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Adams Group chooses Inductive Automation's Ignition for SCADA in vegetable oil plant
March 27, 2017

Adams Group chooses Inductive Automation's Ignition for SCADA in vegetable oil plant

For supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) in its vegetable oil and grain plants, Adams uses Ignition by Inductive Automation. Ignition is an industrial applications platform with fully integrated tools for building SCADA, manufacturing execution system (MES), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

Rockwell Automation helps Loparex alleviate power supply drops with sag-correction system
March 27, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps Loparex alleviate power supply drops with sag-correction system

For more than a decade, the company’s 305,000-square-foot production facility in Hammond, Wisconsin, had been experiencing voltage sags several times per year that disrupted its largest production line. To get a better grip on the voltage-sag problem, Loparex installed the Allen-Bradley i-Sense and i-Grid intelligent network system from Rockwell Automation on its largest coating line.

HighJump's 3PL WMS solution brings Canadian frozen storage company to the cloud
March 27, 2017

HighJump's 3PL WMS solution brings Canadian frozen storage company to the cloud

HighJump’s cloud solution is designed to simplify each step of the supply chain while assuring levels of service through system uptime, response time and security.

RedViking helps GKN Driveline ensure manufacturing visibility
March 27, 2017

RedViking helps GKN Driveline ensure manufacturing visibility

GKN, a manufacturer of automotive driveline products, was seeking an end-to-end traceability strategy and discovered the Argonaut system from RedViking

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers
March 27, 2017

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers

By Arun Ananthampalayam, Honeywell Process Solutions
Whether you are a tool builder or an application developer – if your software needs to access automation data, you may want to implement OPC UA connectivity to ensure your system can access data via the world’s most popular, standards-based, open connectivity solution. The question is: How to best do this?

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.