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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 Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience
August 06, 2019

Inside Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Continuous manufacturing improvement is fundamental to remain competitive. Understanding new technologies, methods, and what these technologies and methods make possible is important for manufacturers to prosper in the new wave of manufacturing digitalization.

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.

Automating a Workforce with Augmented Reality
July 26, 2019

Automating a Workforce with Augmented Reality

By Seth Patin, Founder and CEO, LogistiVIEW
AR technology ensures consistency, so an unskilled workforce can think and behave in the same way as those workers with years of experience. Workforce technology is all about efficiency, consistency, repeatability, and safety, regardless of the person performing the task.

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk
July 11, 2019

Human Error: How Automation Can Mitigate Operational Risk

By Neil Ferguson, Opsview
Automation can effectively monitor operations to reduce risk and flag issues caused not only by software bugs, attacks or unauthorized applications but by human error.

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.

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII
July 03, 2019

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XVII

Automation.com has teamed with industrial innovators to showcase efficiency and productivity technologies within manufacturing operations. IoT gateways, cloudbased MES and more are covered in this Manufacturing Software ebook. It provides insight into what today’s plant operator needs to ensure the smooth integration of the old and the new in the connected and secure environment that is increasingly vital for industrial success.

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

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

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.

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing
June 06, 2019

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Simulating the factory can help fix mistakes and improve production. This article explains how VR and AR can be used in the factory to improve safety and increase productivity.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership
May 20, 2019

Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Cyber threats continue to be a prominent concern as the digitalization movement grows ever larger. Siemens and TÜV SÜD are partnering to try and counter these concerns.

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?
May 09, 2019

Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The rapid pace of change in North American manufacturing is causing a dramatic increase in the servitization of products. The reason for this spike? Sensors.

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.

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.