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ABB provides controlled transmission drives for Indian mining company
February 21, 2017

ABB provides controlled transmission drives for Indian mining company

Located in Northwest India, the mine delivers lignite, sometimes called brown coal, to the Jallipa Kapurdi coal-fired power plant. Initially the lignite was transported by truck, but mine officials determined that a long conveyor would be a better solution.

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Cloud-Based MES: The Effort to Empower Small Manufacturers
February 20, 2017

Cloud-Based MES: The Effort to Empower Small Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In this day and age, it can sometimes seem like the small manufacturer is getting buried underneath the bigger entities in the industry. Yet, many of today’s advances, like the cloud-based MES, are making it possible for small and medium size manufacturers to improve their operation

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization
February 20, 2017

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization

By Mark Humphlett, Infor
The total output of U.S. manufacturing has increased by more than 250% in the past 25 years, and this growth is expected to continue. In this environment, manufacturers must be proactive about simplifying complex supply chains, or risk falling behind their competitors.

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging
February 17, 2017

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging

By Christoffer Widahl, Emerson Automation Solutions
Manual tank gauging at oil and gas extraction sites is a dangerous and potentially fatal operation. The new API MPMS 18.2 standard, which allows automatic tank gauging to be used for custody transfer on production tanks, will help to prevent injuries.

Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices
February 17, 2017

Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices

CodeMeter protects the company’s intellectual property against counterfeiting and reverse engineering, safeguards its EVE devices from tampering, and enables a convenient, online licensing system for its customers.

Honeywell to provide process control for Chinese petrochemical company
February 14, 2017

Honeywell to provide process control for Chinese petrochemical company

Honeywell UOP will supply a range of technologies in the form of license, design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, while Honeywell Process Solutions will provide the process controls and automation systems.

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How Are Companies Getting Value from Data Science Production?
February 13, 2017

How Are Companies Getting Value from Data Science Production?

By Florian Douetteau, Dataiku
Data science software maker, Dataiku, recently completed a worldwide survey that asked thousands of companies: how does your organization put data science into production?

The Rise of Cloud Computing in Industrial Process Automation
February 13, 2017

The Rise of Cloud Computing in Industrial Process Automation

By Latha D.S. & K. Jayaprakash, Tata Consulting Engineers
This article provides a brief cloud technology overview and discusses how cloud computing technology is transforming industrial automation for the future, enhancing plant productivity and cost optimization.

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2017 – Convergence, Divergence, or Chaos?
February 06, 2017

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2017 – Convergence, Divergence, or Chaos?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
2016 was an exciting year of innovation and exploration in industrial automation. All this cutting-edge development fuels the excitement, but also begs a relevant question: Will these developments lead to convergence, divergence, and/or chaos in 2017?

The TCO Check for Joining Processes:  Electromechanical Joining Systems
February 03, 2017

The TCO Check for Joining Processes: Electromechanical Joining Systems

By Alexander Müller, Kistler
Throughout the industry, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) principle is a critical factor in decisions on procuring new machinery or plant. Electromechanical joining systems can be many times more cost-efficient in the long term than classical hydraulic and pneumatic technologies.

Effective Leak Testing: Are you testing the part or the seal?
February 02, 2017

Effective Leak Testing: Are you testing the part or the seal?

By Robert Plumridge, Sciemetric Instruments
Based on Scimetric's experience with customers in industries such as automotive, off-highway and medical, this article discusses the top considerations to ensure operators are in fact testing the part and not the seal.

Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come
February 01, 2017

Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come

By Leroy Spence, EU Automation
If you are struggling to get over the post-holiday blues, don’t despair. Sit back, relax and read all about some of the industrial technologies you can look forward to that will change the face of manufacturing in 2017.

Cyber America: The Land of the Vulnerable and the Home of the Pseudo-Secure
January 31, 2017

Cyber America: The Land of the Vulnerable and the Home of the Pseudo-Secure

By Marc Kaplan, Tempered Networks
Today’s most widely accepted methods of cyber security can’t possibly keep pace with the exponentially expanding Internet of Things (IOT) and increased intelligence abilities of hackers worldwide.

IIoT Progress Report: The Barriers and the Best Practices
January 30, 2017

IIoT Progress Report: The Barriers and the Best Practices

By Jason Andersen, Stratus Technologies
How can industrial enterprises overcome organizational barriers and begin building the foundation for the IIoT enterprise they envision? This article identifies some best practices that will keep you on solid ground today and well into the IIoT future.

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability
January 30, 2017

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In today’s industrial world, one of the the most annoying hindrances to effective system integration is the lack of interoperability between products from different vendors. Yet, efforts are being made to close this gap in the industry.

Greer Industries chooses Emerson's Powerdrive FX variable speed drive to enhance mining production
January 30, 2017

Greer Industries chooses Emerson's Powerdrive FX variable speed drive to enhance mining production

The product is being used as a regenerative drive on a downhill conveyor at one of the company’s limestone mining facilities. Leroy-Somer was selected as the preferred supplier following a recommendation when the conveyor’s existing drive became obsolete.

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ELNOR delivers automated coffee grinding for MAHLKÖNIG
January 27, 2017

ELNOR delivers automated coffee grinding for MAHLKÖNIG

To meet MAHLKÖNIG’s high-precision requirements, ELNOR ensures accurate production and assembly of its motor parts. Engineers from ELNOR perform geometric verification measurements on a CMM as well as noise and vibration investigations in its laboratory.

Domus Logistics chooses Egemin to automate new distribution center
January 27, 2017

Domus Logistics chooses Egemin to automate new distribution center

The DC will allow Domus Logistics to save up to 5,000 truck transports per year. The activities of five of its external partners will also be integrated into the distribution center.

Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer's speed drives enhance energy efficiency for Dutch fishing vessel
January 26, 2017

Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer's speed drives enhance energy efficiency for Dutch fishing vessel

The solution comprises a number of Unidrive M variable speed drives, along with motors, transformers, brake resistors, rectifier units and generators.

Advancing Error-Proofing via MES Control
January 26, 2017

Advancing Error-Proofing via MES Control

By Anthony Borges, PINpoint Information Systems
With the advent of advanced automation techniques, the IIoT and Industry 4.0 concepts, the question remains the same; what is the optimal method to eliminate or mitigate defective products made by human or machine?