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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)

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.

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation
May 16, 2018

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation

While serial bus systems will continue to play an important role in the future, solutions based on Industrial Ethernet are becoming increasingly common with Industry 4.0 applications. The focus is less on cable measurements, signal levels or signal shapes, but in the case of standards such as PROFINET, utilization and the greatest possible availability of the networks are the focus of interest.

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.

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.

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations
November 03, 2017

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations

By: Alan Cone, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The data revolution is firmly underway within today’s manufacturing industry. Those companies that capture their “big data” and leverage that analyzed data as a framework for making faster, better decisions will lead the industry in productivity and time to market.

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.

Insights on Digital Transformation
March 23, 2017

Insights on Digital Transformation

By Statseeker,
The reality is total adoption of IIoT is a ways off and users today need to start the digital transformation for their enterprise to reap benefits before the total technological integration.

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them
March 21, 2017

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IoT Acronyms and How to Compare Them

By Matt Smith, Cortet Engineering
This article will aim to help your decision-making process by explaining the existing technologies and attempting to demystify the ocean of IoT protocols.

Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities
January 20, 2017

Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities

By Steute USA
Clearly, wireless technology has been widely accepted and embraced in the industrial community. This has resulted in the development and introduction of a number of robust, reliable digital contact and non-contact switches, sensors and related accessories.

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT
January 06, 2017

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT

By Ming Fong, Schneider-Electric Software
Even though MQTT was designed prior to this age of IoT, its characteristics meet the requirements of IoT and have full advantage of being adopted into the IoT space. This paper provides an insight into the MQTT protocol.

IOT Edge Computing Primer
September 01, 2016

IOT Edge Computing Primer

By Opto 22
Systems at the network edge are increasingly able to leverage cloudbased resources to perform edge computing, but before the benefits can be realized, three problems need to be solved: connectivity, big data, and IoT architecture.

Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems
August 22, 2016

Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems

By Antaira
In order to provide smooth production processes with critical machine vision applications, building a rugged Ethernet network is essential to maximize uptime and deliver quality control.

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor
August 12, 2016

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor

In order to improve efficiency and remote management on the CNC shop floor, networking is required from both device level and infrastructure level. This whitepaper discusses which method is preferred, wired or wireless?

Eight Tips to Optimize Your Industrial Wireless Network
August 03, 2016

Eight Tips to Optimize Your Industrial Wireless Network

By Moxa
An effective communication infrastructure can make it possible for industrial equipment to deliver high levels of reliability, availability, and maintainability, thereby reducing operational and support costs, and minimizing capital investments.

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ProSoft Connect demonstrates the benefits of a Container and Microservices cloud architecture
July 22, 2016

ProSoft Connect demonstrates the benefits of a Container and Microservices cloud architecture

By Keith Blodorn, ProSoft Technology
This paper describes the Container and Microservices architecture and illustrates how ProSoft customers benefit from it.

Virtualizing Your Network: Benefits and Challenges
May 27, 2016

Virtualizing Your Network: Benefits and Challenges

This white paper is not a prescriptive guide to network virtualization, rather it is a high-level overview focused on the benefits and challenges of network virtualization.

SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems: 'To Cloud' or 'Not to Cloud'
April 11, 2016

SaaS Supply Chain Management Systems: 'To Cloud' or 'Not to Cloud'

By Gregory Braun, C3 Solutions
This whitepaper explores arguments in favor and against using systems based in the cloud, with the goal of offering benchmarks related to cost, security and functionality when deciding what type of system to implement.

Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?
March 29, 2016

Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?

By Zebra Technologies
When it comes to wireless communications, most industrial environments are three to five years behind the carpeted space. After years of focusing heavily on corporate office and branch WLANs, many organizations are surprised at what they’re finding when they look to leverage today’s advanced mobility tools beyond the carpeted space.

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Deploying Identity Services within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture
December 03, 2015

Deploying Identity Services within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture

By Cisco and Rockwell Automation
White paper introduces an approach to security policy enforcement that tightly controls access by anyone inside the plant, whether they’re trying to connect via wired or wireless devices.

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Securely Share Plant and Enterprise Data
November 23, 2015

Securely Share Plant and Enterprise Data

By Cisco and Rockwell
Many manufacturers segment business-system networks from plantwide networks by using an industrial demilitarized zone (IDMZ). But once segmented, how is data from industrial automation and control systems (IACS) securely shared across this buffer zone? Here's how.

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IIoT Protocols to Watch
October 26, 2015

IIoT Protocols to Watch

By Aron Semle, Kepware Technologies
OPC UA, HTTP, MQTT, CoAP, DDS, and AMQP all have a place in IoT. Which protocols take majority market share is unclear, but each has its pros and cons. It’s important to pick the protocol that best fits your needs, and select technology partners that can adapt to these protocols.

'WARTUNGSFREI' INDUSTRIAL COMPUTER PLATFORMS
October 05, 2015

'WARTUNGSFREI' INDUSTRIAL COMPUTER PLATFORMS

By Maria Hansson, Product Manager, Business Unit Industrial at Kontron
'Wartungsfrei' Industrial Computer Platforms Increase Reliability and Reduce Operating Costs – Maintenance-Free Technology for Industrial Computer Platforms. By deploying 'wartungsfrei' (maintenance-free) industrial computer platforms, OEMs and operators can both reduce operating costs and increase the reliability of system installations. Maintenance-free systems are paving the way for the new age of the 'Smart Factory' (Industry 4.0) based on the technology of IoT.

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New ways to interconnect the PROFI-world
September 09, 2015

New ways to interconnect the PROFI-world

By Markus Bladh, HMS Industrial Networks
According to our latest market research, PROFINET and PROFIBUS are two of the most dominant networks on the global market today. White paper shows how HMS products connect systems.

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Clipboards are out!
August 05, 2015

Clipboards are out!

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
Protocol gateways make IoT efficient, accurate, and low cost
Having complete and current data about any process can result in better decision making. By capturing and centralizing information from all the pieces/parts of production and doing so in a timely, automatic, non-intrusive manner, analytics programs can find places for these improvements.

New wireless transmission solution when traditional antennas don’t work
June 29, 2015

New wireless transmission solution when traditional antennas don’t work

By Keith Blodorn, ProSoft Technology
When deploying wireless communications in applications like monorail systems and bottle filling machines, traditional antennas’ design requirements are difficult. Using a radiating cable can simplify your installation and give you reliable communications. This white paper takes a look at ways a radiating cable can be used and factors to consider for successful installation.

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GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking
June 15, 2015

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking

By Intertec
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.

When Failure is NOT an Option
June 02, 2015

When Failure is NOT an Option

By Brian Roth, Antaira Technologies
White paper describes Antaira Technologies’ redundancy serial-to-Ethernet device servers and how they can eliminate single points of failure for networked devices while also assuring data redundancy to support data transmission with dual independent host connections simultaneously.

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LTE Advanced
May 29, 2015

LTE Advanced

By JMA Wireless
Since its introduction in 2008, LTE technology has been transforming and many different versions have been and continue to be introduced into the marketplace. Currently, LTE is deployed in approximately 20 different frequency bands, including 5 of the 6 channel bandwidth options.

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Eight Habits Driving Highly Successful Wireless Deployments
May 29, 2015

Eight Habits Driving Highly Successful Wireless Deployments

By Todd Landry, JMA Wireless
When it comes to determining the best fit for in-building or outdoor wireless needs it is best to discount the hype and really think about what you are trying to accomplish.

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Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments
December 03, 2014

Extracting HART Data from Smart Instruments

By Moore Industries
Details how the use of a HART interface module can serve as a simple and cost-effective method for gathering HART information that can be used for monitoring instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and alert messages.

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology
November 21, 2014

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology

By Rockwell Automation and Cisco
Design and implementation guide outlines the key requirements and design considerations to help successful deployment of IACS 802.11 wireless networking within a plant-wide architectures.

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?
November 12, 2014

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?

By Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
The recent announcement of Bluetooth Mesh is yet another attempt of Bluetooth to get into the
networking space. Will it be successful this time?

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The Internet of Secure Things
November 05, 2014

The Internet of Secure Things

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
The Internet of Things has become a ubiquitous term to describe the tens of billions of devices that have sensing or actuation capabilities, and are connected to each other via the Internet. Until recently, security has not been a high priority for these devices. It is now time to establish The Internet of Secure Things.

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants
August 22, 2014

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants

By Roger Yue, Antaira
Having a redundant Ethernet network is important to W&WW management, because many plants are still legacy, meaning they were either built with a stand-alone station or have a traditional star topology Ethernet network.

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How Process Robots are Transforming Supply Chains
August 11, 2014

How Process Robots are Transforming Supply Chains

By Bruce Jacquemard, One Network Enterprises
An electronic workforce of process robots can count your inventory items in real time, on demand, with no mistakes made. You pay them nothing, and they never complain. They even alert you to any issues related to orders, inventory levels, or shipments, taking action to reorder items when they drop below minimum thresholds.

Securing Industrial Embedded devices
July 15, 2014

Securing Industrial Embedded devices

By Mahesh Subrmaniam, HCL
Paper provides an overview of cyber security standards, procedures and design considerations to be made during embedded device development--specifically embedded devices that are networked, so the device is compliant with standards on cyber security.