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Taking a Grounded, Integrated Approach Through the Industry 4.0 Hype
February 14, 2020

Taking a Grounded, Integrated Approach Through the Industry 4.0 Hype

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK & Ireland
Talk of Industry 4.0 has been useful in helping businesses understand the value of industrial automation and connectivity. This article explains why it’s not only vital to work with a systems integrator to get the most from industrial connectivity, but to also take a grounded approach.

How Hydrogen Fuel Cells are Transforming Industry
February 12, 2020

How Hydrogen Fuel Cells are Transforming Industry

By Håkan Holmberg, Sandvik
A fuel cell is a device that converts energy stored in molecules into electrical energy. Using hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) as power, the fuel cell produces water, electricity and heat without creating any emissions other than water vapour. This article explains the possibilities of hydrogen fuel cells.

World Economic Forum 2020 - Fourth Industrial Revolution or Evolution?
February 07, 2020

World Economic Forum 2020 - Fourth Industrial Revolution or Evolution?

By Bill Lydon, Contributing Editor
Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are disrupting the manufacturing industry, and that disruption has risen to the highest levels: a topic for discussion at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January

Single Pair Ethernet Industrial Automation Joins IoT Revolution
February 03, 2020

Single Pair Ethernet Industrial Automation Joins IoT Revolution

By Bill Lydon, Contributing Editor
Attending the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Symposium hosted by Harting Electronics and the SPE Partner Network organization, I learned more about the 10BASE-T1 Single Pair Ethernet. SPE is an exciting development enabling seamless ethernet connectivity from sensor to enterprise, connecting the IoT universe.

Securing Industrial Operations in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 29, 2020

Securing Industrial Operations in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Tatjana Milenovic, ABB Food & Beverage
Connected automation systems are making food and beverage manufacturing more efficient, productive and cost-effective, but this greater connectivity creates greater opportunities for agroterrorism. This article discusses the need to integrate data protection into a wider plant safety system.

A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer
January 27, 2020

A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer

By Stephen Gates, myPLCtraining.com
When it comes to industrial automation, Studio 5000 is one of the most widely used software packages in the world. Studio 5000 Logix Designer (formerly known as RSlogix 5000) is used to program the most powerful Allen-Bradley PLCs (technically PACs), including the ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?
January 23, 2020

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?

Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots, often referred to as cobots, have been heavily marketed as unguarded and easy to integrate machines that can work seamlessly alongside human workers. However, this doesn’t necessarily make these machines exempt from the safety regulations associated with regular industrial robots.

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?
January 16, 2020

How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?

By Mike Guilfoyle, ARC Advisory Group
Digitally transformed organizations will be able to transition to and thrive in digital economies, making digital transformation a matter of not “if,” but “when.” Given that industrial digital transformation is necessary to remain viable and competitive, why are mistakes, false starts, and dead-end investments all too common?

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era
January 07, 2020

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The ANSI/ISA95 standard, generally referred to as ISA95, is an important tool for digitalization. It provides the framework, modeling, and vendor independent common information models which can be applied in any manufacturing or process industry production architecture.

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services
December 18, 2019

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services

By Ken Lynch, Senet
Whether it is delivering propane for residential heat, optimizing industrial operations, reducing energy consumption in cities or reducing water loss through smart metering and water management solutions, an entire ecosystem of partners has the opportunity to provide limitless societal and economic benefit, delivering on the ultimate promise of the Internet of Things.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software
December 17, 2019

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Integration was the heavy emphasis for Rockwell Automation at Automation Fair 2019, th a particular focus on expanding the system integration business and launching Rockwell Automation Lifecycle Services, as well as greater PTC software integration

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking
December 10, 2019

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
5G is starting to make the goal of wireless industrial automation a reality. Companies are already starting to deploy private 5G networks within plants and are seeing increases in performance, determinism, low latency, and reliability.

Inside Augmented Intelligence
December 06, 2019

Inside Augmented Intelligence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Augmented intelligence is one of the few technologies named on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2019 that are predicted to reach expectations, over the next two-to-five years. This article explains how augmented intelligence could assist with human and machine collaboration.

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?
December 02, 2019

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Today’s plant managers are faced with a dearth of automation technologies but it’s not always obvious what will work best. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach. This article discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
November 22, 2019

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry

By Ripal Vyas, Softweb Solutions
The arrival of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming the way industries have been operated from decades. These technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations that are impacting industries at large.

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain
November 21, 2019

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, director, EU Automation
Errors in the pharmaceutical supply chain can lead to late delivery, increased costs and poor-quality products, which can have a detrimental impact on consumers. This article explains how organizations can use digital technologies to improve the pharmaceutical supplychain and minimize the risk of errors.