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2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey
July 22, 2019

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PAR meetings to represent one of the most knowledgeable groups of automation professionals gathered in one place, at any one time, to discuss automation issues, and the 2018 event was no exception.

Looking at Automated Dynamic Warehouse Solutions
July 19, 2019

Looking at Automated Dynamic Warehouse Solutions

By Frank Charles Cozza, Gondola Skate
The ability to move pallet racking units of any type in as little as fifteen minutes with as few as four employees, is the new definition of an “automated warehouse.”

Food Date Confusion and Traceability: Reducing waste in food manufacturing
July 18, 2019

Food Date Confusion and Traceability: Reducing waste in food manufacturing

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
This article discusses how food manufacturers can help reduce consumer food waste due to label confusion.

Optimizing Logistics to Reduce Downtime
July 17, 2019

Optimizing Logistics to Reduce Downtime

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
When a business is global, it’s essential to optimize logistics to ensure that products are delivered efficiently and on time. This article is intended to help understand how to improve logistics in the maintenance sector to keep downtime to a minimum and guarantee customers’ satisfaction.

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility
July 16, 2019

Eighty-Two Percent of Organizations are Embracing IT/OT Collaboration, But Still Falling Short on OT Visibility

By Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks
Critical infrastructure and industrial environments were once thought to be immune to cyber threats and attacks because of their “air gapped” nature. But the truth is that they are extremely vulnerable and are typically under persistent attack

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge
July 15, 2019

4 Ways to Tackle Cybersecurity at the Industrial Edge

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
To protect their networks and data, companies utilizing edge technology need to make sure that they are addressing cybersecurity threats on the edge. To develop the best edge security strategy for their specific operations, companies need to take into account the below best practices prior to implementation.

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability
July 12, 2019

Business Intelligence Automates Industrial Profitability

By Søren Block Olsen, TARGIT
Too often manufacturing firms, even top-tier operations managers, use company analyses or reports which neglect to ask why outcomes failed. There is attention paid to all variables evenly and equally rather than discerning which area of an industrial business needs most attention to improve profit.

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk
July 11, 2019

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk

By Neil Ferguson, Opsview
Automation can effectively monitor operations to reduce risk and flag issues caused not only by software bugs, attacks or unauthorized applications but by human error.

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance
July 10, 2019

ISA announces creation of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will bring together a global group of stakeholders from end-user companies, control system vendors, IT and OT infrastructure providers, system integrators, and others affiliated with global industry to benefit everyone, especially the communities in which we operate and serve.

Customization in Food Manufacturing
July 10, 2019

Customization in Food Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how the future of food manufacturing will facilitate the same level of customization, automatically.

The Security Implications of IIoT
July 09, 2019

The Security Implications of IIoT

By Michael Rothschild, Indegy
The adoption of industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies in manufacturing environments is unleashing major efficiency improvements and operational cost reductions. Along with these benefits, IIoT is also opening up operational networks to security threats they never faced in the past.

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII
July 03, 2019

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII

Automation.com has teamed with industrial innovators to showcase efficiency and productivity technologies within manufacturing operations. IoT gateways, cloudbased MES and more are covered in this Manufacturing Software ebook. It provides insight into what today’s plant operator needs to ensure the smooth integration of the old and the new in the connected and secure environment that is increasingly vital for industrial success.

The Benefits of Kitting: Improving Assembly Efficiency
July 03, 2019

The Benefits of Kitting: Improving Assembly Efficiency

By Travis Smith, WithoutWire Inventory Sciences
The benefits of kitting are well known because assembly workers immediately become more efficient. Manufacturers who do not utilize some form of kitting are bottle-necked in material flow. Kitting starts with the production team defining the kit of combined parts.

Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations
July 02, 2019

Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations

By Renee Bassett, Chief Editor, Automation.com
Disruption and transformation were twin themes the Siemens 2019 Automation Summit, with the digitalization of industrial processes promising the way forward to greater process stability, productivity, and maintenance efficiencies.

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019
June 25, 2019

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While attending LiveWorx 2019, for example, it was obvious to me that that PTC has created the most open system architecture which manufacturers can use to leverage digitalization and collaboration to achieve strong competitive positions in their industries.

A Superhero’s Toolkit: The Engine Behind Automation
June 24, 2019

A Superhero’s Toolkit: The Engine Behind Automation

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
Even superheroes have toolkits that can make or break their ability to power automation for large complex processes. This article covers a few of those tools.

What is Deep Packet Inspection and Why Is it Needed for Industrial Cybersecurity?
June 20, 2019

What is Deep Packet Inspection and Why Is it Needed for Industrial Cybersecurity?

By Jon Lavender, Dragos
To gain an understanding of ICS protocols and the inherently valuable data within them, deep packet inspection (DPI) is a necessary component of a comprehensive industrial cybersecurity technology.

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)
June 14, 2019

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)

By Jack Smylie, Ancra Systems
Automatic truck (un)loading systems, also known as ATLS, moves product from standard systems to customized solutions. Geared to industry sector applications and uniquely calculated to meet logistic requirements, streamlining trailer loading and unloading processes worldwide captures the core lean manufacturing principle of eliminating waste.

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95
June 11, 2019

Insights from 2019 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Inside Boeing’s Digital Transformation Journey using ISA-95

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The digital transformation continues to flow throughout manufacturing, generating electricity among the audience at event after event. At the 2019 Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE in May, it was Boeing, and Lucia Chung, Senior Director, IT Factory Operations, who provided insights into Boeing’s digital transformation effort.