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Schneider Electric helps JFE Engineering enhance process design workflow
August 16, 2017

Schneider Electric helps JFE Engineering enhance process design workflow

As an existing SimSci user, JFE Engineering chose to upgrade to SimCentral to take advantage of its unified platform-based solution, which is expected to result in greater opportunities for efficiency, collaboration and the re-use of simulation assets.

Manufacturing in the Digital Era:  Winning the Race Requires Investment
August 15, 2017

Manufacturing in the Digital Era: Winning the Race Requires Investment

The dramatic influx of connected industrial automation and manufacturing technology is providing the opportunity for manufacturing companies to drive their industries forward, while surpassing the competition. Yet with money seemingly always being tight, how does an organization manage the necessary expenses to push forward?

Automation for Sustainable Development
August 14, 2017

Automation for Sustainable Development

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Science and technology go hand-in-hand in solving the world’s problems and robotics and automation are the latest innovations to tackle one of our biggest issues – poverty. This article explores how technology can be used to create sustainable solutions and tackle world poverty.

Business Process Automation: How Can It Benefit You And Your Business
August 11, 2017

Business Process Automation: How Can It Benefit You And Your Business

By Joanna Sommer, InformedMag
Leveraging technology to automate workflows is what Business Process Automation (BPA) is all about. The objective of BPA is to reduce human intervention as much as possible to save time and money. “Side effects” such as improved service levels and cost savings help build loyalty through customer satisfaction.

How to Implement Secure Connectivity between Manufacturing and Business Systems
August 08, 2017

How to Implement Secure Connectivity between Manufacturing and Business Systems

By Gregory Wilcox, Rockwell Automation
Obstacles to adopting industrial remote access have included security concerns, insufficient connectivity and a lack of collaboration between IT and operations personnel. This article provides 8 key steps for implementing remote access in industrial operations

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing
August 07, 2017

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Too often - in today’s industrial environment - management, investors and executives are looking for the single “silver bullet” that will lead to company success. The secret of longevity however, takes far more planning and innovation.

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry
August 04, 2017

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article discusses how automated guided vehicles have advanced from simple materials handlers to intelligent autonomous robots.

Realizing Digital Potential: 5 Top Priorities for Digital Transformation
August 03, 2017

Realizing Digital Potential: 5 Top Priorities for Digital Transformation

By Antony Bourne, IFS
In the recent Digital Change Survey commissioned by IFS covering 750 professionals across a range of industries, 80% saw themselves as ‘enabled’, ‘enhanced’ or ‘optimized’ to leverage DT. Even more impressively, 89% said they had ‘advantageous’ or ‘adequate’ funding in place for digital projects—a clear acknowledgment that the time of disruptive technologies is here, and that the vast majority of firms are realizing that they need to invest. But why are businesses investing?

VisiConsult helps Swiss security company automate counting processes
August 02, 2017

VisiConsult helps Swiss security company automate counting processes

dormakaba, at its production site in Ennepetal in Germany, was looking for some support for the annual inventory and found the electronical component counting system XRHCount from VisiConsult.

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Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor
August 02, 2017

Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor

By Zach Arnold, Arnold Machine
Material handling conveyors are often a key element of automated manufacturing systems. They safely and efficiently transfer parts across the warehouse floor from station to station or even through other automated systems.

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure
August 02, 2017

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure

By Robert Glass, ABB
As food manufacturing plants become more connected through the Industrial Internt of Things (IIoT), the threat of cyber-attacks and how much damage they can do, has increased. This article offers advice on how to ensure your manufacturing process is kept secure.

MAC Solutions helps deliver open PLC communication for British research effort
August 01, 2017

MAC Solutions helps deliver open PLC communication for British research effort

By introducing change management and version control software from M.A.C. Solutions for more than 400 of its programmable devices (PLCs and HMIs) at its facility in Oxfordshire, Diamond Light Source intends to minimize the risk of machine downtime caused by PLC back-up or software code errors

Rockwell Automation helps Cleveland brewing company enhance process analytics
August 01, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps Cleveland brewing company enhance process analytics

The technology gives GLBC greater insight into the health of its beer-brewing machinery to help increase efficiency, improve quality and minimize downtime.

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring
August 01, 2017

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring

By Marianne Williams, Emerson
This article explains how the latest generation of vibrating fork level switches feature increased health monitoring functionality, which enables maintenance to be planned and process availability to be increased

Dell delivers IoT infrastructure to Emerson, Talisen and Innodep
July 28, 2017

Dell delivers IoT infrastructure to Emerson, Talisen and Innodep

According to a new report published by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF), emerging technologies such as IoT, along with massive advancements in software, big data and processing power, will reshape society.

Engineering for All: Creating a diverse workforce
July 27, 2017

Engineering for All: Creating a diverse workforce

By Ian Humphries, Boulting Group
Research conducted by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) shows that just six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, making the country one of the smallest employers of female engineering professionals in Europe. This article explores the pathways into the sector and how it is evolving.

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency
July 26, 2017

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency

By Michael LaGrega, Siemens
Data gathered by RFID readers can be a critical element in a corporation’s plans to gain increased visibility and understanding of parts, materials and other moveable assets. All of this valuable information can be integrated more easily when standards like OPC-UA with its AutoID companion are employed.

Pay-as-You-Go Pick-to-Light Redefining Warehouse Automation
July 25, 2017

Pay-as-You-Go Pick-to-Light Redefining Warehouse Automation

By Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
Until now Pick-to-Light equipment has represented a significant fixed capital expense with little consideration for variable use, often driven by seasonality, warehouse/distribution variance, and project management flux. One company, Texas-based Voodoo Robotics has invented a different model for the new generation of Pick-to-Light.

Fluke Aims for Holistic Maintenance Management with Accelix Platform
July 24, 2017

Fluke Aims for Holistic Maintenance Management with Accelix Platform

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
There is a great deal of hype around IIoT, and much of it may never be realized, but Fluke and their Accelix platform is a real-world solution which may finally deliver the tangible IIoT gains that companies have been yearning for.

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling
July 21, 2017

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling

By Jeff Miller, Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
Fiber optic cabling upgrade helps fend off lightning strikes, gnawing animals, environmental toxins, and other threats that can interrupt critical communications and control. Concerns of this kind recently drove the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant to upgrade from PE-89 outdoor direct burial copper cable to fiber optic cable.