Current Issue: January 2016 | Automation World

Current Issue: January 2016

As the plant floor becomes more connected, so do abnormal situations—which can originate from anywhere in the enterprise. To help operators navigate this new universe of anomalies, suppliers are turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that enable proactive situational awareness vs. reactive alarm management.
It's a cyber war out there. Is your company ready for battle?
Whether drilling further out or maintaining a sprawling set of wells, exploration companies are realizing they need a more central plan of control. Remote operations are not only more feasible, but vital.
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As this survey moves into its fourth consecutive year, the impacts Ethernet is having on industrial plant operations are becoming more evident.
A major automotive OEM expands the robotic footprint for its body-in-white assembly facility and reduces commissioning time for the control system by 50 percent.
For Automation World’s 2015 Leadership in Automation program, now in its fifth year, suppliers show how their continued innovation makes them the preferred choice among readers.
Because attention to sustainability seems to ebb and flow, Automation World is taking a closer look at how industry is — or isn’t — addressing various sustainability issues.
Manufacturers recognize the need to offer not only products, but services as well. But actually achieving that has proved to be challenging—what Cisco calls the service dilemma. Embracing digital technologies can help, as Caterpillar shows.
Protecting the public and protecting business is the top priority for food processors these days, which is why a new category of food safety automation software is appearing.
Having emerged as the most readily applicable Industrial Internet of Things implementation with a near-term quantifiable return on investment, remote asset management has been turning heads across industry this year.
Coming out of stealth mode earlier this year, Maana has now announced all the enhancements it’s been making the past several months to its analytics platform; and is moving from proof of concept to operationalization.
Food manufacturers are under pressure to minimize risk throughout the entire supply chain. Many companies are turning to cloud-based technology to implement quality control across global operations and enable collaboration with partners.
Increasing use of Ethernet on the plant floor, coupled with growing demands for interoperability, drive this latest industrial partnership.
Rockwell and Fanuc, two factory automation suppliers, are collaborating to unite networks, assets, and predictive services in order to boost productivity for their mutual manufacturing customers.
The latest draft guidance invites drug makers to work with the agency’s new Emerging Technology Team to implement modern technologies that will improve processes and increase quality by design.
The purchase of Elster will add products to Honeywell Process Solutions in midstream and upstream gas applications, and to the Environmental & Energy Solutions business.
Lenze’s new i500 inverter series is the latest example of the trend toward readying automation products for Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 initiatives.
HIMA has received its largest order yet, providing safety and fire and gas systems for the Ichthys LNG Project, which will process the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years.
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