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The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization
September 17, 2019

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Digital Twin has become one of the most powerful concepts of Industry 4. 0. The implementation of model-based, real-time, closed-loop monitoring, control, and optimization of the entire manufacturing and production process, the Digital Twin concept is helping organizations achieve real-time integrated manufacturing.

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma
May 08, 2019

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Suppliers either adapt with technology, or they lose customers and die. This is true in every industry. The industrial and process automation industries will be no exception.

2019 Hannover Messe  Wrap Up -  The Growing Realization of Industry 4.0 & Digitalization
April 30, 2019

2019 Hannover Messe Wrap Up - The Growing Realization of Industry 4.0 & Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Illuminating the theme of ‘Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence’, the 2019 Hannover Messe, hosted 6,500 exhibitors from 75 countries and 215,000 attendees from 95 nations. The event, which featured Sweden as the partner country, hosted over 80 forums and conferences which highlighted many new digitalization trends and technologies.

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?
April 02, 2019

Can Manufacturers Compete When Trapped in Existing Automation Architectures?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Manufacturing companies are becoming more aware of the need to modernize production methods and automation to compete globally, but many still find themselves stuck in a sunk investment trap.

Advancing Automation: IIoT & Industry 4.0, Volume XIV
March 01, 2019

Advancing Automation: IIoT & Industry 4.0, Volume XIV

This ebook will take an in-depth look at several new technologies and how they are leveraging IIoT advances in fields such as robotics, batteries and control systems. Continuous increases in productivity, profitability and efficiency will also be highlighted in this issue.

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence
February 26, 2019

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: Digital networking humans & machines in the age of artificial intelligence

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
During a January preview for the event, over 120 journalists, including yours truly, gathered for presentations and discussions from the Hannover Messe team, and over 40 exhibitors, expanding on the topics and technologies that so many will experience

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point
January 29, 2019

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The pace of technological change in the automation industry seems to be accelerating as we head into 2019. As we enter the new year, there are indeed signs of disruption in various industrial automation niches

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey
December 18, 2018

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Based on discussions at the Rockwell Automation Fair, this article explores Rockwell Automation and PTC's committment to building out software into an integrated Industrial Digitization solution, in order to fully achieve the goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing.

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA
December 17, 2018

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
The IIoT is all about connecting data sources, integrating their data, using it to power analytics, and possibly doing supervisory control on selected equipment or systems. There's no reason that can't be done on-premise.

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)

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?
December 11, 2018

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industrial automation users, system integrators, machine builders, and automation suppliers that understand how to embrace and leverage open source are dramatically improving their odds of being effective competitors in their respective industries.

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.

The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA
September 19, 2018

The Next Generation of HMI and SCADA

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
The next generation of HMI and SCADA technologies is now poised to deliver the rich interfaces users expect, with even easier connectivity to the thriving variety of Internet of Things devices.

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?

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?

Celebrating a Dedicated Automation Industry Contributor: Dr. Ken Ryan
August 07, 2018

Celebrating a Dedicated Automation Industry Contributor: Dr. Ken Ryan

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The automation industry lost a dedicated and creative professional in Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Ryan, who died in July. Ken was an amazing man with a wide scope of knowledge and interests that he enthusiastically pursued.

2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger
July 31, 2018

2018 SAP Sapphire Now Wrap-up: SAP Manufacturing Footprint Getting Bigger

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Throughout the four-day event, which hosted over 21,000 attendees from more than 100 countries, it was obvious that SAP is focused on growing its role to encompass all manufacturing functions outside of design and hard real-time control.

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.

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework
June 21, 2018

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
SDKs tend to be collections of reference implementations, wrappers, helper classes, and sample applications aimed at giving you a head-start for building your UA app. Developers with experience in OPC UA find these tools indispensable. The problem is, in the end, they still need to build it.

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.