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Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety
November 06, 2019

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
When plant personnel have a basic grasp of fire and gas system operation, they can recognize factors that compromise safety.

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory
October 28, 2019

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article looks to establish a realistic ten-year prediction for the future of manufacturing digitalization in the United States.

Manufacturing Injuries Cost More Than $7B Per Year. Here’s How IIoT Technology Can Help
September 27, 2019

Manufacturing Injuries Cost More Than $7B Per Year. Here’s How IIoT Technology Can Help

By Sam Cece, Swift Sensors
Beyond preventing accidents in the moment, IIoT analytics can help identify areas that need safety overhauls for better long-term worker protection. Here’s how the IIoT is improving safety in each of the major manufacturing injury categories.

Managing the Big Data Flood
September 25, 2019

Managing the Big Data Flood

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Much like constant downfalls of water, there’s lots of data being generated — and it needs to go somewhere. This article looks at how to effectively funnel big data for use in operational risk management.

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.

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming
August 28, 2019

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming

By Darcy Simonis, ABB Food and Beverage
Vertical farming is the process of food being produced in vertically stacked layers, instead of on a single level such as in a field or greenhouse. The layers are commonly integrated into urban structures like skyscrapers, shipping containers and repurposed warehouses.

Smart Optical Sensors Put Industry 4.0 to Work
August 07, 2019

Smart Optical Sensors Put Industry 4.0 to Work

By Sergey Komarov, TT Electronics
Powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected devices and smart equipment are streamlining manufacturing and supply chain processes on a global scale. Smart sensors are integral to this sea change, extending the legacy sensor’s inherent abilities―to collect, store and monitor data―to new levels that capitalize on data to optimize processes.

Inside Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience
August 06, 2019

Inside Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Continuous manufacturing improvement is fundamental to remain competitive. Understanding new technologies, methods, and what these technologies and methods make possible is important for manufacturers to prosper in the new wave of manufacturing digitalization.

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.

The Need for Green in 3D Printing
July 29, 2019

The Need for Green in 3D Printing

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
It has been 35 years since the first instance of what we now think of as additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing. Lauded for its rapid production speed and minimal waste, the process is becoming a staple of product prototyping. However, there is still room to improve the sustainability of this process.

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey
July 22, 2019

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PAR meetings to represent one of the most knowledgeable groups of automation professionals gathered in one place, at any one time, to discuss automation issues, and the 2018 event was no exception.

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

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?
May 09, 2019

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The rapid pace of change in North American manufacturing is causing a dramatic increase in the servitization of products. The reason for this spike? Sensors.

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.

What Do Your Motors Really Do?
April 04, 2019

What Do Your Motors Really Do?

By Markus Brettschneider, ABB Food and Beverage
This article explains how food plant managers can add a similar level of connectivity to retrofit most motors with smart sensors to bring their plants to the digital age.

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization
March 26, 2019

ABB Customer World Wrap-Up: ABB positioning for industrial digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Traditional automation suppliers are clearly positioning themselves, through investments or partnerships, to supply the software and hardware for manufacturing customers to be able to achieve the higher productivity and profitability promised through Industrial Digitization/Industry 4.0.

Improving Manufacturing Productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision
March 25, 2019

Improving Manufacturing Productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision

By Nir Zamir, Inspekto
Having a happy workforce may be the first step to improving productivity, but proper tools and advanced technologies will take productivity significantly further, particularly for industrial manufacturers. This article explains how manufacturers can improve productivity with Autonomous Machine Vision systems.

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.

Inside the Top Causes of PLC Control System Failure
February 14, 2019

Inside the Top Causes of PLC Control System Failure

By James Davey, Boulting Technology
Despite their resilience and rugged design, PLC-based control systems can still break down and their failure can lead to costly downtime. This article discusses the top causes of PLC control system failure.

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.