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A redundant Ethernet switch fabric between the controller and I/O level allows differing levels of redundancy to mix freely in t
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GE Argues for Ethernet Backbone

With Ethernet communications so prevalent and cost-effective at the upper levels of process control, it makes sense to take it to the lowest level of the architecture, replacing the traditional rack-based approach.
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The Connected Smart Bottle Is Calling
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The Connected Smart Bottle Is Calling

Thinfilm and Diageo plc partner on a prototype that uses printed sensor tags and near field communication to deliver personalized messages from a bottle on the store shelf to consumers’ smartphones.
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How to Approach Mobile Manufacturing
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5 Questions for Mobile Manufacturing

By answering the right questions, you can reap the benefits of incorporating mobile technology into your operations through careful consideration of key issues.
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Quick & Simple PLC Programming

The major benefits of using function blocks include ease of use and reduced training requirements, as well as reuseability.
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CC-Link Bus Coupler

The compact BK7150 Bus Coupler connects the CC-Link network to the vendor’s entire I/O system.
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Embracing Globalism:The China Factor

"I can think of no faster path to a worldwide recession than for the United States and China to turn against one another."
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Handheld RFID PDA

The Silverjet RFID PDA is a handheld RFID reader/writer designed for factory operations.
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Wireless Industrial LAN

Product Spotlight: Wireless Products
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Global Collaboration--Worth Striving For

Successful implementation is not trivial; it involves getting people in many different locations to cooperate meaningfully.
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Average, Laggard Companies Need to Catch Up

Jane Biddle, vice president of Boston analyst firm AberdeenGroup Inc., has researched manufacturing companies’ use of visibility and integration software.
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Compact OEM Surge Protection

TheValvetrab CompactDIN-rail-mountable surge protection device measures just 12mm per channel, which is billed as the smallest footprint in the industry.
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Cyber Security Still a Hard Sell with Management

The need for cyber security measures to protect plant control systems against electronic attacks from hackers, terrorists or others with malicious intent is drawing increased attention these days from
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Lean EOQ Powers Lean Manufacturing

Economic Order QuantityEOQ = √ ã 2*P*S/CP = Production in Units/monthS = Set-up and Ordering Cost per LotC = Inventory Carrying Costs $/unit/month
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