White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?
November 10, 2017

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
This whitepaper gives an overview of what customers expect from Wi-Fi, where it is heading, and how Wi-Fi fits into a larger context in the Smart Home, but also meshing networks, edge computing, FTTH and DOCSIS.

The Top 4 Benefits of LabVIEW
November 07, 2017

The Top 4 Benefits of LabVIEW

Discover how LabVIEW system design software can increase your productivity, future-proof your solution, integrate with your hardware, and provide learning paths to ensure your success when adopting LabVIEW for your measurement and test applications.
*Sponsored by National Instruments

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Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations
November 03, 2017

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations

By: Alan Cone, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The data revolution is firmly underway within today’s manufacturing industry. Those companies that capture their “big data” and leverage that analyzed data as a framework for making faster, better decisions will lead the industry in productivity and time to market.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

November 03, 2017

Eltima releases Port Virtualization Technology whitepaper

Port Virtualization Technology is the first step to industrial automatization.

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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 'noise' 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.