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Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification
April 24, 2019

Four Key Criteria for Industrial Drive Specification

By Paul Streatfield, Bosch Rexroth
This article explores four of the most recent key criteria for industrial drive specification, which meet the challenges of today’s industrial requirements.

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing
April 23, 2019

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, automotive manufacturing fell by 11 per cent last summer. Among the reasons cited for this decrease was growing demand for customization

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results
April 16, 2019

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Ford Livonia plant incorporated an automated transmission production line which illustrated the advantages and results of digitalization based on Ford’s goal of applying solid logic, planning, and execution to “be the number one transmission manufacturer in the world.”

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation
April 15, 2019

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation

By Dave Opsahl, Tech Soft 3D and David Heiny, SimScale
The cloud presents an opportunity to democratize simulation still further, by serving up unlimited compute power that companies of all sizes can tap into.

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist
April 11, 2019

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist

Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test its additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills.

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.

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?
April 09, 2019

American Manufacturing is Set to Explode — but are small to medium sized manufacturers prepared?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article explains how small to medium sized manufacturers can prepare for a manufacturing resurgence, driven by reshoring and regulatory changes.

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.

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?
April 02, 2019

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Manufacturing companies are becoming more aware of the need to modernize production methods and automation to compete globally, but many still find themselves stuck in a sunk investment trap.

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.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments
March 18, 2019

Protecting Manufacturing Productivity in Harsh Environments

By Daniel Waldron, Armagard
Remaining competitive in an ever-changing market requires you to constantly improve manufacturing productivity. Your computer equipment no doubt plays a crucial role in that process. Here’s how to keep it that way

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Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI
March 07, 2019

Unlocking the Value of SCADA and HMI

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Modern SCADA and HMI systems are essential tools that go way beyond traditional control loop applications. The data they collect, process and display is increasingly an important element for historians and emerging analytics and IIoT applications.

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?
March 05, 2019

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) & Operations Technology(OT) has been a growing topic of importance in manufacturing. Many times, however the focus on IT/OT convergence can be too narrow in scope to leverage the increasingly advanced technologies to achieve a manufacturing competitive advantage

PLC Programming Preference Survey
February 28, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey

Automation.com in cooperation with the PLCopen standards organization is doing a PLC Programming Preference Survey to gain knowledge about programming preferences.

Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption
February 27, 2019

Why Energy and SCADA Meters for Utility, Industrial and Commercial Applications Need Cyber Secure Encryption

By Chris Leone, Erran Kagan, and Luna Koval, Electro Industries/GaugeTech
Over the past few decades, cyber security has become a serious concern of banks and large commercial corporations. But what about the energy sector?

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence
February 26, 2019

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
During a January preview for the event, over 120 journalists, including yours truly, gathered for presentations and discussions from the Hannover Messe team, and over 40 exhibitors, expanding on the topics and technologies that so many will experience

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping
February 25, 2019

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping

By Simon Gibbs, Intertronics
It is important to efficiently create a high-quality prototype. This article explains how design engineers can benefit from UV curing when 3D printing prototypes.