Machine and Process Management

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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The Dream of a Unified and IIoT Enabled Industrial Communications Network…How Close Are We?

Some of us are old enough to remember the days just before the internet became a permanent fixture in our lives. At that time, the IT industry had been struggling… Read more »

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Process safety management: eliminating plant safety uncertainty

If you’re working in the industrial world, you know that process safety is always a high priority, with occupational safety helping protect personnel, and functional safety helping avoid large-scale disasters…. Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management in Your Supply Chain

Cybersecurity Risk Management – Blog Series Part 2 Innovative technology and new products mean nothing without cybersecurity protections The constant influx of news stories about hacking and internet security issues… Read more »

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The Flatter, the Better: The Origins of Flush Aesthetics in Machinery

Question: What do witches and vampires have in common with industrial machinery? Answer: They’ve all undergone serious makeovers that have transformed them from ugly ducklings to graceful swans. The wart-covered… Read more »

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Industrial Automation is ready for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is coming and in some industries is already here but is in its infancy. Industrial Automation is ahead of most other industries in the readiness for… Read more »

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Cyber Security: The Cornerstone of IIoT Adoption

Over the past decade or more the need for cyber security in industrial automation and control systems has been accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Adoption of the benefits of… Read more »

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About Energy Efficiency of Induction Motor Applications: Two Reasons to Choose a Variable Speed Drive (VSD).

Energy efficiency of an induction motor is a well established topic for academic as well as for industry. I will present in a series of posts on how VSD is… Read more »

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Process control requirements for a Steel Mill (and some myths)

After 20 years working with process control and personally helping steel users design some of their systems  I would like to open a discussion and share some insight on how… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Evolving the Human Machine Interface (HMI)

I am a strong believer in the coming of the Internet of Things. In some areas it is already here, not in its final form but in its infancy. Considering… Read more »

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Are you doing everything you can to protect your operation from severe weather?

As someone who has worked in the mining and metals industry for many years, I am always looking for new specialty solutions that  could be aligned with this industry.  One of… Read more »

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The next BIG THING for Industrial Energy Management is BIG DATA: Get Ready!

As I reflect on the brilliantly written blog, “Industrial Process Data – A Potential Productivity Gold Mine”, by my colleague John Boville, I’m reminded about the impact of industrial energy… Read more »

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How “Intelligent Pumping” strategies address disruptive trends in Water Wastewater Industry

Global water shortages, the growth in urban population, environmental regulations, and process inefficiencies are all contributing to a crisis in the water-wastewater industry. Let’s discuss, how migration to a new… Read more »

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The value of software in industrial operations

Industrial operations today are faced with many challenges. Aging and new workforces, new regulatory requirements and the pace of change in a flat world economy that requires a flexible way… 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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100 years of catastrophic accidents leads to a safer Process Industry

So much to be learned from taking a look at the history of “safety standards”… In the last 100 years many catastrophic accidents have occurred in process industry around the world: Bhopal India… Read more »

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Technology evolution: from relays and wires everywhere to smart motor starters

I remember when I started to learn about motor control, and my first class was really boring, today this statement could be a little confusing since I am now a product… Read more »

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Social media for system integrators

In a recent blog on increased market competition for automation system integration companies, I discussed the growing trend of panel building companies moving into the system integrator space through business… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency for Financial People

Having spent many years promoting the benefits of energy efficiency within the industrial and commercial environment and the utilization of Variable Speed Drives in particular there has always been a… Read more »

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How to handle increasing competition for System Integrators

Rise of the panel builder I am privileged to have the opportunity to talk with many of our system integrators that are part of our SI Alliance Partner Program, and… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Redundancy puts backbone into the ring topology

What is redundancy anyway? We all want more for less. And nowhere is that truer than in industry’s constant quest for energy efficiency. But in the big energy-intensive process and… Read more »

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