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A Brave New World of Industrial Automation, Robotics and Taxes
January 22, 2019

A Brave New World of Industrial Automation, Robotics and Taxes

By Stephen Hayes, Beckhoff Automation
One of the key economic concepts for government to iron out before IDT can deliver performance, is the contributory capacity that robots, automation and AI fulfil in the overall economy.

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.

Exploring the Virtual Plant
January 17, 2019

Exploring the Virtual Plant

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. This article explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase
January 15, 2019

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) protocol, adopted worldwide, provides digital signal and measurement data from smart field instruments in a wide range of control, monitoring, and automation applications.

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications
January 14, 2019

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications

By Kevin Finnan, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Many factors come into play when selecting a new or upgraded control system, with careful consideration of each resulting in the best outcome.

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
January 10, 2019

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass, ABB
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage
January 08, 2019

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage

By Andrew Kling, Schneider Electric
Hackers follow a process to launch an attack, and there’s a concurrent process for manufacturers to defend themselves from these attacks. By describing both of them, organizations can ensure they’ve addressed every element of their cyber risk strategy.

ICS Built-in Security in Today’s Connected Enterprise
January 07, 2019

ICS Built-in Security in Today’s Connected Enterprise

By Glenn Schulz, FDT Group and Katherine Voss, ODVA
The following article describes efforts by the automation industry to develop next generation standards and technology, which enhance security throughout the lifecycle of industrial control devices in today’s connected world.

Inventory Management 4.0
January 04, 2019

Inventory Management 4.0

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
A shocking amount of capital is tied up in inventory. Along with accounts receivable and accounts payable, inventory represents $1.1 trillion in cash – equivalent to 7 per cent of the United States GDP. This article explains the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in accessing this cash.

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big
January 03, 2019

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big

By Antony Bourne, IFS
A new generation of point AI solutions will prove themselves in 2019. They’ll build new trust, urgency and understanding of what ‘AI’ actually is, and just how much it can deliver. Here are 3 key predictions for manufacturing for 2019—and beyond.

Addressing Challenges in Process Automation and IIoT
January 02, 2019

Addressing Challenges in Process Automation and IIoT

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Manufacturing professionals looking to implement IIoT and edge computing need to ask themselves the following questions to identify underlying challenges and figure out how to address them.

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 4 of 4: PLC Ladder Logic
December 20, 2018

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 4 of 4: PLC Ladder Logic

By Stephen Gates, P.E., MyPLCtraining.com
You may become nerdy programming PLCs, but once you get into it, you won’t care This post is about programming PLCs. Specifically programming PLCs with Ladder Logic. This is what I’ve done almost daily for my job for the past several years.

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey
December 18, 2018

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Based on discussions at the Rockwell Automation Fair, this article explores Rockwell Automation and PTC's committment to building out software into an integrated Industrial Digitization solution, in order to fully achieve the goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing.

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA
December 17, 2018

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
The IIoT is all about connecting data sources, integrating their data, using it to power analytics, and possibly doing supervisory control on selected equipment or systems. There's no reason that can't be done on-premise.

Six 2019 Predictions for Industrial Security Professionals
December 13, 2018

Six 2019 Predictions for Industrial Security Professionals

By Mille Gandelsman, Indegy
Looking at 2019 and beyond, ICS threats will continue to escalate and evolve, but we predict the solutions to combat these threats will effectively address whatever emerges.

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)
December 12, 2018

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)

By Stephen Gates, P.E., MyPLCtraining.com
It’s time to get a little more specific with what the PLC CPU controls: PLC I/O! This article will discuss discrete I/O, analog I/O and briefly introduce industrial communications protocols.

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?
December 11, 2018

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industrial automation users, system integrators, machine builders, and automation suppliers that understand how to embrace and leverage open source are dramatically improving their odds of being effective competitors in their respective industries.

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy
December 05, 2018

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy

By Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings
Vibration analysis can provide valuable insight into machine condition, flagging up problems before extensive damage occurs. This article explains the steps machine builders should take to reduce the likelihood of bearings being the root cause.

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
December 04, 2018

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Last year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
As we enter the era of Industry 4.0, this article will help dispel some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.