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Keeping Your OPC Data Safe from WannaCry
June 22, 2017

Keeping Your OPC Data Safe from WannaCry

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
More and more companies are recognizing the value hidden in their process data, and are looking at ways to tap into it. If you need to provide access to OPC data on your plant system, say for analytics, predictive maintenance, or real-time dashboards, you'll need to secure your system from the kind of threat that WannaCry poses

Modern Functions in HMIs
June 21, 2017

Modern Functions in HMIs

By Scott A. Kortier, Schneider Electric Software
Automation applications are benefiting from HMIs that have moved well beyond panel device replacers and are now collecting, filtering and displaying data from multiple machines or processes.

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory
June 19, 2017

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory

By John Rinaldi, Real Time Automation
In their latest series of announcements, it’s clear that OPC UA is key to Microsoft’s strategy of entering and dominating the factory floor through its Azure cloud services.

Hannover Fair 2017 – Integrated Industry Empowers World Competition
June 19, 2017

Hannover Fair 2017 – Integrated Industry Empowers World Competition

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The 2017 Hannover Fair taught us one thing above all others. Manufacturing winners and losers will be defined by their understanding and application of Industry 4.0 and IoT solutions.

There Is No Industry 4.0 without OPC UA
June 19, 2017

There Is No Industry 4.0 without OPC UA

By Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation
In November 2016, the Industrie 4.0 Platform published a checklist for classifying and advertising products as Industrie 4.0 “Basic,” “Ready,” or “Full”. To comply with the “Industrie 4.0 communication” criterion, even the lowest category requires the product to be addressable over the network via TCP/UDP or IP and to integrate at least the OPC UA information model.

The New Terminology: CRO and Industry 5.0
June 15, 2017

The New Terminology: CRO and Industry 5.0

By Matt Rendall, Host of Drive Manufacturing Summit
The convergence of advanced technology and manufacturing processes requires an organizational leader. Someone who will research, advise, and embrace on capability and process. This leader will emerge as the Chief Robotics Officer (CRO).

CAN, Industrial Ethernet and CAN FD: A Comparison of Systems for Industrial Automation
June 14, 2017

CAN, Industrial Ethernet and CAN FD: A Comparison of Systems for Industrial Automation

By Kent Lennartsson, Research Manager, Kvaser AB
The use of CAN began in the automotive industry and has since branched out into a multitude of sectors, including industrial automation. However, CAN in itself is not equipped to handle the control processes needed for this complex industry. Instead, a secondary, higher layer protocol was required to make adoption possible.

In the Hacker Age, How Secure Is Your PLC?
June 13, 2017

In the Hacker Age, How Secure Is Your PLC?

By Bill Dehner, AutomationDirect.com
A recent study by the Identity Theft Resource Center concluded that in 2016 U.S companies and government agencies were breached 1,093 times. That’s a new record and a 40% increase from the 780 breaches in 2015.

Gateways, Partitions and Tenants: A Checklist for Building the Right Architecture for Cloud-based Historians
June 07, 2017

Gateways, Partitions and Tenants: A Checklist for Building the Right Architecture for Cloud-based Historians

By Jan Pingel & Matthew Burd, Honeywell Process Solutions
One of the most important characteristics of a connected plant is the ability to increase and enhance collaboration to help solve previously unsolvable problems. The emergence of the cloud-based historian is a key component, therefore, to bringing the connected plant to life because it greatly enables this type of collaboration.

Out of the Dark Age: How Data Can Transform Industrial Safety
June 06, 2017

Out of the Dark Age: How Data Can Transform Industrial Safety

By George Schuster, Rockwell Automation
Many safety teams, in comparison, are stuck in the dark ages. That’s because they still rely on antiquated data-collection and reporting techniques. A Connected Enterprise provides an opportunity to close this disparity – and revolutionize industrial safety through the use of safety data.

Questions to Ask When Specifying a Frame Grabber for Machine Vision Applications
June 06, 2017

Questions to Ask When Specifying a Frame Grabber for Machine Vision Applications

Standardization has changed the game in many industries, making life easier for engineers and manufacturers alike. Nowhere has standardization been more keenly observed than in frame grabbers.

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OPC UA and the Industrial Internet of Things
June 06, 2017

OPC UA and the Industrial Internet of Things

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The combination of data from multiple platforms is now possible because of the OPC UA protocol - an in-demand feature - as the Internet of Things (IoT) gains traction. This article discusses how the open source protocol OPC UA is beneficial for automation.

Automating the Hiring Process? FactoryFix Aims to Help Close Manufacturing Skills Gap
June 05, 2017

Automating the Hiring Process? FactoryFix Aims to Help Close Manufacturing Skills Gap

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
Smaller manufacturers wishing to automate, may not have all the specialists they need on staff. With hiring processes taking days or weeks, the FactoryFix automated platform is working to connect these manufacturers with specialists in minutes

PCB Piezotronics supplies accelerometers to NOAA weather satellites
June 01, 2017

PCB Piezotronics supplies accelerometers to NOAA weather satellites

PCB's accelerometers were used by Lockheed Martin to measure the dynamic environment of the instrument platform in flight, and to characterize that environment to improve the interpretation of instrument data.

ABB helps automate Quebec lithium mine
May 31, 2017

ABB helps automate Quebec lithium mine

Nemaska Lithium is developing the Whabouchi spodumene deposit to meet the growing global demand for lithium batteries to be used in electric vehicles and energy storage systems, as well as in various consumer electronics.

IT-OT Convergence and Conflict: Who Owns ICS Security?
May 26, 2017

IT-OT Convergence and Conflict: Who Owns ICS Security?

By Katherine Brocklehurst, Belden
IT and OT are very different organizations that have begun to converge very rapidly. This convergence has led to conflict, perhaps which has even been felt in your organization. This article addresses a major cause of their conflict and how to start resolving the growing pains.

ABB helps Italian water company improve maintenance efforts
May 26, 2017

ABB helps Italian water company improve maintenance efforts

CBV expects to reduce plant operating costs by up to 30 percent and maintenance time by up to 40 percent when ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is fully implemented at other locations.

Winning  with Lightweight Materials: QA for Composite Component Production in the  Automotive Industry
May 24, 2017

Winning with Lightweight Materials: QA for Composite Component Production in the Automotive Industry

By Marius Mützel, Kistler Group
In the past, fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) were mainly used in the aerospace sector −but in response to the trend towards boosting efficiency and optimizing resources, their use in the automotive industry is now increasing as well. It is essential to use lightweight construction materials so as to achieve the increased efficiency levels required by law, and also to reduce CO2 emissions.

Why PKI matters for the IIoT
May 23, 2017

Why PKI matters for the IIoT

By Alan Grau and Dave West, Icon Labs
Just as cyber-attacks take many forms and exploit a wide range of vulnerabilities in the target device, so too is cybersecurity multi-faceted. A fundamental, but often ignored, aspect of cybersecurity for IIoT devices is strong authentication.

Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit
May 22, 2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Overall, a number of themes could be discerned at HANNOVER MESSE this year, including cost-cutting, production efficiency, downtime reduction, quicker time-to-market, product customization, and lower development costs.