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Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations
January 18, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations

With a goal of increasing productivity and shortening the development time of new products, Maxiforja has adopted Femap software, the Plant Simulation solution in the Tecnomatix portfolio, the Teamcenter portfolio, NX software and Line Designer from Siemens in order to reach its goal of becoming a digitalized enterprise.

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation
January 18, 2019

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation

By Carlos Millan, Oceaneering International
For decades, automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology has delivered materials handling and logistics solutions to automotive companies. Automotive manufacturers, in general, have embraced the lean principles of advanced logistics and manufacturing solutions.

Exploring the Virtual Plant
January 17, 2019

Exploring the Virtual Plant

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. This article explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase
January 15, 2019

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) protocol, adopted worldwide, provides digital signal and measurement data from smart field instruments in a wide range of control, monitoring, and automation applications.

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications
January 14, 2019

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications

By Kevin Finnan, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Many factors come into play when selecting a new or upgraded control system, with careful consideration of each resulting in the best outcome.

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform
January 11, 2019

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform

Using the Siemens platform for digital innovation, Konecranes has been able to connect the data from all of these organizations to create one 360 degree view of how prototypes are running and performing, and correlating requirements to, real world performance data.

Could AI Security Prevent Hacks?
January 11, 2019

Could AI Security Prevent Hacks?

By Graham Smith, Curo Talent
We’ve all heard of the wider IT skills shortage, but the lack of security skills in the industry is even more critical. This article explains the role of automation in IT security and how it could address the skills shortage.

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
January 10, 2019

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass, ABB
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

Rockwell Automation helps Arkansas Steel enhance manufacturing intelligence
January 10, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Arkansas Steel enhance manufacturing intelligence

While updating the plant’s control layer, IT teams at Arkansas Steel began considering additional opportunities to improve operations. What they found was an issue with workforce utilization: Operators’ attention was divided between the process of creating tie plates and handling data.

Better Inventory Management Strategies to Improve Financial Reporting
January 09, 2019

Better Inventory Management Strategies to Improve Financial Reporting

By Asael Sharabi, Emerson Automation Solutions
Inventory is one of the most important assets of an organization, and its effective management is increasingly recognized as a key component of financial health and profitability.

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage
January 08, 2019

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage

By Andrew Kling, Schneider Electric
Hackers follow a process to launch an attack, and there’s a concurrent process for manufacturers to defend themselves from these attacks. By describing both of them, organizations can ensure they’ve addressed every element of their cyber risk strategy.

FDT Group helps Brazilian bioethanol producer streamline automation system
January 07, 2019

FDT Group helps Brazilian bioethanol producer streamline automation system

The following article describes how a field device management solution employing FDT Technology helped a major bioethanol producer streamline device commissioning and maintenance tasks, and at the same time, increase productivity and savings as part of a major Greenfield project.

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ICS Built-in Security in Today’s Connected Enterprise
January 07, 2019

ICS Built-in Security in Today’s Connected Enterprise

By Glenn Schulz, FDT Group and Katherine Voss, ODVA
The following article describes efforts by the automation industry to develop next generation standards and technology, which enhance security throughout the lifecycle of industrial control devices in today’s connected world.

Inventory Management 4.0
January 04, 2019

Inventory Management 4.0

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
A shocking amount of capital is tied up in inventory. Along with accounts receivable and accounts payable, inventory represents $1.1 trillion in cash – equivalent to 7 per cent of the United States GDP. This article explains the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in accessing this cash.

FDT Standardized Mobility Solutions and User Interface for Agile Operations
January 03, 2019

FDT Standardized Mobility Solutions and User Interface for Agile Operations

The following article describes how ongoing technology developments by FDT Group will help optimize industrial organizations and their maintenance departments by enabling cloud-based enterprise data access, device diagnostics, mobility applications, and the use of augmented reality in asset management and predictive maintenance programs.

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Timeless Technology Standardizes IIoT Connectivity
January 03, 2019

Timeless Technology Standardizes IIoT Connectivity

The industrial revolution now underway, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, is powered by advancements that include smart manufacturing, advanced analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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All the Data without the Trouble
January 03, 2019

All the Data without the Trouble

The following article describes how technology collaboration between two open, automation industry standards organizations is changing the paradigm for integrating control systems, applications and devices within a unified architecture – all aimed at optimizing information exchange throughout the industrial enterprise.

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FDT Standard Looks to the Future - Empowering Digital Transformation
January 03, 2019

FDT Standard Looks to the Future - Empowering Digital Transformation

For suppliers of industrial control products and solutions, implementation of the FDT standard is a forward-looking strategy supporting the new era of automation.

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Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history
January 03, 2019

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history

As the cobot market is experiencing an increasing number of competitors – both from the established industrial players and start-ups – it is vital, however, to keep ahead of the curve.

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big
January 03, 2019

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big

By Antony Bourne, IFS
A new generation of point AI solutions will prove themselves in 2019. They’ll build new trust, urgency and understanding of what ‘AI’ actually is, and just how much it can deliver. Here are 3 key predictions for manufacturing for 2019—and beyond.