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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.

HMIs Evolving to Serve the Enterprise in an Industrial IoT World
November 27, 2017

HMIs Evolving to Serve the Enterprise in an Industrial IoT World

By John Krajewski III, Schneider Electric
Human Machine Interfaces started as point solutions, but are now progressing to company-wide Operations Management Interfaces to leverage Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies.

Closing the Gap: 10 Tips for Using HMI/SCADA and MES as Your “On Ramp” to the Digital Thread
September 06, 2017

Closing the Gap: 10 Tips for Using HMI/SCADA and MES as Your “On Ramp” to the Digital Thread

By Matthew Wells, GE Digital
In today’s economy, data is a valuable commodity; companies rely on it to run their businesses, be more competitive in the market, and enable increases in productivity. In order to take advantage of data, however, a business needs to connect and automate its back-end systems and processes in order to make sense of the data, identify patterns and formulate solutions.

Smart Mobile Devices and Human Machine Interface: How to turn visibility into action for SCADA and BMS
September 05, 2017

Smart Mobile Devices and Human Machine Interface: How to turn visibility into action for SCADA and BMS

By Lucie Villéger, PcVue Inc.
Historical approaches to monitor, diagnose, maintain and control industrial and building assets must be reconsidered. A new architecture optimized for the mobile SCADA and BMS user is needed.

Modern Functions in HMIs
June 21, 2017

Modern Functions in HMIs

By Scott A. Kortier, Schneider Electric Software
Automation applications are benefiting from HMIs that have moved well beyond panel device replacers and are now collecting, filtering and displaying data from multiple machines or processes.

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
May 08, 2017

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
We've received a number of comments and questions from vendors about The Open Group's effort to push for open process automation standards. Tn the aim of encouraging more discussion on the topic, we're sharing some of these questions in order to provide some more clarity on its importance.

Will B&R acquisition give ABB a boost in industrial automation?
April 27, 2017

Will B&R acquisition give ABB a boost in industrial automation?

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Early this month ABB; a supplier of robotics, process automation, and electrification components, acquired B&R Automation, an industrial software and automation hardware company. So what does the B&R Automation acquisition mean for ABB?

Higher Demands Call for Intelligent Automation Systems
April 18, 2017

Higher Demands Call for Intelligent Automation Systems

By Dan DeYoung, Rockwell Automation
Implementing a smart manufacturing approach requires an automation system that can keep up with these demands – a system that integrates all smart devices on a single network with one control platform. Automation systems must be able to deliver the promise of smart manufacturing

The New Era of Automation Architectures: What does it mean for users?
February 27, 2017

The New Era of Automation Architectures: What does it mean for users?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The application of revolutionary new concepts and technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), sensor advances, embedded controllers, and improving technology, are rapidly changing automation architectures.