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Sustainable Manufacturing Through Obsolescence
February 19, 2020

Sustainable Manufacturing Through Obsolescence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
The amount of worldwide e-waste generation is expected to exceed 50 million tons by 2020. Americans specifically, throw away an estimated 55 billion USD in e-waste material each year. This article explains how manufacturers can achieve sustainable manufacturing through obsolescence management.

Local Learning: Gruhn to speak on safety, HMIs, more
February 18, 2020

Local Learning: Gruhn to speak on safety, HMIs, more

By Renee Bassett, teptn.com
ISA past president Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, will be presenting at local meetings around the country during the first quarter of 2020. As a global functional safety consultant with aeSolutions, Gruhn has gained extensive experience consulting with sites around the world.

Rockwell Automation helps Pacific Coast Terminals enhance process safety and control
February 17, 2020

Rockwell Automation helps Pacific Coast Terminals enhance process safety and control

PCT set out to find a solution that would remove the cab from the boom and, instead, allow operators to control and monitor the process remotely. If the company pulled it off, it would be a first for ship loading in North America.

Taking a Grounded, Integrated Approach Through the Industry 4.0 Hype
February 14, 2020

Taking a Grounded, Integrated Approach Through the Industry 4.0 Hype

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK & Ireland
Talk of Industry 4.0 has been useful in helping businesses understand the value of industrial automation and connectivity. This article explains why it’s not only vital to work with a systems integrator to get the most from industrial connectivity, but to also take a grounded approach.

How Hydrogen Fuel Cells are Transforming Industry
February 12, 2020

How Hydrogen Fuel Cells are Transforming Industry

By Håkan Holmberg, Sandvik
A fuel cell is a device that converts energy stored in molecules into electrical energy. Using hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) as power, the fuel cell produces water, electricity and heat without creating any emissions other than water vapour. This article explains the possibilities of hydrogen fuel cells.

World Economic Forum 2020 - Fourth Industrial Revolution or Evolution?
February 07, 2020

World Economic Forum 2020 - Fourth Industrial Revolution or Evolution?

By Bill Lydon, Contributing Editor
Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are disrupting the manufacturing industry, and that disruption has risen to the highest levels: a topic for discussion at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January

Using Technology to Improve Food Quality and Safety
February 04, 2020

Using Technology to Improve Food Quality and Safety

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
To prevent the risks of foodborne illness and improve shelf life, food processors and manufacturers prioritize safety. This article shares three ways that technology is improving food quality.

Single Pair Ethernet Industrial Automation Joins IoT Revolution
February 03, 2020

Single Pair Ethernet Industrial Automation Joins IoT Revolution

By Bill Lydon, Contributing Editor
Attending the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Symposium hosted by Harting Electronics and the SPE Partner Network organization, I learned more about the 10BASE-T1 Single Pair Ethernet. SPE is an exciting development enabling seamless ethernet connectivity from sensor to enterprise, connecting the IoT universe.

Rockwell Automation helps City of Tacoma upgrade DCS to enhance visibility in wastewater treatment
February 03, 2020

Rockwell Automation helps City of Tacoma upgrade DCS to enhance visibility in wastewater treatment

The city collaborated with Carollo Engineers, an environmental engineering firm that specializes in the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater facilities, to help with the technology selection process. The team evaluated different solutions’ capabilities, support services, and more. The PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation came out on top.

Securing Industrial Operations in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 29, 2020

Securing Industrial Operations in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Tatjana Milenovic, ABB Food & Beverage
Connected automation systems are making food and beverage manufacturing more efficient, productive and cost-effective, but this greater connectivity creates greater opportunities for agroterrorism. This article discusses the need to integrate data protection into a wider plant safety system.

A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer
January 27, 2020

A Beginner's Tutorial to Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 Logix Designer

By Stephen Gates, myPLCtraining.com
When it comes to industrial automation, Studio 5000 is one of the most widely used software packages in the world. Studio 5000 Logix Designer (formerly known as RSlogix 5000) is used to program the most powerful Allen-Bradley PLCs (technically PACs), including the ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?
January 23, 2020

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?

Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots, often referred to as cobots, have been heavily marketed as unguarded and easy to integrate machines that can work seamlessly alongside human workers. However, this doesn’t necessarily make these machines exempt from the safety regulations associated with regular industrial robots.

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers
January 17, 2020

Automating Competitive Pricing for Small and Medium Manufacturers

By Mike Franz, ManufacturingPower
Every manufacturer must pay attention to costs and competitors’ pricing. For better or worse, purchasing professionals are rewarded for capturing the lowest price; few have the time to scour the internet for ever RFQ to see if the bid offered is indeed competitive.

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How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?
January 16, 2020

How Good Is Your Digital Transformation Peer Group?

By Mike Guilfoyle, ARC Advisory Group
Digitally transformed organizations will be able to transition to and thrive in digital economies, making digital transformation a matter of not “if,” but “when.” Given that industrial digital transformation is necessary to remain viable and competitive, why are mistakes, false starts, and dead-end investments all too common?

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor
January 15, 2020

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
An electric motor is a device that converts electrical energy into rotary kinetic energy, powering many diverse processes like a drive, fan, pump or conveyor belt. Each process requires a specific motor, with specialised characteristics for each unique function. This article explores the best ways of reducing costs related to running a motor.

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Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems
January 14, 2020

Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems

By Stephen Armstrong, Freelance Industrial Writer
With some DCS systems now decades old, system users often know they need to upgrade but find the task daunting given the cost and potential for disruption of operations while the new system is brought online.

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Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern  steels
January 10, 2020

Wear Resistance: The underlying property in modern steels

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
While automation greatly enhances productivity, it also places additional demands on steel components. This article examines why wear resistant steels are vital to modern, enhanced production.

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Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project
January 09, 2020

Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project

DataHub middleware from Skkynet was used by ABB to support redundant, secure networking of OPC A&E and real-time data on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project in Turkey.

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.