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Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?
April 19, 2018

Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?

By Chad Smith and Carol Ptak, Demand Driven Institute
Manufacturing needs Lean methods to stay competitive in the more complex environment of the twenty-first century. Lean needs an effective customer-centric planning approach to bring that vision to reality.

Honeywell to create cryogenic gas processing plant for West Texas facility
April 18, 2018

Honeywell to create cryogenic gas processing plant for West Texas facility

The plant is designed to extract 99 percent of ethane and 100 percent of propane and heavier hydrocarbons from natural gas in the Permian basin. Honeywell’s UOP Russell solution includes design, supply and installation of a modular cryogenic plant, refrigeration, dehydration and acid gas removal units

Nukon helps Tasmanian water facilty implement Seeq analytics solution
April 18, 2018

Nukon helps Tasmanian water facilty implement Seeq analytics solution

Nukon leveraged historical data in TasWater’s OSIsoft PI System using ananalytics application from Seeq, (an OSIsoft Gold Sponsor and ISV). Nukon delivered a proof-of-concept and solution, specifically a detection model for Midway Point’s sewage pumping stations and surrounding areas.

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots
April 17, 2018

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Safety hazards, aging assets and security threats can negatively impact your business, including your employees, revenue, plants, intellectual property, vehicle quality and customers. You can help improve risk management by setting your sights on four key areas: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

Industrial Cybersecurity & International Defense - Inside Siemens' Cybersecurity Charter of Trust
April 17, 2018

Industrial Cybersecurity & International Defense - Inside Siemens' Cybersecurity Charter of Trust

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization. Will this elevate the industrial cybersecurity discussion?

Meet Upskill: HERMES AWARD Finalist Takes Center Stage At HANNOVER MESSE 2018
April 16, 2018

Meet Upskill: HERMES AWARD Finalist Takes Center Stage At HANNOVER MESSE 2018

By Larry Turner, HANNOVER FAIRS USA
The HERMES AWARD is an industrial technology prize awarded at HANNOVER MESSE, the manufacturing technology trade show held annually in Hannover, Germany. This year, Washington, D.C.-based Upskill is the only American finalist.

Artificial Intelligence & Product Development
April 16, 2018

Artificial Intelligence & Product Development

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With the rate of technological change faster than ever, companies can’t leave their research and development (R&D) to chance. This article explains how artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a role in product development.

ABB helps Bayer implement modular automation solution
April 13, 2018

ABB helps Bayer implement modular automation solution

ABB has developed a solution for modularization with plug and produce capabilities and a pilot is currently ongoing with one of the major life science companies, Bayer AG.

SAP and Caterpillar: Connecting Live Engineering And Predictive Maintenance
April 12, 2018

SAP and Caterpillar: Connecting Live Engineering And Predictive Maintenance

Caterpillar creates machinery that powers businesses, builds communities, and enriches lives, from diesel-powered engines and gas turbines to hydraulic excavators and agricultural tractors. With the help of SAP, Caterpillar has manufactured heavy-duty equipment with IoT sensors for several customers

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab
April 11, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab

The lab is part of CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program. Support from both the university and members of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program was vital to getting the brewery operational.

Supporting the American Manufacturing Renewal: Inside Oakland University’s ISE Department
April 10, 2018

Supporting the American Manufacturing Renewal: Inside Oakland University’s ISE Department

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The ISE program offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, designing a curriculum that allows students to think laterally, envision and analyze multiple perspectives in the creative design process.

Open Systems Come to Process Automation
April 09, 2018

Open Systems Come to Process Automation

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Products developed using open systems technologies are in widespread use throughout the commercial sector, providing a host of benefits to vendors and their customers. But the open systems movement has been slow to penetrate the often closed and proprietary world of industrial automation—denying end users, OEMs and system integrators the same types of benefits.

Exploring Security by Design
April 06, 2018

Exploring Security by Design

By Siegfried Müller, MB Connect Line
Nowadays it‘s difficult to imagine that a new appliance will be developed without a safety risk analysis, or by using safety elements without corresponding certifications. In fact, standards and norms regulate how security components have to be designed and deployed. Within information technology, such regulations don‘t exist yet.

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't
April 04, 2018

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't

By Rachel Bugaris, Panduit Corp
AVTs automate the functions of handheld voltage testers for this specific task and display information about the status of voltage inside equipment without exposure to electrical hazards.

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization
April 03, 2018

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Digitalization and education were once again at the forefront of the 11th annual Manufacturing in America. Held March 14-15 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, the summit also saw discussions on the role of blockchain technology, and also provided ideas and solutions to help manufacturing companies to achieve operational excellence.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
April 02, 2018

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot

As part of the design process, the Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with very tight tolerances in dimensional accuracy. This is important for accuracy of the smart grasper’s movements. So, the team contacted SMB Bearings as the business is known for its supply of non-standard bearings.

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation
April 02, 2018

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. This article explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy.

Start-ups:  Changing the engineering ladder?
March 27, 2018

Start-ups: Changing the engineering ladder?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Traditionally, the way to succeed in an engineering career has been to work your way up the corporate ladder, but is the influx of new start-ups changing this? This article looks at how engineering businesses can retain staff in the era of the start-up.

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations
March 26, 2018

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations

Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. With this in mind, Orfer standardized on the Toshiba Machine TH650A high-speed SCARA robot for the BoxCellPlus.