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Industry 4.0 Status Update
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Industry 4.0 Status Update

Since its official announcement last year, the Industry 4.0 initiative is now in full swing among industry automation suppliers. But where does it stand with end users?
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Inside Dow Corning’s Automation Team
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Inside Dow Corning’s Automation Team

How Dow Corning shifted its approach to automation technology selection from an individual site focus to a global outlook.
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Clarifying the Use of Color in HMIs
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Clarifying the Use of Color in HMIs

The discussion over the value of high-performance HMIs continues with a focus on the negative reactions often created by the gray screen HMI approach.
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Siemens and McAfee Extend Security Partnership
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Siemens and McAfee Extend Security Partnership

McAfee products ranging from a next generation firewall to global threat intelligence will be incorporated into Siemens Industrial Security services offering.
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Anixter Industrial Communications Lab
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Anixter Opens Industrial Communication and Control Lab

New lab lets users build and test an industrial networking simulation with products from preferred suppliers.
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Why Partnership with a System Integrator is Critical
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Why Partnership with a System Integrator is Critical

Forging a long-term partnership with a system integrator, beyond the immediate scope of work, keeps complex control systems functioning at peak performance.
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A Peak Inside the Manufacturing Renaissance
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A Peek Inside the Manufacturing Renaissance

In effort to quantify all the talk about a manufacturing resurgence in the United States, Automation World conducted a survey of its readers to get a better idea of what this renaissance feels like—or if it even exists—on the front lines of manufacturing.
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It’s Not a Skills Gap
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It’s Not a Skills Gap

Reasons for U.S. Manufacturing’s Upswing
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Reasons for U.S. Manufacturing’s Upswing

The upward trends surrounding North American manufacturing in the past few years have clearly illustrated that manufacturing, although significantly changed, is a growing business for the U.S. A new report from Kiplinger points to the key reasons why.
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The Value of Real-Time Information
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How Real Time Information Can Save Money and Boost Efficiency

Too many companies still rely on data gathered from the last shift, last day, last week or last month to make decisions. Identifying problems in real time saves real money.
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Industrial Ethernet: Safety over Ethernet
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Industrial Ethernet: Safety over Ethernet

In this second blog post covering highlights from the Profinet panel discussion at this year’s ARC Forum, industry experts weigh in on whether or not safety over Ethernet is ready for prime time.
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Telcos Becoming More Prominent in Manufacturing
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Telcos to Play More Prominent Role in Manufacturing

Expanding use of Ethernet to connect machines, devices, and entire systems to each other and to operators is leading telcos to become more heavily involved in manufacturing, starting with remote maint
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Industrial Ethernet: Diagnostics
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Industrial Ethernet: Diagnostics

Shop floor-to-top floor connectivity and wireless enablement often get most of the attention in discussions about industrial Ethernet. At a recent Profinet panel discussion, the core manufacturing operation and commissioning issues related to diagnostics took center stage.
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Heard the News about Procedure Automation?

Bayer MaterialScience and Dow Chemical are on the leading edge of pending industry standards that promise to widen the appeal of procedure automation—a system design and programming approach known t
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How Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S.
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How Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S.

Automation is essential to keeping manufacturers competitive in the global market. Though there's no disputing the fact that some low-skilled jobs will be casualties in this effort to keep manufacturing alive and well.
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