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A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer
January 27, 2020

A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer

By Stephen Gates, myPLCtraining.com
When it comes to industrial automation, Studio 5000 is one of the most widely used software packages in the world. Studio 5000 Logix Designer (formerly known as RSlogix 5000) is used to program the most powerful Allen-Bradley PLCs (technically PACs), including the ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

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.

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control
October 23, 2019

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The foundations of the automation industry are being reshaped by the flood of ideas, software, and products driven by Industry 4.0 and digitalization of manufacturing and process industries. Machine builders many finally start to benefit from the leveraging of open standard control software.

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize
October 04, 2019

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize

By Frank Kenney, Cleo
By taking a proactive approach to EDI integration and ecommerce, and by moving EDI processes to the cloud, manufacturers can more easily navigate the winding pathway towards automating operations while also innovating for brand differentiation and reducing order fulfillment costs.

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0
September 04, 2019

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0

By Edwin van Dijk, TrendMiner
Business outcomes can be controlled at each level of an organization by using applied analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. It's all about aligning business objectives with direct business outcomes across departments, all while growing production knowledge.

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.

IoT & the Product Development Process
July 31, 2019

IoT & the Product Development Process

By Paul Welch, Arena Solutions
While IoT helps create better user experiences and greater customer satisfaction, there’s also a clear need to manage the requirements that define how IoT capabilities will work in the first place.

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility
July 16, 2019

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility

By Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks
Critical infrastructure and industrial environments were once thought to be immune to cyber threats and attacks because of their “air gapped” nature. But the truth is that they are extremely vulnerable and are typically under persistent attack

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge
July 15, 2019

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
To protect their networks and data, companies utilizing edge technology need to make sure that they are addressing cybersecurity threats on the edge. To develop the best edge security strategy for their specific operations, companies need to take into account the below best practices prior to implementation.

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability
July 12, 2019

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability

By Søren Block Olsen, TARGIT
Too often manufacturing firms, even top-tier operations managers, use company analyses or reports which neglect to ask why outcomes failed. There is attention paid to all variables evenly and equally rather than discerning which area of an industrial business needs most attention to improve profit.

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT
June 10, 2019

Defining AI’s Vital Role in Industrial IoT

By Stephane Daeuble, Nokia
Particularly in sectors that rely heavily on operational technology (OT) such as manufacturing, transportation, energy and healthcare, enterprises are progressing along their transformational journeys faster, thanks to the exciting promises of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).

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.

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma
May 08, 2019

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Suppliers either adapt with technology, or they lose customers and die. This is true in every industry. The industrial and process automation industries will be no exception.

2019 Hannover Messe  Wrap Up -  The Growing Realization of Industry 4.0 & Digitalization
April 30, 2019

2019 Hannover Messe Wrap Up - The Growing Realization of Industry 4.0 & Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Illuminating the theme of ‘Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence’, the 2019 Hannover Messe, hosted 6,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and 215,000 attendees from 95 nations. The event, which featured Sweden as the partner country, hosted over 80 forums and conferences which highlighted many new digitalization trends and technologies.

Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification
April 24, 2019

Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification

By Paul Streatfield, Bosch Rexroth
This article explores four of the most recent key criteria for industrial drive specification, which meet the challenges of today’s industrial requirements.

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results
April 16, 2019

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Ford Livonia plant incorporated an automated transmission production line which illustrated the advantages and results of digitalization based on Ford’s goal of applying solid logic, planning, and execution to “be the number one transmission manufacturer in the world.”

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.

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization
March 26, 2019

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Traditional automation suppliers are clearly positioning themselves, through investments or partnerships, to supply the software and hardware for manufacturing customers to be able to achieve the higher productivity and profitability promised through Industrial Digitization/Industry 4.0.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?
March 05, 2019

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) & Operations Technology(OT) has been a growing topic of importance in manufacturing. Many times, however the focus on IT/OT convergence can be too narrow in scope to leverage the increasingly advanced technologies to achieve a manufacturing competitive advantage