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OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency
July 26, 2017

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency

By Michael LaGrega, Siemens
Data gathered by RFID readers can be a critical element in a corporation’s plans to gain increased visibility and understanding of parts, materials and other moveable assets. All of this valuable information can be integrated more easily when standards like OPC-UA with its AutoID companion are employed.

Reducing Production Time With Smart Devices
July 15, 2016

Reducing Production Time With Smart Devices

By Amanda Eason, Rockwell Automation
In industry, there’s always a growing need to find ways to increase throughput without increasing production time. One way to achieve this is through the use of highly flexible and adaptable smart devices in control system architectures.

The role of RFID in the smart factory
May 24, 2015

The role of RFID in the smart factory

Control Engineering Europe
The ‘smart factory’, which industry experts say will be upon us within the next two decades, will see machines, raw materials, and products communicating within an IoT to cooperatively drive production. The goal is highly flexible, individualised mass production that is cost-effective.

Ensuring reliable identification
April 25, 2015

Ensuring reliable identification

Control Engineering Europe
By Ingo Hecker, Siemens Process Automation.
Having the ability to track and trace products throughout the entire supply chain can offer huge benefits and this is where UHF RFID systems display their strengths

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Doing RFID right
February 23, 2015

Doing RFID right

InTech
By Steve Loyal, Harting
Adopting radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking for the first time involves more than just slapping tags on traceable materials. It requires research, expert support, and a well-thought-out plan. Companies should avoid these common mistakes for a superior return on investment.

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Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks
October 30, 2014

Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks

By John Lewis, Cognex
The need to use PCs to interface with vision systems and ID readers required the purchase of expensive hardware and development of sometimes complex software. A new generation of vision systems and ID readers with built-in EtherNet/IP connectivity streamlines factory network integration.

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Automation Brains & Brawn
June 13, 2014

Automation Brains & Brawn

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Industrial control systems are the “brains” of any automated manufacturing system. Many of these systems require motion systems - “brawn” - to accomplish the physical aspects of automation. Motion technologies have improved and are refined to meet the new manufacturing requirements. MDA North America provides the opportunity for engineers to sharpen motion knowledge and learn from industry experts first hand.

Preparing for the arrival of ISO 14119:2013
April 22, 2014

Preparing for the arrival of ISO 14119:2013

Control Engineering Europe
The updated standard includes some of the newer interlocking technologies, such as RFID or electromagnetic guard locking; classifies interlocking switches; and regulates more clearly the specifications for installing guards.

February 22, 2014

Track and trace to avoid quality control disasters

What’s New in Process Technology
By SICK
It is a critical aspect of quality assurance and food safety to identify a product at its origin and track and trace the forward movement through the entire process of the food supply chain, including food processing, filling, closure and packaging. To retrospectively identify where and when a problem may have occurred, and to date and time stamp the event, is a prerequisite.

HF vs. UHF: Which type of RFID solution is better?
September 18, 2013

HF vs. UHF: Which type of RFID solution is better?

Industrial Ethernet Book
By Randy Durick, Turck.
RFID delivers high-quality monitoring, control and visibility that increases efficiency gains and improve automation production. It’s crucial that manufacturers know and understand the distinct differences between HF and UHF RFID to implement the correct capabilities and tolerances to meet specific application requirements.

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Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels
June 21, 2013

Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels

By John Lewis
Champion Tire and Wheel operates an automated facility that moves 1,000 race car wheels a day from a truck trailer back into storage after a race. A Cognex DataMan 302L image-based barcode reader provides a 97% read rate as wheels move along a conveyor line through a variety of inspection stations before it is stored.

March 17, 2013

Barcodes and RFID: On the Same Team

Automation World
Years ago, when barcode technology and radio-frequency identification (RFID) were first finding a footing in industrial applications, observers would often see the process as a kind of horserace.

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February 17, 2013

Keep Track Of Your Assets

IMPO
Traditional asset tracking processes simply do not provide the “how are you” visibility nor the level of integration into enterprise-level planning systems that agile manufacturing operations require. Barcoding, passive and active RFID, and Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) solutions provide greater visibility.

February 15, 2013

In Track and Sort, Machine Vision IS the Trend

Vision On Line
By Winn Hardin
As companies look to improve read-rate accuracy while collecting more data than can be embedded in a 1D barcode, camera-based solutions are quickly gaining market share as commerce becomes 'smarter.'

December 07, 2012

Industrial RFID trends

Control Engineering, November 2012

By Tim Cicerchi

Factory automation RFID differ from those of logistics or commercial RFID systems. Factory floor RFID components are more industrial and hardened, and use networks like EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP and Profinet.

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November 26, 2012

Back on track

Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, November 2012

By Greg Blackman

With new directives proposed in Europe and the US to track pharmaceuticals and medical devices, track and trace is an incredibly important market for machine vision and one that’s growing by leaps and bounds.

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November 23, 2012

What happens when automation systems fail?

Control Engineering, November 2012

By Kevin Ackerman

Notice the question says “when” it fails—everything will fail eventually. What really matters is how often it fails, and what happens when it does.

October 07, 2012

Image-based AutoID Redefines “Fast Read” for Manufacturing, Logistics

Vision On Line, September 2012

By Winn Hardin

Laser scanners traditionally have faster read speeds, while image-based autoID systems have higher read rates because they can read damaged or worn codes. However, a new algorithm for reading 1D barcodes could change the read-speed advantage of laser scanners.

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October 01, 2012

Using RFID technology to improve ATEX/DSEAR Inspection Integrity in Hazardous Areas

HazardEx, September 2012

By Kevin Boyd, Arnlea Systems

The benefits achieved from RFID solutions to many industries with hazardous areas have shown that the use of today’s technologies, such as RFID tagging and PDAs, opens the gate to higher quality, lower cost, and more efficient ways of working.

June 08, 2012

Machine vision provides food and beverage barcode inspections with accuracy and efficiency

What’s New in Process Technology, June 2012

By Simon Webb, Micromax Sensors & Automation

Standards for product and ingredient quality are continually being raised due to stringent agency regulations, increasing the importance of barcode reading, verification and grading in many inspection processes.

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