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Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019
November 16, 2018

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019

By Jonathan Grech, JMartans Automation
While safety should always be a priority, newer technologies like these are making it easier for manufacturers to find and integrate the right device for their facility. This reduces risk to the final product, employees and equipment.

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol
November 15, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol

Engineers will be able to implement CIP Security in their systems through Rockwell Automation products and firmware updates to existing products such as Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers, communication modules and Kinetix servo drives.

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security
November 14, 2018

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security

From large industrial control systems to one-man organizations, everyone is talking about security these days. And while the industry jargon they use may differ, all share four areas of security concern.

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits
November 13, 2018

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
An open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions
November 12, 2018

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions

InnovaGel, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements in the nutraceutical and OTC market, was in need of solution for its soft gelatin encapsulation machine application. Endress+Hauser was able to provide a level measurement solution that best fit InnovaGel’s application needs.

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis
November 09, 2018

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis

By Martin Grune & Patrick Kraus, infoteam Software AG
How can production be optimized, where can improvement opportunities be found, which processes may even indirectly slow down operative business from the background? Overall Equipment Effectiveness (GAE) or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has established itself as the key performance indicator for this.

 Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity
November 08, 2018

Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how autonomous maintenance, one of the pillars of total productive maintenance (TPM) requires the whole manufacturing team to take responsibility for maintenance.

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance
November 07, 2018

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance

By Nick Boughton, Digital Lead, Boulting Technology
It has only been in the past five years where augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have made their way into industrial environments. This article explains how AR and VR are re-defining plant maintenance.

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology
November 06, 2018

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology

By Patricia Mattsson, Emerson Automation Solutions
The widespread departure from manual measurements to automated solutions has helped improve worker efficiency while providing more accurate measurements. New level measurement technologies can do even more.

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy
November 05, 2018

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy

By Mike Devine, Zebra Technologies
E-commerce is booming globally. The increasingly higher expectations of smartphone-savvy, always-connected consumers have urged retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies to collaborate hand in hand to meet the growing shoppers’ needs in the on-demand economy.

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition
November 02, 2018

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security.

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain
October 31, 2018

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Remote monitoring is not a new phenomenon. The technology has already established itself as standard part of control in manufacturing. This article explains how manufacturers can optimize their supply chain with remote monitoring.

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project
October 31, 2018

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project

The City partnered with Indegy to implement an industrial security solution that provides visibility, protection and control to detect and prevent threats before they can impact the operation and safety of its water supply systems and utilities.

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry
October 30, 2018

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry

By Brith Isaksson, ABB Food & Beverage
Commissioning a new system for a food manufacturing plant requires software assistance to plan effectively and with digital twinning, manufacturers can optimize its ongoing operations.

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors
October 29, 2018

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors

Working with Cognex, engineers at automotive manufacturer General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) developed a chain drive stretching system that measures every link in real time and automatically marks non-compliant links without slowing or stopping the line

As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement
October 26, 2018

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement

By Dan Cychosz, Emerson Automation Solutions
One of the long-standing philosophical questions of life is whether the light goes off in a refrigerator when the door is closed. For process engineers, an even deeper question relates to knowing what happens inside pipes.

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology
October 26, 2018

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology

Using elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty methodology, North West Redwater Partnership reduced global automation engineering complexity and completed the instrumentation and control scope for refinery automation.

10 Cost-Cutting Flow Measurements
October 25, 2018

10 Cost-Cutting Flow Measurements

Learn why improving the accuracy of ten fluid flow & level measurements enhances process control and quality while lowering cost.

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Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective
October 23, 2018

Robotic Revolution: Why Now? A hardware perspective

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
In this article, we draw from that report to consider developments in price-performance ratio of hardware components to make up a new robotics: transistors, memory, sensors, energy storage, and electric motors.