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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.

How Digital Twins are Changing the Energy Industry
July 20, 2018

How Digital Twins are Changing the Energy Industry

By Martyn Williams, COPA-DATA UK
Improved operations, a reduction in unplanned outages and better managed variations in market conditions — it's the idyllic aim of power leaders across the globe, but how is the digital twin concept making this goal a reality?

The Burden of Proof in Cybersecurity: Inside Eaton and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Strategic Collaboration
July 10, 2018

The Burden of Proof in Cybersecurity: Inside Eaton and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Strategic Collaboration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Recent security breaches have demonstrated the continued dynamic evolution of cybersecurity as vulnerabilities in both software and hardware continue to be identified. Consequently, it is increasingly imperative that cybersecurity is designed into the system components and overall design…and people will want proof of that.

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy
June 11, 2018

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy

By Alan Binning, COPA-DATA UK
Renewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. This article explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting.

Putting the AI into Maintenance
June 07, 2018

Putting the AI into Maintenance

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK & Ireland
Over the past five years, the industrial sector has begun to see the value in digitalisation and has invested more in adopting it. This article explains how plant managers can make proactive maintenance even more effective with machine learning.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

Digital Factory Comes into Focus at Hannover Messe 2018
May 22, 2018

Digital Factory Comes into Focus at Hannover Messe 2018

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Resembling more a bustling city than a trade fair, the 71st Hannover Messe was very busy and chock full of energy and innovation this year, with over 200,000 attendees from 75 countries. Focusing on the theme 'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate', the Digital Factory was front and center.

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid
May 03, 2018

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Emerging smart cities are changing urban planning around the world. But, what is a smart city? This article explains how grid technology must change to build a smart city.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't
April 04, 2018

The Absence of Voltage Tester: What it is and what it isn't

By Rachel Bugaris, Panduit Corp
AVTs automate the functions of handheld voltage testers for this specific task and display information about the status of voltage inside equipment without exposure to electrical hazards.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation
April 02, 2018

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. This article explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy.