White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

January 10, 2017

Slow Speed Applications Using a Soft Starter

Many applications could benefit from the ability to adjust the speed of a process while operating. Reasons for this include positioning, checking or adjusting alignment, or inspecting equipment, such as a band saw. There are several methods you can use to obtain slow speed control in applications, including variable-frequency drives, soft starters, and mechanical gearing.

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation
January 10, 2017

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation

By Rotork
Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce its environmental footprint while, at the same time, the industry is under significant pressure to reduce costs. This whitepaper shares what companies can do make this easier

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Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT
January 06, 2017

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT

By Ming Fong, Schneider-Electric Software
Even though MQTT was designed prior to this age of IoT, its characteristics meet the requirements of IoT and have full advantage of being adopted into the IoT space. This paper provides an insight into the MQTT protocol.

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control
December 28, 2016

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control

By Anthony Borges, Pinpoint Information Systems
The power of an MES System or configurable process control system is now well beyond that of what can be accomplished with PLCs alone.

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy
December 28, 2016

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

This report further investigates the effects of AI-driven automation on the U.S. job market and economy, and outlines recommended policy responses.

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter
December 27, 2016

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter

Installing a direct mass device in the process control loop offers a number of advantages. It allows the operator to achieve a direct ratio of control between the natural gas, the air and waste gas fuels without any corrections for pressure, temperature or density, which requires extra components and possibly extra offsets and failures.

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS
December 07, 2016

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS

By Dan Labell, Westfalia Technologies
One fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced. Given this fact, the decision to implement an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) should be an easy one to reach.

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation
December 06, 2016

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation

By Joseph Yang, Advantech
Many other automation technologies such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are already modular, so the concept of a modular IPC is a natural fit for industry.

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers
November 23, 2016

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers

By Anthony Borges, PINpoint
Andon 3D serves as a modern plant floor communication, product tracking, and manufacturing reporting system essential for improving manufacturing efficiencies.

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI
November 16, 2016

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI

By Victor Polyakov, Tibbo Systems
This whitepaper is an introduction AggreGate IoT Platform-based products. In 2010, two years after AggreGate Network Manager release, Tibbo started AggreGate SCADA/HMI project ‒ fourth-generation SCADA system.

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency
November 04, 2016

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS
This article should help users determine the accurate efficiency and thus the power losses of a power supply

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Industry 4.0-based Network Manager Ensures Solid Industrial Connectivity
October 21, 2016

Industry 4.0-based Network Manager Ensures Solid Industrial Connectivity

With the hot topics of Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), intelligent automation and so forth emerging into the market, factory machines and equipment will become connected to upload field data to back-end servers or cloud networks.

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Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach
October 20, 2016

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach

By RKNeal, Inc.
The purpose of this whitepaper is to present a novel cybersecurity framework for deploying and managing cyberthreat management products across multiple OEM vendors.

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines
October 17, 2016

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines

The increasing availability of the tools that facilitate higher levels of manufacturing productivity and quality creates an opportunity for manufacturers to embrace a fresh mindset and leverage prevention and traceability regulations to improve safety, increase revenue, and elevate brand reputation.

Your Guide to Outsourcing Electrical Control Panels
October 13, 2016

Your Guide to Outsourcing Electrical Control Panels

Does building electrical control panels drain time and resources from your core business? The decision to outsource can be challenging for companies that have never chosen a panel shop before, or were burned by bad partnerships in the past. Knowing what to look for in a panel building partner can make outsourcing painless.

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What is the real value of IoT?
September 29, 2016

What is the real value of IoT?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
Today’s IoT technology is more maturing than emerging. IoT devices are moving into the mainstream but they still have further to go.

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments
September 26, 2016

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments

By Dr. Jürgen Gallus, PI
Vacuum applications are of growing importance due to technologies that can only be applied in vacuum or cryogenic environments. This paper outlines how PI achieves vacuum suitability for its products.

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NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence
September 22, 2016

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution offers manufacturers a feasible, holistic approach to control, communication, and cloud integration, fast-tracking the implementation of virtual war rooms, preventive maintenance and Industry 4.0 applications alike.

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OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation
September 19, 2016

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation

By Randy Armstrong, Sparhawk Software
The widespread deployment of cloud based solutions has many factory operators wondering how they can take advantage of it to streamline their operations. The needs of these users have been the driving force behind the OPC UA PubSub Specification.