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A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)
December 12, 2018

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)

By Stephen Gates, P.E., MyPLCtraining.com
It’s time to get a little more specific with what the PLC CPU controls: PLC I/O! This article will discuss discrete I/O, analog I/O and briefly introduce industrial communications protocols.

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?
December 11, 2018

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industrial automation users, system integrators, machine builders, and automation suppliers that understand how to embrace and leverage open source are dramatically improving their odds of being effective competitors in their respective industries.

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization
December 07, 2018

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization

By Robin Whitehead, Boulting Technology
This article explains how this is impacting the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) and resulting in the need for end-to-end digitalization.

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?
December 06, 2018

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
Cost versus quality. Humans versus automation. Hardware versus software. Is the vehicle manufacturing industry fuelled with tension? This article explains how vehicle manufacturers must balance the procurement of hardware and software for new vehicle concepts.

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
December 04, 2018

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Last year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.

IIoT: The Driver of Industrial Automation and Competitive Advantage
November 29, 2018

IIoT: The Driver of Industrial Automation and Competitive Advantage

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Today’s technological advances put the industrial industry on the edge of a transformative period especially as the number of these IIoT devices continues to rise. Will manufacturer's take the leap?

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
As we enter the era of Industry 4.0, this article will help dispel some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room
November 27, 2018

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The buzz continues to grow in anticipation of TSN’s turn to mainstream. Yet, the big missing piece that continues to hinder that key evolution is a lack of complete solutions for time management.

The Importance of Context in Data Collection
November 26, 2018

The Importance of Context in Data Collection

By George Walker, Novotek UK and Ireland
It’s no secret that data collection is important for generating valuable insight that helps plant managers improve efficiency in industrial systems. However, what seems unknown to many in the industry is the importance of understanding the context of the data being analysed.

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling
November 21, 2018

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling

By Kelsey Rzepecki, Graphic Products
Before beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling, in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations, is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.

Overcoming the Toxic Gas Threat in Pulp and Paper Plants
November 19, 2018

Overcoming the Toxic Gas Threat in Pulp and Paper Plants

By Joshua Hernandez, Emerson Automation Solutions
All processing facilities have goals to operate their facilities safely, in compliance with regulations, and profitably. Safety is paramount among these objectives; thus, it is important to measure, alert when abnormal, and understand the hazards that could negatively impact the facility or personnel.

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019
November 16, 2018

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019

By Jonathan Grech, JMartans Automation
While safety should always be a priority, newer technologies like these are making it easier for manufacturers to find and integrate the right device for their facility. This reduces risk to the final product, employees and equipment.

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security
November 14, 2018

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security

By Dean Ferrando, Tripwire
From large industrial control systems to one-man organizations, everyone is talking about security these days. And while the industry jargon they use may differ, all share four areas of security concern.

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits
November 13, 2018

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
An open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis
November 09, 2018

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis

By Martin Grune & Patrick Kraus, infoteam Software AG
How can production be optimized, where can improvement opportunities be found, which processes may even indirectly slow down operative business from the background? Overall Equipment Effectiveness (GAE) or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has established itself as the key performance indicator for this.

 Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity
November 08, 2018

Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how autonomous maintenance, one of the pillars of total productive maintenance (TPM) requires the whole manufacturing team to take responsibility for maintenance.

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance
November 07, 2018

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance

By Nick Boughton, Digital Lead, Boulting Technology
It has only been in the past five years where augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have made their way into industrial environments. This article explains how AR and VR are re-defining plant maintenance.

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology
November 06, 2018

How to Increase Plant Efficiency and Safety with Level Measurement Technology

By Patricia Mattsson, Emerson Automation Solutions
The widespread departure from manual measurements to automated solutions has helped improve worker efficiency while providing more accurate measurements. New level measurement technologies can do even more.

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy
November 05, 2018

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy

By Mike Devine, Zebra Technologies
E-commerce is booming globally. The increasingly higher expectations of smartphone-savvy, always-connected consumers have urged retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies to collaborate hand in hand to meet the growing shoppers’ needs in the on-demand economy.

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition
November 02, 2018

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security.