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Diversity and Inclusion: Core values among associations
June 22, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion: Core values among associations

By Dr. David K. Rehr and James Zaniello, Vetted Solutions
This research report focuses on the important role associations play in American life. The research indicates that while leaders recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion, many associations have not yet fully realized the value and benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server
June 19, 2017

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server

This whitepaper discusses how to share your Wonderware System Platform (ArchestrA) or Wonderware InTouch data via OPC UA for situations where you're working with an OPC UA capable client application that needs access to process data in your Wonderware system.

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing
June 13, 2017

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing

This Siemens research report evaluates manufacturers’ digital capabilities across several core dimensions, using their relative progress in each to provide an overall score out of 100, determining what progress manufacturers still have to make in order to access the digital future

Questions to Ask When Specifying a Frame Grabber for Machine Vision Applications
June 06, 2017

Questions to Ask When Specifying a Frame Grabber for Machine Vision Applications

Standardization has changed the game in many industries, making life easier for engineers and manufacturers alike. Nowhere has standardization been more keenly observed than in frame grabbers.

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Why PKI matters for the IIoT
May 23, 2017

Why PKI matters for the IIoT

By Alan Grau and Dave West, Icon Labs
Just as cyber-attacks take many forms and exploit a wide range of vulnerabilities in the target device, so too is cybersecurity multi-faceted. A fundamental, but often ignored, aspect of cybersecurity for IIoT devices is strong authentication.

The Digitalization Productivity Bonus: What value does digitalization offer manufacturers?
May 04, 2017

The Digitalization Productivity Bonus: What value does digitalization offer manufacturers?

By Siemens
The benefits of digitalization in manufacturing are driving commercial value in today's industry and are worth summarizing briefly and placing in a real-life context.

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0
May 02, 2017

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0

By Jerry Leitz, KINGSTAR
One of the primary benefits of a PC-based PLC is the ability to choose a flexible and scalable network that can serve as the foundation to an open, integrated “plug-and-play” platform for future needs like motion control and machine vision. But with so many standards competing to be most viable and valuable, which protocol should you choose?

Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots : A Maturity Framework
April 10, 2017

Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots : A Maturity Framework

By Aethon
As the market for robots evolves and these devices are used in new ways, it becomes important to look at what it means to be an autonomous mobile service robot and evaluate the differences relative to the terms "autonomous" and "mobile."

What is a Cloud  Serialization and  Traceability Solution?
April 05, 2017

What is a Cloud Serialization and Traceability Solution?

The core principles of a Level 4 system make it uniquely positioned to deliver data sharing capability up, down, and across the supply chain.

Industry 4.0 and Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in an Age of Connected Production
March 27, 2017

Industry 4.0 and Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in an Age of Connected Production

This new Deloitte study outlines the strategies that businesses must take to build cybersecurity efforts into their larger business plan and untimely protect their operations and their customers.

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers
March 27, 2017

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers

By Arun Ananthampalayam, Honeywell Process Solutions
Whether you are a tool builder or an application developer – if your software needs to access automation data, you may want to implement OPC UA connectivity to ensure your system can access data via the world’s most popular, standards-based, open connectivity solution. The question is: How to best do this?

March 24, 2017

DIN Rail Power Supplies: Users benefit most from optimised basic functions

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS GmbH
The fourth industrial revolution is extremely power-hungry. Due to increasing networking and continuous information exchange in production technology, power requirements as well as the importance of machine availability are ever increasing.

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March 24, 2017

DIN-rail power supplies for railway applications

By Christoph Frodl, PULS
Train travellers and commuters want one thing above all else from the railway: Reliability. This expectation is also passed on by the railway company to its suppliers, right through to the manufacturers of individual components, such as power supply units.

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Insights on Digital Transformation
March 23, 2017

Insights on Digital Transformation

By Statseeker,
The reality is total adoption of IIoT is a ways off and users today need to start the digital transformation for their enterprise to reap benefits before the total technological integration.

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
March 21, 2017

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements

By CAS Dataloggers
This White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them
March 21, 2017

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them

By Matt Smith, Cortet Engineering
This article will aim to help your decision-making process by explaining the existing technologies and attempting to demystify the ocean of IoT protocols.

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA
March 20, 2017

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA

Matrikon's downloadable OPC whitepaper discusses how vendors can enable their new and existing products with OPC technology to compete on the IIoT/Industrie 4.0 landscape

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
March 17, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments

By Rotork
With the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.

Digitalization 101: The Means to a Successful Enterprise Outcome
March 17, 2017

Digitalization 101: The Means to a Successful Enterprise Outcome

By Rajiv Sivaraman, Siemens
Digitalization may find its way into the dictionary as a homonym, for all its multiple meanings, but it has already found its way into boardroom agenda. Are you on board with digitalization?