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IIoT Monitoring Will Define the Next Phase of Automation
August 21, 2017

IIoT Monitoring Will Define the Next Phase of Automation

By John Hayes, Vecna Robotics
All those sensors on AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) which prevent collisions (with people, equipment, or building structures) are collecting data. Few AGV manufacturers have found a way to concretize these data and make them actionable, predictive, and fundamentally useful.

Why Smart Lighting Control May Mean Fatter Wallets for the Industrial, Office & Commercial Lighting Industry
August 18, 2017

Why Smart Lighting Control May Mean Fatter Wallets for the Industrial, Office & Commercial Lighting Industry

By Erik Davidson, Cortet by CEL
This article will focus on the IoT-enabled Smart Lighting Control opportunity, which CEL research shows is one of largest opportunities in the rapidly growing commercial-grade IoT control space.

Manufacturing in the Digital Era:  Winning the Race Requires Investment
August 15, 2017

Manufacturing in the Digital Era: Winning the Race Requires Investment

The dramatic influx of connected industrial automation and manufacturing technology is providing the opportunity for manufacturing companies to drive their industries forward, while surpassing the competition. Yet with money seemingly always being tight, how does an organization manage the necessary expenses to push forward?

Automation for Sustainable Development
August 14, 2017

Automation for Sustainable Development

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Science and technology go hand-in-hand in solving the world’s problems and robotics and automation are the latest innovations to tackle one of our biggest issues – poverty. This article explores how technology can be used to create sustainable solutions and tackle world poverty.

Business Process Automation: How Can It Benefit You And Your Business
August 11, 2017

Business Process Automation: How Can It Benefit You And Your Business

By Joanna Sommer, InformedMag
Leveraging technology to automate workflows is what Business Process Automation (BPA) is all about. The objective of BPA is to reduce human intervention as much as possible to save time and money. “Side effects” such as improved service levels and cost savings help build loyalty through customer satisfaction.

How to Implement Secure Connectivity between Manufacturing and Business Systems
August 08, 2017

How to Implement Secure Connectivity between Manufacturing and Business Systems

By Gregory Wilcox, Rockwell Automation
Obstacles to adopting industrial remote access have included security concerns, insufficient connectivity and a lack of collaboration between IT and operations personnel. This article provides 8 key steps for implementing remote access in industrial operations

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing
August 07, 2017

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Too often - in today’s industrial environment - management, investors and executives are looking for the single “silver bullet” that will lead to company success. The secret of longevity however, takes far more planning and innovation.

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry
August 04, 2017

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article discusses how automated guided vehicles have advanced from simple materials handlers to intelligent autonomous robots.

Realizing Digital Potential: 5 Top Priorities for Digital Transformation
August 03, 2017

Realizing Digital Potential: 5 Top Priorities for Digital Transformation

By Antony Bourne, IFS
In the recent Digital Change Survey commissioned by IFS covering 750 professionals across a range of industries, 80% saw themselves as ‘enabled’, ‘enhanced’ or ‘optimized’ to leverage DT. Even more impressively, 89% said they had ‘advantageous’ or ‘adequate’ funding in place for digital projects—a clear acknowledgment that the time of disruptive technologies is here, and that the vast majority of firms are realizing that they need to invest. But why are businesses investing?

Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor
August 02, 2017

Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor

By Zach Arnold, Arnold Machine
Material handling conveyors are often a key element of automated manufacturing systems. They safely and efficiently transfer parts across the warehouse floor from station to station or even through other automated systems.

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure
August 02, 2017

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure

By Robert Glass, ABB
As food manufacturing plants become more connected through the Industrial Internt of Things (IIoT), the threat of cyber-attacks and how much damage they can do, has increased. This article offers advice on how to ensure your manufacturing process is kept secure.

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring
August 01, 2017

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring

By Marianne Williams, Emerson
This article explains how the latest generation of vibrating fork level switches feature increased health monitoring functionality, which enables maintenance to be planned and process availability to be increased

Engineering for All: Creating a diverse workforce
July 27, 2017

Engineering for All: Creating a diverse workforce

By Ian Humphries, Boulting Group
Research conducted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) shows that just six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, making the country one of the smallest employers of female engineering professionals in Europe. This article explores the pathways into the sector and how it is evolving.

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency
July 26, 2017

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency

By Michael LaGrega, Siemens
Data gathered by RFID readers can be a critical element in a corporation’s plans to gain increased visibility and understanding of parts, materials and other moveable assets. All of this valuable information can be integrated more easily when standards like OPC-UA with its AutoID companion are employed.

Fluke Aims for Holistic Maintenance Management with Accelix Platform
July 24, 2017

Fluke Aims for Holistic Maintenance Management with Accelix Platform

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
There is a great deal of hype around IIoT, and much of it may never be realized, but Fluke and their Accelix platform is a real-world solution which may finally deliver the tangible IIoT gains that companies have been yearning for.

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network
July 20, 2017

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network

By Andrew McIntyre, Texas Instruments
At the core of Industry 4.0 is the need for reliable communication networks. These networks are closely tied to real-time operational needs; therefore, they must be able to handle information in a deterministic and redundant manner.

Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters
July 19, 2017

Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters

By Tom Bass, Emerson Automation Solutions
Pumps in remote locations can be monitored with wireless transmitters in a cost-effective manner to improve uptime, avoid incidents and increase reliability.

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation
July 18, 2017

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation

By Jerry Browning, IFS in North America
This article explains how executives at asset-intensive organizations can harness the power of enterprise software to evolve their organizations, adapt to change and take advantage of new revenue opportunities.

The Growing Threat of Ransomware on the Shop Floor
July 18, 2017

The Growing Threat of Ransomware on the Shop Floor

By Galina Antova, Claroty
We cannot afford to rely on the same (sub)standard we used in IT security over the past 10 years. We have to act ahead of the threat – we have to do something now.

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency
July 17, 2017

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
EPLAN's integration with the Siemens TIA portal is intended to enable engineering data to be exchanged bidirectionally between the worlds of electrical engineering and automation engineering.