Machine and Process Management

Keep transportation operations on track with medium voltage switchgear maintenance

There are few things more frustrating than transportation disruptions — whether it’s a brief delay that adds a few minutes to your morning commute or a major transportation interruption that… Read more »

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AI: The Answer to the IoT Data Apocalypse

“The Internet of Things”? Not too long ago, we all said at some point, “The Internet of What?!” Siri Who? Self-driving cars?!! Those days are long gone … The Internet… Read more »


Mining New Business Opportunities with the IIoT

Digitization with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies is allowing industrial companies to play a major role in the new digital economy. In a world of fast-evolving demand requirements,… Read more »

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AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) Systems Deliver on Productivity Improvements with Help from Wireless

About the author: Keith Blodorn is a Director of Program Management at ProSoft Technology, specializing in IIoT and wireless communication solutions. He has worked in the Industrial Automation industry for… Read more »

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Improving the Efficiency of Your Packaging Systems

A disruptive force known as the fourth industrial revolution is already underway. The phenomenon – known as the Industrial Internet of Things, the digital enterprise or simply “smart manufacturing” –… Read more »

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Can Industrial Productions Grind to a Complete Halt Because of a Single, Faulty Pushbutton?

The concept is as old as humanity:  Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. Known in some parts of the world as “Murphy’s… Read more »

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Building Cybersecurity Knowledge Is Critical First Step to Secure Industrial Networks

Cybersecurity is a critical topic for industrial control systems that will continue to accelerate in importance over the coming years.  Personnel working with industrial control systems everywhere in the world… Read more »

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What is TSN? The Backbone of Future Industrial Ethernet Networks

Guest Blogger: René Hummen joined Belden in 2015, where he is working in the Future Technologies department of Belden’s Industrial IT platform.  With his work, René plays a crucial role… Read more »

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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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Industrial Technology Architectures are Changing and Unleashing the Benefits of IIoT

Industrial organizations are looking to deploy power, automation and control solutions faster and more efficiently than ever before. The need to stay competitive by lowering costs while increasing production has… 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 »


One size doesn’t fit all: The value of a highly differentiated SCADA offer

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software is a mature offer that has been around for over 30 years. At its core, it includes basic functionality such as data acquisition… Read more »


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 »


Managing the unknown

The Water & Wastewater Industry is a peculiar sector. Its members often meet to share best practices, to discuss adoption of new technologies, and always share their best success stories… Read more »

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3 reasons to use Ethernet as your industrial communication protocol

I would like to discuss the benefits of using Ethernet as backbone for automation control systems. It’s a technology that enables controllers to connect to this powerful medium. There are… Read more »


Why Industrial Ethernet and how exactly?

“Why Ethernet?” That was a question posed to me during a recent meeting with a plant manager. He said, “I have been using serial Fieldbuses for many years, but now… Read more »


Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »


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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GUEST POST: Trends in the wireless automation market – Part 1

In this guest post by Stephen Goodman, we hear about all things wireless. Steve tackles the questions about standards, “in-plant” wireless and “outside the fence” wireless solutions. Wireless Sensor Networks… 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 »


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 »


Intelligence, Connectivity, Efficiency – the new ICE Age in Energy Management!

Energy is needed everywhere – be it industry, agriculture, homes, buildings, infrastructure or services. Even as we grapple with the twin-headed monster of rising energy demand and ravaging carbon emission,… Read more »


The importance of training and certification for systems integrators

While travelling in Indonesia late last year I had the opportunity to meet with one of our SI Alliance Partners. We discussed many topics when we met, but one thing… Read more »


COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… Read more »


3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »


The Industrial Internet of Things is an “evolution” not a “revolution”

The next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – whatever you want to call it, is one of the primary megatrends impacting on our market today,… Read more »


Optimizing Operations and Maintenance with Predictive Analytics

The amount of data available today is providing utilities with the information needed to operate more efficiently, effectively and safely. Predictive analytics solutions transform raw data into actionable insights, allowing… Read more »


Effective maintenance strategies begin with an understanding of why assets fail

In my previous blog, Plant Asset Performance Management is for everyone, I talked about some of the challenges that manufacturing plants face in their day-to-day operations. In the second installment… Read more »


The Basics of MQTT-The Messaging Protocol for the Internet of Things

MQTT is a machine-to-machine  (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) open protocol standardized by the OASIS Technical Committee ( The protocol is easy to adopt for a wide variety of… Read more »