Electrical & Control Panels

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers
September 19, 2017

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Given the number of vendors that have introduced electronic marshalling products, the value of electronic marshalling is clear. With Siemens’ entry into the world of open automation solutions, the value of these solutions should become increasingly clear as well.

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.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

The TCO Check for Joining Processes:  Electromechanical Joining Systems
February 03, 2017

The TCO Check for Joining Processes: Electromechanical Joining Systems

By Alexander Müller, Kistler
Throughout the industry, the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) principle is a critical factor in decisions on procuring new machinery or plant. Electromechanical joining systems can be many times more cost-efficient in the long term than classical hydraulic and pneumatic technologies.

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines
January 09, 2017

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Keeping consistent with Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 concepts and architectures, Turck has embedded PLC control into their traditional products, thereby extending capabilities to be a control company.

The Open Group Launches Initial Meeting of Open Process Automation Forum
January 04, 2017

The Open Group Launches Initial Meeting of Open Process Automation Forum

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Focused on developing a standards-based, open, secure, interoperable process control architecture, the Open Process Automation saw an impressive turnout for this initial meeting with 57 individuals from 30 different organizations attending.

Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware
January 03, 2017

Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Wonderware/Schneider Electric's Prometheus is configuration and management software for defining HMI and multiple vendor PLC and control code

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017
November 23, 2016

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. This article discusses a few key technologies that will shape industrial automation in the year ahead.

War of the Currents: AC/DC Power & Direct Current in the Data Center
June 14, 2016

War of the Currents: AC/DC Power & Direct Current in the Data Center

By Darren Halford, EU Automation
George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison, arguably two of the brightest minds in science, engaged in a decade-long vendetta over alternating (AC) and direct (DC) electrical currents. This article discusses the war of the currents and its implication on modern data centers.

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Harmonic Distortion in Data Centers
May 05, 2016

Harmonic Distortion in Data Centers

By Ian Wallace, TCI
While harmonics can negatively impact power reliability and cooling costs, this article presents solutions such as active harmonic filters and passive harmonic filters to maintain a low and safe level of harmonics to ensure reliable and efficient power systems in data centers.

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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).

Tips for mitigating harmful harmonics
January 27, 2016

Tips for mitigating harmful harmonics

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
Voltage distortion, caused by current harmonics can wreak havoc in a plant, its equipment and the mains power supply. Here are useful tips for mitigating harmonics.

Design basics of control enclosures in machines, automation and industry
December 24, 2015

Design basics of control enclosures in machines, automation and industry

Control Design
By Dave Perkon
When specifying a control enclosure there are a wide range of requirements that must be met from physical size and form factor to environmental ratings and thermal considerations.

Eliminate RF leakage currents from drives
December 18, 2015

Eliminate RF leakage currents from drives

Control Engineering
By Christoph Wesner
Manufacturers try to improve this by using specific constructions, but this could be done in a limited range only. For an efficient elimination of common-mode disturbances, additional filter technologies have to be used to reduce output interferences to almost zero.

Here are better ways to customize enclosures
December 18, 2015

Here are better ways to customize enclosures

Control
By Paul Studebaker
Before enclosures can be populated and wired, they must often be modified by drilling and cutting to mount components. Outsource or automate to reduce costs, shorten delivery and improve results

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Don’t let harmonics get you down
December 16, 2015

Don’t let harmonics get you down

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
Common symptoms of high harmonics levels include motor vibration, voltage notching, electromagnetic interference and overheating, all of which are harmful for equipment and result in heat loss and increased maintenance and energy costs.

All-in-one panels versus PACs: Which is right for your application?
November 17, 2015

All-in-one panels versus PACs: Which is right for your application?

Control Engineering
By Vibhoosh Gupta
All-in-one automation panels can offer deterministic, real-time control as traditional programmable controllers for many applications, especially for low- to mid-range applications that require a dedicated operator interface (OI). Advantages include simpler architecture, easy remote connectivity options, and lower total cost of ownership for easier industrial Internet productivity.

Choosing the right switchboard
November 11, 2015

Choosing the right switchboard

By Pat McLaughlin, Boulting Technology
Switchboards generally have relatively long lives and can last anywhere between 25 and 40 years. Here’s what companies should keep in mind when choosing a switchboard.

Rethinking Panel-mounted Push Buttons & Signaling Devices
October 26, 2015

Rethinking Panel-mounted Push Buttons & Signaling Devices

By Bill Lydon, Editor
This year Siemens launched a new line of panel controls and indicators named the SIRIUS ACT. This product line overhaul was based on learning from customers, new design methods, leveraging new technology, and applying new manufacturing methods.