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The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers
January 17, 2020

Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers

By Mike Franz, ManufacturingPower
Every manufacturer must pay attention to costs and competitors’ pricing. For better or worse, purchasing professionals are rewarded for capturing the lowest price; few have the time to scour the internet for ever RFQ to see if the bid offered is indeed competitive.

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How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?
January 16, 2020

How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?

By Mike Guilfoyle, ARC Advisory Group
Digitally transformed organizations will be able to transition to and thrive in digital economies, making digital transformation a matter of not “if,” but “when.” Given that industrial digital transformation is necessary to remain viable and competitive, why are mistakes, false starts, and dead-end investments all too common?

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor
January 15, 2020

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
An electric motor is a device that converts electrical energy into rotary kinetic energy, powering many diverse processes like a drive, fan, pump or conveyor belt. Each process requires a specific motor, with specialised characteristics for each unique function. This article explores the best ways of reducing costs related to running a motor.

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Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems
January 14, 2020

Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems

By Stephen Armstrong, Freelance Industrial Writer
With some DCS systems now decades old, system users often know they need to upgrade but find the task daunting given the cost and potential for disruption of operations while the new system is brought online.

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Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern  steels
January 10, 2020

Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern steels

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
While automation greatly enhances productivity, it also places additional demands on steel components. This article examines why wear resistant steels are vital to modern, enhanced production.

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Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project
January 09, 2020

Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project

DataHub middleware from Skkynet was used by ABB to support redundant, secure networking of OPC A&E and real-time data on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project in Turkey.

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era
January 07, 2020

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The ANSI/ISA95 standard, generally referred to as ISA95, is an important tool for digitalization. It provides the framework, modeling, and vendor independent common information models which can be applied in any manufacturing or process industry production architecture.

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?
December 20, 2019

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK and Ireland
As with most manufacturers, much of the success comes from choosing the right tools for the job. So, what will be on your industrial wish list this Christmas?

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services
December 18, 2019

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services

By Ken Lynch, Senet
Whether it is delivering propane for residential heat, optimizing industrial operations, reducing energy consumption in cities or reducing water loss through smart metering and water management solutions, an entire ecosystem of partners has the opportunity to provide limitless societal and economic benefit, delivering on the ultimate promise of the Internet of Things.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software
December 17, 2019

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Integration was the heavy emphasis for Rockwell Automation at Automation Fair 2019, th a particular focus on expanding the system integration business and launching Rockwell Automation Lifecycle Services, as well as greater PTC software integration

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

Litum IoT helps Ferrero Group enhance worker tracking
December 11, 2019

Litum IoT helps Ferrero Group enhance worker tracking

Ferrero needed a way to confirm that all its employees could be safely accounted when an emergency evacuation was underway.

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment
December 11, 2019

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
It is vital to understand how cleanrooms truly operate if you are to get the best out of yours. This article explains the key considerations when specifying a cleanroom.

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Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking
December 10, 2019

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
5G is starting to make the goal of wireless industrial automation a reality. Companies are already starting to deploy private 5G networks within plants and are seeing increases in performance, determinism, low latency, and reliability.

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing
December 09, 2019

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing

By Robert Glass, Exel Composites
From window and door manufacturers to the professional tree surgeon, weighing up material options usually comes down to cost —but there are a variety of factors to consider before making a purchase.

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ABB uses swimming robots to help Australian silicon company enhance transformer inspections
December 09, 2019

ABB uses swimming robots to help Australian silicon company enhance transformer inspections

Simcoa Operations sought the expertise of the local ABB Transformer Service team in Australia to perform an internal inspection for one of their power transformers that handles 50% of the facility’s production capacity.

Inside Augmented Intelligence
December 06, 2019

Inside Augmented Intelligence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Augmented intelligence is one of the few technologies named on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2019 that are predicted to reach expectations, over the next two-to-five years. This article explains how augmented intelligence could assist with human and machine collaboration.

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.