Current Issue: July 2015 | Automation World

Current Issue: July 2015

After heavy consolidation in many process industries, manufacturers are adopting automated strategies to better manage batch ingredients in production and raw material stages.
Though the transportation industry has been slower to change than factories, there are lessons to be learned in how railroads, trucks and loading docks are using PLCs, wireless communications, networks and cloud computing to reduce costs and improve safety.
Better cameras and faster processors are among the tools helping engineers couple vision systems with complex production systems.
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An image-based inspection system accelerates delivery of high volumes of printed circuit boards into supply distribution channels.
As interest in mobile access to manufacturing equipment increases for both asset management and production insight, there has been a corresponding uptick in HMI technology to facilitate this interaction.
Though industry was skeptical just a few short years ago, and many manufacturers are still, cloud computing is a key factor helping Honeywell and other automation suppliers address the growing level of challenge that comes with a quickening technology pace.
Over 3,800 vendors are at Messe Frankfurt this week, showcasing everything from packaging lines to process analytics. But the underlying theme is creating a sustainable future for the pharma, biotech, and chemical industries.
NASA’s International Space Station is adopting industrial networking technology in an effort to lower integration costs associated with the build out of an external wireless communication system.
Showing off some of the innovations that cloud platform Microsoft Azure enables, executives across the software company’s ranks explained the impact of the Internet of Things.
At Rockwell Automation TechED the company revealed it is working on the next-generation of industrial mobility, turning a smartphone into a smart node on the network.
How the quality control processes at BMW’s motorcycle production facility in Berlin leads to a discussion of the critical elements of automated quality inspection.
Process safety and cybersecurity can be deeply intertwined, with one type of incident easily affecting the other. But more than that, there is much that security lifecycles can learn from the more longstanding tradition of safety.
APX Labs expanded its Skylight software to support work management and voice controls on smart glasses-- and watches, helping hands-on workers access instructions without a computer or phone.
Lower attendance at OTC this year reflected the hurt that the oil and gas industry is feeling right now. But companies that can wait it out are taking the opportunity to optimize production and get ready for an upturn.
A new report from Berg Insight explores the connections between the Internet of Things and a pending upsurge in wireless devices across industry.
Launch vehicle costs can reportedly be cut by more than 50 percent using 3D printing to reduce part counts nearly 90 percent.
A new analytical systems integration facility, for refineries and petrochemical plants, continues the supplier’s ongoing investment in the U.S. Gulf region
As new technologies such as Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) open up new avenues for asset performance management (APM) and optimization, many enterprises are struggling with crafting APM environments that actually deliver the results they are seeking to achieve.
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