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Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019
November 16, 2018

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019

By Jonathan Grech, JMartans Automation
While safety should always be a priority, newer technologies like these are making it easier for manufacturers to find and integrate the right device for their facility. This reduces risk to the final product, employees and equipment.

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security
November 14, 2018

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security

From large industrial control systems to one-man organizations, everyone is talking about security these days. And while the industry jargon they use may differ, all share four areas of security concern.

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits
November 13, 2018

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
An open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis
November 09, 2018

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis

By Martin Grune & Patrick Kraus, infoteam Software AG
How can production be optimized, where can improvement opportunities be found, which processes may even indirectly slow down operative business from the background? Overall Equipment Effectiveness (GAE) or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has established itself as the key performance indicator for this.

 Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity
November 08, 2018

Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how autonomous maintenance, one of the pillars of total productive maintenance (TPM) requires the whole manufacturing team to take responsibility for maintenance.

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance
November 07, 2018

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance

By Nick Boughton, Digital Lead, Boulting Technology
It has only been in the past five years where augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have made their way into industrial environments. This article explains how AR and VR are re-defining plant maintenance.

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology
November 06, 2018

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology

By Patricia Mattsson, Emerson Automation Solutions
The widespread departure from manual measurements to automated solutions has helped improve worker efficiency while providing more accurate measurements. New level measurement technologies can do even more.

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy
November 05, 2018

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy

By Mike Devine, Zebra Technologies
E-commerce is booming globally. The increasingly higher expectations of smartphone-savvy, always-connected consumers have urged retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies to collaborate hand in hand to meet the growing shoppers’ needs in the on-demand economy.

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition
November 02, 2018

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security.

DfR, IoT and PLM: How to achieve better-performing products
November 01, 2018

DfR, IoT and PLM: How to achieve better-performing products

By Chuck Cimalore, Arena Solutions
With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and centralized data management platforms like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology, companies can create a closed-loop, data-driven DfR program to improve predictability and reliability and achieve better-performing products.

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain
October 31, 2018

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Remote monitoring is not a new phenomenon. The technology has already established itself as standard part of control in manufacturing. This article explains how manufacturers can optimize their supply chain with remote monitoring.

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry
October 30, 2018

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry

By Brith Isaksson, ABB Food & Beverage
Commissioning a new system for a food manufacturing plant requires software assistance to plan effectively and with digital twinning, manufacturers can optimize its ongoing operations.

As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement
October 26, 2018

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement

By Dan Cychosz, Emerson Automation Solutions
One of the long-standing philosophical questions of life is whether the light goes off in a refrigerator when the door is closed. For process engineers, an even deeper question relates to knowing what happens inside pipes.

Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective
October 23, 2018

Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
In this article, we draw from that report to consider developments in price-performance ratio of hardware components to make up a new robotics: transistors, memory, sensors, energy storage, and electric motors.

Challenging Machine Vision Misconceptions
October 22, 2018

Challenging Machine Vision Misconceptions

By Harel Boren, CEO, Inspekto
As the machine vision industry goes on to embrace Autonomous Machine Vision, misconceptions remain. This article explains the truth behind some common machine vision misconceptions.

Hiring Hard-to-Find Manufacturing Talent in a Competitive Market
October 18, 2018

Hiring Hard-to-Find Manufacturing Talent in a Competitive Market

By Robert Cohn, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
As job vacancies continue to exceed the number of available employees, manufacturing organizations are forced to adapt the way they hire.

How to Choose the Right Power Supply:  Starting with accurate DC/DC converter measurements
October 16, 2018

How to Choose the Right Power Supply: Starting with accurate DC/DC converter measurements

By Florian Haas, TRACO POWER GROUP
It is well-known that there are many manufacturers out there, so the quality, as well as price of a specific product, can vary greatly.

Staying Secure in the Smart Era: 3 Rules for Cyber Security
October 15, 2018

Staying Secure in the Smart Era: 3 Rules for Cyber Security

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
One of the biggest challenges for manufacturers is choosing from the range of products and services available to protect against these crimes. This article offers three cyber security rules that manufacturers should abide by when selecting vendors.

Situational Awareness is the Key to Protecting OT systems from Cyberattacks
October 12, 2018

Situational Awareness is the Key to Protecting OT systems from Cyberattacks

By Nina Hesby Tvedt, Secure-NOK
As owners and operators find themselves faced with security challenges that were unthinkable to most less than a decade ago, society’s concern is rising for good reason.