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The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference
November 19, 2019

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference was another high energy, creative, and stimulating leadership event. With the company illustrating the power of the next level of software technology and leveraging this with a new business model, Inductive Automation illuminated their progression to be more responsive to industry and customer requirements.

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering
November 07, 2019

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering

Intelligent Automation will help these companies and their engineers to beat the competition and make an impact in this highly competitive and evolving digital trend of integrated Cyber – Physical world of manufacturing, called Industry 4.0.

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.

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?
November 04, 2019

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?

Virtual reality is an established technology which has been deployed in various industries including gaming, marketing and manufacturing. But, what about augmented reality?

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.

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers
October 24, 2019

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While many manufacturers are aware of the benefits of digitalization, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin, in order to reap those benefits. EPICOR has put together an architecture for companies, particularly small and medium manufacturers, to implement Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things conceptsy.

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.

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.

 How Viable is Additive Manufacturing?
October 17, 2019

How Viable is Additive Manufacturing?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Additive manufacturing (AM) is drastically altering a range of industries, from manufacturing to the medical sector. But what are the limitations of the technology? This article shares some insights behind the manufacturing and legal issues surrounding additive manufacturing.

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge
October 07, 2019

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Surpassing all expectations, the Federal Reserve announced a rise in the US manufacturing production index of 0.5 per cent in August 2019. This article discusses the potential long term upswing of US manufacturing and how to achieve it.

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize
October 04, 2019

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize

By Frank Kenney, Cleo
By taking a proactive approach to EDI integration and ecommerce, and by moving EDI processes to the cloud, manufacturers can more easily navigate the winding pathway towards automating operations while also innovating for brand differentiation and reducing order fulfillment costs.

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.

Is RaaS the Way to Go?
September 09, 2019

Is RaaS the Way to Go?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Back in 2017, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that 30 percent of commercial robotic applications will be in the form of Robots as a Service (RaaS) by 2019. Was this forecast accurate? This article explains the current RaaS landscape in relation to these early projections.

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.

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0
September 04, 2019

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0

By Edwin van Dijk, TrendMiner
Business outcomes can be controlled at each level of an organization by using applied analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. It's all about aligning business objectives with direct business outcomes across departments, all while growing production knowledge.

Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Eco Obsolete Technology
August 29, 2019

Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Eco Obsolete Technology

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains why sourcing Eco Obsolete Technology (EOT) could keep automated processes running — without compromising on efficiency.

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.

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.