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Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits
November 13, 2018

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
An open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.

Digital Factory Comes into Focus at Hannover Messe 2018
May 22, 2018

Digital Factory Comes into Focus at Hannover Messe 2018

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Resembling more a bustling city than a trade fair, the 71st Hannover Messe was very busy and chock full of energy and innovation this year, with over 200,000 attendees from 75 countries. Focusing on the theme 'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate', the Digital Factory was front and center.

How to Pick the Right Fieldbus Protocol
December 14, 2017

How to Pick the Right Fieldbus Protocol

By Dale Perry, Emerson Automation Solutions
This article is intended to help you considering the strengths and weaknesses of the four leading fieldbus protocols, in order to help you select the best option for your process plant application.

Digging into the Details: Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)
October 24, 2017

Digging into the Details: Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) has been a hot topic at several conferences over the last 18 months. With the promise of connecting all devices in a single unifying network from sensor to enterprise, this article will explore why TSN is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers
September 19, 2017

An Open Electronic Marshalling Solution? Finally! - Siemens Delivers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Given the number of vendors that have introduced electronic marshalling products, the value of electronic marshalling is clear. With Siemens’ entry into the world of open automation solutions, the value of these solutions should become increasingly clear as well.

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network
July 20, 2017

Implementing Industrial Ethernet: The challenges of connecting a multiprotocol network

By Andrew McIntyre, Texas Instruments
At the core of Industry 4.0 is the need for reliable communication networks. These networks are closely tied to real-time operational needs; therefore, they must be able to handle information in a deterministic and redundant manner.

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory
June 19, 2017

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory

By John Rinaldi, Real Time Automation
In their latest series of announcements, it’s clear that OPC UA is key to Microsoft’s strategy of entering and dominating the factory floor through its Azure cloud services.

A Single Network for Industrial Ethernet: Will Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Accomplish Convergence?
April 10, 2017

A Single Network for Industrial Ethernet: Will Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Accomplish Convergence?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Connecting the manufacturing plant floor with the business enterprise through a single, open network has been an elusive goal in today's automation industry. Many industrial automation people believe that TSN will become a high volume, low cost technology with adoption by automotive and consumer industries

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines
January 09, 2017

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Keeping consistent with Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 concepts and architectures, Turck has embedded PLC control into their traditional products, thereby extending capabilities to be a control company.

Managing Industrial Ethernet in the IoT Age: Simplifying EtherNET/IP and PROFINET Network Management
November 02, 2016

Managing Industrial Ethernet in the IoT Age: Simplifying EtherNET/IP and PROFINET Network Management

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Industrial Ethernet networks are critical to implement IIoT technologies, and uptime is essential for essential production. Using a systems approach, Cisco's Industrial Network Director aims to simplify the management of EtherNET/IP and PROFINET networks.

Rethinking Panel-mounted Push Buttons & Signaling Devices
October 26, 2015

Rethinking Panel-mounted Push Buttons & Signaling Devices

By Bill Lydon, Editor
This year Siemens launched a new line of panel controls and indicators named the SIRIUS ACT. This product line overhaul was based on learning from customers, new design methods, leveraging new technology, and applying new manufacturing methods.

Profinet diagnostics: organisational issues
June 16, 2015

Profinet diagnostics: organisational issues

Control Engineering Europe
By Dr Christopher Anhalt, Softing Industrial Automation
There is no ultimate all-in-one tool that can automatically perform all diagnostic tasks for any user in the best possible way. Instead, what can be used is a set of individual tools that each fulfill a specific diagnostic task in reference to the assigned responsibility.

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Profibus and Profinet troubleshooting
June 13, 2015

Profibus and Profinet troubleshooting

InTech
By Carl Henning
One of the strengths of fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet protocols in general, and Profibus and Profinet in particular, is the diagnostic information. This diagnostic information can prevent downtime and accelerate troubleshooting.

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PROFINET diagnostics: flying blind or efficient maintenance?
April 23, 2015

PROFINET diagnostics: flying blind or efficient maintenance?

Industrial Ethernet Book
By Christopher Anhalt, Softing
Diagnosing problems with PROFINET networks raises technological and organizational challenges. Issues span from routine checks of open networks through to complex technical troubleshooting of persistent faults, and require additional training within the enterprise.

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FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration
January 19, 2015

FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration

Control Engineering Europe
By Suzanne Gill
FDI Cooperation members include five major automation foundations - FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communications Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and the OPC Foundation.

Is IoT (IP to the edge) good for automation?
January 19, 2015

Is IoT (IP to the edge) good for automation?

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Internet of Things (IoT) definition as promoted by major industrial automation suppliers and computer industry suppliers is “IP to the edge.” IP to the edge means using Internet Protocol over wired or wireless Ethernet to communicate with end devices. This concept may not be common sense engineering and sound design for industrial automation systems.

The Smart Factory needs a powerful PROFINET cabling system
December 04, 2014

The Smart Factory needs a powerful PROFINET cabling system

By Rainer Schmidt, Harting
PROFINET is an independent, proprietary system, which is primarily used for communication between PROFINET components. If PROFINET wants to seamlessly communicate right into the SAP level, it runs into the structured cabling which the IT infrastructure of the company uses.

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant
August 18, 2014

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Iron Bridge plant was originally built in the 1980s to treat about 5 million gallons of wastewater per day. After several modifications and upgrades, it can now treat and reclaim up to 40 million gallons in that same 24-hour period. The facilities standardized on Siemens controls, drives, power distribution, and Profibus and PROFINET communications network.

Profinet: Mediate the rift between control engineering and IT
July 18, 2014

Profinet: Mediate the rift between control engineering and IT

Control Engineering
By Carl Henning, PI North America
Control engineers need to know that IT is not the enemy, and IT needs to know that Ethernet on the plant floor is not Ethernet in the office.

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Using Ethernet technology to optimise PLC networks
July 18, 2014

Using Ethernet technology to optimise PLC networks

What’s New in Process Technology
By Gary Chang and Mark Wu, Moxa
Traditional fieldbus networks were - and some still are - isolated automation systems that required extensive local monitoring and routine on-site maintenance. Many manufacturers and plant operators have deployed Industrial Ethernet—such as EtherNet/IP and Profinet—to converge remotely isolated fieldbus systems for centralised control and monitoring.