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What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

What's the Use of the IIoT?
July 10, 2018

What's the Use of the IIoT?

By Radley Corporation
The IIoT connects devices with the digital world to provide data visibility. But the real value of the IIoT lies in how that data will be used by industry to realize the potential benefi ts of this connectivity.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct
June 19, 2018

A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct

By Cees Links, GM of Qorvo Wireless Connectivity Business Unit
Self-regulation or legislation does not stifle innovation at all. It steers the internet in the right direction. It is just an example, albeit a very important example, of market feedback for engineers and innovators to develop the right products.

Extending Connectivity to the Bottom of the Ocean
June 12, 2018

Extending Connectivity to the Bottom of the Ocean

Not only did OPC UA meet the basic needs, but the capabilities of OPC UA include what’s called an Information Model, which lends itself to the possibility to pre-define application specific assets, in this case modeling the assets for the subsea tree.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

Bridging the IT/OT Divide
May 22, 2018

Bridging the IT/OT Divide

By Weintek
Today’s smarter edge devices can streamline integration efforts while providing secure remote access for end users and machine builders, too

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation
May 16, 2018

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation

While serial bus systems will continue to play an important role in the future, solutions based on Industrial Ethernet are becoming increasingly common with Industry 4.0 applications. The focus is less on cable measurements, signal levels or signal shapes, but in the case of standards such as PROFINET, utilization and the greatest possible availability of the networks are the focus of interest.

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation
May 09, 2018

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation

TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

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.

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.

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors
March 23, 2018

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors

Laser displacement sensors are often used for measuring distance, movement and dimensions. However, in order to achieve a precise statement of the target thickness from the combined signals of two sensors, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

Pairing OPC UA with a Good IIoT Protocol
March 19, 2018

Pairing OPC UA with a Good IIoT Protocol

By Bob McIlvride, Director, Communications, Skkynet Cloud Systems
In the rapidly-evolving space of Industrial IoT (IIoT), we are seeing some growth in understanding about what makes a good IIoT protocol. For IIoT to work well, the tools you employ must suit the unique requirements.

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices
March 14, 2018

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices

This white paper from the Industrial Internet Consortium recommends best practices for endpoint security in industrial applications under the broader scope of industrial internet security. The basis for this document is the detailed analysis in the various industrial guidance and compliance frameworks that already exist

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

OPC Technology Well-positioned for Growth in Tomorrow’s Connected World
February 19, 2018

OPC Technology Well-positioned for Growth in Tomorrow’s Connected World

By Craig Resnick and David Clayton, ARC Advisory Group
This ARC View, based on extensive ARC market research and analysis, at-tempts to quantify the current installed base of automation products with OPC and examines why it has been deployed so widely, the types of applications in which it has been deployed, and what lies ahead for the future.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.