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Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers
January 17, 2020

Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers

By Mike Franz, ManufacturingPower
Every manufacturer must pay attention to costs and competitors’ pricing. For better or worse, purchasing professionals are rewarded for capturing the lowest price; few have the time to scour the internet for ever RFQ to see if the bid offered is indeed competitive.

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How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?
January 16, 2020

How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?

By Mike Guilfoyle, ARC Advisory Group
Digitally transformed organizations will be able to transition to and thrive in digital economies, making digital transformation a matter of not “if,” but “when.” Given that industrial digital transformation is necessary to remain viable and competitive, why are mistakes, false starts, and dead-end investments all too common?

Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern  steels
January 10, 2020

Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern steels

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
While automation greatly enhances productivity, it also places additional demands on steel components. This article examines why wear resistant steels are vital to modern, enhanced production.

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Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era
January 07, 2020

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The ANSI/ISA95 standard, generally referred to as ISA95, is an important tool for digitalization. It provides the framework, modeling, and vendor independent common information models which can be applied in any manufacturing or process industry production architecture.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software
December 17, 2019

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Integration was the heavy emphasis for Rockwell Automation at Automation Fair 2019, th a particular focus on expanding the system integration business and launching Rockwell Automation Lifecycle Services, as well as greater PTC software integration

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking
December 10, 2019

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
5G is starting to make the goal of wireless industrial automation a reality. Companies are already starting to deploy private 5G networks within plants and are seeing increases in performance, determinism, low latency, and reliability.

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing
December 09, 2019

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing

By Robert Glass, Exel Composites
From window and door manufacturers to the professional tree surgeon, weighing up material options usually comes down to cost —but there are a variety of factors to consider before making a purchase.

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PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?
December 02, 2019

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Today’s plant managers are faced with a dearth of automation technologies but it’s not always obvious what will work best. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach. This article discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

A Closer Look at Composites
November 25, 2019

A Closer Look at Composites

By Robert Glass, Exel Composites
Composites have transformed the technologies of many industries —although the materials used to manufacture them have evolved. This article examines the progress of composites and their advantages over traditional materials like steel.

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Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain
November 21, 2019

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, director, EU Automation
Errors in the pharmaceutical supply chain can lead to late delivery, increased costs and poor-quality products, which can have a detrimental impact on consumers. This article explains how organizations can use digital technologies to improve the pharmaceutical supplychain and minimize the risk of errors.

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference
November 19, 2019

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference was another high energy, creative, and stimulating leadership event. With the company illustrating the power of the next level of software technology and leveraging this with a new business model, Inductive Automation illuminated their progression to be more responsive to industry and customer requirements.

Reducing the Risk of Recalls
November 18, 2019

Reducing the Risk of Recalls

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
With research showing that only 21 per cent of all product recalls over the last decade were detected by the company themselves, it is more important than ever that food and beverage manufacturers review and prevent contamination and mislabeling. This article explores the rise of recalls and what food companies can do to mitigate this alarming trend.

2020 Overall Pricing Effectiveness: The New OEE
November 15, 2019

2020 Overall Pricing Effectiveness: The New OEE

by Gabriel Smith
OEE is a quality systems management tool which enables manufacturers to assess a plant’s effectiveness. Used wisely, OEE allows a manufacturer to identify major losses, create a road map to find problems, and enhance capacity.

Active Network Scanning in OT Environments
November 08, 2019

Active Network Scanning in OT Environments

By Zane Blomgren, Belden
Active network scanning can deliver much more information than passive scanning, and can be an incredibly valuable tool in any industrial environment.

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering
November 07, 2019

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering

Intelligent Automation will help these companies and their engineers to beat the competition and make an impact in this highly competitive and evolving digital trend of integrated Cyber – Physical world of manufacturing, called Industry 4.0.

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex
November 05, 2019

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Since it’s opening in August of 2018, Fiserv Forum has quickly become home to many passionate Milwaukee Bucks basketball fans. Yet, aside from the on-court product, the new entertainment and sports center in downtown Milwaukee is an integrated facility, working to enhance fan experience, comfort and safety.

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?
November 04, 2019

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?

Virtual reality is an established technology which has been deployed in various industries including gaming, marketing and manufacturing. But, what about augmented reality?