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Insights on the Impact of Industry 4.0 for Process Automation
October 17, 2017

Insights on the Impact of Industry 4.0 for Process Automation

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Of the technology trends that I have observed in recent years, few developments have been more exciting than Industry 4.0 for Process Automation. But what does Industry 4.0 mean for your facility?

Factory Security: Don’t Be an Unintentional Shark
October 16, 2017

Factory Security: Don’t Be an Unintentional Shark

By Eric Ehlers, Cisco
Entering a factory in this day and age is a bit like taking a dive into the ocean. There is a plethora of different ecosystems and constant movement. Both can be mind boggling when you view them for the first time. So how can manufacturers protect their ecosystem?

SABIC turns to Yokogawa TDLS analyzers to enhance safety function and production
October 11, 2017

SABIC turns to Yokogawa TDLS analyzers to enhance safety function and production

By Jon Moscovic, Lead Reliability Engineer, SABIC
SABIC’s situation proved to be harder than most typical applications due to a mix of specific conditions. For many years operators struggled while working with paramagnetic and electrochemical cell sensors.

IoT Collaboration Bridging Edge to Cloud: Inside Petasense & OSIsoft’s Effort to Improve Manufacturing
October 10, 2017

IoT Collaboration Bridging Edge to Cloud: Inside Petasense & OSIsoft’s Effort to Improve Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Reducing downtime has been one of the most relevant, shining examples of how Internet of Things (IoT) technology can have a real impact on today’s factory. The recent collaboration between OSISoft and Petasense aims to enhance this effort as this article explores.

Beckwood partners with Siemens to produce automated hydraulic press
October 10, 2017

Beckwood partners with Siemens to produce automated hydraulic press

The company was seeking a turnkey package consisting of two 1400-ton hydraulic presses and two automated stamping die handling systems to load and unload the presses more efficiently than the conventional forklift and manual labor-intensive system this customer was currently utilizing.

Identifying Odor Control Needs in Manufacturing Operations
October 09, 2017

Identifying Odor Control Needs in Manufacturing Operations

Timur Dunaev, BioAir Solutions
Odor problems at manufacturing facilities can be unexpected, and can work against the production the facility is meant to accomplish. Solving the problem requires analyzing how a facility’s processes generate and disperse odorous air, and then identifying an appropriate odor control solution.

Securing Your Data While Traveling the World
October 06, 2017

Securing Your Data While Traveling the World

Despite the amount of communication done long-distance nowadays, travel is an important part of business. With the advent of technology-based business information, security is no longer limited to just your own safety -- the security of your data is top priority too. Here are some easy tips for data protection.

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Siemens' SIRIUS 3RR Monitoring Relays helps EcoClean avoid downtime
October 05, 2017

Siemens' SIRIUS 3RR Monitoring Relays helps EcoClean avoid downtime

The main symptom of EcoClean's heating problem was excessive heating times. Due to the heaters consisting of several heating elements, the issue might have been a blown fuse or an open element pulling less current than it should.

Growing Automation Professionals: Developing Skilled Labor Improves the Economy
October 03, 2017

Growing Automation Professionals: Developing Skilled Labor Improves the Economy

It is a simple fact in today’s industrial environment that the world needs more automation professionals. Closing this skills gap has been a well-documented priority for a number of organizations, as a result.

Emerson helps Karma Culture create refrigeration-free probiotic beverages
October 02, 2017

Emerson helps Karma Culture create refrigeration-free probiotic beverages

Today, the KarmaCap manufacturing process features automated production using Emerson’s Branson SW300 servo-driven spin welders to produce caps that are free from the issues associated with snap-fit seals –improving production efficiency and eliminating nearly all rejects.

Automation Markets Across the Sea
September 29, 2017

Automation Markets Across the Sea

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Did you know that it takes over twelve hours to fly from China to the United States? With such a large distance between them, it is not surprising that the regions differ in many ways, from culture to industry.

Automating and Documenting Temperature Transmitter & Sensor Calibrations
September 26, 2017

Automating and Documenting Temperature Transmitter & Sensor Calibrations

By Jim Shields, Fluke
Temperature transmitter calibrations are often performed without taking into account temperature sensor performance. This practice can be problematic for critical process measurements or those that need a higher degree of confidence or accuracy.

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas
September 22, 2017

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

By Tom Egan, PMMI and Elliot Bokeno, Workhorse
In collaboration with electric truck and drone maker Workhorse, PMMI will present an interactive visualization at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017 of how drones bring packages directly to consumer homes.

Emerson helps enhance process controls at Turkish power plant
September 21, 2017

Emerson helps enhance process controls at Turkish power plant

Replacing the aging controls with a unified Ovation platform is expected to improve the reliability of the plant, which supplies electricity to western Istanbul. The contract was awarded by TEMSAN, the government-owned organization leading the project.

ABB helps German energy supplier enhance fast charging solutions
September 21, 2017

ABB helps German energy supplier enhance fast charging solutions

ABB has been investing in electromobility since the turn of the century. Since 2010, the group has been offering rapid charging solutions. More than 5,000 networked systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles have been installed worldwide.

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Schneider Electric helps Showa Shell Sekiyu enhance supply chain management
September 21, 2017

Schneider Electric helps Showa Shell Sekiyu enhance supply chain management

Scope of the deployment includes asset management, planning, scheduling, network supply and distribution optimization, and High-Performance Computing (HPC) modules.

CP Automation and Rockwell Automation partner to help alleviate drought in Namibia
September 20, 2017

CP Automation and Rockwell Automation partner to help alleviate drought in Namibia

Eco Projects was undertaking a 17 month project in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to alleviate a critical water shortage. Using boreholes, a deep, narrow hole made in the ground to locate water, the client pumped water to various reservoirs. This is to provide an accessible store of water for Windhoek.

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers
September 19, 2017

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Given the number of vendors that have introduced electronic marshalling products, the value of electronic marshalling is clear. With Siemens’ entry into the world of open automation solutions, the value of these solutions should become increasingly clear as well.

Bedrock Automation helps City of Lynchburg, Virginia enhance control of wastewater treatment operations
September 19, 2017

Bedrock Automation helps City of Lynchburg, Virginia enhance control of wastewater treatment operations

The City implemented Bedrock to control both de-chlorination and storm water remediation operations, and is planning other integration and control applications as part of its ongoing modernization program.

NI works with Innovari to enhance efficiency in grid operations
September 19, 2017

NI works with Innovari to enhance efficiency in grid operations

Innovari’s Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) uses artificial intelligence, “big data” analytics, proprietary optimization routines and grid-edge hardware built on NI technology to deliver capacity and address grid demand.