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What is High Performance Computing?
December 04, 2018

What is High Performance Computing?

By Chassis Plans
High-performance computing is used for solving advanced mathematical calculations and performing data processing through the use of computer modeling, simulation and analysis.

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging
September 20, 2018

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging

By CAS Dataloggers
With advances in technology and computing power, modern data loggers can reduce the amount of time and effort required to extract critical information. These "intelligent" data loggers incorporate several features that allow them to go well beyond the functionality of a traditional data logger to help zero in on what the user is looking for

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.

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

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.

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.

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme
August 01, 2017

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme

By AAEON
In 2014, China overtook the USA and became the world’s largest ATM market, according to Retail Banking Research (RBR), a financial strategy and data consultancy headquartered in London.

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server
June 19, 2017

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server

This whitepaper discusses how to share your Wonderware System Platform (ArchestrA) or Wonderware InTouch data via OPC UA for situations where you're working with an OPC UA capable client application that needs access to process data in your Wonderware system.

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation
December 06, 2016

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation

By Joseph Yang, Advantech
Many other automation technologies such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are already modular, so the concept of a modular IPC is a natural fit for industry.

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers
November 23, 2016

Andon 3D aims to enhance MES visibility for manufacturers

By Anthony Borges, PINpoint
Andon 3D serves as a modern plant floor communication, product tracking, and manufacturing reporting system essential for improving manufacturing efficiencies.

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI
November 16, 2016

An Introduction of Tibbo's AggreGate SCADA/HMI

By Victor Polyakov, Tibbo Systems
This whitepaper is an introduction AggreGate IoT Platform-based products. In 2010, two years after AggreGate Network Manager release, Tibbo started AggreGate SCADA/HMI project ‒ fourth-generation SCADA system.

Membrane Switches: What Do Design Engineers Need to Know?
April 06, 2016

Membrane Switches: What Do Design Engineers Need to Know?

By Jens Kautzor, Hoffman + Krippner
Today, membrane keyboards and switches have become indispensable for many industries. Often unnoticed by consumers, the simple keypad has now developed into a sophisticated high-tech system.

Decrease your HMI/SCADA risk
December 04, 2014

Decrease your HMI/SCADA risk

By Bernard Cubizolles and Alicia Bowers, GE
Are you running your plant with serious risk? Most industrial applications lack recommended updates, which make them a target for hackers. Outdated architectures, backups and spares can also create problems. With the number of attacks rising and the critical need for system availability, take simple steps now to minimize risk.

ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere
October 02, 2014

ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere

By Janice Abel and Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group
Industrial software developers are starting to introduce new applications designed to run on mobile devices. However, manufacturers must use extra care when selecting these software “apps,” due to the mission-critical nature of many industrial HMI/SCADA applications. Download this white paper to read more.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
July 07, 2014

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By Stewart Thompson, CAS Data Loggers
Need a monitoring and/or alarming system but aren’t sure how to purchase or use one? This whitepaper helps users better understand the difference between the types of temperature monitoring systems, so that they can identify which system is best for their application.

Development of native HMIs for iOS devices
June 25, 2014

Development of native HMIs for iOS devices

By SweetWilliam
HMIs on tablets are relatively common today, but these technologies are not characterized by high performance, efficiency, or flexibility, especially when used for industrial process monitoring purposes. The lack of performance is due to a multitude of factors starting with the execution in a web browser, which was never designed for real-time monitoring of data.

Windows XP End of Service: Practical Options for Industrial Applications
June 01, 2014

Windows XP End of Service: Practical Options for Industrial Applications

By Belden
Windows XP could be everywhere in your plant: in PCs, HMIs, and hundreds of embedded devices used for process control and automation. What to do now that Microsoft has ended its update service? This white paper says you have three options: ignore the problem, update the operating system in every device, or install industrial firewalls. s XP End of Service:

Mobile Devices White Paper
May 07, 2014

Mobile Devices White Paper

By Opto 22
Can off-the-shelf mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets be safely used in industrial automation applications? This timely white paper explores the promise and problems of this popular new trend.

Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation
March 21, 2014

Multi-touch Technology: Intuitive Functionality Advances Automation

By Richard Clark, InduSoft
Today’s workers use multi-touch technology on a daily basis with their smartphones and tablets. This white paper surveys the benefits of multi-touch technology in an industrial setting, such as lower hardware and training costs, as well as improved safety, easier troubleshooting and faster command execution speeds.

HMI Mobility
December 19, 2013

HMI Mobility

By Fabio Terezinho, InduSoft
Since operators, engineers and managers must monitor more processes in more places, they need the ability to access SCADA information from mobile devices. In response to those needs, SCADA suppliers have designed their products to provide a wide range of remote access methods.

Cloud Computing for SCADA
September 04, 2013

Cloud Computing for SCADA

By Larry Combs, InduSoft
Although cloud computing is becoming more common, it’s relatively new for SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) applications. By moving to a cloud-based environment, SCADA providers and users can significantly reduce costs, achieve greater reliability, and enhance functionality.

SCADA Systems Automate Electrical Distribution
July 11, 2013

SCADA Systems Automate Electrical Distribution

By Fabio Terezinho, InduSoft
Automating electrical distribution systems by implementing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is the one of the most cost-effective solutions for improving reliability, increasing utilization and cutting costs.

The integrated HMI-PLC
June 09, 2013

The integrated HMI-PLC

By Rich Harwell, Eaton
A combination HMI-PLC plays a pivotal role in the design of a truly lean automation solution, providing a host of benefits throughout the life cycle of machine automation. For OEMs and control engineers alike, this means that it is easier to build smaller, smarter machines faster.

What’s New In Multi Touch Technology?
April 08, 2013

What’s New In Multi Touch Technology?

By: D. Walker, American Industrial Systems
Unlike single touch input – where users can select a single point, drag and drop, push and slide with only a single finger or stylus – multi touch technologies enable devices to recognize and respond to touch inputs at multiple locations simultaneously.

Building an HMI that Works: New Best Practices for Operator Interface Design
February 28, 2013

Building an HMI that Works: New Best Practices for Operator Interface Design

By Opto 22
With awareness of human factors research and spurred by costly industrial accidents, people in the industry are increasingly paying attention to the quality of HMIs and the value of having a truly usable operator interface. This paper addresses the new best practices in operator interface design.

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The New Control System Integrator
February 17, 2013

The New Control System Integrator

Automation.com, November 2012
By Inductive Automation
White paper answers two critical questions: Which new technology has most changed the role of control system integrators in the industry today? What skill set will be the most valuable in the future for control system integrators?

Hacking the Industrial SCADA Network II
January 23, 2013

Hacking the Industrial SCADA Network II

By Frank Dickman

The original "Hacking the Industrial SCADA Network" (Part I) was first published in 2009. This article, Part II, is the summary of what has happened since the original publication, and the outcome of predictions which first appeared in Part I.

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Leveraging Virtualization for Higher Business Continuity
July 11, 2012

Leveraging Virtualization for Higher Business Continuity

By Invensys

This whitepaper discusses what software virtualization is, its history, what benefits can be expected, some guidelines on how best to implement software virtualization, some actual user experiences and list of additional resources you can tap into to learn more.

Improving Manufacturing Performance with Information Management Mobile Applications
April 03, 2012

Improving Manufacturing Performance with Information Management Mobile Applications

Automation.com, April 2012

By Dan Roessler, AspenTech

Mobile application usage in manufacturing is expected to continue to increase. Mobile applications provide users with production insight twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week regardless of their physical location. This expanded data access helps leverage expert resources and improve employee effectiveness.

HMI Platforms Evolve to Become Key Automation Solution Components
March 09, 2012

HMI Platforms Evolve to Become Key Automation Solution Components

By ARC

Rather than being just a standalone component, the HMI device is evolving into a platform that helps solve manufacturing problems to improve business performance. This ARC insight explains how HMI Platforms evolve to become key automation solution components.

The Effective Operator
November 21, 2011

The Effective Operator

Automation.com, November 2011

By Hongyu Pei Breivold, et al, ABB

Here’s how ABB's System 800xA helps improve operator effectiveness through improved situational awareness and better handling of abnormal conditions.

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November 17, 2011

Real Time Control Over the Web

Automation.com, November 2011

By Steve Jahnke, Galixsys Networks

Devices make use of the Web to send and receive data, usually from a cloud service or backend server. Most of the inherent latency and processing problems of the web can be removed if XML document passing is not used as the means to transmit generic commands.

September 26, 2011

Effective OPC Security for Control Systems

September 2011

By Eric Byres and Darek Kominek

By While the consequences of cyber attacks and malware are no longer in doubt, the question remains, "Exactly how can an engineer reliably secure his or her control system?" This white paper outlines a simple and cost effective answer – a security solution based on OPC technology that can be deployed in almost any industrial facility today.

Reduce Time to Market
June 14, 2011

Reduce Time to Market

By Eaton

Accelerate delivery time. Learn how next generation operator interface designs reduce development time, enable easy integration and accelerate time to market while enhancing quality and reliability.

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March 03, 2011

Post-Stuxnet Industrial Security: Zero Day Discovery and Risk Containment of Industrial Malware

By Torsten Rössel, Innominate Security Technologies AG

Phoenix Contact’s new white paper explains how the FL mGuard with CIFS Integrity Monitoring can provide early warning about malware similar to Stuxnet.

September 20, 2010

The Changing Role of the Operator

By GE Intelligent Platforms

No longer are operators simply working within their traditional functional boundaries with established guidelines and procedures. They are increasingly expected to leverage their knowledge to make objective real-time decisions. Forward-looking businesses that recognize the value of today’s operator have begun adopting advanced software tools to support them as more intelligent problem solvers.

Trends in HMI
August 05, 2010

Trends in HMI

Automation.com, August 2010

By Biejer

HMI solutions take on inspiration from consumer-oriented products like mobile phones, MP3 players, etc. with advanced graphics resulting in user-friendly and intuitive user interfaces.

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March 11, 2010

OPC Server in Automation

By Moxa

Network management software compatible with SNMP is hard to learn and hard to use, and as a consequence did not gain widespread acceptance by control engineers. In this paper, we discuss the current status of OPC, and why you can benefit from using OPC Server in the automation industry.

January 14, 2010

Facilities Management Solutions

By Jim Bishop, Wonderware

The biggest problem in building automation, identified by organizations like LonMark and Echelon, is the proprietary distribution models offered by established Building Automation System (BAS) suppliers. This white paper describes Wonderware’s Facilities Management Software Solution.

November 30, 2009

Tuning the Forgotten Loop

By Steve Rubin, Longwatch

The “forgotten loop” has been the operator, who is typically trained to “average” parameters to run adequately under most steady-state conditions. “Advanced tuning” of the operator could yield even better outputs, with higher quality, fewer errors and a wider response to fluctuating operating conditions. This paper explores the issue of improving operator actions, and a method for doing so.