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Local Learning: Gruhn to speak on safety, HMIs, more
February 18, 2020

Local Learning: Gruhn to speak on safety, HMIs, more

By Renee Bassett, Automation.com
ISA past president Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, will be presenting at local meetings around the country during the first quarter of 2020. As a global functional safety consultant with aeSolutions, Gruhn has gained extensive experience consulting with sites around the world.

Using Technology to Improve Food Quality and Safety
February 04, 2020

Using Technology to Improve Food Quality and Safety

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
To prevent the risks of foodborne illness and improve shelf life, food processors and manufacturers prioritize safety. This article shares three ways that technology is improving food quality.

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?
January 23, 2020

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?

Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots, often referred to as cobots, have been heavily marketed as unguarded and easy to integrate machines that can work seamlessly alongside human workers. However, this doesn’t necessarily make these machines exempt from the safety regulations associated with regular industrial robots.

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

Inside Augmented Intelligence
December 06, 2019

Inside Augmented Intelligence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Augmented intelligence is one of the few technologies named on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2019 that are predicted to reach expectations, over the next two-to-five years. This article explains how augmented intelligence could assist with human and machine collaboration.

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?
December 02, 2019

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Today’s plant managers are faced with a dearth of automation technologies but it’s not always obvious what will work best. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach. This article discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
November 22, 2019

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry

By Ripal Vyas, Softweb Solutions
The arrival of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming the way industries have been operated from decades. These technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations that are impacting industries at large.

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics
October 21, 2019

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been an industry staple since 1953. However, their reliance on environmental markers and the fact they follow a pre-determined route, means AGVs are best suited to structured environments in the absence of humans. This article discusses the rise of mobile robots and what challenges need to be faced for their uptake.

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.