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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?

Renishaw partners with Bristol Music Trust charity to combine music and STEM education
August 13, 2018

Renishaw partners with Bristol Music Trust charity to combine music and STEM education

As part of the collaboration, Renishaw is demonstrating the role that fun and creativity plays in engineering by supporting Beat Lab, an interactive music-tech initiative.

WELTEC Group to modernize 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany
August 13, 2018

WELTEC Group to modernize 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany

The original plant had been set up in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The operator‘s concept was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertilizer pellets. However, as the concept turned out to be technically difficult and economically unfeasible, the plant went bankrupt.

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization
August 13, 2018

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0 initiatives present an opportunity to help all automakers address their challenges. But those initiatives will only be successful if automakers first have network, control and software standards in place.

Retrospective Digitalization: Making the most of legacy equipment
August 10, 2018

Retrospective Digitalization: Making the most of legacy equipment

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
The proposed benefits of data collection from smart sensors are huge, but some manufacturers still feel that a smart factory is out of their reach. This article explains how plants with legacy equipment can retrospectively upgrade their facility to a smart factory.

HighJump partners with IWMS to help enhance operations for African manufacturer
August 09, 2018

HighJump partners with IWMS to help enhance operations for African manufacturer

BIDCO Africa Limited, with HighJump and the support of iWMS, is gaining end-to-end supply chain transparency to improve workflows and adapt to its growth trajectory. This includes evolving operations with traceability and recall management, inventory management, tracking and shipping via FEFO/FIFO expiry dates, and worker productivity.

7 Switch Myths Busted
August 08, 2018

7 Switch Myths Busted

By John Sestito, United Electric Controls
Seven common myths surrounding switches are analyzed in this paper in conjunction with new high-tech electronic switch designs that are proven to solve historically problematic implementation in the industrial process industries, from the plant to OEM manufacturers.

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety
August 08, 2018

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety

This solution, EXPERTOPERATOR, was developed by PaR Systems (PaR). PaR is a global manufacturer of advanced automation, robotic, and specialty material handling solutions. PaR supports global customers in automotive, aerospace, nuclear, life science, marine and other core industries.

Celebrating a Dedicated Automation Industry Contributor: Dr. Ken Ryan
August 07, 2018

Celebrating a Dedicated Automation Industry Contributor: Dr. Ken Ryan

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The automation industry lost a dedicated and creative professional in Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Ryan, who died in July. Ken was an amazing man with a wide scope of knowledge and interests that he enthusiastically pursued.

A View from the Top: Why C-Level Executives Are More Prone to Cyberattacks
August 06, 2018

A View from the Top: Why C-Level Executives Are More Prone to Cyberattacks

By Kim Del Fierro, Area 1 Security
Cybersecurity is an issue that is now demanding more attention than ever. Due to the frequency and devastating consequences of cyberattacks, every employee should be able to maintain a high level of cyberattack prevention.

Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park
August 06, 2018

Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE LIVE, shows the Yellowstone park’s ecosystem in real-time over a four night period. With more geysers in the park than any other place on earth, the production team from Plimsoll Productions wanted to tell the story with as much detail as possible. They turned to Fluke infrared cameras.

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LPWAN as the New Sensor Communication Infrastructure for IIOT
August 01, 2018

LPWAN as the New Sensor Communication Infrastructure for IIOT

By Albert Behr, Behr Technologies
Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) will soon become the standard IIoT communications infrastructure covering the entire industrial facility and supporting a multitude of uses cases, from simple temperature monitoring in the manufacturing plant to condition monitoring, energy consumption tracking, and worker safety.

Rockwell Automation partners with West Virginia University to help open rare earths research facility
August 01, 2018

Rockwell Automation partners with West Virginia University to help open rare earths research facility

WVU is partnering with Rockwell Automation to facilitate market readiness through use of their sensor and control technologies in the new WVU facility.

2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger
July 31, 2018

2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Throughout the four-day event, which hosted over 21,000 attendees from more than 100 countries, it was obvious that SAP is focused on growing its role to encompass all manufacturing functions outside of design and hard real-time control.

Blockchain vs the Tangle
July 30, 2018

Blockchain vs the Tangle

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
As cryptocurrencies become more popular, their creators are vying for new customers. This article explains how blockchain and the Tangle differ and what both can do to improve manufacturing practice.

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane
July 27, 2018

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane

By John Miles & Paolo Butti, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing strategies are helping today's manufacturers produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk. We aren’t likely to see a slowdown anytime soon

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art
July 27, 2018

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry for prototyping, low volume manufacture and for making items with complex shapes which cannot easily be reproduced by other means.

The World has Embraced Robots, Should the US do the Same?
July 25, 2018

The World has Embraced Robots, Should the US do the Same?

By Ryan Gutherie, TM Robotics
As other countries embark on initiatives to encourage the adoption of automated technologies, this article investigates America’s relationship with robots.

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security
July 24, 2018

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Featuring numerous displays of the newest technologies, along with dozens of Honeywell and customer led sessions and technical discussions, the Honeywell Users Group Americas (HUG) buzzed in San Antonio this June with over 1,300 attendees.