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Polymer Producer Mobilizes Field Device Management to Optimize Productivity and Increase Maintenance Efficiency
March 04, 2019

Polymer Producer Mobilizes Field Device Management to Optimize Productivity and Increase Maintenance Efficiency

French manufacturer SNF reduces maintenance effort and cost by implementing a modern FDT2®-based device management tablet solution for plant processes and well injection skids

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Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)
February 25, 2019

Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)

Hardy wanted to abandon the dependency on just a few raw materials and instead use other nontraditional materials that were untapped in the marketplace. To do this, Hardy needed to overhaul the outdated controllers and distributed control system (DCS) that existed in the plant.

Rockwell Automation helps Midwest Farmers Cooperative enhance distributed control systems
January 31, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Midwest Farmers Cooperative enhance distributed control systems

MFC worked with system integrator Wachter Inc. to design an automated facility, based on the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation.

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management
January 25, 2019

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management

Gröninger Cleaning Systems equipped its machinery in remote locations with TOSIBOX Locks, enabling remote control and maintenance. Behind each TOSIBOX Lock there are about 30 to 40 devices such as drives, PLCs, HMIs and control cabinets that are connected and directly accessible via a TOSIBOX Key.

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system
January 22, 2019

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system

The KASTO solution is based on a UNICOMPACT storage system which, with a height of 15 m and a length of 115 m, has space for around 10,000 cassettes. Each cassette can accommodate material up to six metres in length and has a payload of up to 3.4 tonnes.

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations
January 18, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations

With a goal of increasing productivity and shortening the development time of new products, Maxiforja has adopted Femap software, the Plant Simulation solution in the Tecnomatix portfolio, the Teamcenter portfolio, NX software and Line Designer from Siemens in order to reach its goal of becoming a digitalized enterprise.

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform
January 11, 2019

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform

Using the Siemens platform for digital innovation, Konecranes has been able to connect the data from all of these organizations to create one 360 degree view of how prototypes are running and performing, and correlating requirements to, real world performance data.

Rockwell Automation helps Arkansas Steel enhance manufacturing intelligence
January 10, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Arkansas Steel enhance manufacturing intelligence

While updating the plant’s control layer, IT teams at Arkansas Steel began considering additional opportunities to improve operations. What they found was an issue with workforce utilization: Operators’ attention was divided between the process of creating tie plates and handling data.

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history
January 03, 2019

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history

As the cobot market is experiencing an increasing number of competitors – both from the established industrial players and start-ups – it is vital, however, to keep ahead of the curve.

Skkynet Cloud Systems helps Siemens enhance digitalization and remote monitoring for Argentinian power plants
December 06, 2018

Skkynet Cloud Systems helps Siemens enhance digitalization and remote monitoring for Argentinian power plants

Tricco was tasked with developing a secure and reliable way to collect data from control systems running at power plants located hundreds of kilometers from the Siemens office. The first phase was to be a pilot—to connect his WinCC OA SCADA system to a Siemens T3000 DCS running at a power plant located about 100 kilometers from Buenos Aires.

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions
November 12, 2018

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions

InnovaGel, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements in the nutraceutical and OTC market, was in need of solution for its soft gelatin encapsulation machine application. Endress+Hauser was able to provide a level measurement solution that best fit InnovaGel’s application needs.

Quuppa & ThinkIn help NGK ceramics enhance asset tracking
November 09, 2018

Quuppa & ThinkIn help NGK ceramics enhance asset tracking

In 2017 NGK Ceramics decided to explore how solutions based on a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) could help by providing a Digital Twin of the manufacturing plant

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project
October 31, 2018

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project

The City partnered with Indegy to implement an industrial security solution that provides visibility, protection and control to detect and prevent threats before they can impact the operation and safety of its water supply systems and utilities.

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors
October 29, 2018

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors

Working with Cognex, engineers at automotive manufacturer General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) developed a chain drive stretching system that measures every link in real time and automatically marks non-compliant links without slowing or stopping the line

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems
October 01, 2018

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems

Based in France, Vallourec is a supplier of drill pipe for energy companies around the globe. The manufacturer has a presence in 20 countries, including Vallourec Drilling Products USA in Houston.

PcVue helps French hospital achieve IoT equipment integration with LoRaWAN
September 28, 2018

PcVue helps French hospital achieve IoT equipment integration with LoRaWAN

PcVue supervisory and control software from ARC Informatique has been configured as the BMS controlling all the assets like lights, HVAC, ventilation, chiller, temperature, air supply, power, filter pressure, and voltage supplied to special heaters for the hospital.

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research
September 13, 2018

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research

The facility will bring together academics from different disciplines to explore the full potential of additive manufacturing (AM) for medical devices. The University of Birmingham has several active projects to innovate new medical devices and technologies to assist recovery following disease or injury, covering various clinical remits.

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components
September 11, 2018

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components

This work is intended to enable 3D printed, patient-specific implants with controlled time to dissolve eliminating the need for second surgeries and thus also reducing risks, costs and suffering for patients.

Elite Control Systems helps Edrington facilitate integrated distillery control
September 10, 2018

Elite Control Systems helps Edrington facilitate integrated distillery control

From a controls perspective, the three-pod design meant a complex system was required. The challenge was developing a system to manage the production interfaces alongside all of the sequencing, interlocking, etc. that is required between each of the pods.

Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency
September 06, 2018

Westfalia Technologies helps Heaven Hill enhance warehouse efficiency

The combination of the AS/RS and layer pick system allows Heaven Hill to convey pallets from palletizing to storage and to truck-staging lanes, thereby streamlining the entire order fulfillment process.

AVEVA helps Henkel achieve energy cost savings
September 05, 2018

AVEVA helps Henkel achieve energy cost savings

To achieve its goals, Henkel created an energy monitoring system leveraging Wonderware, part of AVEVA’s industrial software portfolio. Implemented as a digital, Industrial IoT platform, the company now has greater access to more data to improve operational flexibility and scalability.

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options
September 05, 2018

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options

ABB is supplying the SFC as part of a complete package including a dry-type 11 kilovolt (kV) to 6.6 kV transformer and control equipment to interface with the dockyard’s electrical management system. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Honeywell helps Japanese turbocharger plant enhance performance monitoring technology
August 30, 2018

Honeywell helps Japanese turbocharger plant enhance performance monitoring technology

The cloud-based technology allows Honeywell’s Transportation Systems business to remotely identify, analyze and optimize energy consumption of the overall plant as well as all connected field devices. This is the first deployment of the solution in Asia.

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations
August 23, 2018

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations

In 2016, the management at Sin Ghee Huat decided to invest in extending its capacity. In its search for a suitable supplier, the choice fell on KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

igus helps automate German red worm factory
August 23, 2018

igus helps automate German red worm factory

This company is using igus components almost exclusively to automate labor-intensive processes in the breeding and growing giant red worms, with the goal of expanding its automated units to support other small businesses who are searching for robotic solutions.

BEUMER GROUP helps Röfix AG enhance automatic palletizing
August 21, 2018

BEUMER GROUP helps Röfix AG enhance automatic palletizing

BEUMER Group provided an entire system to the site in Sennwald, Switzerland and integrated it into an existing building. The system can be adapted to the different materials, no retrofitting required.

Omnify Software helps upgrade manufacturing systems for Coghlin Companies
August 16, 2018

Omnify Software helps upgrade manufacturing systems for Coghlin Companies

As part of a corporate initiative, Columbia Tech and Cogmedix were both investing in new systems to help the companies grow, enhance consistency, and improve quality and traceability. This included upgrading their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and adopting Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.

Renishaw partners with Bristol Music Trust charity to combine music and STEM education
August 13, 2018

Renishaw partners with Bristol Music Trust charity to combine music and STEM education

As part of the collaboration, Renishaw is demonstrating the role that fun and creativity plays in engineering by supporting Beat Lab, an interactive music-tech initiative.

WELTEC Group to modernize 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany
August 13, 2018

WELTEC Group to modernize 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany

The original plant had been set up in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The operator‘s concept was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertilizer pellets. However, as the concept turned out to be technically difficult and economically unfeasible, the plant went bankrupt.

HighJump partners with IWMS to help enhance operations for African manufacturer
August 09, 2018

HighJump partners with IWMS to help enhance operations for African manufacturer

BIDCO Africa Limited, with HighJump and the support of iWMS, is gaining end-to-end supply chain transparency to improve workflows and adapt to its growth trajectory. This includes evolving operations with traceability and recall management, inventory management, tracking and shipping via FEFO/FIFO expiry dates, and worker productivity.

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety
August 08, 2018

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety

This solution, EXPERTOPERATOR, was developed by PaR Systems (PaR). PaR is a global manufacturer of advanced automation, robotic, and specialty material handling solutions. PaR supports global customers in automotive, aerospace, nuclear, life science, marine and other core industries.

Rockwell Automation partners with West Virginia University to help open rare earths research facility
August 01, 2018

Rockwell Automation partners with West Virginia University to help open rare earths research facility

WVU is partnering with Rockwell Automation to facilitate market readiness through use of their sensor and control technologies in the new WVU facility.

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art
July 27, 2018

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry for prototyping, low volume manufacture and for making items with complex shapes which cannot easily be reproduced by other means.

Connect Group chooses Aegis Software's MES solution to enhance traceability
July 16, 2018

Connect Group chooses Aegis Software's MES solution to enhance traceability

With complex, critical products manufactured across multiple manufacturing sites, the challenge was to ensure manufacturing execution with the highest level of traceability, which could no longer be met by legacy tools.

CADENAS helps PLÜMAT enhance strategic parts management
July 13, 2018

CADENAS helps PLÜMAT enhance strategic parts management

PLÜMAT will be introducing the Strategic Parts Management PARTsolutions by CADENAS to its business units of engineering, development and work preparation in the course of 2018.

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center
July 05, 2018

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center

OPMT is a company based in Fo’shan – of Guangdong Province – in south China. For its latest project, OPMT was asked by Guangdong University of Technology to develop a machining center that combined high speed laser cutting and milling capabilities.

Bedrock Automation helps Arkansas water treatment plant enhance SCADA system
June 29, 2018

Bedrock Automation helps Arkansas water treatment plant enhance SCADA system

The main water treatment plant in Hot Springs, Arkansas had a problem: nine filters critical to its treatment process couldn’t achieve adequate flow rates necessary to meet future production goals. Changes were needed, but they had to be made within the few months when water usage is low because high-demand months required the plant to operate at near capacity.

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation
May 31, 2018

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation

By Stephany Romanow, Industry Consultant
Because of the ever-changing business environment, O&G operators can no longer thrive, or even survive, by relying solely on yesterday’s technologies. They must reinvent themselves to be competitive within the marketplace and remain attractive to investors.

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience
May 17, 2018

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience

The latest joint effort resulted in an advanced automation and industrial networking lab for undergraduate courses. The multi-workstation area includes Phoenix Contact’s IEC 61131 programming software, PC Worx, along with visualization software, 802.11 wireless, PROFINET networking, and distributed safety I/O.