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Water is critical to manufacturing processes and companies are finding it more important than ever to analyze and automate to improve use of natural resources.
The convergence of information technology and operation technology on the plant floor is igniting the need for a new skillset that combines computer science and plant engineering.
Whether drama or comedy or pure spectacle, entertainment engineering is a serious business that keeps shows running in a safe and reliable manner. And automation is playing an ever-larger role in delivering creative content.
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In machine-heavy operations at multiple beverage can plants, new SCADA software helped the manufacturer modernize its 20-year-old equipment while customizing production metrics.
Largely behind the scenes, a major change has taken place in embedded systems technology over the past 10 years that is affecting not only OEM system customization, but even in-the-field upgrades by end users.
And vice versa. Particularly in the industrial space, increasing connectivity is driving sensor growth, but sensor innovation is also creating big strides for IoT applications. Through it all, M&A activity is running high.
Could product lifecycle management evolve to support the food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries?
The manufacturing industry is not a new target for cyber attacks, but it is experiencing new kinds of attacks. Here’s how to protect your operations.
While the manufacturing industry focuses on connecting the Industrial Internet of Things, Sight Machine is extracting and analyzing existing data locked away on the factory floor.
Faced with rising production costs and lower price demands from customers, Tegra Medical, a contract manufacturer of medical devices, automated key aspects of its production operations with small, collaborative robots.
UniEnergy Technologies needed a simple, scalable control system to go with its simple, scalable multi-megawatt wet-cell batteries. It turned to Siemens for the complete solution.
The Platinum Series CN32PT, CN16PT, CN8PT microprocessor-based PID controllers from Omega Engineering offer flexibility in process measurement.
The Industrial Internet Consortium launches an asset efficiency testbed and Georgia Tech announces the founding members of its Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies.
GE Intelligent Platform’s CR11 single board computers have been deployed on the International Space Station as part of the European Space Agency’s continuing experiments.
GlaxoSmithKline has selected Siemens as a strategic partner providing technology for manufacturing and R&D sites worldwide.
Predixion Software is coupling its cloud-based advanced analytics software with Wind River’s cloud-based IoT platform to enable real-time data analytics where decisions can be made quickly.
A matched control and drive system designed for automating the test and measurement of machinery combines National Instruments’ controller and programming environment with Bosch Rexroth’s drives and motors.
Taking its control system/control room collaboration to the next level, ABB has bought up the remaining shares of CGM, a Swedish company specializing in control room design.
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