Articles Tagged: automation

IT / OT Convergence Part 2 – Realizing the benefits of a connected enterprise

The concept of the connected enterprise is based on the use of open IT standards as a means of connecting devices, equipment, processes and systems in a way that promotes… Read more »

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Lunch with Dick Morley and some Automation Talk

I was having lunch with Dick Morley on a recent afternoon and the talk turned to the future of automation. Given Dick can be credited with the developing modern industrial… Read more »

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CIP is a food safety “must”, but can it be optimized to increase your bottom line result?

Clean-in-place (CIP) is a method to clean closed systems (interior pipes, filters, fittings, etc) without taking them apart.  Quite frequently, CIP operations are considered a burden that have to be… Read more »


Creating “social behavior” in a PLC

Today, technology gives us a great opportunity to communicate to others quickly and no matter where we are, and that’s one of the most important accomplishments if we consider communications throughout our human history…. Read more »


Open Architectures in Control

Businesses today, across a broad spectrum of industries, are looking to deploy integrated and cost effective automation solutions from the plant floor to the wider enterprise. As well as for… Read more »


Is it always true…”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Last month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cell phone.  It was in April 1973 when a Motorola engineer used the famous DynaTAC brick phone to make the historic… Read more »


Is your plant running efficiently enough to win a marathon?

Running your plant or business is just like running a marathon.  You need to set your goals right, short term as well as long term. You need to have a… Read more »

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Converting IT Closets into Edge Computing Sites is like Moving from Vinyl Records to Music Downloads

The year was 1968.  My father was holding what looked like a black suitcase with two white stripes. He handed it to me and said “Here’s a gift for you…. Read more »

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Machine as a Service: New Technologies Help, But are They Enough?

Machine builder vs end user production In the industrial sector, end users running factories and OEMs providing machines are part of the same ecosystem. Machine builders have to work within… Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… 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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How Oil & Gas Firms Can Meet the IT Demands that Digitization Present

In mid-2014, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped $100 (about €94). Two years later, in mid-2016, the price stood right around $40 (€37.5), having bottomed out just… 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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Grow Grow Grow !

Wednesday Jan 29th @ Wonderware, Irvine, CA: “Grow! Grow! Grow!” –  Jean-Pascal Tricoire as CEO Schneider Electric spoke eloquently about how in just 100 days or so, we Invensys were to… Read more »

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Is downtime sucking profit from your business?

It’s probably happened in your household at some point; the vacuum cleaner breaks down half way through the housework. It leaves you with a partly cleaned floor, a hefty repair… Read more »

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Five tips to reduce downtime and gain a whole lot more

Whether you’re mining iron ore in Brazil, operating a water treatment plant in China, or on the production line of a pasta making factory in Italy, unplanned downtime is expensive… Read more »

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Can We Get the Best Out of IIoT by Doing What We’re Doing?

The New Year is a time of reflection for most of us. But it was as I tucked into my Christmas turkey that I got to thinking about my US… Read more »

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Less Effort, More Gain…by Dynamic and Colorful Power Monitoring

Efficiency is not only about better usage or management of water/electricity resources, but it’s also about maximizing the usage of the controls and monitoring functionality/features. I would like to address… Read more »

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Do You Know Where Your Assets Are Buried?

When I first got into the sales game years ago, I would sometimes hear this about a veteran salesperson: “He knows where the bodies are buried” (accompanied by a nod… Read more »

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4 tips on how to limit cable-length related electric motor damage

Your electric motors may be ageing prematurely.  How variable speed drives (VSDs) are cabled to electric motors can have a major impact on performance. Let’s look at the potential issues… Read more »

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How Formula 1 Racing Provides a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

Guest Blogger:  Jeff Lund is responsible for Belden’s vision and product initiatives related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He also drives and coordinates cyber security and wireless product… Read more »

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