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The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one
September 18, 2017

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one

By B&R Industrial Automation,
Dedicated machine designs are giving way to base machine modules that are configured to production requirements, reconfigured as needed and support ‘batch of one’ operations. The result is a new category of machinery, the adaptive machine.

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0
September 15, 2017

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0

By Kingstar
This white paper will explore Fieldbus options by providing a description of distinguishing features of each standard, comparing the performance and price/performance, and by tabulating market adoption rates.

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed
September 11, 2017

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed

By Cees Links, Qorvo
Meshing has always been an intriguing concept in networking technology. It implies an alignment with the concepts of sharing and helping – values usually highly rated in the world of technology pioneers. So, it’s no surprise that meshing networking usually attracts serious attention and consideration among technologists.

August 16, 2017

Frequency and Antenna Selection Effects on Accuracy of Free Space Radar

By: Bill Sholette, Northeast, and Gene Henry, Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Accuracy of free space radar depends on frequency, beam angle, antenna configuration and installation.

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation
August 16, 2017

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation

This whitepaper provides only the very basic fundamentals, but also a good checklist for operators to go through prior to applying new gearmotors.

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme
August 01, 2017

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme

By AAEON
In 2014, China overtook the USA and became the world’s largest ATM market, according to Retail Banking Research (RBR), a financial strategy and data consultancy headquartered in London.

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses:  A Practical Guide
July 28, 2017

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Practical Guide

Effective cybersecurity management is essential for all organizations, regardless of size. This ISA document is intended to provide a starting point for small- and medium-businesses (SMBs), particularly those that manage industrial processes and employ some level of automation.

The Impact of Automation on Employment: An NCCI Report
July 25, 2017

The Impact of Automation on Employment: An NCCI Report

During the 20th century, automation largely impacted routine tasks, contributing to significant shifts in agriculture and manufacturing employment. This edition explains why automation in the future has the potential to change labor markets more dramatically than in the past.

The Impact of the IoT Demystified
July 21, 2017

The Impact of the IoT Demystified

By Cees Links, Qorvo
The IoT (Internet of Things) is a modern-day buzzword with lofty expectations to have a profound impact on society. But what is it, how will we use it and what will that impact be?

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors
July 21, 2017

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors

Just like an organ transplant, you cannot add any torque sensor to your system; the torque sensor needs to have the necessary specifications to meet your system’s needs. This whitepaper provides a guide to selecting the right torque sensor for servo motors.

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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Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference
July 14, 2017

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference

By Dataforth,
In today's dynamic industrial environments, electronic devices, signal and power wiring, and other electrical plant/process equipment often interact to create finoisefl or electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems which can degrade critical measurement and control signals. Proper grounding and shielding techniques can help reduce or eliminate these problems and maintain signal integrity.

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Protecting the Connected Barrels:  Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas
July 05, 2017

Protecting the Connected Barrels: Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas

By Anshu Mittal, Andrew Slaughter, Paul Zonneveld
This Deloitte report addresses cybersecurity concerns in the oil & gas industry, and discusses how companies can better protect themselves in an increasingly connected world.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

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.