Machine and Process Management

Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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New goals for process automation: continuity, safety, and security

For decades, industrial automation systems have progressively improved process efficiency and productivity. But that productivity is facing a growing number of risks, from outside and inside the plant. Fortunately, modern… Read more »

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Mining the “Gemba” from Big Data – The Answers are Simpler Than You Think

“People who can’t understand numbers are useless. The gemba* where numbers are not visible is also bad. However, people who only look at the numbers are the worst of all.”… Read more »

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How tomorrow’s plant automation systems will empower users and simplify tasks

Industrial automation systems have helped processing plants increase production value, reduce costs, improve safety, comply with environmental regulations, and more. However, as plants increase in size and complexity, there is… Read more »

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The Art of Simply-Complex and IIoT

Generally speaking, the simple typically evolves into the complex when left unchecked. This is true for most everything from consumer products, to tax laws to, companies, to governments. Over time,… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and Your Preparedness

Cybersecurity Risk Management – Blog Series Part 3 The single biggest threat to cybersecurity – misunderstanding the risks Common cybersecurity misunderstanding number one – Many businesses think the cybersecurity problem… Read more »

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Productivity Secrets: Don’t Underestimate the Power of PLC Scan Time

People who know me (especially my family) will tell you that I have an impatient streak. This sometimes comes out when I am driving. I am not a candidate for… Read more »

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Six IIoT Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

Craig Resnick covers the PLC, PAC, HMI, OIT and Industrial PC markets as well as the Packaging, Plastics and Rubber Industries for ARC.  He is the primary analyst for many… Read more »

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5 Harmonic Mitigation Methods That Help Keep Costs Down and Production Running

If you’re running an industrial process of any kind, you can’t afford any downtime. Every minute a production line is down is costing you money, and that’s eating into your… Read more »

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Machine Diagnostics and the IIoT

Guest blogger:  Tim Senkbeil is a product line manager for Belden’s Lumberg Automation brand. In his role, Senkbeil manages new and existing connectivity products and offerings from both Lumberg Automation… Read more »

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How to use real-time navigation services to improve failure response time in the Water & Wastewater industry

Today we see two major challenges facing the Water & Wastewater industry all over the world:  Cost: the price of water (wastewater treatment or drinking water treatment) is remaining more… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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How to attract new (and skilled) professionals to the mining and metals industry

In many industries, the aging workforce combined with the lack of qualified new professionals arriving to those industries has become a major problem. Some studies believe that the gap between… Read more »

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Shortening preparation time and reducing downtime in the pasteurization/sterilization process by optimizing control loop design

The pasteurization and sterilization processes are among the most important unit operations in food processing. They consist of heating the food to high temperature for a predefined length of time…. Read more »

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The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things

Previously, I wrote about our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy, where we stand on the topic and how we are ensuring the value of what we are doing in… Read more »

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Without information mining stops!

In Australia, I have seen a bumper sticker that states “Without trucks Australia stops”.  This statement is in reference to the important role that trucks play in the process of… Read more »

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Maintaining industrial productivity can be costly without a good roadmap

A few years back, I worked for a small automation company as an applications engineer. It was late on a summer Friday afternoon as I headed out to our annual… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. Read more »

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Schneider Electric and Cisco are Natural Partners in Delivering the Internet of Things

In a previous post I touched on the partnership Schneider Electric has with Cisco aimed at helping customers build more efficient data centers.  As our two companies have gotten closer… Read more »

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Optimizing the manufacturing “clean-in-place” processes can result in big savings and help ensure food safety

At the heart of every food or beverage plant is a clean-in-place (CIP) system: the big “washing machine” that cleans and sanitizes every piece of equipment at regular intervals. The… Read more »

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Do automation systems provide “improved business value”?

My newest book, The Value of Automation: The Best Investment an Industrial Company Can Make was recently published by ISA. The title of this book begs the question: “Do industrial… Read more »

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Avoiding cyber attacks: An inside look at industrial security fundamentals

Cyber security incidents are escalating in number and complexity. As industrial processes integrate with outside networks, plants are at risk. For that reason, operations teams need to know about security… Read more »

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Increase Nuclear Equipment Reliability with Predictive Analytics

In an industry that faces much speculation, skepticism and criticism, near perfect performance and operation is critical. Nuclear power plant personnel are expected to run every unit at maximum capacity… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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A case study: Comparison of MV and LV solutions for mine conveyor applications

Conveyor applications are some of the most common, and the most essential, in the mining, minerals, and metals industries. Typically motors for conveyor applications range from several kW to 1200… Read more »

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Reflecting on IP/Ethernet protocol

I started this blog post out after replying to a somewhat confused sales person about the use of the trademarked EtherNet/IP protocol with their local telecoms provider. “Could we order… Read more »

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Increased cement production drives up energy costs and emissions, forcing manufacturers to overhaul the energy used within production

During 2011 and 2012 we saw the global consumption of cement rise to new levels of 3585Mt in 2011 and 3736Mt in 2012*.  With production rising, the cement industry faces… Read more »

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It’s all about choice: EtherNet/IP and unicast and multicast traffic

End devices within industrial networks such as a drive or an I/O may report to a single, or to multiple, devices such as controllers or SCADA. Inversely, a controller or… Read more »

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Millennials – The right generation at the perfect time

I am a baby-boomer. As with most generations, as we have aged we tend to ridicule the younger generations coming up behind us. In our case, I have talked with… Read more »

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