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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.

The Manufacturing Digital Transformation and the Power of the Website
February 26, 2018

The Manufacturing Digital Transformation and the Power of the Website

By Craig Witt, MotionPoint
Disruptive technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning get a lot of press and attention today. Yet marketers across the manufacturing sector have one of the most powerful digital transformation technologies right at their fingertips already

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2018 -  A Year of Technology Driven Change
January 30, 2018

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2018 - A Year of Technology Driven Change

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization of manufacturing is starting to come into focus in 2018. After another busy year talking to users, suppliers and industry consultants, and attending over 20 industry conferences and related events, I have another year’s worth of informed insights to share on the latest trends that will shape automation in 2018.

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.

Wireless Interoperability Fuels the Industrial Internet of Things
November 20, 2017

Wireless Interoperability Fuels the Industrial Internet of Things

By Bert Williams, ABB Wireless
As we move toward industrial things being digital and connected, putting in place the right communications infrastructure is a critical piece of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) equation. Connectivity is required to ensure that data is meaningful and actionable.