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Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control
April 19, 2019

Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control

To keep operations at the site in Ribe smooth and efficient, DTE needed a communication network technology able to connect the inverters to PLCs and ensure that the machines could instantly adjust their parameters for optimal performance.

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN
March 27, 2019

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making versiondog one of CERN's standard technologies.

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management
January 25, 2019

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management

Gröninger Cleaning Systems equipped its machinery in remote locations with TOSIBOX Locks, enabling remote control and maintenance. Behind each TOSIBOX Lock there are about 30 to 40 devices such as drives, PLCs, HMIs and control cabinets that are connected and directly accessible via a TOSIBOX Key.

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations
January 18, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations

With a goal of increasing productivity and shortening the development time of new products, Maxiforja has adopted Femap software, the Plant Simulation solution in the Tecnomatix portfolio, the Teamcenter portfolio, NX software and Line Designer from Siemens in order to reach its goal of becoming a digitalized enterprise.

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology
October 26, 2018

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology

Using elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty methodology, North West Redwater Partnership reduced global automation engineering complexity and completed the instrumentation and control scope for refinery automation.

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components
September 11, 2018

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components

This work is intended to enable 3D printed, patient-specific implants with controlled time to dissolve eliminating the need for second surgeries and thus also reducing risks, costs and suffering for patients.

Rockwell Automation helps Mosaic Company enhance DCS, visibility
August 24, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Mosaic Company enhance DCS, visibility

To meet growing demands for increased crop yields, Mosaic needed to add a premium fertilizer product line to its New Wales, Florida, facility. In order to accommodate the new process, the company needed to drastically expand the existing distributed control system (DCS).

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation
May 31, 2018

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation

By Stephany Romanow, Industry Consultant
Because of the ever-changing business environment, O&G operators can no longer thrive, or even survive, by relying solely on yesterday’s technologies. They must reinvent themselves to be competitive within the marketplace and remain attractive to investors.

AAEON provides embedded boards for Asian aircraft manufacturer
July 25, 2017

AAEON provides embedded boards for Asian aircraft manufacturer

The client wished to integrate embedded boards into a scalable platform to consolidate their cockpit panels. The deployment of single boards were constrained by specific size demands and environmental limitations. They turned to AAEON's solutions for help.

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Axiomtek provides embedded computing power for SkySpecs autonomous drone
May 24, 2017

Axiomtek provides embedded computing power for SkySpecs autonomous drone

Axiomtek helped mitigate the difficulties encountered with hardware design and allowed the SkySpecs technology team to focus on software development required to make the inspection service possible.

Gainco chooses noax to implement industrial HMI in poultry plant
November 14, 2016

Gainco chooses noax to implement industrial HMI in poultry plant

Gainco had strict requirements when it came to choosing an industrial touchscreen computer. After considering different options, Gainco chose the noax S15 PC with the N11 mainboard.

Wibu-Systems uses Hyperstone controllers to boost data protection dongles
October 26, 2016

Wibu-Systems uses Hyperstone controllers to boost data protection dongles

For coupling CodeMeter smartcard-chip-based protection, licensing, and security features with NAND flash mass storage, Wibu-Systems takes advantage of Hyperstone’s Application Programming Interface (API), which allows the addition of proprietary firmware extensions to existing Hyperstone firmware.

Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems
August 25, 2016

Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems

Although the original intent was to use the power management system to reduce processor throughput and keep the board operating under 20 watts per hazardous location requirements, SCI chose to proceed with a design based on the XCOM-6400-108E-LF that allows full processor throughput.

Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing
July 22, 2016

Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing

To meet customers’ complex custom-batch processing requirements, Surlean Foods chose noax industrial touchscreen computers to support their business operations.

Numascale uses ADLINK computers for Big Data applications
April 14, 2016

Numascale uses ADLINK computers for Big Data applications

ADLINK’s SETO-1000 platform runs Numascale software to implement big data analytics.

Noax PCs track fish at Acme Smoked Fish
November 17, 2015

Noax PCs track fish at Acme Smoked Fish

Acme needed an industrial computer that was designed to operate reliably in the toughest conditions—a salmon processing plant.

Erdrich employs noax industrial PCs to track parts movements
August 24, 2015

Erdrich employs noax industrial PCs to track parts movements

Industrial PCs ride around on forklifts to direct operators to the proper locations and allow activities to be entered directly on the touchscreen.

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CAT<sup>2</sup> uses noax IPCs for food processing
August 21, 2015

CAT2 uses noax IPCs for food processing

CAT 2 is a software company specializing in farm-to-fork traceability for the beef, pork, poultry, turkey, seafood, egg, and produce industries.

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PC-based control helps KVAL door production machines
May 24, 2015

PC-based control helps KVAL door production machines

Control Engineering
KVAL used Beckhoff PC-based control, servo drives with one cable, and EtherCAT industrial Ethernet for communications to reduce the wired-to-running time of door assembly machinery from 2 to 4 days without testing for two people to less than 1 day with testing for one person.

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control
January 26, 2015

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control

Packaging World
PC-based control and EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet technology bring faster machine setup, a smaller controls cabinet, and other benefits to MMC Packaging.

Patti Engineering Installs PC-based Sorting System
December 04, 2014

Patti Engineering Installs PC-based Sorting System

By Georgia Whalen, Patti Engineering
Patti used Phoenix Contact PCs to automate high speed inline checkweighers on a parcel sortation system for Fives Intralogistics.

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Vision systems inspects automotive components
December 01, 2014

Vision systems inspects automotive components

Vision Systems Design
Gefra developed a multi-camera inspection system to inspect automotive cup screws at rates as high as 500 parts per minute. One of the biggest challenges in designing the system was to simultaneously control all twelve cameras in the system using a single PC.

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Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System
October 27, 2014

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System

Wonderware software integrated all their existing disparate systems, achieved reliable and cost-efficient control, enabled safe operations and created scalability for future growth.

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction
June 02, 2014

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Matrix Packaging's Metis continuous-motion machine packages cheese, coffee, and other products. Automating the Metis is a Beckhoff PC-based controls architecture, including multi-touch display technology and EtherCAT fieldbus communications.

Control system modernisation at Constance Water Works
April 30, 2014

Control system modernisation at Constance Water Works

South African Instrumentation and Control
At Constance Water Works located in Germany, outdated automation technology was replaced with Beckhoff control components. The system has six panel PCs and handles 1600 data points.

November 25, 2013

Integrated automation controls rail straightening machine

Machine Building
A Russian–based metal works needed to replace an old and increasingly obsolete rail straightening machine. It needed a new, more flexible and robust computer-controlled system to aid increased efficiencies and specification for new higher grades of rail.

US DOE uses Perle Terminal Servers to meet NERC rules
July 08, 2013

US DOE uses Perle Terminal Servers to meet NERC rules

Perle Electric Utility Terminal Servers provide secure remote user authentication and management capabilities for Phasor Measurement Units (PMU’s) that keep the smart grid stable.

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Softing's PROFINET software helps control steel plant
June 20, 2013

Softing's PROFINET software helps control steel plant

SAB, a producer of high strength steel, standardized on Softing's PROFINET protocol software for use with its PC-based Proview control system in a new steel plant that was built in Mobile, Alabama.

Medical Device OEM Leverages Embedded PC-based Control
June 15, 2013

Medical Device OEM Leverages Embedded PC-based Control

Automation World
Beckhoff’s embedded PC with EtherCAT is used to control IntraOp Medical’s new generation of IntraOperative Electron Radiation Therapy machines.

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PC-based controls help packaging machines
May 17, 2013

PC-based controls help packaging machines

Control Engineering
The Pattyn Ceflex-21 bag-in-box packaging machine is controlled by a Beckhoff CX1010 Embedded PC with directly connected EtherCAT Terminals. Beckhoff EL7041 and EL7031 stepper motor terminals control the stepper motors.

Web-based plant operation using PC-based automation
May 11, 2013

Web-based plant operation using PC-based automation

Industrial Ethernet Book
Aixcon PowerSystems manufactures systems used to produce longitudinal seam welding of composite pipes. They use PC controllers and high-speed EtherCAT networking for welding plants in metal working applications.

PC-based controls help packaging machines
April 24, 2013

PC-based controls help packaging machines

Control Engineering
Belgian packaging machine manufacturer Pattyn Packing Lines relies on a high degree of automation for its advanced food packaging machines. The company balances performance and cost on the basis of state-of-the-art PC-based control technology.

PC-based control and EtherCAT help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25%
March 21, 2013

PC-based control and EtherCAT help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25%

Control Engineering
Advanced Blending Solutions is a supplier of auxiliary equipment for material handling, blending, and controls. PC- and EtherCAT-based controls handle many major functions in their systems, including blending/extrusion control.

Modular Material Handling
March 17, 2013

Modular Material Handling

Control Design
PeakLogix in Midlothian, Va., builds material handling systems. It uses automation systems that are programmed in a flowchart-based language and makes extensive use of modular subroutines.

Modular HMI Software
March 17, 2013

Modular HMI Software

Control Design
Owens Design builds custom material handling equipment, primarily for the semiconductor, hard disk drive and photovoltaic industries. It uses Mitsubishi PLCs, Beijer or Mitsubishi touch panels, and PC-based modular software for the HMI touch panel interfaces.

March 17, 2013

CMD Benefits From More Modular Software Approach

Control Design
CMD in Appleton, Wis., builds plastic converting machinery. It has customers worldwide, and uses automation components from a variety of vendors. So it uses modular function blocks for programming its automation components.

December 07, 2012

Advanced Blending Solutions deploys PC-based control and EtherCAT

Plastics Today, October 2012

Advanced Blending Solutions uses Beckhoff Panel PCs, TwinCAT PLC software and EtherCAT I/O in its blending and extrusion control equipment.

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August 01, 2012

Robots Fuse Performance and Profitability

Control Design, July 2012

ARC Specialties builds a customized, automated robotic system called the ARC-11RB, using an embedded PC-based control platform that allows for single-point control.

June 13, 2012

Textile automation adds to thread-thin profits

Control Engineering, June 2012

By Georgia H. Whalen

Inman Mills, a textile manufacturer, installed a new PC-based control system and some pre-owned Autoflow equipment. Patti Engineering put it all together.

April 21, 2012

Embedded PCs via Ethernet for Building Automation

Industrial Ethernet Book, April 2012

The new HQ of Danish hearing aid manufacturer Widex has a geothermal heat storage system, a wind turbine and solar PV cells. To manage this, a building automation network (BAN) and over 10,000 data points are controlled by 58 embedded PCs via Ethernet.