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Current Issue: July 2014

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How Good Are Your Networks?

Consider not only your automation network that carries information between devices and control systems, but also your personal network that shares best practices and lessons learned.
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Virtual Assembly, Real Results

Simulating assembly operations in a virtual environment is no longer a fantasy.
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Google Earth Connects Ford's Virtual Assembly

One of the biggest issues confronting global manufacturers like Ford Motor Co.
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Upgrading That '70s Interface

The move to distributed control systems that deliver data in a digital format made old interfaces obsolete. But what some thought were improvements were actually obstacles.
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Visualizing Energy Consumption

Having a clear view of your plant floor operations—knowing what to look for and instrumenting what you can—can cut industrial energy costs.
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Hulking Automated Guided Vehicles Offer Wireless Flexibility

AGV maker Fori Automation adds wireless operation via Profinet to its industrial transport vehicles, improving plant safety and delivering operational flexibility to its customers.
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Making Smart Use of Manufacturing Data
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Making Smart Use of Manufacturing Data

Positively impacting your company’s bottom line through the use of data connection and analytics is not just the far-off promise of the Internet of Things. It’s a reality that you can begin to attain today by connecting three or four data sources.
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The Case is Never Closed on Automation Innovation

High performance PC-based controls and ultra fast industrial Ethernet unite to boost case packer machine functionality.
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News
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Safety Experts Espouse the Integrated Network

Though audience members at The Automation Conference expressed concern about integrating safety onto the main control network, panelists insisted that there were several benefits, including simplified
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Autodesk Takes 3D Printing Open Source
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Autodesk Takes 3D Printing Open Source

Engineering and design software supplier Autodesk adds a new wrinkle to the developing 3D printing scene by positioning its 3D printing hardware and software as open source templates, much like Google did with the Android OS.
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How to Get Cash for a Retrofit Project
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How to Get Cash for a Retrofit Project

If you know how to do it, leasing can fund your much-needed upgrades and eliminate timing challenges.
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Perspective
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More Reader Response on Motor Oversizing

Automation World’s article, “Engineers Split on Motor Oversizing," contained information from a reader survey on the pros and cons of oversizing motors. Read more reader feedback.
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Boeing’s New Approach to Fuselage Assembly
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Boeing’s New Approach to Fuselage Assembly

Advanced Integration Technology combines motion control, servo drive platforms, failsafe CPUs, distributed I/O, and Ethernet networks to design a fully automated positioning and joining system for the
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News
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Split Network Provides Flexibility and Security

At The Automation Conference 2014, David Mattes presented a network solution developed to solve manufacturing issues at Boeing, but later commercialized to industry.
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PackML Workshop Draws OEMs, CPG Companies to The Automation Conference

A special component of The Automation Conference 2014, produced for the third time by Summit Media Group in May, was a “Demystifying PackML” workshop held one day ahead of the conference
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Ian Wong explains National Instruments' advanced wireless research platform
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National Instruments, Nokia Work Toward 5G Wireless

As an outgrowth of its RF/Communications Lead User program, NI is working with Nokia’s Networks business to collaborate on advanced research related to fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies.
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Remote Operations Supported by Fieldbus Foundation Enhancements

New technical specification for the Foundation fieldbus network protocol improve remote operations management capabilities.
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ETG representative Florian Häfele (right) awarded the first official North American conformance certificate to Watlow's Stan Breitlow.
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North American EtherCAT Test Center Issues First Conformance Test Certificate

The RMZ temperature controller from Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company (http://www.watlow.com), is the first EtherCAT device to pass conformance testing in the newly-opened North American EtherCAT
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