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A Case for IIoT’s Future in Supply Chain Management
April 18, 2019

A Case for IIoT’s Future in Supply Chain Management

By Vega
This paper will explore how one construction materials hauling company used level measurement sensors and IIoT networks to better manage their operation

Mobile Safety in Hazardous Areas
February 20, 2019

Mobile Safety in Hazardous Areas

By Pepperl+Fuchs
Mobile devices can solve many challenges in hazardous industrial environments. But a device that lacks the proper protection could seriously compromise the safety of your plant and personnel.

Evaluation of Different Additive Manufacturing Processes with Liquids and Pastes
February 18, 2019

Evaluation of Different Additive Manufacturing Processes with Liquids and Pastes

By Viscotec
The use of additive manufacturing processes is increasing within industrial applications, as they bring some significant customer benefits compared to conventional processes.

What Do Engineers Need to Know about Encoders and Motors for Oil & Gas?
January 25, 2019

What Do Engineers Need to Know about Encoders and Motors for Oil & Gas?

By Scott Orlosky & Walter Smith, Sensata Technologies
Position sensors and motors are crucial components in oil and gas equipment and must operate day in and day out in some of the most challenging conditions. High temperature and pressure, potentially explosive environments, extreme vibration, shock, dirt and moisture are all part of the daily operating environment in drilling applications.

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings
January 23, 2019

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings

By CAS DataLoggers
The goal of an energy audit is to get accurate energy data that shows you where your facility’s energy went over the period; which equipment, circuits, buildings or divisions consumed the energy; and exactly when this usage occurred.

Understanding The Basics:  A Guide to Gas Spring Application
January 11, 2019

Understanding The Basics: A Guide to Gas Spring Application

An explanation of what a gas spring is, component parts, and how they are both constructed and operate. It gives the reader a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs.

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017
December 20, 2018

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017

The top process industries grew at a faster rate than the top discrete industries in 2017, and this trend continued in 2018, according to the “Low Voltage Motors Report” from IHS Markit.

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology
November 20, 2018

The Trillion-Dollar Question for Advanced Industries: How to extract full value from technology

By Venkat Atluri, Satya Rao, and Saloni Sahni, McKinsey
As data, connectivity, and processing power expand, so do opportunities for industrial companies to extract value through innovative products, services, and business models. This McKinsey study delves further into how technology delivers value to today's industry.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
October 17, 2018

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By CAS DataLoggers
Whether you’re tasked with recommending what to buy, a purchasing agent or the ultimate end user, you can ensure that you’re getting the right system by learning a bit about the most important parts to focus on.

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
September 17, 2018

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
The strengths and weaknesses of magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are examined in this white paper, along with a chart for feature-by-feature comparisons.

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

What's the Use of the IIoT?
July 10, 2018

What's the Use of the IIoT?

By Radley Corporation
The IIoT connects devices with the digital world to provide data visibility. But the real value of the IIoT lies in how that data will be used by industry to realize the potential benefi ts of this connectivity.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation
May 16, 2018

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation

While serial bus systems will continue to play an important role in the future, solutions based on Industrial Ethernet are becoming increasingly common with Industry 4.0 applications. The focus is less on cable measurements, signal levels or signal shapes, but in the case of standards such as PROFINET, utilization and the greatest possible availability of the networks are the focus of interest.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors
March 23, 2018

Thickness Measurement with Laser Displacement Sensors

Laser displacement sensors are often used for measuring distance, movement and dimensions. However, in order to achieve a precise statement of the target thickness from the combined signals of two sensors, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations
November 03, 2017

Reexamining the Role of SCADA Systems in Digital Manufacturing Operations

By: Alan Cone, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The data revolution is firmly underway within today’s manufacturing industry. Those companies that capture their “big data” and leverage that analyzed data as a framework for making faster, better decisions will lead the industry in productivity and time to market.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one
September 18, 2017

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one

By B&R Industrial Automation,
Dedicated machine designs are giving way to base machine modules that are configured to production requirements, reconfigured as needed and support ‘batch of one’ operations. The result is a new category of machinery, the adaptive machine.

August 16, 2017

Frequency and Antenna Selection Effects on Accuracy of Free Space Radar

By: Bill Sholette, Northeast, and Gene Henry, Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Accuracy of free space radar depends on frequency, beam angle, antenna configuration and installation.

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses:  A Practical Guide
July 28, 2017

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Practical Guide

Effective cybersecurity management is essential for all organizations, regardless of size. This ISA document is intended to provide a starting point for small- and medium-businesses (SMBs), particularly those that manage industrial processes and employ some level of automation.

Protecting the Connected Barrels:  Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas
July 05, 2017

Protecting the Connected Barrels: Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas

By Anshu Mittal, Andrew Slaughter, Paul Zonneveld
This Deloitte report addresses cybersecurity concerns in the oil & gas industry, and discusses how companies can better protect themselves in an increasingly connected world.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
March 21, 2017

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements

By CAS Dataloggers
This White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
March 17, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments

By Rotork
With the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.

The Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop
March 16, 2017

The Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop

By Dave Grumney, FLO-CORP
Plant operators rely on plant air pressures to maintain properly working equipment and systems. This article discusses how industrial engineers can optimize air flow systems through smart measurement

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter
February 28, 2017

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter

By Wil Chin and Rick Frauton, United Electric Controls
While there remains considerable variation in the quality of the sub-system infrastructure, there is increasing awareness of the risk, cost of ownership and sustainability of the Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

The Future of Smart Parking
February 23, 2017

The Future of Smart Parking

By mySCADA
This whitepaper discusses the smart cities of the future and how IoT technologies can enable smart parking among other advancements

Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities
January 20, 2017

Wireless Switches & Sensors - New Control Possibilities

By Steute USA
Clearly, wireless technology has been widely accepted and embraced in the industrial community. This has resulted in the development and introduction of a number of robust, reliable digital contact and non-contact switches, sensors and related accessories.

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

January 10, 2017

Slow Speed Applications Using a Soft Starter

Many applications could benefit from the ability to adjust the speed of a process while operating. Reasons for this include positioning, checking or adjusting alignment, or inspecting equipment, such as a band saw. There are several methods you can use to obtain slow speed control in applications, including variable-frequency drives, soft starters, and mechanical gearing.