Articles Tagged: automation

Energy Efficiency Delight: LED Lighting and Wireless Automation Systems Especially for Retrofits

Candles, oil, gas and electric lamps; thanks to technology that lets us to enjoy the “Lighting Evolution” over centuries… And today we are using light in our houses and buildings… 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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Industrial Electronic Repair – Good For the Environment and the Bottom Line

A year or so ago the constant pressure to finally clean out my basement got the better of me. There was lots of stuff which I didn’t want to part… Read more »

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Working together to service the breadth and depth of the DCS market

Following Schneider Electric’s recent acquisition of Invensys, we’re moving quickly to harmonize our offers. In January when we made the official announcement, we said that we expected many benefits and… Read more »

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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 »

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Innovation for 90 year old products

Nowadays I’m working in a marketing position as a product manager for one of the most important offers in my company, and after a short time in this position, it all started to… 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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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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Technology and digitization: our industry lost a battle, but how do we win the war ?

Once upon a time, not so long ago (maybe 20 years), the adoption “flow” of new technology was simple and easy. First we saw it in high level university labs –… 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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What just happened and why ? – Unravel the domino effect with SOEs in SCADA

From at least the early 1990s when I discovered SCADA so to speak, I wondered what on earth SCADA meant by Sequence of Events and tended to reject the whole… Read more »

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What to Consider When Starting Your IIoT Journey?

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 more than 20… Read more »

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A Love Letter to Ugly Buildings

My Dear Building, People think you are UGGGLY!!! Look at you, sitting there in this residential neighbourhood behind a cheap chain-link fence, complete with tacky Golden Retriever ornaments. Your paint… Read more »

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A Tale of Two T’s

Carric Dooley has extensive experience leading comprehensive security assessments as well as network and application penetration tests in a wide range of industries across North America, Europe and Asia. As… 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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More than just a “pretty face:” Good HMI screen design is good for business

Good design, by definition, improves functionality. It is not just about the aesthetics. At its best, when the combination of form and function is successful, the user can utilize the… Read more »

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FLEX: A Framework to Help Cut Costs and Increase Speed in Industrial Project Delivery

Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group is part of the automation consulting team covering PLC/PAC platforms, HMI hardware/software, business visualization, and analytics. He is the primary analyst for ARC’s… Read more »

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Enabling Business Through Safety, Security

Editor and Founder Gregory Hale has over 30 years in the publishing industry covering manufacturing automation for 10 years as the Chief Editor of InTech magazine. Prior to starting atInTech in 1999, Hale… Read more »

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How to protect your plant against mistakes and failures with a Change Management System

Matt Lawson is the Director of Technical Operations at MDT Software. Matt has 23 years of experience in a variety of engineering roles, many within automation manufacturing industry. He holds… 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 the impact of Industry 4.0 for system integration engineers?

The Industry 4.0 report outlines how many jobs and tasks will change as a result of smart plant deployments and the convergence of IT and OT. For system integration engineers… Read more »

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HMI and Alarm Standards and Best Practices – Impact on Operator Performance and Operations Excellence

Bridget Fitzpatrick is an HMI, Abnormal Condition Management and Human Factors Practice Lead for Wood Group Mustang in Houston, TX. She has 25+ years of experience in process engineering, control… 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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DCIM For a More Distinct Flavour of Colocation Service

The English have a fondness for mustard. Not the brownish stuff that they eat in France, nor the green condiment that no respectable sushi would be seen without. Not even… Read more »

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The Power of Partnership in the world of Industrial Automation

In the world of industrial automation and control, or Machine and Process Management, our customer operations environment is often a mixed and multi-vendor setting. This characteristic of customer plants, factories… Read more »

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Digitizing industries – from the pushbutton up

As industrial companies move further and further into digitization, the opportunities and benefits become apparent across the spectrum and up the technology stack. While there are parts of industry that… Read more »

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A formal introduction… Process Optimization, meet Energy Optimization in Cement Manufacturing

We have been talking about Process Optimization Systems for many years, but today the industry is striving for more! There is a need for a combination of both “Process” AND… Read more »

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A Love Letter to Ugly Buildings

My Dear Building, People think you are UGGGLY!!! Look at you, sitting there in this residential neighbourhood behind a cheap chain-link fence, complete with tacky Golden Retriever ornaments. Your paint… 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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An Insurance Policy To Help Combat Downtime

  A few years ago, I was driving home from my office in Michigan on a divided highway (Dual Carriageway as we used to call them in the UK). I… Read more »

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