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March 24, 2017

DIN Rail Power Supplies: Users benefit most from optimised basic functions

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS GmbH
The fourth industrial revolution is extremely power-hungry. Due to increasing networking and continuous information exchange in production technology, power requirements as well as the importance of machine availability are ever increasing.

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March 24, 2017

DIN-rail power supplies for railway applications

By Christoph Frodl, PULS
Train travellers and commuters want one thing above all else from the railway: Reliability. This expectation is also passed on by the railway company to its suppliers, right through to the manufacturers of individual components, such as power supply units.

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Micro-Epsilon's displacement measurement sensors to be used in European telescope project
March 24, 2017

Micro-Epsilon's displacement measurement sensors to be used in European telescope project

The European Southern Observatory based in Garching, Germany, is relying on displacement measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon for a project to build the world’s largest mirror telescope in Chile, which also involves French cooperation partner Fogale. The inductive sensor systems used for displacement measurement determine the position of each single mirror segment in three axes to nanometer accuracy.

Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation
March 22, 2017

Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation

By Maria Ferrante, PMMI
PMMI had a chance to speak about new technologies and trends in automation with Don Wickstrum, president and owner of Quest Industrial, a robotics integrator based in Monroe, Wisconsin. Wickstrum will present an Innovation Stage seminar at the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4-6; McCormick Place, Chicago) on how robotics can fill the labor shortage in the food industry.

CIA Exploits of IoT Devices: What lessons can we learn?
March 22, 2017

CIA Exploits of IoT Devices: What lessons can we learn?

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
Recent WikiLeak documents allege that the CIA developed, or sought to develop, or even “borrowed”, cyberattack technology that could target a wide range of IoT devices, including smart TVs, connected cars, and mobile phones. What can we learn from this?

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them
March 21, 2017

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them

By Matt Smith, Cortet Engineering
This article will aim to help your decision-making process by explaining the existing technologies and attempting to demystify the ocean of IoT protocols.

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA
March 20, 2017

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA

Matrikon's downloadable OPC whitepaper discusses how vendors can enable their new and existing products with OPC technology to compete on the IIoT/Industrie 4.0 landscape

The IoT Impact on Business Models: What Should Manufacturers Do First?
March 20, 2017

The IoT Impact on Business Models: What Should Manufacturers Do First?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The availability of many new technologies has provided the building blocks for dramatic changes in the manufacturing industry. Is your business model set to keep up?

Digitalization 101: The Means to a Successful Enterprise Outcome
March 17, 2017

Digitalization 101: The Means to a Successful Enterprise Outcome

By Rajiv Sivaraman, Siemens
Digitalization may find its way into the dictionary as a homonym, for all its multiple meanings, but it has already found its way into boardroom agenda. Are you on board with digitalization?

Solving the 7 Most Common Tank Gauging Problems to Improve Safety
March 16, 2017

Solving the 7 Most Common Tank Gauging Problems to Improve Safety

By Ulf Johannesson, Emerson
Many terminals and tank farms struggle with tank gauging because they use outdated equipment. However, modern tank gauging systems can solve these issues

Identifying Cyber Security Pitfalls in Manufacturing
March 15, 2017

Identifying Cyber Security Pitfalls in Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With new strains of ransomware and other vulnerabilities created every week, what should manufacturers look out for in new year?

The Automation of Access and Its Impact on Manufacturing
March 14, 2017

The Automation of Access and Its Impact on Manufacturing

By Dean Wiech, Tools4ever
One of the primary issues that employees in manufacturing facilities encounter, regardless of if they are front office or plant floor, is the number of user names and passwords they need to remember.

Magic Software's Magic xpi brings Industry 4.0 to Swiss manufacturer
March 13, 2017

Magic Software's Magic xpi brings Industry 4.0 to Swiss manufacturer

Assa Abloy AG, the Swiss global leader in locking systems and security technology, has put the Magic xpi Integration Platform at the heart of the company’s new fully automated manufacturing system for its KESO keys.

Westermo helps Electricity North West upgrade to Ethernet/IP communications network
March 13, 2017

Westermo helps Electricity North West upgrade to Ethernet/IP communications network

The modernised, `non-operations’ network provides reliability and bandwidth helping the company to better monitor and control the supply of electricity to 2.4 million properties in the UK.

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Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition
March 13, 2017

Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
There is an common adage that has survived the ages: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Automation system users are expressing frustrations with existing systems and the lack of modern and open technology.

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security
March 10, 2017

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The February 6-9 event provided an atmosphere buzzing over the potential that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected technology are bringing to today’s industry.

Advanticsys helps Welsh high school enhance wireless building management efficiency
March 10, 2017

Advanticsys helps Welsh high school enhance wireless building management efficiency

Advanticsys wireless solution supporting M-Bus and Modbus RTU / TCP was chosen by the School and Cardiff Council due to the non-intrusive nature of the installation, with little preparatory work needed resulting in a cost reduction compared to other wired alternatives.

Hispanic Workforce Growth in Automation Requires New Communication Leadership
March 08, 2017

Hispanic Workforce Growth in Automation Requires New Communication Leadership

By Thomas R. Cutler
The Hispanic share of the labor force is expected to increase more than that of any other demographic group, because of both overall population growth (from higher births and increased immigration) and higher labor force participation rates.

InfinityQS whitepaper presents alternative to enterprise 'firefighting'
March 08, 2017

InfinityQS whitepaper presents alternative to enterprise 'firefighting'

By InfinityQS
By moving out of “firefighting” mode and into a proactive, data-driven mindset, quality professionals can solve problems more quickly—or even prevent them in the first place.

What Does a Good Machine Sound Like? A look at 3DSignals’ Predictive Maintenance Efforts
March 07, 2017

What Does a Good Machine Sound Like? A look at 3DSignals’ Predictive Maintenance Efforts

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
You know that feeling when you walk past a machine, and something just doesn’t quite sound right? This article discusses the use of audio analysis sensors and deep learning technology to predict equipment problems and generate alerts for preventative maintenance actions.