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Automation World Focuses on the Industrial Internet of Things

A new quarterly print supplement, companion e-book and newsletter dedicated to the topic of the Industrial Internet of Things set to debut this fall from Automation World.
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5 Keys to Successful Manufacturing Intelligence Implementation
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5 Keys to Successful Manufacturing Intelligence Implementation

Virtual Presentation: Sherwin Williams shares best practice information from the front lines of manufacturing intelligence systems implementation.
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IT Delivers on Automation’s Promise
IT Delivers on Automation’s Promise

Sign up to receive timely updates from the editors at Automation World and download this FREE Special Report on the transformative power of data in manufacturing. By integrating information and automation technologies, manufacturers are finally achieving major gains in productivity from their automated systems.

Transforming the Distribution Power Grid with Distributed Intelligence
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Transforming the Power Grid with Distributed Intelligence

Virtual Presentation: Implementing the Smart Grid involves more than just replacing the existing grid structure.
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Mobile Input Greatly Improves Field Data Collection

In a project to document 3,000 instruments at a refinery, Matrix Technologies was able to cut completion time from 49 weeks to 27 weeks. That was just one of many benefits of moving from paper to tablet PC.
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National Instruments' VirtualBench is being used in TechShop locations.
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NI and TechShop Announce Partnership

New VirtualBench hardware and an NI Electronics Lab within some TechShop locations provide opportunity for learning, exploring and creating electronic components.
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Industry 4.0 and OPC UA
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Industry 4.0 and OPC UA

As an initiative to strategically connect IT and automation, Industry 4.0 puts interoperability technologies such as OPC UA front and center.
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Pay Little Attention to Those GDP Headlines

Though U.S. GDP fell significantly in the first quarter, the Institute for Trend Research views this more as expected slowdown rather than another recession.
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Siemens Aligns Around Industry 4.0
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Siemens Aligns Around Industry 4.0

The keynote address at Siemens 2014 Automation Summit highlighted how the digitized vision of manufacturing, as prescribed by Industry 4.0, will play out in Siemens’ plans for the future.
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GE Intelligent Platforms: Industrial Internet Operator Interface

The GE QuickPanel+ integrates control and view, and also lets you archive data.
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Human Factors and their Influence on the I/O Market
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Human Factors and Their Influence on I/O Modules

End users are always looking for ways to make work easier and save money. These needs are driving I/O vendors to improve their products and are, in turn, weakening the bond between I/O modules and controllers as a result of the I/O advances being made.
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How Good Are Your Networks?

Consider not only your automation network that carries information between devices and control systems, but also your personal network that shares best practices and lessons learned.
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Relevant Costs: What Are They?

Knowing relevant costs would be extremely useful to manufacturing and other operating managers. How are relevant costs defined?
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Test-Centric Assembly
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Test-Centric Assembly

If the goal of your assembly process is perfection, then using the test-centric approach as a process and a strategy is worthy of consideration.
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Making Smart Use of Manufacturing Data
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Making Smart Use of Manufacturing Data

Positively impacting your company’s bottom line through the use of data connection and analytics is not just the far-off promise of the Internet of Things. It’s a reality that you can begin to attain today by connecting three or four data sources.
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Surge in Conveyance Innovation
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Surge in Conveyance Innovation

Following years of innovation in automation component advances, a number of recent announcements in conveyance systems highlights how new automation technologies are spreading throughout all aspects of the manufacturing process.
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