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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.

Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers
August 27, 2019

Collaborative Robots Providing Amazing Automation Opportunities for Small Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Amongst the many new technologies that are impacting the manufacturing industry today, collaborative robots may be the highest impact automation development that can improve manufacturing for small and medium manufacturing enterprises.

Smart Optical Sensors Put Industry 4.0 to Work
August 07, 2019

Smart Optical Sensors Put Industry 4.0 to Work

By Sergey Komarov, TT Electronics
Powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected devices and smart equipment are streamlining manufacturing and supply chain processes on a global scale. Smart sensors are integral to this sea change, extending the legacy sensor’s inherent abilities―to collect, store and monitor data―to new levels that capitalize on data to optimize processes.

Inside JST's efforts to automate process automation cleaning process
August 02, 2019

Inside JST's efforts to automate process automation cleaning process

Cleaning, an integral part of many manufacturing and maintenance process, is often critical to the performance of a broad range of technologies and refers to the use of agents such as solvents, acids or bases to remove unwanted particulates and other contaminates.

Specifying Fire and Gas Detection Systems to Improve Operations
August 01, 2019

Specifying Fire and Gas Detection Systems to Improve Operations

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
Accuracy, response speed and measurement range must be understood when designing, installing and maintaining fire and gas detection systems.

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.

Cooling Tower Optimization
June 27, 2019

Cooling Tower Optimization

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance

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.

Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques
June 05, 2019

Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques

By Kevin Conlin, Kaman Precision Products
To get the most out of eddy current sensors, follow these tips for reducing errors that can affect a measurement’s accuracy. Pay attention to circuit selection, placement, calibration and mounting.

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits
June 04, 2019

Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

By Brent Purdy, PE, AutomationDirect
Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery.

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center
May 28, 2019

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
The lack of strategically implemented Business Process Automation (BPA) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within the Smart City’s Data Centers could result in the city’s inundation by the data wave following a Smart City transformation.

Robotic Process Automation: Human Touch Still Required
May 01, 2019

Robotic Process Automation: Human Touch Still Required

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
RPA allows a robot to observe human-initiated actions between multiple data sources and technologies on a User Interface, memorize the actions and corresponding sequences, and replicate.

ISA announces Renee Bassett as Chief Editor of InTech magazine and Automation.com
April 25, 2019

ISA announces Renee Bassett as Chief Editor of InTech magazine and Automation.com

Bassett replaces Bill Lydon, who will continue with the publications as Contributing Editor. In her role, Bassett will work with Zabel to determine publication and content strategy, develop content and manage the publications’ contributors, staff and production processes.

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms
April 19, 2019

Avoiding Dependence on Default Security Mechanisms

By Kinichi Kitano, Yokogawa
When a network device vendor promises security, what does it mean? Understanding how security works and what each vendor is actually providing can make a major difference.

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead
April 10, 2019

3 Reasons Routes for Predictive Maintenance Programs May Be Dead

By Brett Burger, National Instruments
With automated data collection, SMEs will spend more time focused on the risky asset of the day, as reported by the automated data collection, and less time focused on manual data collection.

What Do Your Motors Really Do?
April 04, 2019

What Do Your Motors Really Do?

By Markus Brettschneider, ABB Food and Beverage
This article explains how food plant managers can add a similar level of connectivity to retrofit most motors with smart sensors to bring their plants to the digital age.

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.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms
March 15, 2019

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

By Megan Berkowitz
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies move toward greater digitalization and the storage of more valuable data, their digital security practices become more and more critical.

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