Articles Tagged: automation

Machine as a Service: A Big Change in the Global Value Chain

In my previous blog (Machine as a Service: New technologies help, but are they enough?), I talked about how new technologies are triggering the development of the Machine as a… 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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Security; The Key to Successful IIoT Deployments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been a hot topic of late.  One key consideration that will impact its acceptance rate and ultimate success is security.   A successful attack… 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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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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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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How Industrialization Drives a More Predictable and Reliable Data Center Life Cycle

Arun Shenoy, the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business in the UK talked to me recently about how he sees the data center industry developing over the next few… Read more »

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Filed Away and Forgotten? Keep Power and Utilities Continuous Improvement Strategies Top of Mind

If your manager came to you today and asked you ‘how could we improve profitability ’, what would you say? Would you respond in directives, such as “optimize designs”, “lower… Read more »

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How Can We Make Automation Architectures fit Industry?

From the inception of the digital technology revolution, automation system architectures have been defined based on the constraints imposed by hardware, software, networking, power and cost imposed by the available… 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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Cows don’t make 2% Milk

I am often asked “Why are distributed control systems necessary” and I’ve often found myself going into layers of deep technical explanations and customer requirements in seeking a response. In… Read more »

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Do automation systems provide “improved business value”?

My newest book, The Value of Automation: The Best Investment an Industrial Company Can Make was recently published by ISA. The title of this book begs the question: “Do industrial… 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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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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What does “Energy Savings” mean in the industrial automation field?

Every day we are hearing “energy saving” expressions but what does it really mean, specifically in the industrial automation field? How much savings we can have? Is it a fixed… Read more »

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How IIoT and “Smart Pumping” can Contribute to Solving the Global Water Crisis

Scarcity of water resources, growth in urban population, environmental regulations and process inefficiencies are all contributing to a crisis in the Water & Wastewater industry. It is estimated that the… Read more »

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How will Industry 4.0 create an increased need for continuing professional development for software and system integration engineers?

The convergence of IT and OT at the plant floor level requires evolving tasks. This means that job roles need to change to encompass broader technical, organizational and social contexts,… Read more »

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Top Reasons to Consider Mobility in your Industrial Operation

In recent years, dramatic changes in the global manufacturing plant landscape have compelled organizations to respond to a new set of challenges, including: An increasing number of casual users requiring… 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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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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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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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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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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#Demystified – 8760 the magic number for energy efficiency!

8760 is the magic number, absolutely fundamental to your energy efficiency. If you haven’t heard about it, then not to worry, it is explained below. It is clearly evident that… 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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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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How will Industry 4.0 create an increased need for continuing professional development for software and system integration engineers?

The convergence of IT and OT at the plant floor level requires evolving tasks. This means that job roles need to change to encompass broader technical, organizational and social contexts,… Read more »

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The Grandfather of IIoT…Transparent Factory Architecture was a Great Vision

Mark Fondl was Vice President of Schneider Electric and under his leadership created the Transparent Factory Initiative with teams in France, Germany, and the US. Mark originally joined Modicon in… Read more »

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Why waste your energy?

Automation systems reliably and effectively build quality products. To do so requires energy, the quantity of energy is determined by its design efficiency (equipment and process) but also by the… 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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