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OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling
July 21, 2017

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling

By Jeff Miller, Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
Fiber optic cabling upgrade helps fend off lightning strikes, gnawing animals, environmental toxins, and other threats that can interrupt critical communications and control. Concerns of this kind recently drove the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant to upgrade from PE-89 outdoor direct burial copper cable to fiber optic cable.

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network
July 20, 2017

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network

By Andrew McIntyre, Texas Instruments
At the core of Industry 4.0 is the need for reliable communication networks. These networks are closely tied to real-time operational needs; therefore, they must be able to handle information in a deterministic and redundant manner.

July 20, 2017

10 things you need to know about precision displacement measurement

Learn the 10 most important factors to consider when using a non-contact displacement measurement sensor.

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Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters
July 19, 2017

Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters

By Tom Bass, Emerson Automation Solutions
Pumps in remote locations can be monitored with wireless transmitters in a cost-effective manner to improve uptime, avoid incidents and increase reliability.

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation
July 18, 2017

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation

By Jerry Browning, IFS in North America
This article explains how executives at asset-intensive organizations can harness the power of enterprise software to evolve their organizations, adapt to change and take advantage of new revenue opportunities.

The Growing Threat of Ransomware on the Shop Floor
July 18, 2017

The Growing Threat of Ransomware on the Shop Floor

By Galina Antova, Claroty
We cannot afford to rely on the same (sub)standard we used in IT security over the past 10 years. We have to act ahead of the threat – we have to do something now.

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency
July 17, 2017

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
EPLAN's integration with the Siemens TIA portal is intended to enable engineering data to be exchanged bidirectionally between the worlds of electrical engineering and automation engineering.

Is the American workforce ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
July 13, 2017

Is the American workforce ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

By Greg Scheu, ABB
Innovation can be disruptive. History shows us that, in the face of major disruption, the winners embrace change and adapt. We now stand at a new crossroads. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought artificial intelligence, cloud computing and predictive analytics to the workplace

What Automation Users Need to Do RIGHT NOW:  Preparing for your inevitable cybersecurity incident
July 12, 2017

What Automation Users Need to Do RIGHT NOW: Preparing for your inevitable cybersecurity incident

By Marty Edwards – Managing Director, Automation Federation
With the ever-increasing drumbeat of cyber-attack pounding louder and louder in the background, organizations utilizing automation systems of any kind need to take proactive, defensive steps immediately to avoid significant business disruption and lost revenue.

Schneider Electric helps New Zealand water management company built IIoT control solution
July 11, 2017

Schneider Electric helps New Zealand water management company built IIoT control solution

With Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, WaterForce developed a cloud-based IIoT solution so farmers can monitor and control irrigation pumps and pivots from their computer, tablet or smartphone.

An Eye for Detail: Endress + Hauser brings advanced measurement to Cotter Brothers process skid systems
July 11, 2017

An Eye for Detail: Endress + Hauser brings advanced measurement to Cotter Brothers process skid systems

By Martin Raab, Endress+Hauser
Cotter Brothers generates one-third of its revenues with global customers, an area of the business that Randy Cotter Jr. wants to develop further. Many of their custom skid systems are equipped with measurement technology from Endress+Hauser.

Implementing Innovation Processes in Globally-Connected Manufacturing Plants
July 10, 2017

Implementing Innovation Processes in Globally-Connected Manufacturing Plants

By Alberto Martinez, Lantek
Digital technologies are helping companies connect their factories worldwide. Applying new innovations to a global team requires new or revamped processes that translate across cultures.

Avoiding Robotics Defeat: Understanding the methods of robot programming
July 07, 2017

Avoiding Robotics Defeat: Understanding the methods of robot programming

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Most small and medium sized businesses don’t have a robotics programmer on staff. However, by learning the three main methods of programming — teach, lead and offline — they can prepare for the introduction of almost any type of robotics technology. This article explores the three main methods of robot programming.

The Farm Of The Future is Here
July 06, 2017

The Farm Of The Future is Here

By Aniket Maindarkar, Infosys
The food and farming industries are embracing technological solutions that support sustainable farming and processing. When done well, these innovations can cut costs, promote efficiency, and increase consumer trust by providing transparency into the food supply chain.

Cimcorp delivers automation systems for Algerian tire plant
July 06, 2017

Cimcorp delivers automation systems for Algerian tire plant

Cimcorp will supply automated handling systems based on its ‘Dream Factory’ solution for both upstream and downstream manufacturing processes at the Sétif plant.

Apps Simplify Wireless Monitoring
July 03, 2017

Apps Simplify Wireless Monitoring

By Brian Joe, Emerson Automation Solutions
Until recently—when engineers wanted to monitor plant equipment such as steam traps, pumps or heat exchangers—they were often faced with difficult, complex and expensive projects. New apps and wireless instruments make equipment monitoring much less expensive than with traditional methods

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems
June 30, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems

The operating system that supported the Tyson Foods' Wisconsin plant's human machine interface (HMI) application was facing obsolescence. The new solution is based on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system that incorporates both the Logix control platform and FactoryTalk production management software

Navigating the Aging Workforce Tidal Wave in Manufacturing
June 29, 2017

Navigating the Aging Workforce Tidal Wave in Manufacturing

By Steve Gansen, Cisco
With manufacturing there has been a real struggle with a slowing demographic and attracting new talent, causing a considerable amount of institutional knowledge to walk out the door into retirement. Manufacturers can no longer be complacent in dealing with talent.

Emerging Security Threats: AI Could Be the Next Virtual Guard
June 28, 2017

Emerging Security Threats: AI Could Be the Next Virtual Guard

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
Using Artificial Intelligence for cyber security is a relatively new idea that still is undergoing its incubation phase. Actualizing the significance of AI in data assessment and predictive analysis, advancements are being made in the technological sector to utilize this potential in addressing the growing challenge of cyber security.

Walk Around the Factory of the Future
June 27, 2017

Walk Around the Factory of the Future

By Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, EU Automation
The need for the latest technology is also visible in the manufacturing sector as those working within it look to improve efficiency through Industry 4.0. This article discusses how the latest industrial trend, digital twinning, is shaping the future of manufacturing.