ELX series EtherCAT® Terminals from Beckhoff, with intrinsically safe inputs/outputs, enable direct connection of field devices in hazardous areas classified Zones 0, 1 and 2.

The ELX series EtherCAT® Terminals from Beckhoff, with intrinsically safe inputs/outputs, enable direct connection of field devices in hazardous areas classified Zones 0, 1 and 2.

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AutomationDirect announces expansion I/O modules for BRX micro brick PLC

AutomationDirect announces expansion I/O modules for BRX micro brick PLC

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Emerson introduces v8.2 of DataManager software

Emerson introduces v8.2 of DataManager software

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PEAK-System announces PCAN-Router Pro FD 6-channel router and data logger

PEAK-System announces PCAN-Router Pro FD 6-channel router and data logger

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Learn about the crucial tasks CSTs are responsible for and the skills they need when implementing a new system or plant.

Learn about the crucial tasks CSTs are responsible for and the skills they need when implementing a new system or plant.

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Obtain accurate data in real time to improve process efficiency, ensure product quality, and achieve the desired ROI.

Obtain accurate data in real time to improve process efficiency, ensure product quality, and achieve the desired ROI.

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This new edition reflects the continuing evolution of technology and its effects on automation and control.

This new edition reflects the continuing evolution of technology and its effects on automation and control.

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Hannover Preview 2020: Digitalization and Mobility Reach Higher Importance in COVID-19 Environment

Hannover Preview 2020: Digitalization and Mobility Reach Higher Importance in COVID-19 Environment


By Bill Lydon
There was great anticipation for another electrifying Hannover Messe event at the Hannover Messe 2020 Preview. While the April event has been cancelled, the February event still revealed a trove of quality information and innovation

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ODVA announces joint working group with OPC Foundation

ODVA announces joint working group with OPC Foundation


The collaboration between ODVA and the OPC Foundation will result in secure communications between devices that are a part of a CIP-enabled Industrial Control System (ICS) and other OPC UA enabled applications allowing communication between CIP devices and OPC UA devices as well as with cloud and enterprise level services.

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Industrial Internet Consortium announces newest edition of Journal of Innovation

Industrial Internet Consortium announces newest edition of Journal of Innovation


The latest issue delves into the topic of intelligent transport systems (ITS). In this edition, experts discuss important issues for ITS, including over-the-air updates, security and logistics.

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ATEN Technology releases CN9600 KVM over IP switch

ATEN Technology releases CN9600 KVM over IP switch

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Fluke Process Instruments releases ThermoView Critical Asset Solution

Fluke Process Instruments releases ThermoView Critical Asset Solution

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AutomationDirect announces LR2 line reactor series and VTF series output filters

AutomationDirect announces LR2 line reactor series and VTF series output filters

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - February 2020

Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - February 2020


Otto Mation is moving to the new Automation.com website! As we enhance our site, Otto still wants you to enhance his comics with your captions. If your caption is selected as the winner, we will send you a newly-designed Automation.com & Otto Mation mug.

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - January 2020

Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - January 2020


The winning caption for this comic caption contest was submitted by Frank K, in Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Frank!

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - October 2019

Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - October 2019


The winning caption for this comic caption contest was submitted by Kenny S, in Montana. Congratulations, Kenny!

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Moore Industries-International, Inc.

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Moore Industries-International, Inc. designs and manufactures signal interface instruments for industrial process control, system integration, and factory automation. The company's products are used in industries such as: chemical and specialty chemical; oil & gas extraction, refining and transport; and more.

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EPLAN Software & Services

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EPLAN offers software and services in fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering. We develop leading software solutions- also known as CAE- for machine, plant and control cabinet engineering.

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Wunderlich - Malec

Wunderlich - Malec


Wunderlich-Malec has successfully designed and implemented engineering solutions for commercial, industrial and government clients throughout North America and abroad since 1981.

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Interstates offers electrical construction, electrical engineering, and control systems services. For over sixty years, the company has tackled complex challenges and developed innovative solutions for industrial manufacturing and processing facilities around the world.

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SeQent

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SeQent is a leading industrial automation software provider and early pioneer in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space with over two decades of experience and thousands of installations worldwide.

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