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Automation Is Changing Everything
January 18, 2018

Automation Is Changing Everything

By Anthony Coggine, Business Writer
Advances in automation are causing us to reevaluate everything, from how we power our businesses to how we analyze data. As such, the future of automation provides tremendous potential for both risk and reward.

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Smart Environment Management and Control in Buildings
January 17, 2018

Smart Environment Management and Control in Buildings

By Stefan Schauer, Texas Instruments
Stronger legal restrictions, a higher awareness of the growing consumption of natural resources and increasing energy prices are all driving the installation of more intelligent and cross-linked environmental control systems in buildings.

Journey of Understanding: How Seeq Empowers Insights & Analytics
January 16, 2018

Journey of Understanding: How Seeq Empowers Insights & Analytics

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
With Seeq, users now have an application to perform analytics and optimize operations on their own, without having to engage data scientists and other IT experts

Safe and Sound: 7 Strategies on How Young Startups Can Protect Their Digital Assets
January 12, 2018

Safe and Sound: 7 Strategies on How Young Startups Can Protect Their Digital Assets

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Commentator
This guide seeks to educate a startups management on inexpensive methods of protecting their digitals assets and online business information.

Plant Automation's Promising Future: Empowered Management, Simplified Tasks
January 11, 2018

Plant Automation's Promising Future: Empowered Management, Simplified Tasks

By George Brancato, Acieta
Robotic automation is changing how factories operate in every manufacturing sector. Underway in large, medium, and small businesses alike, these changes impact practically every aspect of manufacturing.



Flare Monitoring Regulatory Compliance and Analyzers: An Analysis
January 10, 2018

Flare Monitoring Regulatory Compliance and Analyzers: An Analysis

By Scott Eddleman, Yokogawa
In 2016, the EPA finalized its refinery sector rule on maximum achievable control technology (MACT) regulations, and gave refineries 18 months to comply. In this article, we’ll review the requirements and describe the three types of analyzers refineries can use to ensure compliance.

Matrox Imaging helps NASA digitize over 90,000 planetary mission images
January 10, 2018

Matrox Imaging helps NASA digitize over 90,000 planetary mission images

In 2015, NASA partnered with the University of Arizona, providing funding to digitize the film images and data from the Surveyor moon landers that have been in storage since the 1960s.

Robots as New Team Members: How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce
January 09, 2018

Robots as New Team Members: How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
There have been a lot of concerns and misconceptions about robots stealing people’s jobs. The truth is, while some jobs are being replaced by automated equipment, new jobs are also arising as a result of Industry 4.0. Therefore, a more relevant concern is how Industry 4.0 will change the nature of people’s jobs.

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?
January 08, 2018

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?

By Philip Allen, Grace Engineered Products
Without question, the highest risk task for qualified electrical workers is creating an electrically safe work condition. Validated installation procedures for PESDs combined with LOTO procedures significantly reduces the likelihood that workers will be exposed to voltage when creating that electrically safe work condition.

TrendMiner helps Arlanxeo enhance analytics software for chemical production facilities
January 05, 2018

TrendMiner helps Arlanxeo enhance analytics software for chemical production facilities

Arlanxeo, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and LANXESS, is a chemical company that develops, manufactures and markets synthetic rubber and high-performance elastomers for use in various industries.

In the Age of Digital Industry, What’s Next for Intelligent Machines?
January 04, 2018

In the Age of Digital Industry, What’s Next for Intelligent Machines?

By Eddie Amos, GE Digital
What does the future hold for industrial organizations like those in manufacturing? Like the paved highway systems for cars to drive on, the increased connectivity of industrial assets has been foundational for the next wave of technological advancements.

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders
January 04, 2018

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders

By Thorsten Sienk, AMK
The UR Precision U unwinding system of Kocher+Beck is designed to feed web material to printing and converting machines nonstop from the role. The system is driven by centralized and decentralized servo technology from AMK.

Enterprise-wide Supply Chain Solutions: Building Better ERP Efforts
January 02, 2018

Enterprise-wide Supply Chain Solutions: Building Better ERP Efforts

By Frank Kapper, Upland Ultriva
Over the past decade there has been a great need for better technology solutions to address global demand-driven and enterprise-wide supply chains.

Is Automation a Threat for IT Jobs
January 02, 2018

Is Automation a Threat for IT Jobs

By Anton Pozdnyakov, Softerra
It is a common fear among the IT pros community that at some point automation will come for their jobs and make them obsolete. So, is it really that serious? Will robots eventually eliminate people in all IT jobs?

ABB helps boost low-emission power distribution for Toronto public transit
December 22, 2017

ABB helps boost low-emission power distribution for Toronto public transit

The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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SAP Leonardo Enterprise Wide IT/OT Integration
December 19, 2017

SAP Leonardo Enterprise Wide IT/OT Integration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Taking place from November 2-3 2017, the event put a spotlight on SAP’s IT/OT real-time transaction processing and integration of manufacturing controls and automation for their customers.

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA
December 18, 2017

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA

The OPC Foundation published a set of practical guidelines for the secure configuration and use of OPC UA in industry.  This brochure helps readers quickly understand what OPC UA security has to offer and how to best use it. 

Automation & Industrial Technology Talent Trends for 2018
December 18, 2017

Automation & Industrial Technology Talent Trends for 2018

By Robert Cohn, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
What’s in store for 2018 when it comes to talent within Automation & Industrial Technology? Here are 8 talent trends that will help to shape the workforce in the New Year

Siemens to help U.S. military base in Germany enhance energy efficiency
December 18, 2017

Siemens to help U.S. military base in Germany enhance energy efficiency

Siemens and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers signed a €7.9 million (~$9.4 million USD) contract to install, operate and maintain several energy conservation measures at the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, 23 miles from Frankfurt.