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Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment
April 26, 2017

Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment

GE Healthcare has reduced the size of its repair cell stations at the Repair Operations Center by 40%, much of which is due to the integration of the OTTO self-driving vehicles.

What Production Data is Necessary to Drive Your Industry 4.0 Agenda?
April 25, 2017

What Production Data is Necessary to Drive Your Industry 4.0 Agenda?

By Mathew Daniel, Sciemetric Instruments
Data, data and more data. It’s the hot topic in manufacturing today with all the hype and anxiety around Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. How should it be collected, managed and used effectively?

Emerging Efficiencies for Packaging Lines
April 24, 2017

Emerging Efficiencies for Packaging Lines

By Tom Egan, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
Robotics, automatic labelers, smart packaging and digital printing are just some of the technologies that can help an operation become more flexible and cost-effective with rapid response times to save on related expenses. This article will discuss some resources you might not know about.

Talent is Key to Successful Industrial Digital Transformation
April 19, 2017

Talent is Key to Successful Industrial Digital Transformation

By Jennifer Waldo, GE Digital and IoT Talent Consortium
Given the rising importance of the Internet of Things, “digital transformation” has become a business necessity, and the industrial sector is facing a huge shift. In addition to technological challenges, organizations must also address how to find, train and manage the people who will power this transformation.

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Honeywell Process Solutions helps Pakistani refinery implement cleaner processes
April 19, 2017

Honeywell Process Solutions helps Pakistani refinery implement cleaner processes

The project’s Honeywell solutions will include licensing, basic engineering design and other associated services for a modular Penex isomerization unit

The Robots are Coming — But They’re Here to Help
April 19, 2017

The Robots are Coming — But They’re Here to Help

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
While it may still be some time before we replace ourselves with androids, automation is having a significant impact on the way we work. This article will discuss further, the impact of robotics on the job market.

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital
April 18, 2017

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital

Renishaw’s neuromate stereotactic robot assisted surgeon Prof. William Gray during the SEEG case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals.

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Higher Demands Call for Intelligent Automation Systems
April 18, 2017

Higher Demands Call for Intelligent Automation Systems

By Dan DeYoung, Rockwell Automation
Implementing a smart manufacturing approach requires an automation system that can keep up with these demands – a system that integrates all smart devices on a single network with one control platform. Automation systems must be able to deliver the promise of smart manufacturing

Bill's Deep Dive: How Deloitte and Dragos' Cyber Risk Platform Converges IT and OT Security
April 17, 2017

Bill's Deep Dive: How Deloitte and Dragos' Cyber Risk Platform Converges IT and OT Security

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
As automation technology gets more advanced, with more capabilities, so to does it come with an increasing number of cyber security vulnerabilities. As such, this week’s Deep Dive will revolve around Deloitte's new cyber risk platform

Yokogawa enhances plant network for four Japanese paper plants
April 13, 2017

Yokogawa enhances plant network for four Japanese paper plants

This is the first-ever plant-wide implementation in Japan (based on a March 2017 Yokogawa market survey) of SDN, a software-based technology that enables the creation of virtual network environments.

Honeywell's Profit Blending and Movement shows improving refinery operations
April 12, 2017

Honeywell's Profit Blending and Movement shows improving refinery operations

Honeywell’s solution is designed to improve safety, efficiency and productivity through control, optimization and monitoring of product blending, movements and inventories in refineries, tank farms and terminals.

How Laser Scanner Technology is Improving Workplace Safety
April 11, 2017

How Laser Scanner Technology is Improving Workplace Safety

By Don Pham, IDEC
New laser scanner technology allows plant personnel to address safety challenges with more comprehensive coverage zones and configurations. This article will explore some of these technology advancements and discuss how they help improve safety and optimize operations.

SignalFire and VEGA enhance remote monitoring for pizza production plant
April 11, 2017

SignalFire and VEGA enhance remote monitoring for pizza production plant

VEGA Americas and SignalFire Wireless Telemetry have teamed up to couple VEGAPULS69 radar level instruments with a SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) to provide a wireless remote monitoring and control solution to track flour usage.

Schneider Electric helps Philippines power company optimize smart grid operations
April 11, 2017

Schneider Electric helps Philippines power company optimize smart grid operations

NGCP is responsible for delivering safe and reliable power to customers in the Philippines over more than 21,000 circuit kilometers of transmission lines. Cost, resource and energy optimization pressure drove NGCP to invest further in their Schneider Electric solution

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A Single Network for Industrial Ethernet: Will Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Accomplish Convergence?
April 10, 2017

A Single Network for Industrial Ethernet: Will Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Accomplish Convergence?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Connecting the manufacturing plant floor with the business enterprise through a single, open network has been an elusive goal in today's automation industry. Many industrial automation people believe that TSN will become a high volume, low cost technology with adoption by automotive and consumer industries

What Automation Means for Your Small Business
April 07, 2017

What Automation Means for Your Small Business

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
It used to be that automation was only available to larger businesses because of the cost or software involved, but a new wave of innovation has brought automation tools specifically designed for all sizes of businesses that make it more accessible to even the newest ventures,

Kepware helps Teel Plastics bring IoT to their operations
April 06, 2017

Kepware helps Teel Plastics bring IoT to their operations

Teel Plastics was inspired to find a solution that would allow operators to control all pieces electronically and reduce human error. They ultimately found that Kepware’s IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX provided the way to control all the essential components.

Removing Roadblocks in the Path to Data Analytics Success
April 06, 2017

Removing Roadblocks in the Path to Data Analytics Success

By Michael Risse, Vice President, Seeq Corporation
These five types of people often hinder big data analytic projects, but recognizing their characteristics can make them allies instead of enemies.


Focus on Ability: Overcoming The Manufacturing Workforce Shortage
April 06, 2017

Focus on Ability: Overcoming The Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

By Peter McDermott, MDI
According to research from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2 million manufacturing jobs are likely to go unfilled over the next decade. Tapping into the myriad abilities of people with disabilities can be part of the solution.

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Yokogawa Helps Refinery Enhance Wireless Networks for Monitoring Flue Gas Temperatures
April 05, 2017

Yokogawa Helps Refinery Enhance Wireless Networks for Monitoring Flue Gas Temperatures

Stacks, chimneys and other gas handling equipment can take all sorts of forms depending on the application, but a common element is the need for effective temperature measurement of the gas at various points in chimneys.

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