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Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control
October 25, 2019

Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control

By Thomas R. Cutler
Only when a small manufacturer has a grasp on operation elements can the promise of lean manufacturing and continuous process improvement be realized

Creating Agile Process Control
September 05, 2019

Creating Agile Process Control

By Josh Eastburn, Opto 22
For process control systems, improved hardware and software options can make system operations more effective and offer new methods for end users to access and monitor equipment. Here are some of the ways that standard process automation products and practices are transitioning to encourage more agile and capable systems.

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?
May 29, 2019

Amazon Web Services: The Next Industrial Automation Software Disruptor?

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amazon is clearly focused on manufacturing and, based on industry events, interviews, analysis, and briefings with users applying AWS technology, is causing another round of disruption in industrial automation.

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.

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing
April 23, 2019

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, automotive manufacturing fell by 11 per cent last summer. Among the reasons cited for this decrease was growing demand for customization

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.

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?
March 05, 2019

Is IT/OT Convergence Becoming Misguided Thinking?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) & Operations Technology(OT) has been a growing topic of importance in manufacturing. Many times, however the focus on IT/OT convergence can be too narrow in scope to leverage the increasingly advanced technologies to achieve a manufacturing competitive advantage

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

Inside the Advantages of Sensorless Closed Loop Control
February 21, 2019

Inside the Advantages of Sensorless Closed Loop Control

By Mark Checkley, KEB Automation
While feedback devices may be the usual choice for control of motors, sensorless closed loop control can provide design engineers and machine builders with the ability to add value and a competitive advantage to their machines.

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

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications
January 14, 2019

Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications

By Kevin Finnan, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Many factors come into play when selecting a new or upgraded control system, with careful consideration of each resulting in the best outcome.

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 4 of 4: PLC Ladder Logic
December 20, 2018

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 4 of 4: PLC Ladder Logic

By Stephen Gates, P.E., MyPLCtraining.com
You may become nerdy programming PLCs, but once you get into it, you won’t care This post is about programming PLCs. Specifically programming PLCs with Ladder Logic. This is what I’ve done almost daily for my job for the past several years.

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.

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.

PLC and DCS: How Do They Differ & How Did They Come About?
October 08, 2018

PLC and DCS: How Do They Differ & How Did They Come About?

By Mondi Anderson, RealPars
A DCS or distributed control system is similar to a PLC in that it has rugged computer controllers, however, the DCS contains multiple autonomous controllers that are distributed throughout a system, also used for automating processes.

Finding The Right Approach to Industrial Data
September 27, 2018

Finding The Right Approach to Industrial Data

By Sean Robinson, Novotek
Sales people will tout an endless stream of benefits of an IoT-enabled device but the IoT isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme where one purchase can promise a life of high ROI. This article explains why the data from your new IoT device might not be meeting expectations.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid
August 22, 2018

The Evolution of the Smart Grid

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
This article explains how the timeline of power grid modernization, including the convergence of disparate systems, has led to the evolution of the smart grid.

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security
July 24, 2018

HUG 2018 - Honeywell Users Group Americas Wrap-up: A Heavy Focus on Batch and Cyber Security

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Featuring numerous displays of the newest technologies, along with dozens of Honeywell and customer led sessions and technical discussions, the Honeywell Users Group Americas (HUG) buzzed in San Antonio this June with over 1,300 attendees.

How Digital Twins are Changing the Energy Industry
July 20, 2018

How Digital Twins are Changing the Energy Industry

By Martyn Williams, COPA-DATA UK
Improved operations, a reduction in unplanned outages and better managed variations in market conditions — it's the idyllic aim of power leaders across the globe, but how is the digital twin concept making this goal a reality?

Industry Trend in Process Instrumentation: Cloud-based Solutions to Optimize Project Results
June 29, 2018

Industry Trend in Process Instrumentation: Cloud-based Solutions to Optimize Project Results

By Phil Ng, Honeywell Process Solutions
This article describes how the latest trend in field instrumentation technology and engineering practices – cloud-based tools to improve application validation, instrument selection, and device commissioning – can help improve project results while ensuring the safety and efficiency of industrial facilities.