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Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers
August 27, 2019

Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amongst the many new technologies that are impacting the manufacturing industry today, collaborative robots may be the highest impact automation development that can improve manufacturing for small and medium manufacturing enterprises.

Specifying Fire and Gas Detection Systems to Improve Operations
August 01, 2019

Specifying Fire and Gas Detection Systems to Improve Operations

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
Accuracy, response speed and measurement range must be understood when designing, installing and maintaining fire and gas detection systems.

Automating a Workforce with Augmented Reality
July 26, 2019

Automating a Workforce with Augmented Reality

By Seth Patin, Founder and CEO, LogistiVIEW
AR technology ensures consistency, so an unskilled workforce can think and behave in the same way as those workers with years of experience. Workforce technology is all about efficiency, consistency, repeatability, and safety, regardless of the person performing the task.

Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?
July 24, 2019

Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?

By Kostas Poulios, Pailton Engineering
This article explains how 3D printing is used in large vehicle manufacturing and whether this method could play a role in the production of safety critical parts.

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk
July 11, 2019

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk

By Neil Ferguson, Opsview
Automation can effectively monitor operations to reduce risk and flag issues caused not only by software bugs, attacks or unauthorized applications but by human error.

Cooling Tower Optimization
June 27, 2019

Cooling Tower Optimization

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing
June 06, 2019

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Simulating the factory can help fix mistakes and improve production. This article explains how VR and AR can be used in the factory to improve safety and increase productivity.

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits
June 04, 2019

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

By Brent Purdy, PE, AutomationDirect
Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery.

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.

Machine Learning, Big Data, and Manufacturing: The Perfect Trifecta
May 16, 2019

Machine Learning, Big Data, and Manufacturing: The Perfect Trifecta

By Michael Schuldenfrei, OptimalPlus
Big Data Analytics (BDA) tools have changed how organizations everywhere do business, and they are already saving many electronics manufacturers millions of dollars today.

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments
March 18, 2019

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments

By Daniel Waldron, Armagard
Remaining competitive in an ever-changing market requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Your computer equipment no doubt plays a crucial role in that process. Here’s how to keep it that way

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Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption
February 27, 2019

Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption

By Chris Leone, Erran Kagan, and Luna Koval, Electro Industries/GaugeTech
Over the past few decades, cyber security has become a serious concern of banks and large commercial corporations. But what about the energy sector?

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise
February 19, 2019

Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Collaborative robots are re-defining the way manufacturers operate today. To help further that process is Universal Robots (UR), a collaborative robot manufacturer driven by a vision & mission to help industries become more productive, with a particular focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance
February 19, 2019

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance

By Gernut van Laak, Group Automation Solutions Leader, ABB Food and Beverage
The need for factory maintenance often goes unnoticed. This article explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

To CNC or not to CNC?
February 11, 2019

To CNC or not to CNC?

By Jonathan Wilkins
In industry, both 3D printing and CNC machining allow manufacturers to produce complex parts but sometimes it can be difficult to know which technology will better suit an application. This article discusses the applications for CNC machining and additive manufacturing.

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

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation
January 18, 2019

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation

By Carlos Millan, Oceaneering International
For decades, automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology has delivered materials handling and logistics solutions to automotive companies. Automotive manufacturers, in general, have embraced the lean principles of advanced logistics and manufacturing solutions.

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications
January 14, 2019

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications

By Kevin Finnan, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Many factors come into play when selecting a new or upgraded control system, with careful consideration of each resulting in the best outcome.

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage
January 08, 2019

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage

By Andrew Kling, Schneider Electric
Hackers follow a process to launch an attack, and there’s a concurrent process for manufacturers to defend themselves from these attacks. By describing both of them, organizations can ensure they’ve addressed every element of their cyber risk strategy.