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IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017
December 20, 2018

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017

The top process industries grew at a faster rate than the top discrete industries in 2017, and this trend continued in 2018, according to the “Low Voltage Motors Report” from IHS Markit.

What is High Performance Computing?
December 04, 2018

What is High Performance Computing?

By Chassis Plans
High-performance computing is used for solving advanced mathematical calculations and performing data processing through the use of computer modeling, simulation and analysis.

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology
November 20, 2018

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology

By Venkat Atluri, Satya Rao, and Saloni Sahni, McKinsey
As data, connectivity, and processing power expand, so do opportunities for industrial companies to extract value through innovative products, services, and business models. This McKinsey study delves further into how technology delivers value to today's industry.

Honeywell Industrial USB Threat Report
November 05, 2018

Honeywell Industrial USB Threat Report

Researchers from Honeywell’s Industrial Cyber Security team analyzed USB usage and behavioral data from live production sites globally. This report shares findings from these research activities and presents USB threat trends.

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging
September 20, 2018

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging

By CAS Dataloggers
With advances in technology and computing power, modern data loggers can reduce the amount of time and effort required to extract critical information. These "intelligent" data loggers incorporate several features that allow them to go well beyond the functionality of a traditional data logger to help zero in on what the user is looking for

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
September 17, 2018

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
The strengths and weaknesses of magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are examined in this white paper, along with a chart for feature-by-feature comparisons.

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies
September 13, 2018

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies

By Walter Smith, Sensata Technologies
The advent of rare-earth magnets and advanced brushless DC motor (BLDC) motor design has empowered a new range of motors small enough to fit into confined spaces, powerful enough to do real work, and efficient enough to be used in wireless or remote applications.

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

What's the Use of the IIoT?
July 10, 2018

What's the Use of the IIoT?

By Radley Corporation
The IIoT connects devices with the digital world to provide data visibility. But the real value of the IIoT lies in how that data will be used by industry to realize the potential benefi ts of this connectivity.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

Bridging the IT/OT Divide
May 22, 2018

Bridging the IT/OT Divide

By Weintek
Today’s smarter edge devices can streamline integration efforts while providing secure remote access for end users and machine builders, too

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation
May 09, 2018

TM Robotics releases whitepaper debating the politics of automation

TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

Exploring Security by Design
April 06, 2018

Exploring Security by Design

By Siegfried Müller, MB Connect Line
Nowadays it‘s difficult to imagine that a new appliance will be developed without a safety risk analysis, or by using safety elements without corresponding certifications. In fact, standards and norms regulate how security components have to be designed and deployed. Within information technology, such regulations don‘t exist yet.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors
March 23, 2018

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors

Laser displacement sensors are often used for measuring distance, movement and dimensions. However, in order to achieve a precise statement of the target thickness from the combined signals of two sensors, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices
March 14, 2018

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices

This white paper from the Industrial Internet Consortium recommends best practices for endpoint security in industrial applications under the broader scope of industrial internet security. The basis for this document is the detailed analysis in the various industrial guidance and compliance frameworks that already exist

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

A New Deal for Buildings
February 02, 2018

A New Deal for Buildings

This whitepaper discusses ways to facilitate the adoption of information technologies in order to enable a more productive indoor environment.

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System
January 16, 2018

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System

By Scott Keller, Founder, CEO, CTO, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
While ideal for short range building and plant environments, 2.4 GHz systems have limitations when performing in outdoor applications. A lower frequency is much better and a 915 MHz system provides a more reliable data transmission over longer ranges in more challenging environments.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA
December 18, 2017

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA

The OPC Foundation published a set of practical guidelines for the secure configuration and use of OPC UA in industry.  This brochure helps readers quickly understand what OPC UA security has to offer and how to best use it. 

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?
November 10, 2017

Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?

By Cees Links, Qorvo
This whitepaper gives an overview of what customers expect from Wi-Fi, where it is heading, and how Wi-Fi fits into a larger context in the Smart Home, but also meshing networks, edge computing, FTTH and DOCSIS.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one
September 18, 2017

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one

By B&R Industrial Automation,
Dedicated machine designs are giving way to base machine modules that are configured to production requirements, reconfigured as needed and support ‘batch of one’ operations. The result is a new category of machinery, the adaptive machine.

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0
September 15, 2017

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0

By Kingstar
This white paper will explore Fieldbus options by providing a description of distinguishing features of each standard, comparing the performance and price/performance, and by tabulating market adoption rates.

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed
September 11, 2017

The Power of Green Power: Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Thread ‘unmeshed

By Cees Links, Qorvo
Meshing has always been an intriguing concept in networking technology. It implies an alignment with the concepts of sharing and helping – values usually highly rated in the world of technology pioneers. So, it’s no surprise that meshing networking usually attracts serious attention and consideration among technologists.

August 16, 2017

Frequency and Antenna Selection Effects on Accuracy of Free Space Radar

By: Bill Sholette, Northeast, and Gene Henry, Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Accuracy of free space radar depends on frequency, beam angle, antenna configuration and installation.

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation
August 16, 2017

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation

This whitepaper provides only the very basic fundamentals, but also a good checklist for operators to go through prior to applying new gearmotors.

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme
August 01, 2017

Powering Automatic Teller Machines One Board at a TIme

By AAEON
In 2014, China overtook the USA and became the world’s largest ATM market, according to Retail Banking Research (RBR), a financial strategy and data consultancy headquartered in London.

The Impact of the IoT Demystified
July 21, 2017

The Impact of the IoT Demystified

By Cees Links, Qorvo
The IoT (Internet of Things) is a modern-day buzzword with lofty expectations to have a profound impact on society. But what is it, how will we use it and what will that impact be?

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors
July 21, 2017

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors

Just like an organ transplant, you cannot add any torque sensor to your system; the torque sensor needs to have the necessary specifications to meet your system’s needs. This whitepaper provides a guide to selecting the right torque sensor for servo motors.

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference
July 14, 2017

Protecting Signal Lines Against Electromagnetic Interference

By Dataforth,
In today's dynamic industrial environments, electronic devices, signal and power wiring, and other electrical plant/process equipment often interact to create 'noise' or electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems which can degrade critical measurement and control signals. Proper grounding and shielding techniques can help reduce or eliminate these problems and maintain signal integrity.

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Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.