Current Issue: August 2015

Not just reserved for consumer gadgets, embedded systems make use of advances in computing performance to extend the power of industrial controls.
Sometimes it makes better economic sense to maintain legacy control systems than to upgrade to new ones. But finding the parts, know-how and other support for keeping them alive can present challenges.
When it comes to workforce development, operator training simulators and 3D immersive technology are fast-tracking the time it takes to get an operator from entry level to expert.
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With a two-week window, a system integrator implemented a distributed control system (DCS) upgrade and in the process hid many unnecessary alarms.
Where attempts to increase website traffic, poor use of language, and misrepresentations of industry meet.
Though Honeywell Process Solutions is clearly proud of its ability to support control systems that have been in the field for 40 or more years, enough is enough. In many of these cases, the time to upgrade is now.
A new report forecasts growth in the anti-counterfeit food and beverage packaging market. Technologies of choice include holograms, RFID, and the emerging area of invisible, edible barcodes.
As industry becomes ever more digitized and data-driven, automation technologies will change. This means the networks that connect them will have to change too.
Painting a pretty harrowing picture of the cyber landscape that the world’s networks must contend with, Intel Security’s Raj Samani nonetheless insisted that it’s vital to business to stay on track with the Industrial Internet of Things.
Though many manufacturers remain cautious about cloud computing, here are five key reasons that support greater use of the cloud for enterprise and production-related software.
This week, Bedrock Automation announced the availability of its Universal Control System that uses advanced semiconductor technology to deliver a high-speed, scalable, and inherently secure system. This new design has the potential to disrupt the industrial controls market.
With so much fuss lately about killer robots, it might be time to just shut up and dance.
With an ultimate goal of connecting 4,000 of its oil wells to the Industrial Internet, BP will gain real-time visibility across its production assets to improve operational efficiency and minimize unplanned downtime.
The new One Series Safety Transmitter, designed to safeguard critical chemical production functions, is SIL 2-certified.
The Hapa 862-- introduced at Achema 2015-- is a scalable CMYK/spot color inkjet system for printing foils and labels in pharmaceutical packaging. It produces print resolution of 720 dpi at speeds of up to 54 meters per minute.
Two new study guides associated with PMMI’s Mechatronics Certificate tests have been released.
Particularly strengthening the oil and gas offering, KEPServerEX V5.18 leverages new liquid capabilities in ABB Totalflow measurements.
The industrial technology vendors team up to offer customers an interactive way to produce EPA, FDA, and other compliance reports required in pharmaceutical, water/wastewater, and food and beverage industries.
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