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Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms
April 19, 2019

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms

By Kinichi Kitano, Yokogawa
When a network device vendor promises security, what does it mean? Understanding how security works and what each vendor is actually providing can make a major difference.

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.”

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments
March 27, 2019

Bluetooth: Tried and Tested in the Harshest Environments

By Pelle Svensson, u-blox
The numbers don’t lie: Bluetooth works, it is popular and it serves a huge ecosystem. Less well known, however, is the technology’s potential to offer wireless connectivity to industrial applications, even in the toughest environments.

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer
February 06, 2019

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer

By Henry Boger, Independent Consultant
Wireless power transfer eliminates the need for batteries and the replacement of batteries by a skilled technician who is required to go part way up a 100-foot distillation tower on the midnight shift.

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.

Industrial IoT Trends: WSN, LPWAN & Cloud Platforms
December 14, 2018

Industrial IoT Trends: WSN, LPWAN & Cloud Platforms

Mareca Hatler, ON World Inc.
Wireless sensor networks (WSN), low power wide area networks (LPWAN) and cloud-based platforms are driving growth for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room
November 27, 2018

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The buzz continues to grow in anticipation of TSN’s turn to mainstream. Yet, the big missing piece that continues to hinder that key evolution is a lack of complete solutions for time management.

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.

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?
September 18, 2018

Are Industrial Protocols Going the Way of AppleTalk, DecNet & Netware?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The industrial automation industry has a reputation and history of being behind the technology adoption curve. With an prganizational need for reliability and system availability, the key question is: When is a new technology reliable enough that the benefits outweigh the risk?

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Vision: Unifying Business & Industrial Automation
September 05, 2018

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Vision: Unifying Business & Industrial Automation

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) was envisioned to create single network to meet all requirements including audio, vision, and data with guaranteed speed and determinism for all applications.

What Does the TDC ExxonMobil Migration Mean for The Open Process Automation Forum?
August 14, 2018

What Does the TDC ExxonMobil Migration Mean for The Open Process Automation Forum?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The industrial automation industry has dramatically lagged in the adoption of technology, and a major reason for this has been closed ecosystems. Will the Honeywell TDC3000 migration approach eliminate the reason for The Open Process Automation Forum (OPA) initiative?

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization
August 13, 2018

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0 initiatives present an opportunity to help all automakers address their challenges. But those initiatives will only be successful if automakers first have network, control and software standards in place.

LPWAN as the New Sensor Communication Infrastructure for IIOT
August 01, 2018

LPWAN as the New Sensor Communication Infrastructure for IIOT

By Albert Behr, Behr Technologies
Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) will soon become the standard IIoT communications infrastructure covering the entire industrial facility and supporting a multitude of uses cases, from simple temperature monitoring in the manufacturing plant to condition monitoring, energy consumption tracking, and worker safety.

IT/OT Convergence Means Greater Resources for Both
July 19, 2018

IT/OT Convergence Means Greater Resources for Both

By Robert Landavazo, Tripwire
The OT/IT convergence will no doubt be looked back upon as a turning point in industry’s fight for cyber security and further harnessing of technology for business success. Being an early, proactive leader in that regard certainly, in general, seems like a good role to be playing.

Is TSN Activity Igniting Another Fieldbus WAR?
July 17, 2018

Is TSN Activity Igniting Another Fieldbus WAR?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Much like the Fieldbus wars that marked the industrial automation industry of the 1990’s, there are early-warning signs of competing standards developing in TSN activity that could ignite a similar wave of chaos.

A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct
June 19, 2018

A Case for an Internet Code of Conduct

By Cees Links, GM of Qorvo Wireless Connectivity Business Unit
Self-regulation or legislation does not stifle innovation at all. It steers the internet in the right direction. It is just an example, albeit a very important example, of market feedback for engineers and innovators to develop the right products.

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems
June 08, 2018

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Traditional industrial networking methods have proved workable but difficult to implement. The next generation of communication technologies may work to ease implementation while addressing security concerns.

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.

OPC UA over TSN: A Realistic Future for a Unified Industrial Control Network?
May 08, 2018

OPC UA over TSN: A Realistic Future for a Unified Industrial Control Network?

At Hannover Fair 2018, the vision for a seamless architecture from edge devices to enterprise and cloud computing was a prominent theme. Numerous product demonstrations, announcements, and discussions promoted the combination of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN IEEE 802.1) with OPC UA messaging and data models to create a new manufacturing and production architecture

Open Systems Come to Process Automation
April 09, 2018

Open Systems Come to Process Automation

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Products developed using open systems technologies are in widespread use throughout the commercial sector, providing a host of benefits to vendors and their customers. But the open systems movement has been slow to penetrate the often closed and proprietary world of industrial automation—denying end users, OEMs and system integrators the same types of benefits.