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Apprenticeships Help Open the Doors to STEM Careers
November 13, 2017

Apprenticeships Help Open the Doors to STEM Careers

By Daniel Koprowski, Mechatronics Technician Apprentice, Phoenix Contact
Apprenticeship opportunities are available for many career paths including technicians, electricians, plumbers, machinists, welders, sales, information technology, and others. This story tells of one such apprenticeship opportunity

The Future of Process System Architectures – Insights from 2017 Foxboro User Group
November 13, 2017

The Future of Process System Architectures – Insights from 2017 Foxboro User Group

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
A common topic of debate revolves around how process system architectures will be shaped in the future. One architectural vision would enable a shift of focus from process efficiency control to business performance control, with increasing levels of monitoring and control.

True Innovation and the Advantages of Experience
November 10, 2017

True Innovation and the Advantages of Experience

By Graham McGregor, Siemens Industry
All the flashy bells and whistles in the world can’t make up for knowledge gained through experience. And in the world of industrial automation, nowhere is this more applicable than in the battle for the world’s best level measurement technologies.

Climbing the Ranks in Automation
November 09, 2017

Climbing the Ranks in Automation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
As the industry grows, smaller countries are beginning to emerge as competitors in the industry. This article will explore the role of countries that are emerging as leaders in manufacturing.

Is Gigabit Industrial Ethernet adoption the key to achieving Industry 4.0 goals?
November 08, 2017

Is Gigabit Industrial Ethernet adoption the key to achieving Industry 4.0 goals?

By Robert Miller and John Browett, CLPA
While there may still be some debate about what Industry 4.0 really means, there is no denying that greater interconnectivity of devices and increased network capability will be the key drivers behind achieving the goals it sets out. This article outlines the network requirements that will enable Industry 4.0.

Paul Wurth Group turns to Prediktor's Apis Software to enhance data management
November 08, 2017

Paul Wurth Group turns to Prediktor's Apis Software to enhance data management

The overall objective of the delivery is to provide Paul Wurth with an advanced real-time data management and historian solution based on Apis.

The Push for Industrial Cyber Security Standards- A Look at Underwriters Laboratory’s Efforts
November 07, 2017

The Push for Industrial Cyber Security Standards- A Look at Underwriters Laboratory’s Efforts

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
While industrial automation suppliers can claim products are cybersecure it is hard to prove. Standards and certification, like electrical and safety device requirements, today for cybersecurity are one such way for companies to illustrate that proof.

Independence Drives Collaboration in the Smart Factory
November 06, 2017

Independence Drives Collaboration in the Smart Factory

By Martyn Williams, COPA-DATA UK
In the era of smart manufacturing, valuing independence can be the difference between failure and success. This article explains why manufacturers should consider independence when striving for more collaborative facilities and supply chains.

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations
November 03, 2017

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations

By: Alan Cone, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The data revolution is firmly underway within today’s manufacturing industry. Those companies that capture their “big data” and leverage that analyzed data as a framework for making faster, better decisions will lead the industry in productivity and time to market.

November 03, 2017

Eltima releases Port Virtualization Technology whitepaper

Port Virtualization Technology is the first step to industrial automatization.

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White Papers
NEXCOM's Control Panel PC Solution Converts Legacy PLC and HMI to Build IoT-Enabled Machines
November 02, 2017

NEXCOM's Control Panel PC Solution Converts Legacy PLC and HMI to Build IoT-Enabled Machines

NEXCOM's Control Panel PC Solution facilitates control and adaptability of tube cutting machines to handle stainless steel tubes improving speed, quality, and productivity for the manufacturer.

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Case Studies
Siemens supplies electrical equipment for underground copper mine in Mongolia
November 02, 2017

Siemens supplies electrical equipment for underground copper mine in Mongolia

The delivery comprises the new conveyor system with gearless and conventional drives from thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. The system extends the existing opencast mining facility and is expected to bring 95,000 tons of copper ore to the surface per day.

2017 Salary Survey Results:  Are we seeing a pay plateau in automation?
October 31, 2017

2017 Salary Survey Results: Are we seeing a pay plateau in automation?

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The salary of the average automation professional continued to rise for a fourth consecutive year in 2017. Yet, as we move increasingly into the connected future, some legitimate concerns remain.

Next-Generation Level Measurement Technology: Helping to mitigate the workforce skills shortage
October 31, 2017

Next-Generation Level Measurement Technology: Helping to mitigate the workforce skills shortage

By: Marianne Williams, Emerson Automation Solutions
An estimated 30% of the existing workforce is expected to retire over the next five years, and those people will take a large slice of the operating and commissioning experience with them. Therefore, it is vital for industrial automation companies to find ways of reducing complexity.

Automation and Globalization: How Industry 4.0 is affecting global business
October 30, 2017

Automation and Globalization: How Industry 4.0 is affecting global business

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
At the start of the 20th century, developments in aviation technology took off and the first airline to operate international flights was launched in 1917. Since then, the ability to travel and transport goods internationally has dramatically altered the way companies do business.

Digging into the Details: Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)
October 24, 2017

Digging into the Details: Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) has been a hot topic at several conferences over the last 18 months. With the promise of connecting all devices in a single unifying network from sensor to enterprise, this article will explore why TSN is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Collaboration Across the Cloud: How engineers use cloud software to support cooperation
October 23, 2017

Collaboration Across the Cloud: How engineers use cloud software to support cooperation

By Sam Carigliano, SkyCiv
Whether it’s between structural engineers and architects or consulting engineers and clients, collaboration is an important part of structural engineering. This article describes how engineers can use the cloud to support collaborative working.

Honeywell helps SECCO enhance operator training simulator system
October 20, 2017

Honeywell helps SECCO enhance operator training simulator system

SECCO plans to use part of the suite known as Honeywell Connected Plant UniSim Operations, which is a cloud-deployed learning solution that enables access to simulation-based operator training.

Kistler transducers help Jaguar Land Rover enhance wheel measurements
October 19, 2017

Kistler transducers help Jaguar Land Rover enhance wheel measurements

The method adopted by Jaguar Land Rover uses Kistler RoaDyn Wheel Force Transducers for measuring the three forces and three moments of a rotating wheel under real world operating conditions

Essential Tasks to Automate in Active Directory Management
October 19, 2017

Essential Tasks to Automate in Active Directory Management

By Anton Pozdnyakov, Softerra
If your IT staff is buried under a load of simple but time-consuming manual tasks, this means that you’re also stuck business-wise and can’t move forward. So, you either slowly go down or you finally start automating.