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The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance
March 13, 2019

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance

By Ashley Hicks, Home automation writer
Home automation is a relatively new phenomenon that's gaining popularity among homeowners as it becomes less and less expensive. Here's a quick guide to how home automation works and why it's an option that homeowners need to be aware of.

Streamlining the Supply Chain with Industry 4.0
March 11, 2019

Streamlining the Supply Chain with Industry 4.0

By Scott Fawcett, Essentra Components
In a world where digitisation and automation are completely transforming traditional processes from the very core, the supply chain can hugely benefit from these developments which will help businesses futureproof themselves in this new world.

Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI
March 07, 2019

Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Modern SCADA and HMI systems are essential tools that go way beyond traditional control loop applications. The data they collect, process and display is increasingly an important element for historians and emerging analytics and IIoT applications.

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?
March 05, 2019

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) & Operations Technology(OT) has been a growing topic of importance in manufacturing. Many times, however the focus on IT/OT convergence can be too narrow in scope to leverage the increasingly advanced technologies to achieve a manufacturing competitive advantage

Advancing Automation: IIoT & Industry 4.0, Volume XIV
March 01, 2019

Advancing Automation: IIoT & Industry 4.0, Volume XIV

This ebook will take an in-depth look at several new technologies and how they are leveraging IIoT advances in fields such as robotics, batteries and control systems. Continuous increases in productivity, profitability and efficiency will also be highlighted in this issue.

PLC Programming Preference Survey
February 28, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey

Automation.com in cooperation with the PLCopen standards organization is doing a PLC Programming Preference Survey to gain knowledge about programming preferences.

Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption
February 27, 2019

Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption

By Chris Leone, Erran Kagan, and Luna Koval, Electro Industries/GaugeTech
Over the past few decades, cyber security has become a serious concern of banks and large commercial corporations. But what about the energy sector?

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence
February 26, 2019

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
During a January preview for the event, over 120 journalists, including yours truly, gathered for presentations and discussions from the Hannover Messe team, and over 40 exhibitors, expanding on the topics and technologies that so many will experience

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping
February 25, 2019

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping

By Simon Gibbs, Intertronics
It is important to efficiently create a high-quality prototype. This article explains how design engineers can benefit from UV curing when 3D printing prototypes.

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise
February 19, 2019

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Collaborative robots are re-defining the way manufacturers operate today. To help further that process is Universal Robots (UR), a collaborative robot manufacturer driven by a vision & mission to help industries become more productive, with a particular focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance
February 19, 2019

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance

By Gernut van Laak, Group Automation Solutions Leader, ABB Food and Beverage
The need for factory maintenance often goes unnoticed. This article explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion
February 18, 2019

Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion

By Jeff Burnstein, A3
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reached out to several large automation integrators to get their input on the drivers, challenges, and opportunities in implementing collaborative robots.

Lean Manufacturing and the Global Digital Process Automation Market
February 15, 2019

Lean Manufacturing and the Global Digital Process Automation Market

By Thomas R. Cutler
Digital Visual Management on the manufacturing plant floor is secure by creating virtual meeting rooms for real-time, 24/7, multi-site collaboration.

Inside the Top Causes of PLC Control System Failure
February 14, 2019

Inside the Top Causes of PLC Control System Failure

By James Davey, Boulting Technology
Despite their resilience and rugged design, PLC-based control systems can still break down and their failure can lead to costly downtime. This article discusses the top causes of PLC control system failure.

Network Monitoring: Passive, Active or Both
February 13, 2019

Network Monitoring: Passive, Active or Both

By Zane Blomgren, Tripwire
There is little doubt that the need for OT operators to adapt to stronger cyber security postures is getting increasingly urgent. Yet, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions that could very well hinder many operators from taking the appropriate actions

Making the IoT Work for Test
February 12, 2019

Making the IoT Work for Test

By Mike Santori, National Instruments
The IoT and IIoT are making test more complex. IoT technologies can help address automated test challenges. Engineers need to understand and focus on the use cases with the most business value.

To CNC or not to CNC?
February 11, 2019

To CNC or not to CNC?

By Jonathan Wilkins
In industry, both 3D printing and CNC machining allow manufacturers to produce complex parts but sometimes it can be difficult to know which technology will better suit an application. This article discusses the applications for CNC machining and additive manufacturing.

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019
February 07, 2019

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019

As the EU sets the pace in the global race against climate change, this article forecasts the key trends for energy in 2019, which will reaffirm Europe's position in the global renewable energy market.

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer
February 06, 2019

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer

By Henry Boger, Independent Consultant
Wireless power transfer eliminates the need for batteries and the replacement of batteries by a skilled technician who is required to go part way up a 100-foot distillation tower on the midnight shift.