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Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining
July 16, 2018

Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining

By Tom Ayral, Honeywell Cyber Security
Various industry studies and intelligent guess-work already allow us to develop a first-pass financial estimate of potential losses from cyber attacks – which allows an estimate of the savings that implementing an effective cyber security program could bring.

The Burden of Proof in Cybersecurity: Inside Eaton and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Strategic Collaboration
July 10, 2018

The Burden of Proof in Cybersecurity: Inside Eaton and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Strategic Collaboration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Recent security breaches have demonstrated the continued dynamic evolution of cybersecurity as vulnerabilities in both software and hardware continue to be identified. Consequently, it is increasingly imperative that cybersecurity is designed into the system components and overall design…and people will want proof of that.

Blockchain after Bitcoin: What impact can blockchain have on the future of manufacturing?
July 09, 2018

Blockchain after Bitcoin: What impact can blockchain have on the future of manufacturing?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Blockchain is changing the finance industry, and there is potential for it to revolutionize other industries too. This article explains how Blockchain can revolutionize manufacturing.

To Train or Not To Train?
July 05, 2018

To Train or Not To Train?

By Andrea Belk Olson, Pragmadik
In the restaurant industry, training is a given. On the other hand, many small to mid-sized manufacturers resist investing in employee training, citing concerns that if the employee leaves, that investment was lost. However, this is a straw-man argument. Let's address these preconceived notions.

For Many, Insiders Pose the Biggest Threat to Industrial Security
July 03, 2018

For Many, Insiders Pose the Biggest Threat to Industrial Security

By Michael Rothschild, Indegy
IT security has been a concern for the better part of three decades. OT security, however, is relatively new simply because operational environments were never connected to the outside world and vulnerable to threats as they are today.

Industry Trend in Process Instrumentation: Cloud-based Solutions to Optimize Project Results
June 29, 2018

Industry Trend in Process Instrumentation: Cloud-based Solutions to Optimize Project Results

By Phil Ng, Honeywell Process Solutions
This article describes how the latest trend in field instrumentation technology and engineering practices – cloud-based tools to improve application validation, instrument selection, and device commissioning – can help improve project results while ensuring the safety and efficiency of industrial facilities.

Plug and Play Technology in Industrial Plants
June 28, 2018

Plug and Play Technology in Industrial Plants

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
A plug and play device or computer bus has a specification that allows for the discovery of a hardware component in a system without physical device configuration or user intervention. This article explores the growing trend of plug and play technologies.

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet
June 27, 2018

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The logistics and supply chain sector has been inundated with new and novel transport technologies in the past two years, however, experts don’t expect many of these technologies to be widely available for another 5-10. This article explains why parts suppliers may be better served by focusing on reducing lead-times to same-day delivery.

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?
June 27, 2018

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?

By Tom DeVroy, IFS
This article outlines three common reverse logistics scenarios. If these ring true then it may be time to evaluate whether your reverse logistics strategy is costing you time, money and customer satisfaction.

Who Will Set Future Industrial Automation Standards?
June 26, 2018

Who Will Set Future Industrial Automation Standards?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The ability to enhance industrial and process automation efficiency, through the application real-time enterprise computing, cloud applications, and IoT devices. While such investments can be a gamble, the cards are laying in the automation industry’s favor.

Uncovering the New Wave of Manufacturing Service Leaders
June 25, 2018

Uncovering the New Wave of Manufacturing Service Leaders

By Vivek Joshi, Entytle
The recruitment, management and retention of top talent within industrial manufacturing firms is an extremely hot topic of discussion today more than ever. Future leaders must be prepared for the role that will be. Not the role that is.

Is a Cobot Really What You Need?
June 22, 2018

Is a Cobot Really What You Need?

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots (cobots), machines that work harmoniously alongside humans, account for 3% of this market, but will reach 34% by 2025. This article explains what manufacturers need to understand before they jump on the cobot bandwagon, as this investment may not be as low-risk as it first appears.

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework
June 21, 2018

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
SDKs tend to be collections of reference implementations, wrappers, helper classes, and sample applications aimed at giving you a head-start for building your UA app. Developers with experience in OPC UA find these tools indispensable. The problem is, in the end, they still need to build it.

Examining the Role of Women in Engineering's History and Future
June 19, 2018

Examining the Role of Women in Engineering's History and Future

By Helen Marston, Cressall
There are several women in our past that have changed the face of engineering forever, being highly praised for their skills and expertise. This article discusses the role of women in engineering throughout history.

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning
June 19, 2018

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning

By Robert Glass, ABB
Industry 4.0 continues to open up new opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing. Virtual commissioning is one of these key technologies. This article explores the concept of virtual commissioning and how system testing can benefit the food industry.

Safe and Sound: Is your smart factory secure?
June 12, 2018

Safe and Sound: Is your smart factory secure?

Obtaining clear guidance for securing your smart factory isn’t easy to come by. This article discusses smart factory security and what manufacturers should consider when protecting their facility.

Women in Engineering: Debunking myths ahead of INWED 2018
June 12, 2018

Women in Engineering: Debunking myths ahead of INWED 2018

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
The theme for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2018 is raising the bar. However, perhaps it's time to use this bar to quash a few misconceptions instead. This article will go in depth in today's engineering environment to do just this.

Automation and the Drive in Productivity
June 12, 2018

Automation and the Drive in Productivity

By Scott Fawcett, Essentra Components
The integration of digitisation and data exchange into the manufacturing process has led to the rapid growth of what is known as smart factories. These facilities, which incorporate smart planning, smart machines and smart data, are completely changing traditional manufacturing processes.

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy
June 11, 2018

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy

By Alan Binning, COPA-DATA UK
Renewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. This article explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting.

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems
June 08, 2018

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Traditional industrial networking methods have proved workable but difficult to implement. The next generation of communication technologies may work to ease implementation while addressing security concerns.