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The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA
September 19, 2018

The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
The next generation of HMI and SCADA technologies is now poised to deliver the rich interfaces users expect, with even easier connectivity to the thriving variety of Internet of Things devices.

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?
September 18, 2018

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The industrial automation industry has a reputation and history of being behind the technology adoption curve. With an prganizational need for reliability and system availability, the key question is: When is a new technology reliable enough that the benefits outweigh the risk?

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Robot Batteries
September 17, 2018

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Robot Batteries

By Michele Windsor, Ultralife Corporation
For robots to be truly reliable and safe, engineers should ensure they have the correct power solutions. This article explains the impact poor design and integration of batteries can have on industrial robots.

Three Steps to Ensuring Machine Safety
September 13, 2018

Three Steps to Ensuring Machine Safety

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Machine safety is of the utmost importance to manufacturers to reduce the risk of accidents and safeguard staff. However, the benefits of a comprehensive safety strategy can extend far beyond this. But how can manufacturers reap the rewards safety brings?

Fostering Creativity and Ideas to Improve Manufacturing: In-depth at HANNOVER MESSE USA
September 11, 2018

Fostering Creativity and Ideas to Improve Manufacturing: In-depth at HANNOVER MESSE USA

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Keeping a manufacturing business vital and competitive requires a flow of ideas and creativity of the need to be stimulated with information from outside your organization.

What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability
September 10, 2018

What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

By Shan Zhan, ABB Control Technologies
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. This article looks at what the scandal can teach food manufacturers about the importance of traceability processes.

Working Together in Industry 4.0: How Industry 4.0 is increasing industry collaboration
September 06, 2018

Working Together in Industry 4.0: How Industry 4.0 is increasing industry collaboration

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Industry 4.0 has increased economic and supply chain globalisation, which has in turn created new possibilities for professional collaboration, allowing us to work with others in industry across the globe.

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Vision: Unifying Business & Industrial Automation
September 05, 2018

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Vision: Unifying Business & Industrial Automation

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) was envisioned to create single network to meet all requirements including audio, vision, and data with guaranteed speed and determinism for all applications.

The 3 C's of Machine Safety
September 04, 2018

The 3 C's of Machine Safety

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Improving facility safety is critical to safeguard staff, but did you know safety can impact productivity and machine effectiveness too? This article will share three tips for machine safety.

Applying Apps in Industrial Automation
August 31, 2018

Applying Apps in Industrial Automation

By Don Pham, IDEC
Smartphone and tablet users prefer apps to browser-based access for everyday tasks, and this preference is spreading to industrial automation.

Learning the Ropes of Industry 4.0: The future of engineering depends on training
August 29, 2018

Learning the Ropes of Industry 4.0: The future of engineering depends on training

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Businesses must work to encourage more people into this pipeline but must also ensure they are getting the best out of existing and new staff. This article discusses why employers must upskill both new and experienced staff.

Digital Journey Continues at Inaugural HANNOVER MESSE USA
August 28, 2018

Digital Journey Continues at Inaugural HANNOVER MESSE USA

The HANNOVER MESSE USA event (Sep 10-15) will show how manufacturers, worldwide, are applying new technologies to improve manufacturing productivity and performance.

Being Versatile with IoT
August 24, 2018

Being Versatile with IoT

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
IHS Markit predicts that there will be around 75.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the world by 2025. This article explains how the IoT is impacting consumer-facing businesses and what manufacturers can learn from that.

Improving Manufacturing with Predictive Analytics
August 23, 2018

Improving Manufacturing with Predictive Analytics

By Stefan Reuther, COPA-DATA
Research by IndustryWeek shows that equipment failure is the cause of 42 per cent of unplanned downtime. This article explains how to leverage predictive analytics to reduce factory downtime and increase business competitiveness.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid
August 22, 2018

The Evolution of the Smart Grid

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
This article explains how the timeline of power grid modernization, including the convergence of disparate systems, has led to the evolution of the smart grid.

Keeping Pace with Technological Innovation through Finance
August 21, 2018

Keeping Pace with Technological Innovation through Finance

By Peter Austin, Siemens Financial Services
Today more than ever, manufacturing leaders must understand the value of digitalization, how it applies to this industrial shift and establish the capital to enable this transition.

Integrated Plant Performance Management as a Means to Improve Profitability
August 20, 2018

Integrated Plant Performance Management as a Means to Improve Profitability

By Yasunori Kobayashi, Yokogawa
In today's competitive environment, process industry companies need to balance multiple objectives including safety, profitability and delivering value to customers. However, these objectives are often conflicting goals not aligned across departments, plants, or enterprise boundaries.

Changing Business Models with IoT
August 16, 2018

Changing Business Models with IoT

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
An organization’s business model sets out how it will create and deliver value.Over the years, such models have increased in sophistication depending on advances in technology. Emerging, innovative technology can change existing business models or create new ones altogether.

Smarter Tech and Safer Food: How is smart technology improving food safety?
August 15, 2018

Smarter Tech and Safer Food: How is smart technology improving food safety?

By Robert Glass, Food & Beverage, ABB
Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. This article explains how smart technologies are helping manufacturers exceed food safety standards.

What Does the TDC ExxonMobil Migration Mean for The Open Process Automation Forum?
August 14, 2018

What Does the TDC ExxonMobil Migration Mean for The Open Process Automation Forum?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The industrial automation industry has dramatically lagged in the adoption of technology, and a major reason for this has been closed ecosystems. Will the Honeywell TDC3000 migration approach eliminate the reason for The Open Process Automation Forum (OPA) initiative?