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Are Cobots Inherently Safe?
January 23, 2020

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?

Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots, often referred to as cobots, have been heavily marketed as unguarded and easy to integrate machines that can work seamlessly alongside human workers. However, this doesn’t necessarily make these machines exempt from the safety regulations associated with regular industrial robots.

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems
January 14, 2020

Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems

By Stephen Armstrong, Freelance Industrial Writer
With some DCS systems now decades old, system users often know they need to upgrade but find the task daunting given the cost and potential for disruption of operations while the new system is brought online.

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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.

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?
December 20, 2019

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK and Ireland
As with most manufacturers, much of the success comes from choosing the right tools for the job. So, what will be on your industrial wish list this Christmas?

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services
December 18, 2019

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services

By Ken Lynch, Senet
Whether it is delivering propane for residential heat, optimizing industrial operations, reducing energy consumption in cities or reducing water loss through smart metering and water management solutions, an entire ecosystem of partners has the opportunity to provide limitless societal and economic benefit, delivering on the ultimate promise of the Internet of Things.

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.

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.

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
November 22, 2019

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry

By Ripal Vyas, Softweb Solutions
The arrival of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming the way industries have been operated from decades. These technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations that are impacting industries at large.

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.

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety
November 06, 2019

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
When plant personnel have a basic grasp of fire and gas system operation, they can recognize factors that compromise safety.

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory
October 28, 2019

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article looks to establish a realistic ten-year prediction for the future of manufacturing digitalization in the United States.

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

Manufacturing Injuries Cost More Than $7B Per Year. Here’s How IIoT Technology Can Help
September 27, 2019

Manufacturing Injuries Cost More Than $7B Per Year. Here’s How IIoT Technology Can Help

By Sam Cece, Swift Sensors
Beyond preventing accidents in the moment, IIoT analytics can help identify areas that need safety overhauls for better long-term worker protection. Here’s how the IIoT is improving safety in each of the major manufacturing injury categories.

Managing the Big Data Flood
September 25, 2019

Managing the Big Data Flood

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Much like constant downfalls of water, there’s lots of data being generated — and it needs to go somewhere. This article looks at how to effectively funnel big data for use in operational risk management.

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization
September 17, 2019

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Digital Twin has become one of the most powerful concepts of Industry 4. 0. The implementation of model-based, real-time, closed-loop monitoring, control, and optimization of the entire manufacturing and production process, the Digital Twin concept is helping organizations achieve real-time integrated manufacturing.

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.

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming
August 28, 2019

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming

By Darcy Simonis, ABB Food and Beverage
Vertical farming is the process of food being produced in vertically stacked layers, instead of on a single level such as in a field or greenhouse. The layers are commonly integrated into urban structures like skyscrapers, shipping containers and repurposed warehouses.

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.

The IIoT Opportunity: Accelerating Insights with Advanced Analytics
August 20, 2019

The IIoT Opportunity: Accelerating Insights with Advanced Analytics

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corporation
As manufacturers transition to Industry 4.0, it becomes critical to accelerate the extraction of insights from ever-exploding quantities of process data.