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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.

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?
December 20, 2019

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK and Ireland
As with most manufacturers, much of the success comes from choosing the right tools for the job. So, what will be on your industrial wish list this Christmas?

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.

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.

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization
September 17, 2019

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Digital Twin has become one of the most powerful concepts of Industry 4. 0. The implementation of model-based, real-time, closed-loop monitoring, control, and optimization of the entire manufacturing and production process, the Digital Twin concept is helping organizations achieve real-time integrated manufacturing.

Creating Agile Process Control
September 05, 2019

Creating Agile Process Control

By Josh Eastburn, Opto 22
For process control systems, improved hardware and software options can make system operations more effective and offer new methods for end users to access and monitor equipment. Here are some of the ways that standard process automation products and practices are transitioning to encourage more agile and capable systems.

The IIoT Opportunity: Accelerating Insights with Advanced Analytics
August 20, 2019

The IIoT Opportunity: Accelerating Insights with Advanced Analytics

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corporation
As manufacturers transition to Industry 4.0, it becomes critical to accelerate the extraction of insights from ever-exploding quantities of process data.

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019
June 25, 2019

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While attending LiveWorx 2019, for example, it was obvious to me that that PTC has created the most open system architecture which manufacturers can use to leverage digitalization and collaboration to achieve strong competitive positions in their industries.

Strategy and Standards Determine the Value of Your Big Data
May 31, 2019

Strategy and Standards Determine the Value of Your Big Data

By Daymon Thompson, Beckhoff Automation
Many tools enable capturing the potential value that Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provide, but companies need to know what kind of information they want and how to gather it securely.

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?
May 29, 2019

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amazon is clearly focused on manufacturing and, based on industry events, interviews, analysis, and briefings with users applying AWS technology, is causing another round of disruption in industrial automation.

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.

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.”

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation
April 15, 2019

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation

By Dave Opsahl, Tech Soft 3D and David Heiny, SimScale
The cloud presents an opportunity to democratize simulation still further, by serving up unlimited compute power that companies of all sizes can tap into.

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead
April 10, 2019

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead

By Brett Burger, National Instruments
With automated data collection, SMEs will spend more time focused on the risky asset of the day, as reported by the automated data collection, and less time focused on manual data collection.

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?
April 09, 2019

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains how small to medium sized manufacturers can prepare for a manufacturing resurgence, driven by reshoring and regulatory changes.

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.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

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

Inside the Advantages of Sensorless Closed Loop Control
February 21, 2019

Inside the Advantages of Sensorless Closed Loop Control

By Mark Checkley, KEB Automation
While feedback devices may be the usual choice for control of motors, sensorless closed loop control can provide design engineers and machine builders with the ability to add value and a competitive advantage to their machines.