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Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)
June 14, 2019

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)

By Jack Smylie, Ancra Systems
Automatic truck (un)loading systems, also known as ATLS, moves product from standard systems to customized solutions. Geared to industry sector applications and uniquely calculated to meet logistic requirements, streamlining trailer loading and unloading processes worldwide captures the core lean manufacturing principle of eliminating waste.

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERINCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95
June 11, 2019

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERINCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The digital transformation continues to flow throughout manufacturing, generating electricity among the audience at event after event. At the 2019 Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERINCE in May, it was Boeing, and Lucia Chung, Senior Director, IT Factory Operations, who provided insights into Boeing’s digital transformation effort.

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT
June 10, 2019

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT

By Stephane Daeuble, Nokia
Particularly in sectors that rely heavily on operational technology (OT) such as manufacturing, transportation, energy and healthcare, enterprises are progressing along their transformational journeys faster, thanks to the exciting promises of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing
June 06, 2019

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Simulating the factory can help fix mistakes and improve production. This article explains how VR and AR can be used in the factory to improve safety and increase productivity.

Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques
June 05, 2019

Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques

By Kevin Conlin, Kaman Precision Products
To get the most out of eddy current sensors, follow these tips for reducing errors that can affect a measurement’s accuracy. Pay attention to circuit selection, placement, calibration and mounting.

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits
June 04, 2019

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

By Brent Purdy, PE, AutomationDirect
Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery.

Strategy and Standards Determine the Value of Your Big Data
May 31, 2019

Strategy and Standards Determine the Value of Your Big Data

By Daymon Thompson, Beckhoff Automation
Many tools enable capturing the potential value that Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provide, but companies need to know what kind of information they want and how to gather it securely.

The Connected Factory: Smarter, faster and more efficient
May 30, 2019

The Connected Factory: Smarter, faster and more efficient

By Erik Josefsson, Ericsson
What is the best way to harness the power of Industry 4.0? Make sure that your connected factories have intelligent connectivity solutions­, solutions that are smart, stable, secure, simple to useand leverage ever-growing amounts of data to create value.

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?
May 29, 2019

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amazon is clearly focused on manufacturing and, based on industry events, interviews, analysis, and briefings with users applying AWS technology, is causing another round of disruption in industrial automation.

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center
May 28, 2019

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
The lack of strategically implemented Business Process Automation (BPA) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within the Smart City’s Data Centers could result in the city’s inundation by the data wave following a Smart City transformation.

Actionable Intelligence Accelerates Profitable Growth
May 24, 2019

Actionable Intelligence Accelerates Profitable Growth

By Barrett Thompson, Zilliant
The manufacturing plant floor has been automated and optimized for years; yet revenue and profit growth remain stagnant. Two functions at manufacturing organizations are prime for process improvement: selling and pricing.

Data Mining Paves the Way for a Better Understanding of Seismic Activity
May 21, 2019

Data Mining Paves the Way for a Better Understanding of Seismic Activity

By Andre Blanchard, Data Analyst
Data mining continues to be a useful tool for industries all over the world. The rise of big data has brought about an even larger and richer pool of information available, which means that companies who rely on data mining are now incorporating automation as the necessary next step.

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership
May 20, 2019

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership

Cyber threats continue to be a prominent concern as the digitalization movement grows ever larger. Siemens and TÜV SÜD are partnering to try and counter these concerns.

Why Actuators for Connected Industry Run on Brushless DC Motors
May 17, 2019

Why Actuators for Connected Industry Run on Brushless DC Motors

By Boris Wassmer, CIRCOR
Brushless DC technology is making electric actuators more efficient, more adaptable, and more connected—and changing expectations for what an actuator can do.

Machine Learning, Big Data, and Manufacturing: The Perfect Trifecta
May 16, 2019

Machine Learning, Big Data, and Manufacturing: The Perfect Trifecta

By Michael Schuldenfrei, OptimalPlus
Big Data Analytics (BDA) tools have changed how organizations everywhere do business, and they are already saving many electronics manufacturers millions of dollars today.

IT/OT Convergence Puts the Transportation Sector at Risk
May 13, 2019

IT/OT Convergence Puts the Transportation Sector at Risk

By Rick Peters, Fortinet
Increasingly, the most effective way to disrupt the world’s critical transportation infrastructure is by targeting the OT network, and more specifically, those IT devices and systems that have been converged into a traditionally isolated OT environment.

Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives
May 10, 2019

Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives

The ergonomic design of tow tractors is beneficial to workers. With the help of tow trucks, people can move heavy carts without strain. Workers no longer experience the same fatigue they get from using forklifts.

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?
May 09, 2019

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The rapid pace of change in North American manufacturing is causing a dramatic increase in the servitization of products. The reason for this spike? Sensors.

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma
May 08, 2019

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Suppliers either adapt with technology, or they lose customers and die. This is true in every industry. The industrial and process automation industries will be no exception.

Avoiding Downtime in Commercial Coding Equipment Service
May 02, 2019

Avoiding Downtime in Commercial Coding Equipment Service

By Chinaecherem Omenyinma, Videojet Technologies
Helping manufacturers to meet regulatory requirements and to provide a means of traceability, commercial printers can be an important part of production. However, when competing with other priorities on the production floor, they don’t always rank high on the list.