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Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers
October 24, 2019

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While many manufacturers are aware of the benefits of digitalization, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin, in order to reap those benefits. EPICOR has put together an architecture for companies, particularly small and medium manufacturers, to implement Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things conceptsy.

Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Eco Obsolete Technology
August 29, 2019

Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Eco Obsolete Technology

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains why sourcing Eco Obsolete Technology (EOT) could keep automated processes running — without compromising on efficiency.

Finding HMI Performance for the Long Run
August 15, 2019

Finding HMI Performance for the Long Run

By Linda Htay, IDEC Corporation
While it is true that an HMI needs the right technical capabilities, it is equally important for designers to examine how robust an HMI will be over the long run. This article looks at some of the quality, durability and environmental features designers should place high on their requirements list.

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII
July 03, 2019

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII

Automation.com has teamed with industrial innovators to showcase efficiency and productivity technologies within manufacturing operations. IoT gateways, cloudbased MES and more are covered in this Manufacturing Software ebook. It provides insight into what today’s plant operator needs to ensure the smooth integration of the old and the new in the connected and secure environment that is increasingly vital for industrial success.

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge
June 13, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge

The goal of tasking young builders to exercise their practical and technological creativity is to expand what is humanly possible in the space, building the next generation of tech and manufacturing innovators.

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?
May 29, 2019

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amazon is clearly focused on manufacturing and, based on industry events, interviews, analysis, and briefings with users applying AWS technology, is causing another round of disruption in industrial automation.

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership
May 20, 2019

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Cyber threats continue to be a prominent concern as the digitalization movement grows ever larger. Siemens and TÜV SÜD are partnering to try and counter these concerns.

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.

Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI
March 07, 2019

Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Modern SCADA and HMI systems are essential tools that go way beyond traditional control loop applications. The data they collect, process and display is increasingly an important element for historians and emerging analytics and IIoT applications.

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

A Brave New World of Industrial Automation, Robotics and Taxes
January 22, 2019

A Brave New World of Industrial Automation, Robotics and Taxes

By Stephen Hayes, Beckhoff Automation
One of the key economic concepts for government to iron out before IDT can deliver performance, is the contributory capacity that robots, automation and AI fulfil in the overall economy.

Exploring the Virtual Plant
January 17, 2019

Exploring the Virtual Plant

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. This article explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
December 04, 2018

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Last year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.

The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA
September 19, 2018

The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
The next generation of HMI and SCADA technologies is now poised to deliver the rich interfaces users expect, with even easier connectivity to the thriving variety of Internet of Things devices.

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?

Applying Apps in Industrial Automation
August 31, 2018

Applying Apps in Industrial Automation

By Don Pham, IDEC
Smartphone and tablet users prefer apps to browser-based access for everyday tasks, and this preference is spreading to industrial automation.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2018 -  A Year of Technology Driven Change
January 30, 2018

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2018 - A Year of Technology Driven Change

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization of manufacturing is starting to come into focus in 2018. After another busy year talking to users, suppliers and industry consultants, and attending over 20 industry conferences and related events, I have another year’s worth of informed insights to share on the latest trends that will shape automation in 2018.

SAP Leonardo Enterprise Wide IT/OT Integration
December 19, 2017

SAP Leonardo Enterprise Wide IT/OT Integration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Taking place from November 2-3 2017, the event put a spotlight on SAP’s IT/OT real-time transaction processing and integration of manufacturing controls and automation for their customers.

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.