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Industry Giants Driving Holistic Cyber Security Architecture for Edge Devices – Enterprise – Cloud
May 15, 2018

Industry Giants Driving Holistic Cyber Security Architecture for Edge Devices – Enterprise – Cloud

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
At Hannover Messe 2018, it was clear that many in the computing industry are focused on implementing a holistic cyber security approach, encompassing the entire architecture including cloud, enterprise, and edge devices. This article will explore some of these efforts and explain how they are shaping the future of cybersecurity in industrial automation.


Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging
May 14, 2018

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging

By Robert Glass, ABB
Recently, Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its stores in Amsterdam. More supermarkets will likely follow. Will food manufacturers will need to rethink their food packaging materials?

Are You Cobot Ready?- How to manage a team of humans and collaborative robots
May 10, 2018

Are You Cobot Ready?- How to manage a team of humans and collaborative robots

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Collaborative robots, commonly known as cobots, make up just three per cent of all robot sales worldwide. However, awareness of their benefits for manufacturers is increasing and it’s expected that, by 2025, the sales of cobots will have jumped to 34 per cent of all robot sales.

OPC UA over TSN: A Realistic Future for a Unified Industrial Control Network?
May 08, 2018

OPC UA over TSN: A Realistic Future for a Unified Industrial Control Network?

At Hannover Fair 2018, the vision for a seamless architecture from edge devices to enterprise and cloud computing was a prominent theme. Numerous product demonstrations, announcements, and discussions promoted the combination of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN IEEE 802.1) with OPC UA messaging and data models to create a new manufacturing and production architecture

Is SaaS for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Implementation the Key to Unlocking Immediate ROI?
May 04, 2018

Is SaaS for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Implementation the Key to Unlocking Immediate ROI?

By Randy Blaylock, eFlex Systems
The old model of OEE implementation was capital intensive and prohibited most small and mid-sized manufacturers from using a well-respected tool. The SaaS OEE is positioning itself as a game-changer by inviting ALL manufacturers to utilize these most needed metrics.

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid
May 03, 2018

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Emerging smart cities are changing urban planning around the world. But, what is a smart city? This article explains how grid technology must change to build a smart city.

Choosing Components for Collaborative Robots
May 02, 2018

Choosing Components for Collaborative Robots

By Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings
Behind the drawn factory doors of facilities across Europe, humans are working safely alongside a new kind of colleague; one that is stronger, faster and more efficient than ever before: collaborative robots. This article explains how to choose the right bearing for this new automation application.

Addressing Global Cyberthreats: Insights on the cyberspace from General Michael Hayden
May 01, 2018

Addressing Global Cyberthreats: Insights on the cyberspace from General Michael Hayden

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The world might not be able to eliminate the cyberthreat from existence, but today’s industrial businesses can take proactive action to ensure that they are able to effectively respond and recover if a cyberattack does come.

How Zoomorphism Can Teach Us to Make Better Robots
April 27, 2018

How Zoomorphism Can Teach Us to Make Better Robots

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Zoomorphism is the literary term used to describe the attribution of animal characteristics to inanimate objects. But, have you ever considered its potential to change the way humans innovate in the robotic sciences? This article explains how zoomorphism can teach us to make better industrial robots.

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term  structural challenges
April 26, 2018

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term structural challenges

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
Agriculture is facing major long-term challenges. Some forecasts suggest that world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050. This, together with rising global income levels that typically increase food demand per capital, would require raising food production in 2050 by 70% compared to 2005 levels.

Can Voice Recognition Deliver Vocal Power for Manufacturers?
April 24, 2018

Can Voice Recognition Deliver Vocal Power for Manufacturers?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Since its release, Amazon has sold over 20 million Echo devices with Alexa — the voice activated assistant. It has changed the way we complete many daily tasks, from shopping, to getting weather updates. Could it do the same for manufacturing?

Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?
April 19, 2018

Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?

By Chad Smith and Carol Ptak, Demand Driven Institute
Manufacturing needs Lean methods to stay competitive in the more complex environment of the twenty-first century. Lean needs an effective customer-centric planning approach to bring that vision to reality.

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots
April 17, 2018

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Safety hazards, aging assets and security threats can negatively impact your business, including your employees, revenue, plants, intellectual property, vehicle quality and customers. You can help improve risk management by setting your sights on four key areas: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

Industrial Cybersecurity & International Defense - Inside Siemens' Cybersecurity Charter of Trust
April 17, 2018

Industrial Cybersecurity & International Defense - Inside Siemens' Cybersecurity Charter of Trust

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization. Will this elevate the industrial cybersecurity discussion?

Meet Upskill: HERMES AWARD Finalist Takes Center Stage At HANNOVER MESSE 2018
April 16, 2018

Meet Upskill: HERMES AWARD Finalist Takes Center Stage At HANNOVER MESSE 2018

By Larry Turner, HANNOVER FAIRS USA
The HERMES AWARD is an industrial technology prize awarded at HANNOVER MESSE, the manufacturing technology trade show held annually in Hannover, Germany. This year, Washington, D.C.-based Upskill is the only American finalist.

Artificial Intelligence & Product Development
April 16, 2018

Artificial Intelligence & Product Development

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With the rate of technological change faster than ever, companies can’t leave their research and development (R&D) to chance. This article explains how artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a role in product development.

Supporting the American Manufacturing Renewal: Inside Oakland University’s ISE Department
April 10, 2018

Supporting the American Manufacturing Renewal: Inside Oakland University’s ISE Department

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The ISE program offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, designing a curriculum that allows students to think laterally, envision and analyze multiple perspectives in the creative design process.

Open Systems Come to Process Automation
April 09, 2018

Open Systems Come to Process Automation

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Products developed using open systems technologies are in widespread use throughout the commercial sector, providing a host of benefits to vendors and their customers. But the open systems movement has been slow to penetrate the often closed and proprietary world of industrial automation—denying end users, OEMs and system integrators the same types of benefits.

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't
April 04, 2018

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't

By Rachel Bugaris, Panduit Corp
AVTs automate the functions of handheld voltage testers for this specific task and display information about the status of voltage inside equipment without exposure to electrical hazards.

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization
April 03, 2018

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Digitalization and education were once again at the forefront of the 11th annual Manufacturing in America. Held March 14-15 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, the summit also saw discussions on the role of blockchain technology, and also provided ideas and solutions to help manufacturing companies to achieve operational excellence.