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The Impact of Automation on Employment: An NCCI Report
July 25, 2017

The Impact of Automation on Employment: An NCCI Report

During the 20th century, automation largely impacted routine tasks, contributing to significant shifts in agriculture and manufacturing employment. This edition explains why automation in the future has the potential to change labor markets more dramatically than in the past.

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems
January 14, 2015

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance
September 17, 2014

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance

By Guillermo Pacanins, ACM Facility Safety
Safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation. The white paper describes how to use safety monitoring software to distill the data from smart field devices and other sources into easily understood and actionable information that can improve the operation of the safety system.

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.

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank
March 25, 2014

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

By Bill Sholette and Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
Leaking or overfilled tanks can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars. Proper instrumentation, monitoring and control can prevent these problems. This white paper explains how.

Developing a Standardised Identification Solution for Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting
September 17, 2013

Developing a Standardised Identification Solution for Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting

By Packaging Coordinators
It is important that the supply chain remains safe and free of counterfeits. One major obstacle is that there is no unified global database where scanned bar codes on drug packaging can be checked. Regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical sector, retailers and clinicians will need to work together to overcome this counterfeiting pandemic.

Transforming the Light Curtain
July 22, 2013

Transforming the Light Curtain

By Tyler Glieden, SICK
By reducing the need for physical guards and barriers, light curtains can increase the maintainability of the equipment they are protecting. Light curtains using pattern and object recognition require fewer sensors and less wiring while providing a safety solution that’s secure.

Preventing Dust Explosions For Hazardous, Class II Applications
October 12, 2012

Preventing Dust Explosions For Hazardous, Class II Applications

By Mike Mendicino, Pepperl+Fuchs

Explosion prevention techniques are readily available for use in industrial and agricultural areas. This paper highlights some of these techniques and provide some practical application knowledge to consider.

Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions
May 03, 2012

Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions

By National Instruments

The key to developing long-term instrument control applications is software and hardware that enable seamless connectivity to any instrument in an application and offer built-in capabilities for advanced data analysis and presentation. The two decisions, the instrument and the software, should be independent of each other.

February 27, 2012

Endress+Hauser Releases White Paper Showing How to Maintain pH Sensors

Automation.com, March 2012

By Fred Kohlmann, Endress+Hauser

White paper describes when and how to inspect, clean and calibrate pH sensors-including a complete decision tree diagram that outlines all necessary steps.

February 19, 2012

OPC: Closing the Data Gap Between Pharmaceuticals and CMOs

Automation.com, February 2012

By Darek Kominek

Outsourcing production to Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) is increasingly popular and with it, the need to share production data between CMOs and their sponsors - this paper examines how OPC simplifies such data sharing.

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Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules
February 08, 2012

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules

Automation.com, February 2012

By Randy Brown, Fluid Components International

Upgrading a plant’s gas flow meters can improve process efficiency, reduce energy costs and save on maintenance expenses. Here’s how FCI’s newest line of thermal mass flow meters can help when replacing old meters.

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology
February 07, 2012

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology

Automation.com, February 2012

By FDI Cooperation

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of FDI Technology. Here’s how FDI works.

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System
February 04, 2012

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System

By National Instruments

Application software lies at the core of modern data acquisition (DAQ) systems, making it imperative that you select a software tool that fits the needs of your application today and easily scales as your system matures. This paper walks through five questions to consider when choosing application software.

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors
January 23, 2012

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors

Automation.com, January 2012

By Roy Freeland, Perpetuum

Energy Harvesters are now readily available to power most low power wireless installations.

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.

December 21, 2011

Signal Conditioning: Getting the most for your money

Automation.com, December 2011

By Acromag

This paper reviews signal conditioning features such as accuracy, adjustability, isolation, surge withstand capability, RFI/EMI protection, packaging, and repairability.

December 21, 2011

Simplifying Plant Safety Instrumentation

Automation.com, December 2011

By United Electric Controls

For point safety applications, a properly designed and implemented digital switch with self-diagnostics can be an important part of the solution.