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Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation
March 22, 2017

Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation

By Maria Ferrante, PMMI
PMMI had a chance to speak about new technologies and trends in automation with Don Wickstrum, president and owner of Quest Industrial, a robotics integrator based in Monroe, Wisconsin. Wickstrum will present an Innovation Stage seminar at the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4-6; McCormick Place, Chicago) on how robotics can fill the labor shortage in the food industry.

CIA Exploits of IoT Devices: What lessons can we learn?
March 22, 2017

CIA Exploits of IoT Devices: What lessons can we learn?

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
Recent WikiLeak documents allege that the CIA developed, or sought to develop, or even “borrowed”, cyberattack technology that could target a wide range of IoT devices, including smart TVs, connected cars, and mobile phones. What can we learn from this?

The IoT Impact on Business Models: What Should Manufacturers Do First?
March 20, 2017

The IoT Impact on Business Models: What Should Manufacturers Do First?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The availability of many new technologies has provided the building blocks for dramatic changes in the manufacturing industry. Is your business model set to keep up?

Solving the 7 Most Common Tank Gauging Problems to Improve Safety
March 16, 2017

Solving the 7 Most Common Tank Gauging Problems to Improve Safety

By Ulf Johannesson, Emerson
Many terminals and tank farms struggle with tank gauging because they use outdated equipment. However, modern tank gauging systems can solve these issues

Identifying Cyber Security Pitfalls in Manufacturing
March 15, 2017

Identifying Cyber Security Pitfalls in Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With new strains of ransomware and other vulnerabilities created every week, what should manufacturers look out for in new year?

The Automation of Access and Its Impact on Manufacturing
March 14, 2017

The Automation of Access and Its Impact on Manufacturing

By Dean Wiech, Tools4ever
One of the primary issues that employees in manufacturing facilities encounter, regardless of if they are front office or plant floor, is the number of user names and passwords they need to remember.

Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition
March 13, 2017

Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
There is an common adage that has survived the ages: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Automation system users are expressing frustrations with existing systems and the lack of modern and open technology.

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security
March 10, 2017

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The February 6-9 event provided an atmosphere buzzing over the potential that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected technology are bringing to today’s industry.

Hispanic Workforce Growth in Automation Requires New Communication Leadership
March 08, 2017

Hispanic Workforce Growth in Automation Requires New Communication Leadership

By Thomas R. Cutler
The Hispanic share of the labor force is expected to increase more than that of any other demographic group, because of both overall population growth (from higher births and increased immigration) and higher labor force participation rates.

What Does a Good Machine Sound Like? A look at 3DSignals’ Predictive Maintenance Efforts
March 07, 2017

What Does a Good Machine Sound Like? A look at 3DSignals’ Predictive Maintenance Efforts

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
You know that feeling when you walk past a machine, and something just doesn’t quite sound right? This article discusses the use of audio analysis sensors and deep learning technology to predict equipment problems and generate alerts for preventative maintenance actions.

Bringing Data Visualization to the Forefront in Fastening Operations
March 07, 2017

Bringing Data Visualization to the Forefront in Fastening Operations

By Anthony Borges, PINpoint Information Systems
Patterns, trends and associations that might go undetected in text based information can be understood easier with manufacturing execution software that puts data visualization forefront.

Zero Unplanned Downtime – A Dream or Reality?
March 02, 2017

Zero Unplanned Downtime – A Dream or Reality?

By Leroy Spence, EU Automation
Predictive analytics is not quite magic, but it could make a world of difference for companies who want to improve efficiency. This article discusses how manufacturers can use predictive analytics to manage assets and minimise downtime.

Scalable MES Can Increase Speed to Smart Manufacturing
February 28, 2017

Scalable MES Can Increase Speed to Smart Manufacturing

By Greg Schmidt, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help companies better understand their operations and get more out of their workforce, equipment and materials. However, traditional MES is often an all-in, enterprise-wide investment.

The New Era of Automation Architectures: What does it mean for users?
February 27, 2017

The New Era of Automation Architectures: What does it mean for users?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The application of revolutionary new concepts and technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), sensor advances, embedded controllers, and improving technology, are rapidly changing automation architectures.

Automation Continues to Redefine What it Means to "Work"
February 24, 2017

Automation Continues to Redefine What it Means to "Work"

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
The trend in computer advancement supports the oft-cited prediction that machines will continue to replace human jobs. While new demand can’t be predicted with certainty, individuals can take advantage of new opportunities as they emerge alongside automation.

How Your Automation Infrastructure Can Meet Demand for Quality Ingredients
February 22, 2017

How Your Automation Infrastructure Can Meet Demand for Quality Ingredients

By Dave Sharpe, Rockwell Automation
Whole and healthy ingredients can create obstacles in production, while ingredient transparency is also an issue. Luckily, an automation infrastructure that lets IT and OT communicate can solve many of these complications

Cloud-Based MES: The Effort to Empower Small Manufacturers
February 20, 2017

Cloud-Based MES: The Effort to Empower Small Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In this day and age, it can sometimes seem like the small manufacturer is getting buried underneath the bigger entities in the industry. Yet, many of today’s advances, like the cloud-based MES, are making it possible for small and medium size manufacturers to improve their operation

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization
February 20, 2017

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization

By Mark Humphlett, Infor
The total output of U.S. manufacturing has increased by more than 250% in the past 25 years, and this growth is expected to continue. In this environment, manufacturers must be proactive about simplifying complex supply chains, or risk falling behind their competitors.

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging
February 17, 2017

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging

By Christoffer Widahl, Emerson Automation Solutions
Manual tank gauging at oil and gas extraction sites is a dangerous and potentially fatal operation. The new API MPMS 18.2 standard, which allows automatic tank gauging to be used for custody transfer on production tanks, will help to prevent injuries.

The Death of Windows CE Gives Rise to IoT Real-Time
February 16, 2017

The Death of Windows CE Gives Rise to IoT Real-Time

Although there has been no direct comment regarding the future of Windows Compact (CE), it’s clear that CE is giving way to Windows 10 IoT Core. The interesting thing with CE is that it had two distinct use cases: products that had a real-time processing need and those that did not, or at least no need for tightly bounded determinism.

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