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2018 Salary Survey Results:  The pay raise engineers have been waiting for
April 22, 2019

2018 Salary Survey Results: The pay raise engineers have been waiting for

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The financial situation of the average automation engineer got a nice boost in 2018. With the need for experienced professionals still growing, we anticipate the demand to remain strong for engineers for the foreseeable future, with a great deal of opportunity for young graduates and those who are interested in a STEM career.

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019
February 07, 2019

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019

By Jürgen Resch, COPA-DATA
As the EU sets the pace in the global race against climate change, this article forecasts the key trends for energy in 2019, which will reaffirm Europe's position in the global renewable energy market.

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.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid
August 22, 2018

The Evolution of the Smart Grid

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
This article explains how the timeline of power grid modernization, including the convergence of disparate systems, has led to the evolution of the smart grid.

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy
June 11, 2018

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy

By Alan Binning, COPA-DATA UK
Renewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. This article explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting.

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid
May 03, 2018

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Emerging smart cities are changing urban planning around the world. But, what is a smart city? This article explains how grid technology must change to build a smart city.

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation
April 02, 2018

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. This article explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy.

Three Strategies for Testing Cabling
February 13, 2018

Three Strategies for Testing Cabling

By Matt Collins, ide Systems
It’s essential that engineers know how to test cables effectively to ensure they are fit for purpose. This article explains what engineers should look for when testing electrical cabling.

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?
January 08, 2018

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?

By Philip Allen, Grace Engineered Products
Without question, the highest risk task for qualified electrical workers is creating an electrically safe work condition. Validated installation procedures for PESDs combined with LOTO procedures significantly reduces the likelihood that workers will be exposed to voltage when creating that electrically safe work condition.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Reining in on Industrial Automation: The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry
May 17, 2017

Reining in on Industrial Automation: The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry

By Johannes Petrowisch, COPA-DATA
Today, advancements in connectivity and the introduction of cloud computing are making monitoring industrial environments a lot more sophisticated. As we enter the era of the smart factory, this article will discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry.

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability
January 30, 2017

Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Program Aims to Boost Multi-Vendor System Interoperability

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In today’s industrial world, one of the the most annoying hindrances to effective system integration is the lack of interoperability between products from different vendors. Yet, efforts are being made to close this gap in the industry.

War of the Currents: AC/DC Power & Direct Current in the Data Center
June 14, 2016

War of the Currents: AC/DC Power & Direct Current in the Data Center

By Darren Halford, EU Automation
George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison, arguably two of the brightest minds in science, engaged in a decade-long vendetta over alternating (AC) and direct (DC) electrical currents. This article discusses the war of the currents and its implication on modern data centers.

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HANNOVER MESSE abuzz with Industry 4.0 and partner country USA
April 29, 2016

HANNOVER MESSE abuzz with Industry 4.0 and partner country USA

With its keynote theme of “Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions” and the USA as its official Partner Country, the 2016 edition of the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology reverberated around the world.

Honeywell acquisition of Elster & IIoT Strategy
March 28, 2016

Honeywell acquisition of Elster & IIoT Strategy

By Bill Lydon, Editor
In January, Honeywell completed the acquisition of Elster for $5.1 billion. Elster is a leading provider of gas, water, and electricity measurement solutions used in commercial, industrial, and residential applications. Offerings include smart meters, software, and data analytic solutions.

January 14, 2016

Low and Medium Voltage Switchgear Market - 3 Opportunities Driving Growth

This article explores the biggest opportunities that exist in the global LV and MV switchgears market, and the changes that have opened these growth windows.

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Top three emerging energy  technologies
January 07, 2016

Top three emerging energy technologies

By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation
Bio fuel, Eco Obsolete Technology (EOT) and Regenerative braking are the top emerging environmental technologies to look out for.

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Measuring pH of ultrapure water in power industry applications
February 23, 2015

Measuring pH of ultrapure water in power industry applications

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By Fred Kohlmann, Endress+Hauser
In the power generation industry, ultrapure water is used as a source to make steam to drive turbines and for other uses. Techniques for purifying water require pH monitoring. Not only is pH monitoring required when the water is purified, it is also required as the water is used to maintain correct pH.

Avoiding Cyber Security Disasters
January 26, 2015

Avoiding Cyber Security Disasters

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Cyber-attacks are on the rise. Do manufacturing companies need to experience major disasters before they take cyber security seriously? We have talked and written much about cyber security, but little action has been taken. The good news is there is an ever expanding range of cyber security protection solutions for those motivated to protect themselves.

Are food, beverage and primary processors literally pouring profit down the drain?
January 19, 2015

Are food, beverage and primary processors literally pouring profit down the drain?

What’s New in Process Technology
By CST Wastewater Solutions
Hundreds of processing plants around the globe are using anaerobic digestion plants to not only remove nutrients (BOD, COD) from their wastewater and solids waste streams, but also to convert the waste itself into biogas (methane) to replace fossil fuels.