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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.

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.

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS
December 07, 2016

Warehouse Automation Buyers Guide: A Complete Guide to AS/RS

By Dan Labell, Westfalia Technologies
One fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced. Given this fact, the decision to implement an Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS) should be an easy one to reach.

How to Monitor CO/CO2/Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point with DL-300 Data Loggers
June 28, 2016

How to Monitor CO/CO2/Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point with DL-300 Data Loggers

The DL-300 series are ICP DAS USA’s product line that accurately measures and log concentration data of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), temperature, humidity, and dew points in the air.

Mobile Devices White Paper
May 07, 2014

Mobile Devices White Paper

By Opto 22
Can off-the-shelf mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets be safely used in industrial automation applications? This timely white paper explores the promise and problems of this popular new trend.

Investing in a mobile app? Some things to consider.
August 14, 2013

Investing in a mobile app? Some things to consider.

By QA Graphics
If you’re considering developing an app for your organization, be clear on the difference between native mobile apps and a mobile website, and then identify which will best suit your needs.

August 07, 2013


By Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics
Graphics and user interfaces can make a variety of building information available via
desktop, mobile, and other platforms to easily access data, help the decision process
and make day to day functions easier.

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Photo-Realistic Graphics are the Future for BAS
August 07, 2013

Photo-Realistic Graphics are the Future for BAS

By Cade Ingle, QA Graphics
Combining the capabilities of present day graphics with the ability to incorporate
building control system data seems to be the way of the future.

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Migration is the Strategy for Accelerating the Modernization of Legacy Building Systems
July 12, 2013

Migration is the Strategy for Accelerating the Modernization of Legacy Building Systems

PCN describes the application of IP-485® technology and products for building automation network expansions and upgrades, and how it is utilized to accelerate the transformation of legacy infrastructure into open standard Cloud connected BACnet and IP LANs.

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April 18, 2013

Five things manufacturers need to know about renewable energy

By Carl Benfield, Prescient Power
With incentives delivering short payback terms, great quality products, and prices at a record low level, now is the time to build extra income streams and insurance against rising fuel costs into your business plan.

IP-enable your Two-wire Serial Networks
October 24, 2012

IP-enable your Two-wire Serial Networks

By S. Venkat Shastri, PCN Technology

This white paper introduces a new technology called IP-485 that enables serial network expansions and upgrades, and describes how it could be utilized to transform closed legacy infrastructure in facilities into open Cloud-connected IP LANs.

April 15, 2012

Energy Monitoring for Profit: Introducing Demand Response, April 2012

By Opto 22

Demand response (DR) offers an opportunity for industrial and commercial businesses to not just reduce energy costs, but also earn a revenue stream from their electrical energy use. Practical, specific steps show how automation professionals can take advantage of DR programs now.

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February 09, 2012

Using Guided Wave Radar in Steam loops, March 2012

By Keith Riley and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser

White paper addresses the application of Guided Wave Radar to measure level in steam loops, including discussions of how this technology functions and differs from more traditional forms of level indication.

December 27, 2011

Wireless technology in industrial automation

By Johan van der Westhuizen,Yokogawa

The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits. Here’s what Yokogawa thinks about wireless.

November 17, 2011

The Changing Energy Landscape: A How-To Guide, November 2011


Machine builders, manufacturers, and all compressed air users can decrease energy costs by following the steps outlined here.

November 17, 2011

Real Time Control Over the Web, November 2011

By Steve Jahnke, Galixsys Networks

Devices make use of the Web to send and receive data, usually from a cloud service or backend server. Most of the inherent latency and processing problems of the web can be removed if XML document passing is not used as the means to transmit generic commands.

November 17, 2011

$1/W Photovoltaic Systems, November 2011

The white paper highlights the DOE's estimation that a $1/watt installed photovoltaic solar energy system - equivalent to five or six cents/kWh - would make solar without additional subsidies and would be competitive with the wholesale rate of electricity in the US. Registration required to see paper.

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PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options
November 03, 2011

PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options, November 2011

By Bosch Rexroth

When deciding whether to choose a PLC or PC, analyze and compare characteristics that could differentiate the two technologies such as operation, robustness, serviceability, hardware integration, security, safety, programming and cost.

Building a Business Case for Wireless
October 19, 2011

Building a Business Case for Wireless, October 2011

By Apprion

This white paper provides some best practices, core economic benchmarks and performance metrics to use when developing a strategy and plans for deploying wireless at a plant. It includes case study examples with proven real-world data of the positive ROI of industrial wireless application systems.

October 15, 2011

Flow measurement solutions for a more energy-efficient world

Plant Engineering, October 2011

By Marisa Fedele, Siemens AG Industry Sector

Paper reviews regulations that necessitate the use of flow meters as part of HVAC systems, and examines four types of flow metering technologies that are particularly well suited for HVAC flow measurement.

Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership
September 28, 2011

Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Systems: the True Cost of UPS Ownership, October 2011
By Michael. A Stout, Falcon Electric
UPS selection is so large that consumers are often misled into buying a UPS on price alone, without fully understanding what they are buying or available options. For industrial applications, users face a costly learning experience if they buy a UPS on cost alone. Here’s what you need to know about buying a UPS.

September 26, 2011

Effective OPC Security for Control Systems

September 2011

By Eric Byres and Darek Kominek

By While the consequences of cyber attacks and malware are no longer in doubt, the question remains, "Exactly how can an engineer reliably secure his or her control system?" This white paper outlines a simple and cost effective answer – a security solution based on OPC technology that can be deployed in almost any industrial facility today.

July 06, 2011

Pushing alarms beyond the building walls with Exele TopView, July 2011

By Dane Overfield, Exele Information Systems

White paper addresses the benefits of adding a monitoring, alarm, and notification system on top of building automation systems.

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March 03, 2011

ODVA publishes white paper on industrial energy optimization

ODVA plans to raise awareness of energy consumption and offer control strategies that can optimize energy usage throughout the industrial ecosystem from the plantfloor to the grid.

February 19, 2011

Post-Stuxnet Industrial Security

By Frank Dickman, Innonimate

After Stuxnet, the threats from malware and insufficient IT security in automation networks can no longer be ignored. The real danger looming out there, however, is not from Stuxnet itself, but rather from mutations likely to be created by imitators.

June 28, 2010

Improving SCADA Operations Using Wireless Instrumentation

White paper from Control Microsystems explores the various ways in which operators can tightly integrate wireless instrumentation networks with SCADA systems in automation, process control, building automation, pipelines, W&WW plants and similar applications.

LEED and Controls
June 21, 2010

LEED and Controls

By Mark Hauenstein, Technical Designs

Paper educates system integrators, building owners and operators about LEED and sustainable building design principles.

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June 03, 2010

Energy Engineering and Management White Paper

By Jeff Soplop, Rockwell Automation

Algorithmic approach to energy management uses real-time data collection and predictive modeling capabilities to enhance decision making, reduce consumption and increase efficiency

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May 25, 2010

IP Video Surveillance

By Cisco

IP-based video surveillance is the next step in the evolution of video surveillance technology. By connecting to the existing IP infrastructure, the video surveillance system becomes part of the data network and can be integrated with other business systems to provide enhanced surveillance capabilities.

May 16, 2010

Selecting Air Conditioners for Industrial Enclosures

By Judith Koetzsch, Rittal

White Paper identifies factors that should be considered when choosing air conditioners for industrial enclosures. Topics include internal heat loads, various methods used to rate the cooling capacity of enclosure air conditioners, the impact of ambient conditions such as humidity, and energy efficiency.

March 11, 2010

Six Factors to Consider when Upgrading to an Industrial Grade IP Surveillance System

By Edward Lu, MOXA

IP surveillance offers the benefits of easy integration, remote accessibility, distributed intelligence, and scalability. “Video encoders” can be used to reduce the costs associated with converting from analog surveillance to IP surveillance.

March 11, 2010

OPC Server in Automation

By Moxa

Network management software compatible with SNMP is hard to learn and hard to use, and as a consequence did not gain widespread acceptance by control engineers. In this paper, we discuss the current status of OPC, and why you can benefit from using OPC Server in the automation industry.

Automation and the Smart Grid: Energy Management Today
February 19, 2010

Automation and the Smart Grid: Energy Management Today

By Opto 22

This white paper takes a look at electrical power in the United States today, investigates the nature of the Smart Grid, and suggests ways that small and medium-sized companies can - without waiting for future technological development - gather energy data and control electrical energy costs today.

January 14, 2010

Facilities Management Solutions

By Jim Bishop, Wonderware

The biggest problem in building automation, identified by organizations like LonMark and Echelon, is the proprietary distribution models offered by established Building Automation System (BAS) suppliers. This white paper describes Wonderware’s Facilities Management Software Solution.

November 30, 2009

Tuning the Forgotten Loop

By Steve Rubin, Longwatch

The “forgotten loop” has been the operator, who is typically trained to “average” parameters to run adequately under most steady-state conditions. “Advanced tuning” of the operator could yield even better outputs, with higher quality, fewer errors and a wider response to fluctuating operating conditions. This paper explores the issue of improving operator actions, and a method for doing so.

November 30, 2009

Motor Control Maximizes HVAC System Efficiency

By Rockwell Automation

White paper reveals how to cost-effectively and efficiently convert HVAC systems without costly, complex changes to the existing system.

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November 09, 2009

Rockwell Automation publishes Energy-Management white paper

White paper outlines a methodology for industrial energy management that allows manufacturers to strategically and holistically improve energy use.

Secure OPC Tunneling: Know Your Options
July 16, 2009

Secure OPC Tunneling: Know Your Options

By Software Toolbox & Cogent Real-Time Systems

Anyone who has attempted to network OPC knows that it is challenging, at best. There are many options and solutions in the market that attempt to solve this challenge. This whitepaper shows how tunneling technologies solve the issues associated with networking OPC and what to look for in a tunneling product.

May 20, 2009

Smart Automation, Smart Building

By Ethernet Direct

Brief paper describes the elements of Building Automation Systems, including a diagram that shows how it all fits together

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April 20, 2009

The Practical Benefits of Modular Industrial Enclosures

By Nathan Xavier, Rittal

Modular freestanding enclosures offer a number of key advantages when compared to traditional unibody enclosures. Many times these attributes are overlooked either out of a false perception of increased enclosure costs, a reluctance to change or a simple lack of awareness to the possible benefits of modular solutions.