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Finding HMI Performance for the Long Run
August 15, 2019

Finding HMI Performance for the Long Run

While it is true that an HMI needs the right technical capabilities, it is equally important for designers to examine how robust an HMI will be over the long run. This article looks at some of the quality, durability and environmental features designers should place high on their requirements list.

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin
August 08, 2019

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin

By Eric Green, Dassault Systèmes
Across all industries, there is increasing discussion regarding the benefits of implementing a digital twin. At its simplest, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service -- but not just a static model.

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.

Preparing for the Evolving Energy Grid
August 05, 2019

Preparing for the Evolving Energy Grid

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
According to data from the Energy Information Administration, wind power is set to surpass hydroelectric as the largest renewable energy source in the United States in 2019. As the nation transitions to greener energy, how can plant managers maintain facilities and substations on this ever-evolving grid?

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.

IoT & the Product Development Process
July 31, 2019

IoT & the Product Development Process

By Paul Welch, Arena Solutions
While IoT helps create better user experiences and greater customer satisfaction, there’s also a clear need to manage the requirements that define how IoT capabilities will work in the first place.

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age
July 30, 2019

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

By Laura Sallstrom, Access Partnership
Regulation should be targeted at actions and human behavior, not at a type of technology. Regulatory approaches that take this into account – like the ethics by design concept – are a good way forward.

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.

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.

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.

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility
July 16, 2019

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility

By Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks
Critical infrastructure and industrial environments were once thought to be immune to cyber threats and attacks because of their “air gapped” nature. But the truth is that they are extremely vulnerable and are typically under persistent attack

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge
July 15, 2019

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
To protect their networks and data, companies utilizing edge technology need to make sure that they are addressing cybersecurity threats on the edge. To develop the best edge security strategy for their specific operations, companies need to take into account the below best practices prior to implementation.

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability
July 12, 2019

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability

By Søren Block Olsen, TARGIT
Too often manufacturing firms, even top-tier operations managers, use company analyses or reports which neglect to ask why outcomes failed. There is attention paid to all variables evenly and equally rather than discerning which area of an industrial business needs most attention to improve profit.

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.

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance
July 10, 2019

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will bring together a global group of stakeholders from end-user companies, control system vendors, IT and OT infrastructure providers, system integrators, and others affiliated with global industry to benefit everyone, especially the communities in which we operate and serve.

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII
July 03, 2019

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII

Automation.com has teamed with industrial innovators to showcase efficiency and productivity technologies within manufacturing operations. IoT gateways, cloudbased MES and more are covered in this Manufacturing Software ebook. It provides insight into what today’s plant operator needs to ensure the smooth integration of the old and the new in the connected and secure environment that is increasingly vital for industrial success.

Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations
July 02, 2019

Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations

By Renee Bassett, Chief Editor, Automation.com
Disruption and transformation were twin themes the Siemens 2019 Automation Summit, with the digitalization of industrial processes promising the way forward to greater process stability, productivity, and maintenance efficiencies.

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