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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.

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization
December 07, 2018

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization

By Robin Whitehead, Boulting Technology
This article explains how this is impacting the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) and resulting in the need for end-to-end digitalization.

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?
December 06, 2018

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
Cost versus quality. Humans versus automation. Hardware versus software. Is the vehicle manufacturing industry fuelled with tension? This article explains how vehicle manufacturers must balance the procurement of hardware and software for new vehicle concepts.

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy
December 05, 2018

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy

By Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings
Vibration analysis can provide valuable insight into machine condition, flagging up problems before extensive damage occurs. This article explains the steps machine builders should take to reduce the likelihood of bearings being the root cause.

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
December 04, 2018

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Last year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.

IIoT: The Driver of Industrial Automation and Competitive Advantage
November 29, 2018

IIoT: The Driver of Industrial Automation and Competitive Advantage

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Today’s technological advances put the industrial industry on the edge of a transformative period especially as the number of these IIoT devices continues to rise. Will manufacturer's take the leap?

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

Industry 4.0: Dispelling the myths surrounding smart manufacturing

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
As we enter the era of Industry 4.0, this article will help dispel some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room
November 27, 2018

TSN (Time Sensitive Networking): Lack of timing mechanism remains an elephant in the room

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The buzz continues to grow in anticipation of TSN’s turn to mainstream. Yet, the big missing piece that continues to hinder that key evolution is a lack of complete solutions for time management.

The Importance of Context in Data Collection
November 26, 2018

The Importance of Context in Data Collection

By George Walker, Novotek UK and Ireland
It’s no secret that data collection is important for generating valuable insight that helps plant managers improve efficiency in industrial systems. However, what seems unknown to many in the industry is the importance of understanding the context of the data being analysed.

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling
November 21, 2018

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling

By Kelsey Rzepecki, Graphic Products
Before beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling, in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations, is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019
November 16, 2018

Shaping the Industrial World: How Malta is identifying technology trends going into 2019

By Jonathan Grech, JMartans Automation
While safety should always be a priority, newer technologies like these are making it easier for manufacturers to find and integrate the right device for their facility. This reduces risk to the final product, employees and equipment.

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security
November 14, 2018

Defense in Depth: 4 Essential Layers of ICS Security

By Dean Ferrando, Tripwire
From large industrial control systems to one-man organizations, everyone is talking about security these days. And while the industry jargon they use may differ, all share four areas of security concern.

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.

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis
November 09, 2018

How Effective is My Production? Achieving less machine downtime through OEE analysis

By Martin Grune & Patrick Kraus, infoteam Software AG
How can production be optimized, where can improvement opportunities be found, which processes may even indirectly slow down operative business from the background? Overall Equipment Effectiveness (GAE) or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has established itself as the key performance indicator for this.

 Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity
November 08, 2018

Autonomous Maintenance as a Team Activity

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how autonomous maintenance, one of the pillars of total productive maintenance (TPM) requires the whole manufacturing team to take responsibility for maintenance.

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy
November 05, 2018

How Android is Modernizing Warehouses for the On-Demand Economy

By Mike Devine, Zebra Technologies
E-commerce is booming globally. The increasingly higher expectations of smartphone-savvy, always-connected consumers have urged retailers, manufacturers and logistics companies to collaborate hand in hand to meet the growing shoppers’ needs in the on-demand economy.

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition
November 02, 2018

Improving Productivity with Facial Recognition

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security.

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain
October 31, 2018

Remote Monitoring for the Industrial Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Remote monitoring is not a new phenomenon. The technology has already established itself as standard part of control in manufacturing. This article explains how manufacturers can optimize their supply chain with remote monitoring.

As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement
October 26, 2018

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement

By Dan Cychosz, Emerson Automation Solutions
One of the long-standing philosophical questions of life is whether the light goes off in a refrigerator when the door is closed. For process engineers, an even deeper question relates to knowing what happens inside pipes.