One of the benefits of creating and using a simulated virtual plant is that, once the model is built, users can walk through any plant scenario and experience its consequences, using it to make better decisions on how to manage abnormal or risky situations.
The Lexium 23 Plus Servo Drives and the BCH Servo Motors are designed to provide OEMs, panel builders, and end users an economical and easy to apply servo solution.
The 8B43 input module interfaces to DC LVDTs that operate on a 10 V excitation voltage and up to 20 mA of excitation current.
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In order to increase efficiencies for product changeovers, tool changes and machine module replacements, Beckhoff Automation has introduced new EtherCAT I/O devices with “Fast Hot Connect” capabilities.
Industrial Ethernet is firmly in place, and two-thirds are actively using wireless communications, but current network infrastructure is in need of modification.
Georgia Tech engineering research into the use of hydraulic hybrid technology on school buses to reduce energy use and curb emissions also serves as a vehicle to attract young students to engineering.
Instead of the annual user group event from Invensys Operations Management, the different divisions are holding smaller events.
According to Burrill & Company’s 26th Annual Report on the Life Sciences Industry—“Biotech 2012: Innovating in the New Austerity”—in 2011, “several drug companies sought to cut R&D [research and development] expenses.”
Data historians are repositories of vital information, but how do you manage that data to ensure its integrity? Automation World went in search of practical advice on how process industry users are managing historian data today.
In Spring of 2012, Automation World surveyed its readers to get feedback on improving education and training for the industrial workforce. For the most part, this training is rated by end users as “good” to “excellent”, but experience seems to vary widely depending on the vendor and the course.
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