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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.

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry
October 30, 2018

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry

By Brith Isaksson, ABB Food & Beverage
Commissioning a new system for a food manufacturing plant requires software assistance to plan effectively and with digital twinning, manufacturers can optimize its ongoing operations.

Augmented Reality in the Manufacturing Space
October 05, 2018

Augmented Reality in the Manufacturing Space

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
While AR is becoming increasingly popular in popular culture, how does the world of manufacturing keep up with the opportunities available to them? This article examines how AR can be used across the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization
April 03, 2018

Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Digitalization and education were once again at the forefront of the 11th annual Manufacturing in America. Held March 14-15 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, the summit also saw discussions on the role of blockchain technology, and also provided ideas and solutions to help manufacturing companies to achieve operational excellence.

The Rise of Time Series Databases
March 15, 2018

The Rise of Time Series Databases

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corporation
Time series data storage and management has long been an interesting—if quiet—market category. With multibillion-dollar markets at stake, industry heavyweights are vying for position in a once-quiet category.

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0
March 13, 2018

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
From April 23-27, 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT will run concurrently with a particular emphasis on integration in supply chain and manufacturing. The theme -'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate' - encompasses the range of Industry 4.0 technology, thinking, and creative applications

5 Best Practices to Achieve Cost Competitiveness in Commodity Chemicals
January 23, 2018

5 Best Practices to Achieve Cost Competitiveness in Commodity Chemicals

By Eric Kaufman, AspenTech
Right now, commodity chemical producers need to shift their focus from growth to improving cost competitiveness. These 5 best practices show how cost competitiveness can be mastered to help commodity chemicals producers achieve sustainable competitive differentiation.

Smart Machines: Redefining Packaging Operations
December 06, 2017

Smart Machines: Redefining Packaging Operations

By Steve Mulder, Rockwell Automation
Packaging end users are eager to better understand their operations, improve productivity and keep up with competitive pressures. This article discusses how smart, secure and Ethernet-enabled packaging machines are working to give end users a competitive edge

Micro PLCs Bring Macro Capabilities to a World of Applications
December 05, 2017

Micro PLCs Bring Macro Capabilities to a World of Applications

By Don Pham, IDEC
The processing power, data storage and I/O handling capabilities of micro PLCs allow them to be used as the main automation driver for complex machines, processing lines, or even an entire plant or facility.

Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC'  passes away
October 18, 2017

Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC' passes away

Widely known as the ‘Father of the PLC’, Morley was the initial designer of the first PLC, produced by Modicon nearly 50 years ago. Morley was also a fervent entrepreneur, and heavily active in engineering and automation education, especially with the International Society of Automation.

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency
July 17, 2017

EPLAN’s Integration w/ Siemens TIA Portal Aims to Drive Project Efficiency

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
EPLAN's integration with the Siemens TIA portal is intended to enable engineering data to be exchanged bidirectionally between the worlds of electrical engineering and automation engineering.

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers
March 27, 2017

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers

By Arun Ananthampalayam, Honeywell Process Solutions
Whether you are a tool builder or an application developer – if your software needs to access automation data, you may want to implement OPC UA connectivity to ensure your system can access data via the world’s most popular, standards-based, open connectivity solution. The question is: How to best do this?

Empowering the Workforce to Control the Future of Automation
January 19, 2017

Empowering the Workforce to Control the Future of Automation

By Peter Martin, Schneider Electric Process Automation
Connected products are expected to approach 30 billion by 2020, with utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing as the top three verticals using IoT. The revolution is that finally companies have the real opportunity to move from managing their business to actually controlling it.

The Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Revolution in Manufacturing
December 14, 2016

The Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Revolution in Manufacturing

We are only now seeing VR and augmented reality (AR) being used in manufacturing environments. This article looks at how AR and VR are changing the world of manufacturing.

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem
October 17, 2016

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem

By Jennifer Dyment, AspenTech
We all want the inside story. Greater visibility into asset performance can help chemical and energy companies gain a competitive edge. This article discusses how process engineers can quickly get to the root cause of operational issues and make informed decisions that impact the entire operation

Designing with Obsolescence in Mind
September 23, 2016

Designing with Obsolescence in Mind

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With tech life cycles becoming shorter, it is important for product designers to plan in advance for component obsolescence to maximise the life span of their products.

Key Ingredients for Designing Smart Machines and Equipment
September 16, 2016

Key Ingredients for Designing Smart Machines and Equipment

By Dan Seger, Rockwell Automation
Today in the era of smart manufacturing, end users want to optimize their production and supply chain by bringing together islands of information – and they want OEMs to help. Delivering on the promise of smart manufacturing is paramount.

Simpler, Faster, Smarter: A New Approach to System Design
June 22, 2016

Simpler, Faster, Smarter: A New Approach to System Design

By: Andy Stump, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturing and industrial end users are turning to smart manufacturing to be more responsive, efficient and flexible in how they operate. This article discusses advances in design software that help them do that.

Siemens Bridges Virtual & Real Worlds
May 16, 2016

Siemens Bridges Virtual & Real Worlds

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industry 4.0 was at the forefront of dozens of exciting new innovations and strategies from the industrial world at the 2016 Hannover Fair. Klaus Helmrich, of Siemens AG, shared their view of Industry 4.0 and the entire digitalization of the value chain.

Manufacturing improvements with PLM
May 04, 2016

Manufacturing improvements with PLM

By Adam Bannaghan, Design Rule
This article discusses three ways that the digital continuity of PLM helps manufacturers more easily deliver high quality innovative products.