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Automation Roadmap: Assessing Your Network Architecture
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Automation Roadmap: Assessing Your Network Architecture

To facilitate efficient and cost-effective process improvement, your network architecture needs to be thoughtfully planned out, not just patched together.
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It’s Not the Internet of Things; It’s a Business Case

It doesn’t make any sense to buy or sell IoT as a concept, but rather the value the related technologies can bring, whether for turbines or cows. Panelists at The Automation Conference discuss real-world use cases and the best way to get started.
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Co-Created Products Come to Market
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Co-Created Products Come to Market

One year after the launch of FirstBuild, some of the first co-created products—designed though crowdsourcing of engineering and consumer input—are being released for sale.
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Pack Expo 2011 - Video Coverage

The Automation World staff attended the Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 show in late September and shot video of the latest automation and control products at the show.
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Fieldbus Foundation Updates H1 Interoperability Test Kit

Interoperability test tool update addresses bugs with the NI-FBUS Communciation Manager software.
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ABB Opens New Solar Inverter Production Center

Center will feature a 400 megawatt per year capacity as well as an engineering center to support inverter production and nearby motors and drives factories.
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Top-Mounted SCARA Robot Outperforms Delta Robots
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Top-Mounted SCARA Robot Outperforms Delta Robots

Faster and more rigid, this scara robot  can handle 188 parts per minute, accurate to .01 millimeters, and is said to be up to 40% less expensive than delta robots. Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011.
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Renewable Energy: An Island Project

Off the coast of Spain, the island of El Hierro will soon supply all its own power via renewable energy.
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Rockwell Automation: Controllers, Software Target Small Machine Applications

A new family of Allen-Bradley Micro800 programmable controllers and Connected Components Workbench software is designed for small machine applications with fewer than 48 I/O points.
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Pepperl+Fuchs : AS-Interface G11 Module

G11-style AS-Interface analog modules (VBA-2E-G11-I/U/PT100-F) are IP68/69k-rated and field-mountable.
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Manufacturing Metrics That Matter to Finance

MESA has just completed a revision to its Metrics Guidebook and Framework. The revision has focused on explaining the root causes of the challenges to improving financial insights into operations.
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SoftPLC Corporation: Remote I/O as Master or Slave Interface

This Smart Gateway interface provides connectivity to Allen-Bradley Remote I/O, including 1771, 1747 (SLC-500), Flex and other compatible networks.
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