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Managing Compliance in Food Production
January 23, 2019

Managing Compliance in Food Production

By Dominique Stucki, ABB Control Technology
There was widespread panic across Europe in mid-2017 when millions of eggs were recalled due to being contaminated with Fipronil — a highly toxic insecticide that is banned in the EU.

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation
January 18, 2019

Automotive Companies Are Taking Leadership Role in AGV Automation

By Carlos Millan, Oceaneering International
For decades, automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology has delivered materials handling and logistics solutions to automotive companies. Automotive manufacturers, in general, have embraced the lean principles of advanced logistics and manufacturing solutions.

Exploring the Virtual Plant
January 17, 2019

Exploring the Virtual Plant

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. This article explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase
January 15, 2019

Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) protocol, adopted worldwide, provides digital signal and measurement data from smart field instruments in a wide range of control, monitoring, and automation applications.

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.

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
January 10, 2019

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass, ABB
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage
January 08, 2019

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack at Every Stage

By Andrew Kling, Schneider Electric
Hackers follow a process to launch an attack, and there’s a concurrent process for manufacturers to defend themselves from these attacks. By describing both of them, organizations can ensure they’ve addressed every element of their cyber risk strategy.

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big
January 03, 2019

AI in Manufacturing in 2019: Start small, win big

By Antony Bourne, IFS
A new generation of point AI solutions will prove themselves in 2019. They’ll build new trust, urgency and understanding of what ‘AI’ actually is, and just how much it can deliver. Here are 3 key predictions for manufacturing for 2019—and beyond.

Addressing Challenges in Process Automation and IIoT
January 02, 2019

Addressing Challenges in Process Automation and IIoT

By John Fryer, Stratus Technologies
Manufacturing professionals looking to implement IIoT and edge computing need to ask themselves the following questions to identify underlying challenges and figure out how to address them.

3 Predictions for Industrial Manufacturing Trends in 2019
December 21, 2018

3 Predictions for Industrial Manufacturing Trends in 2019

By Stefan Reuther, COPA-DATA
Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Regardless of the phrase used to describe digitalization in manufacturing, there’s no denying that a shift has already taken place. This article gives three predictions for industrial automation in 2019 — no buzzwords included.


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.

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA
December 17, 2018

On-Premise IIoT for OPC UA

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
The IIoT is all about connecting data sources, integrating their data, using it to power analytics, and possibly doing supervisory control on selected equipment or systems. There's no reason that can't be done on-premise.

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)
December 12, 2018

A Beginner’s PLC Overview, Part 3 of 4: PLC Inputs and Outputs (I/O)

By Stephen Gates, P.E., MyPLCtraining.com
It’s time to get a little more specific with what the PLC CPU controls: PLC I/O! This article will discuss discrete I/O, analog I/O and briefly introduce industrial communications protocols.

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization
December 07, 2018

The Evolving Role of the CISO and Digitalization

By Robin Whitehead, Boulting Technology
This article explains how this is impacting the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) and resulting in the need for end-to-end digitalization.

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy
December 05, 2018

Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy

By Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings
Vibration analysis can provide valuable insight into machine condition, flagging up problems before extensive damage occurs. This article explains the steps machine builders should take to reduce the likelihood of bearings being the root cause.

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
December 04, 2018

Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Last year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling
November 21, 2018

7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling

By Kelsey Rzepecki, Graphic Products
Before beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling, in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations, is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.

Overcoming the Toxic Gas Threat in Pulp and Paper Plants
November 19, 2018

Overcoming the Toxic Gas Threat in Pulp and Paper Plants

By Joshua Hernandez, Emerson Automation Solutions
All processing facilities have goals to operate their facilities safely, in compliance with regulations, and profitably. Safety is paramount among these objectives; thus, it is important to measure, alert when abnormal, and understand the hazards that could negatively impact the facility or personnel.

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.