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Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits
June 04, 2019

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

By Brent Purdy, PE, AutomationDirect
Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery.

Why Actuators for Connected Industry Run on Brushless DC Motors
May 17, 2019

Why Actuators for Connected Industry Run on Brushless DC Motors

By Boris Wassmer, CIRCOR
Brushless DC technology is making electric actuators more efficient, more adaptable, and more connected—and changing expectations for what an actuator can do.

Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification
April 24, 2019

Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification

By Paul Streatfield, Bosch Rexroth
This article explores four of the most recent key criteria for industrial drive specification, which meet the challenges of today’s industrial requirements.

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead
April 10, 2019

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead

By Brett Burger, National Instruments
With automated data collection, SMEs will spend more time focused on the risky asset of the day, as reported by the automated data collection, and less time focused on manual data collection.

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?
April 02, 2019

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Manufacturing companies are becoming more aware of the need to modernize production methods and automation to compete globally, but many still find themselves stuck in a sunk investment trap.

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments
March 18, 2019

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments

By Daniel Waldron, Armagard
Remaining competitive in an ever-changing market requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Your computer equipment no doubt plays a crucial role in that process. Here’s how to keep it that way

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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?

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.

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

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019

By Jürgen Resch, COPA-DATA
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.

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

As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

How to Choose the Right Power Supply:  Starting with accurate DC/DC converter measurements
October 16, 2018

How to Choose the Right Power Supply: Starting with accurate DC/DC converter measurements

By Florian Haas, TRACO POWER GROUP
It is well-known that there are many manufacturers out there, so the quality, as well as price of a specific product, can vary greatly.

What Does Prevention Through Design Really Mean?
October 03, 2018

What Does Prevention Through Design Really Mean?

By Rachel Bugaris, Panduit
The significance of PtD in manufacturing-oriented environments today can’t be understated, and furthermore the case for PtD in implementing solutions that design electrical safety into the process can easily be made.

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?
September 18, 2018

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The industrial automation industry has a reputation and history of being behind the technology adoption curve. With an prganizational need for reliability and system availability, the key question is: When is a new technology reliable enough that the benefits outweigh the risk?

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
September 17, 2018

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
The strengths and weaknesses of magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are examined in this white paper, along with a chart for feature-by-feature comparisons.

The 3 C's of Machine Safety
September 04, 2018

The 3 C's of Machine Safety

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Improving facility safety is critical to safeguard staff, but did you know safety can impact productivity and machine effectiveness too? This article will share three tips for machine safety.

Improving Manufacturing with Predictive Analytics
August 23, 2018

Improving Manufacturing with Predictive Analytics

By Stefan Reuther, COPA-DATA
Research by IndustryWeek shows that equipment failure is the cause of 42 per cent of unplanned downtime. This article explains how to leverage predictive analytics to reduce factory downtime and increase business competitiveness.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid
August 22, 2018

The Evolution of the Smart Grid

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
This article explains how the timeline of power grid modernization, including the convergence of disparate systems, has led to the evolution of the smart grid.

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security
July 24, 2018

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Featuring numerous displays of the newest technologies, along with dozens of Honeywell and customer led sessions and technical discussions, the Honeywell Users Group Americas (HUG) buzzed in San Antonio this June with over 1,300 attendees.