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2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger
July 31, 2018

2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Throughout the four-day event, which hosted over 21,000 attendees from more than 100 countries, it was obvious that SAP is focused on growing its role to encompass all manufacturing functions outside of design and hard real-time control.

Safety instrumented system SIL calculation
February 15, 2016

Safety instrumented system SIL calculation

By Peter Morgan
Tweaking a traditional HAZOP can ease the implementation of ISA-84.00.01. This article shows how to provide the information required for a safety integrity level determination for a safety instrumented system (SIS), according to the recommendations of ISA-84.00.01 (IEC 61511 Mod).

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Thermal imaging electrical maintenance application
February 15, 2016

Thermal imaging electrical maintenance application

By Tony Shockey
Thermal imaging is a non-contact way to find electrical problems. Loading, safety, and emissivity are important points to consider when using thermal imaging. Generally hot spots indicate problems, but cold spots could be problems, too (e.g., a blown fuse).

Improving plant operations with life-cycle dynamic simulation
February 15, 2016

Improving plant operations with life-cycle dynamic simulation

By Mart Berutti
Process plant managers face many challenges, such as worker safety, environmental stewardship, process uptime, and conservation of plant resources. There are shortcomings to traditional approaches to dynamic process simulation. Life-cycle dynamic simulation, the virtual plant, is a proven technology to help plant operations address challenges.

Internet of Things – From home to industry
February 15, 2016

Internet of Things – From home to industry

By Prabhu Soundarrajan
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) was a very popular topic in 2015. Several startup companies emerged, and major corporations introduced initiatives throughout the year. Most of us are wondering where IIoT will go within our industry. Here’s a personal account of how I have been affected by the trend and my thoughts on how it may impact our industry.

Secure industrial automation and control systems
February 15, 2016

Secure industrial automation and control systems

By Mohammed A. Al-Saeed, et al
With effective security controls, LTE wireless technology can serve voice, video, and broadband industrial data and applications simultaneously. A proof of concept determined that a secure LTE wireless platform can serve multiple IT and OT systems, such as SCADA and CCTV applications, and allocate the required resources.

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Practical Internet of Things for industry
February 15, 2016

Practical Internet of Things for industry

By Steve Hechtman
Internet of Things (IoT) as applied to industry is still in a major state of flux. A number of competing technologies and protocols are in play, each with strengths and weaknesses. There is one protocol, however, that appears to best address the unique demands and challenges of the controls business: MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT).

Optimizing the future by leveraging the past
February 15, 2016

Optimizing the future by leveraging the past

By Lindsey Fink and Dennis Nash
High-resolution data has transformed the historian into a treasure trove of information. Today’s historical data enables process manufacturers to capitalize on advances in analytics.

Using the cloud to store and distribute manufacturing data
February 15, 2016

Using the cloud to store and distribute manufacturing data

By Larry Combs
The cloud is expanding and becoming valuable for improving manufacturing systems. Many approaches are available, so a cloud infrastructure deployment can be designed to fit a given situation.

Two-wire flow transmitters keep up with technology
February 15, 2016

Two-wire flow transmitters keep up with technology

By Nathan Hedrick, Endress+Hauser
It was not until 2011 that modern electronics technology made it possible for Coriolis mass flowmeters and electromagnetic flowmeters for larger line sizes to operate as two-wire devices.

Tips for improving safety, ROI for collaborative robots
December 28, 2015

Tips for improving safety, ROI for collaborative robots

Plant Engineering
By Jeff Fryman and Rick VandenBoom
Collaborative robots are becoming more common on the plant floor. Deciding whether or not to use them, however, requires the plant manager and the workers to consider safety and business considerations and if the robots can benefit the company as a whole.

December 28, 2015

Making control system standards work

Plant Engineering
By Nate Kube
Understanding a company’s operational technology (OT) security posture and the developments from IEC 62443-2-4 have added security program requirements and benefits for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) security and are key in protecting a company’s infrastructure.

Leveraging IIoT-ready solutions helps connectivity, data access
December 28, 2015

Leveraging IIoT-ready solutions helps connectivity, data access

Plant Engineering
By Paul McLaughlin, Honeywell Process Solutions
Today, intelligent field devices, digital field networks, Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled connectivity and Web services, historians, and advanced analytics software are providing the foundation for an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Evaluate present protocols, future needs when choosing a wireless network
December 28, 2015

Evaluate present protocols, future needs when choosing a wireless network

Plant Engineering
By Kevin Zamzow, Yokogawa
Wireless sensor solutions are now being used in countless situations where it is necessary to monitor remote, difficult, and costly to reach locations, or moving applications. When choosing the best wireless approach, there are many technology tradeoffs and vendors to consider.

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Energy Star Leaders Offer 6 Lessons for Facility Managers
December 28, 2015

Energy Star Leaders Offer 6 Lessons for Facility Managers

Building Operating Management
By David Lewellen
First of a 3-part article on benchmarking your Energy Star efforts against organizations that have certified scores of buildings

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Turning Big Data into Building Intelligence
December 28, 2015

Turning Big Data into Building Intelligence

AutomatedBuildings.com
By Dr. Igor Mezic and John D. Morris, Ecorithm
The ongoing analysis and diagnostics of buildings is a complex challenge. While dynamic machine learning, spectral pattern recognition, and system-level analysis sound complex, in combination they provide an elegant solution to the very intricate challenge of building analytics.

Evolving User Experience in the IoT Building
December 28, 2015

Evolving User Experience in the IoT Building

AutomatedBuildings.com
By Greg Barnes, Activelogix
Our IoT visualization solutions need to be flexible enough to serve relevant data to each stakeholder in the format and on the device they choose to use.

Chemical Makers Embrace Virtualization
December 24, 2015

Chemical Makers Embrace Virtualization

Chemical Processing
By Seán Ottewell
Chemical makers are realizing real benefits from virtualization, an approach to automation that separates the physical and functional aspects of a control project into independent hardware and software activities.

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Sensing Technologies For Liquid Level And Depth Measurement Applications
December 24, 2015

Sensing Technologies For Liquid Level And Depth Measurement Applications

Sensors
By Simon Dear, Cynergy3 Components
There are many physical and application variables that affect the selection of the most appropriate level sensing method for industrial processes. This article considers five common types of level sensing technology and where these are best used.

The Effects of Cold Climates on Pressure Transmitters
December 24, 2015

The Effects of Cold Climates on Pressure Transmitters

Sensors
By Greg Montrose, American Sensor Technologie
Operating environment plays a major part in the ongoing operation and accuracy of pressure transmitters. If not properly specified to handle environmental conditions such as sub-arctic locales and freezing liquids, pressure transmitters can fail prematurely and cause catastrophic failure to equipment.