Articles Tagged: automation

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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3 Ways that Services Oriented Drives (SODs) and IIoT Improve the Efficiency of Industrial Operations

According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the industrial sector consumes one third of the world’s total energy. Although industry has significantly improved its energy efficiency in recent years,… Read more »

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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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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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7 Technology Trends That Define Next-Generation Data Center Monitoring

Data center monitoring methods have undergone a dramatic change over the last several years. Consider data center power and cooling infrastructure monitoring as an example. These monitoring systems handle roughly… Read more »

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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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3-D Printing creating changes in Industrial Automation

In my last blog I presented a brief view of the future of automation as seen by Dick Morley. Dick’s adaptive manufacturing concept relied in part on 3-D printing. I… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The IIoT Success Formula: Leverage software to convert new workplace capabilities into business value

Several years ago, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era launched with a big bang. Much talk was generated regarding how the industry would be forever changed. Although the speculation… Read more »

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Do partnerships between solution specialist and Food and Beverage OEM’s make sense?

We all like to eat cheese from a local region, eat an apple from a neighborhood farm or drink wine from a favorite winery.  That’s why, historically,  food and beverage  companies have a strong local foot… Read more »

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New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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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Innovation on the DCS Object Model

The object model is a familiar term for those who know the DCS. Objects are the cornerstone of any DCS and many market-players speak about objects. But do you sometimes… 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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