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Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process
October 30, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process

Working with OBG, Ithaca Beer Co. upgraded to a semi-automated brewing process based on the FactoryTalk Craft Brew solution from Rockwell Automation. The pre-configured solution offers control to customize and automate a craft brewhouse. And it is pre-engineered, -programmed, -tested and -validated, significantly reducing commissioning and startup time.

MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process
July 24, 2019

MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process

The control center supervises the different subsections of 100 stations. MDT AutoSave Change Management System was installed to optimize the data backup and version control process.

Siemens helps Brazilian aircraft manufacturer enhance product development process
June 19, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian aircraft manufacturer enhance product development process

Octans Aircrafts is producing its first aircraft model that will undergo the certification process, the 300A, with capacity for five seats. The company plans to achieve positive results by reducing the time and cost of its processes through the implentation of key technology from Siemens.

Emerson helps U.K. refinery implement terminal automation system
May 02, 2019

Emerson helps U.K. refinery implement terminal automation system

The scalable, enterprise-level midstream logistics management solution based on Emerson’s TerminalManager software and DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) is working to help the terminal achieve its goals

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.

Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)
February 25, 2019

Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)

Hardy wanted to abandon the dependency on just a few raw materials and instead use other nontraditional materials that were untapped in the marketplace. To do this, Hardy needed to overhaul the outdated controllers and distributed control system (DCS) that existed in the plant.

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.

COPA-DATA helps Novarc Technologies enhance HMI software
October 03, 2018

COPA-DATA helps Novarc Technologies enhance HMI software

zenon’s application as an HMI gives SWR operators flexibility to set welding parameters. This is a requirement for the environment in which SWR is designed, as almost every job requires some level of customization.

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems
October 01, 2018

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems

Based in France, Vallourec is a supplier of drill pipe for energy companies around the globe. The manufacturer has a presence in 20 countries, including Vallourec Drilling Products USA in Houston.

Rockwell Automation helps ECT integrate process control for shale gas producer
September 07, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps ECT integrate process control for shale gas producer

ECT was tasked with developing a turbomachinery control system for two trains, each with three parallel compressors. Because the operations will be expected to run continuously for years at a time, a redundant architecture was essential to ensure a backup system would take over and reduce the likelihood of downtime should a failure occur.

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).

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology
May 23, 2018

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology

In addition to the Experion Orion Console, the Leppävirta site will implement Honeywell’s Field Device Manager, which uses smart instrumentation to perform device configuration and management capabilities.

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab
April 11, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab

The lab is part of CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program. Support from both the university and members of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program was vital to getting the brewery operational.

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders
January 04, 2018

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders

By Thorsten Sienk, AMK
The UR Precision U unwinding system of Kocher+Beck is designed to feed web material to printing and converting machines nonstop from the role. The system is driven by centralized and decentralized servo technology from AMK.

AMK helps HERO GmbH decentralize servo drive technology for cleaner operations
December 08, 2017

AMK helps HERO GmbH decentralize servo drive technology for cleaner operations

Thanks to drive and control technology from AMK, the solutions of HERO GmbH in Sigmaringendorf, Germany, have done away with anything that is not actually needed to meet the precise product quality standards.

AMK helps Lohmann & Rauscher modularize with decentralized drive technology
November 30, 2017

AMK helps Lohmann & Rauscher modularize with decentralized drive technology

The advantage of modular design is that it reduces planning and configuration efforts and brings the plant back and ready for production relatively quickly. In order to implement this, Lohmann & Rauscher had to find the right decentralized drive technology

NI works with Innovari to enhance efficiency in grid operations
September 19, 2017

NI works with Innovari to enhance efficiency in grid operations

Innovari’s Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) uses artificial intelligence, “big data” analytics, proprietary optimization routines and grid-edge hardware built on NI technology to deliver capacity and address grid demand.

Lighthouse helps Mexican solar energy company enable smart manufacturing
September 15, 2017

Lighthouse helps Mexican solar energy company enable smart manufacturing

The opportunity for change came with the build of a brand new factory in Ensanada, Mexico. The manufacturing system combining smart equipment, improved processes, high degree of plant automation and MES software delivered on traceability and compliance requirements as well as on efficiencies.

MAC Solutions helps deliver open PLC communication for British research effort
August 01, 2017

MAC Solutions helps deliver open PLC communication for British research effort

By introducing change management and version control software from M.A.C. Solutions for more than 400 of its programmable devices (PLCs and HMIs) at its facility in Oxfordshire, Diamond Light Source intends to minimize the risk of machine downtime caused by PLC back-up or software code errors

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems
June 30, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems

The operating system that supported the Tyson Foods' Wisconsin plant's human machine interface (HMI) application was facing obsolescence. The new solution is based on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system that incorporates both the Logix control platform and FactoryTalk production management software

Rotork helps automate flow control at Mexican hydroelectric facility
June 26, 2017

Rotork helps automate flow control at Mexican hydroelectric facility

The modular CK design enabled the operator to tailor the actuator specification to precisely match the requirements of the application. The selection of CK actuators complete with Centronik digital control units required only the provision of a mains electricity supply to provide automation of the previously hand operated valves.

ABB helps automate Quebec lithium mine
May 31, 2017

ABB helps automate Quebec lithium mine

Nemaska Lithium is developing the Whabouchi spodumene deposit to meet the growing global demand for lithium batteries to be used in electric vehicles and energy storage systems, as well as in various consumer electronics.

Kepware helps Teel Plastics bring IoT to their operations
April 06, 2017

Kepware helps Teel Plastics bring IoT to their operations

Teel Plastics was inspired to find a solution that would allow operators to control all pieces electronically and reduce human error. They ultimately found that Kepware’s IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX provided the way to control all the essential components.

Bedrock Automation boosts industrial control for Arkansas town's water and sewer system
March 28, 2017

Bedrock Automation boosts industrial control for Arkansas town's water and sewer system

The Bedrock controller is part of an integrated plantwide SCADA system. Users connect to that system via Ignition software from Inductive Automation. Ignition is an industrial applications platform that coordinates control and data acquisition for all plant PLCs and remote transfer units (RTUs).

Opto 22 helps Pioneer Energy enhance visibility of oil wells
February 02, 2017

Opto 22 helps Pioneer Energy enhance visibility of oil wells

Pioneer Energy faced a significant engineering challenge: how do you reproduce—and exceed—the processing capabilities of an entire gas processing plant in a single, mobile system that can fit on a truck trailer?

Siemens helps chewing gum factory integrate disparate automation systems
October 31, 2016

Siemens helps chewing gum factory integrate disparate automation systems

The confectioner needed to upgrade its chewing gum sheeter machines, with a retrofit of servomotor and drive technologies as well as implementation of fully-integrated systems

Emerson's Unidrive 600M boosts sugar delivery at Thai plant
October 25, 2016

Emerson's Unidrive 600M boosts sugar delivery at Thai plant

Mitr Phol Sugar Corp is the largest sugar producer in Thailand today, the biggest in Asia and the world’s fourth largest, producing 2 million tons of sugar a year from its various plants.

Schneider Electric to deliver automation controller for Vallejo, CA flood control
October 12, 2016

Schneider Electric to deliver automation controller for Vallejo, CA flood control

Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will implement its Modicon M580 programmable automation controller (ePAC) platform to help the VSFCD continue to improve the quality wastewater and flood control services it provides to the people of the district.

Honeywell's Experion Orion Console boosting plant efficiency
July 28, 2016

Honeywell's Experion Orion Console boosting plant efficiency

More than 130 Experion Orion Consoles have been sold globally. One of the earliest implementations of Experion Orion Console was at ICL Brasil’s Cajati chemical plant, near Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Siemens helps Windhoff automate train car lifting
June 08, 2016

Siemens helps Windhoff automate train car lifting

Windhoff Bahn-und Anlagentechnik used Siemens TIA portal to develop a solution for lifting trains which involves the use of lifting systems recessed in pits in the hall floor.

Industrial Internet of Things Case Study: Drives commissioning from anywhere
June 01, 2016

Industrial Internet of Things Case Study: Drives commissioning from anywhere

To get access to their drives systems remotely, Newton Tesla had been looking for a remote management system for some time. They turned to Netbiter to establish a secure data tunnel to their PLCs

Emerson drives used to streamline port crane application
May 19, 2016

Emerson drives used to streamline port crane application

Measuring over 100m wide and over 60m high and with a lifting capacity of 45t, the port crane was revamped by Apator Control, adding Emerson's Unidrive M AC and Mentor MP DC drives, controlled by the Simatic S7 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).

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 Arkansas water utility upgrades to Bedrock control system
March 23, 2016

Arkansas water utility upgrades to Bedrock control system

The Russellville, Arkansas Water and Sewer System replaced a legacy PLC with a secure Bedrock industrial control system.

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Finding lucrative sweet spots in the manufacturing process
March 23, 2016

Finding lucrative sweet spots in the manufacturing process

Siemens upgraded the production line for a confections manufacturer to increase efficiency, production and speed.

Scalable control system is at the heart of water-treatment process skid
December 24, 2015

Scalable control system is at the heart of water-treatment process skid

Control Design
By Gregory Möller, University of Idaho-Washington State University
The University of Idaho’s research water-treatment-process trailer includes PLC, HMI, power-distribution components, motor starters, stepper drives and local I/O.

PLC version control software cuts machine downtime at SWEP
September 22, 2015

PLC version control software cuts machine downtime at SWEP

By introducing change management and version control software from for all its PLCs in five production plants, heat exchanger manufacturer SWEP has minimized the risk of machine downtime.

ABB PLCs lift safety of NTK’s cranes
September 16, 2015

ABB PLCs lift safety of NTK’s cranes

NTK is installing a control system based on safety PLCs from ABB that continuously monitors load torque as well as working and collision areas in real time.

Stainless Steel Silk Screening Scales ensure ink quality
September 11, 2015

Stainless Steel Silk Screening Scales ensure ink quality

Toshin Kogyo uses Mettler Toledo scales to measure silk-screening ink cartridges.

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Oxford school has online control of HVAC, water and lighting
August 26, 2015

Oxford school has online control of HVAC, water and lighting

Netbiter gateways connected to Rockwell PLCs control the different systems in the EF International Language Centre in Oxford, UK.

Water treatment plant solution solves DEP requirements and more
August 12, 2015

Water treatment plant solution solves DEP requirements and more

InTech
By Jim Barish
At Quality Life Services in Butler, Pa, a programmable logic controller–based control system was installed to connect the site’s existing wells to a new water treatment system and storage tower.