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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.

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies
September 13, 2018

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies

By Walter Smith, Sensata Technologies
The advent of rare-earth magnets and advanced brushless DC motor (BLDC) motor design has empowered a new range of motors small enough to fit into confined spaces, powerful enough to do real work, and efficient enough to be used in wireless or remote applications.

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

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.

Bridging the IT/OT Divide
May 22, 2018

Bridging the IT/OT Divide

By Weintek
Today’s smarter edge devices can streamline integration efforts while providing secure remote access for end users and machine builders, too

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.

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.

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

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.

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one
September 18, 2017

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one

By B&R Industrial Automation,
Dedicated machine designs are giving way to base machine modules that are configured to production requirements, reconfigured as needed and support ‘batch of one’ operations. The result is a new category of machinery, the adaptive machine.

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference
July 14, 2017

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference

By Dataforth,
In today's dynamic industrial environments, electronic devices, signal and power wiring, and other electrical plant/process equipment often interact to create 'noise' or electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems which can degrade critical measurement and control signals. Proper grounding and shielding techniques can help reduce or eliminate these problems and maintain signal integrity.

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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.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
March 21, 2017

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements

By CAS Dataloggers
This White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy
December 28, 2016

White House Report: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

This report further investigates the effects of AI-driven automation on the U.S. job market and economy, and outlines recommended policy responses.

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency
November 04, 2016

Determination of Power Supply Efficiency

By Bernhard Erdl, PULS
This article should help users determine the accurate efficiency and thus the power losses of a power supply

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Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments
December 06, 2015

Enclosure Materials for Harsh Environments

By Stahlin
Harsh environments similar to those found in water and wastewater facilities can affect the ability of an electrical enclosure to protect the controls contained within, leading to a multitude of problems.

Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers
June 18, 2015

Connectors outperform hardwiring for manufacturers and their customers

By Harting
Many equipment manufacturers have switched from point-to-point (hard) wiring to connector-based cable assemblies in factory and process automation and control systems. Adopting progressive connectivity solutions has improved their unit costs and productivity.

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Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification
June 15, 2015

Gain Total Measurement Confidence with Smart Meter Verification

By MicroMotion
Inaccurate measurements and process oversights can result in imperfect product, decreased output, non-compliance with industry regulations and requirements, and unscheduled downtime. This trend report explores how Smart Meter Verification can help you not only minimize downtime and confirm the accuracy of your measurements, but also cut costs and maintain compliance.

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking
June 15, 2015

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking

By Intertec
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating
December 04, 2014

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating

By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.

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Connectors outperform hardwiring
September 22, 2014

Connectors outperform hardwiring

By Harting
Industrial connectors or hardwiring? More and more machine builders comparing the cost of using both wiring approaches in their operations find connectors more economical and practical.

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Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings
August 06, 2014

Built to Last: Maintaining Reliability and Uptime of Critical Connected Systems in Industrial Settings

By Tim Senkbeil, Lumberg Automation
Businesses in industrial settings require cabling components that are built to last, and can be depended upon. This white paper outlines the specific challenges connected systems face in extreme industrial settings, the benefits of new solutions that help maintain uptime, and steps and strategies for finding the best products.

Group Motor Protection
July 07, 2014

Group Motor Protection

By Brent Purdy, AutomationDirect
Group motor protection provides numerous benefits. It’s economical because one protection device handles multiple motors. Here’s how to satisfy the NEC requirements for group motor installations.

Move forward by using metric
June 11, 2014

Move forward by using metric

By Harting
Different national units of measurement are used for industrial wiring, cable glands and connector entries, and in particular, threading. Companies competing in global markets have to consider adopting a single unit of thread management rather than maintain different ones for different markets

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Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures
January 24, 2014

Saving Energy with your NEMA Enclosures

By David Marin, Noren Products
Electronics for automation, process controls, drives and PLCs have become more common in NEMA enclosures. The thermal management of these electronic enclosures has become very important in protecting expensive components, as well as the cost of cooling these enclosures.

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications
December 04, 2013

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications

By Noren Products
Thermal management of electronic enclosures is important to protect automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs. The water industry has a unique advantage with its ability to employ easily available sources of water for use in air to water panel coolers.

Control Panel Optimization
September 25, 2013

Control Panel Optimization

By Panduit
Explains five key elements to consider when setting up a control panel: space optimization, noise mitigation, environmental protection, security and safety.

The Costs Of Poor Power Quality
September 20, 2013

The Costs Of Poor Power Quality

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By Fluke
Power quality problems can cause processes and equipment to malfunction or shut down. And the consequences can range from excessive energy costs to complete work stoppage. Obviously, power quality is critical.

Bonded Pair Cable: Does it Have a Place in Factory Automation?
August 02, 2013

Bonded Pair Cable: Does it Have a Place in Factory Automation?

By Turck
This white paper provides an overview of twisted pair cable, examines the use of bonded pair cables, and compares bonded pair to non-bonded pair cable with detailed examples of cable flex and its effect on the cable itself.

White Paper Compares Assembled and Overmolded Cordsets
March 05, 2013

White Paper Compares Assembled and Overmolded Cordsets

By Turck
White paper identifies the differences between assembled and overmolded technologies, offers a comparison of the cordsets, and provides a detailed description of the advantages of overmolded cordsets.

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Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring
January 14, 2013

Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring

TURCK announces its latest white paper, Quick Disconnect vs. Hard-Wiring: Selecting a Connectivity System For Your Industrial Application. Providing a detailed comparison between quick disconnect and hard-wiring systems, the white paper assists readers in selecting the ideal connectivity system for their industrial applications.

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance
November 19, 2012

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance

By Cory Jenkins and Richard Carlson, Harting

Connectorization can save significant amounts of time and money in fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment of all types. Think seriously about adding connectors at appropriate locations on wiring and cable runs, instead of hard wiring those connections.

September 30, 2012

Stack Light Engineering Reference Guide

Automation.com, September 2012
By Lee Clore, Onyx Industries
There are many uses for Stack Lights (aka: Light Towers, Tower Lights, Signal Lights, AndOn Lights, Indicator Lights, etc). This paper some simple considerations to take into account when applying Stack Lights.

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