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Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms
April 19, 2019

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms

By Kinichi Kitano, Yokogawa
When a network device vendor promises security, what does it mean? Understanding how security works and what each vendor is actually providing can make a major difference.

Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control
April 19, 2019

Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control

To keep operations at the site in Ribe smooth and efficient, DTE needed a communication network technology able to connect the inverters to PLCs and ensure that the machines could instantly adjust their parameters for optimal performance.

What Lies Beneath: Uncovering Process Complexities before Automating
April 18, 2019

What Lies Beneath: Uncovering Process Complexities before Automating

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
Business Process Automation (BPA) is no longer a new concept. In some sectors, it has become so accepted as to be expected. Those who are not utilizing BPA are looked upon as lagging behind the pack, while those with BPA implemented throughout all layers of their organization are reaping the benefits.

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results
April 16, 2019

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Ford Livonia plant incorporated an automated transmission production line which illustrated the advantages and results of digitalization based on Ford’s goal of applying solid logic, planning, and execution to “be the number one transmission manufacturer in the world.”

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation
April 15, 2019

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation

By Dave Opsahl, Tech Soft 3D and David Heiny, SimScale
The cloud presents an opportunity to democratize simulation still further, by serving up unlimited compute power that companies of all sizes can tap into.

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist
April 11, 2019

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist

Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test its additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills.

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead
April 10, 2019

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead

By Brett Burger, National Instruments
With automated data collection, SMEs will spend more time focused on the risky asset of the day, as reported by the automated data collection, and less time focused on manual data collection.

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?
April 09, 2019

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains how small to medium sized manufacturers can prepare for a manufacturing resurgence, driven by reshoring and regulatory changes.

What Do Your Motors Really Do?
April 04, 2019

What Do Your Motors Really Do?

By Markus Brettschneider, ABB Food and Beverage
This article explains how food plant managers can add a similar level of connectivity to retrofit most motors with smart sensors to bring their plants to the digital age.

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?
April 02, 2019

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Manufacturing companies are becoming more aware of the need to modernize production methods and automation to compete globally, but many still find themselves stuck in a sunk investment trap.

Why Automation isn’t the Antagonist
March 29, 2019

Why Automation isn’t the Antagonist

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Automation is often viewed as manufacturing’s societal villain, threatening the jobs of US workers. This article argues that in order to create new job roles, US manufacturers cannot fear the automation uprising.

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments
March 27, 2019

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments

By Pelle Svensson, u-blox
The numbers don’t lie: Bluetooth works, it is popular and it serves a huge ecosystem. Less well known, however, is the technology’s potential to offer wireless connectivity to industrial applications, even in the toughest environments.

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN
March 27, 2019

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making versiondog one of CERN's standard technologies.

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization
March 26, 2019

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Traditional automation suppliers are clearly positioning themselves, through investments or partnerships, to supply the software and hardware for manufacturing customers to be able to achieve the higher productivity and profitability promised through Industrial Digitization/Industry 4.0.

Improving Manufacturing Productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision
March 25, 2019

Improving Manufacturing Productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision

By Nir Zamir, Inspekto
Having a happy workforce may be the first step to improving productivity, but proper tools and advanced technologies will take productivity significantly further, particularly for industrial manufacturers. This article explains how manufacturers can improve productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision systems.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments
March 18, 2019

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments

By Daniel Waldron, Armagard
Remaining competitive in an ever-changing market requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Your computer equipment no doubt plays a crucial role in that process. Here’s how to keep it that way

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Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms
March 15, 2019

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

By Megan Berkowitz
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies move toward greater digitalization and the storage of more valuable data, their digital security practices become more and more critical.

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance
March 13, 2019

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance

By Ashley Hicks, Home automation writer
Home automation is a relatively new phenomenon that's gaining popularity among homeowners as it becomes less and less expensive. Here's a quick guide to how home automation works and why it's an option that homeowners need to be aware of.