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2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

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.

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.

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.

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point
January 29, 2019

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The pace of technological change in the automation industry seems to be accelerating as we head into 2019. As we enter the new year, there are indeed signs of disruption in various industrial automation niches

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey
December 18, 2018

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Based on discussions at the Rockwell Automation Fair, this article explores Rockwell Automation and PTC's committment to building out software into an integrated Industrial Digitization solution, in order to fully achieve the goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing.

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?
December 11, 2018

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industrial automation users, system integrators, machine builders, and automation suppliers that understand how to embrace and leverage open source are dramatically improving their odds of being effective competitors in their respective industries.

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?