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Current Issue: January 2015

A standstill and speed monitor protects riders as they control ascent and descent on a flying tower.
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Automation Lessons from Thrill Rides and Theme Parks

Though it’s the rides and spectacles that get all the attention, the engineers who design the control systems for amusement park thrill rides and stage shows are also worthy of recognition.
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How Plant-Floor Data Drives the Enterprise

New platforms for moving data from shop-floor devices to enterprise systems gives manufacturers better control of all operations.
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Electronic Batch Records: A Story of Workflow Improvement
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Electronic Batch Records: A Story of Workflow Improvement

The story of electronic batch records began as a way to streamline regulatory compliance. Now these records can also help users produce higher-quality batches and ensure optimal workflow.
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Tips for Successful EBR Projects

As worthy a goal as going paperless can be, Edgewater Fullscope's Reddy Beeram considers the following considerations to be important success factors for EBR projects.
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AW Survey 2014: Ethernet and Wireless in the Plant

Now in its third year, the joint Automation World/Moxa survey of Ethernet and wireless use in industrial facilities highlights specific application trends and helps frame the continuing evolution of m
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Leadership in Automation 2014: First Team Honorees

Now in its fifth year, Automation World's Leadership in Automation program highlights readers' preferred suppliers across a variety of automation technology categories.
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For this metal industry plant, the production goal was seven-minute cycles per crane to move metal coils weighing 1 to 20 tons.
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Automating Gantry Crane Operations

Metals manufacturers use laser-guided sensors, PC-based control and a robust object-avoidance system to stack 20-ton metal coils almost entirely with automation.
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A Different Approach to Industrial Security
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A Different Approach to Industrial Security

Borne out of seven years of research and development inside Boeing, the control system security methods developed there are now offered by Tempered Networks to all of industry.
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Wonderware SmartGlance MyAlerts Watch
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Superheroes of Industry Eye Wearable Tech

Smart watches take mobility to the next level, shrinking a machine interface down to the size of a tea bag. Industrial applications for wearable tech are starting to emerge, and the possibilities are intriguing for plant managers, engineers and technicians.
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Analytics 3.0: Cisco Leaps in at the Edge

Cisco unveiled its analytics strategy with its Connected Analytics portfolio, pulling useful information from the data where it’s being gathered rather than from data warehouses or data lakes.
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Trending: Machine Design Building Blocks
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Trending: Machine Design Building Blocks

A new type of automation application software is appearing on the scene, and it’s designed to ease the process of machine design engineering. Here’s how these machine design functionality building blocks work.
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Sharing is good
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Collaboration Makes Automation Software More Accessible

Makers of industrial automation products are discovering that closed software development environments may be a thing of the past. But there is something besides open source development. The PACTware Consortium demonstrates the benefits of a “shared source” business model.
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Transportation Leads Trip to More Connected Operations

Examples in the railroad and airline industries show how sensor data and analytics can save millions of dollars in unplanned downtime and other operational inefficiencies.
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Controlling Access to Networked Devices
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Controlling Access to Networked Devices

With a focus on securing networked ICS devices, a session at PI North America’s annual meeting delivered specific industry best practices that you can put into practice today and plan around for stronger future network security.
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Keithly Project Manager Zach Bryson uses a Fluke CNX compatible infrared camera to inspect fuses and power capacitors while the
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Lessons Learned: Preventive Maintenance Keeps Skydivers Flying

Visual inspections, multiple electrical tests, and infrared inspections of the electrical system for a vertical wind tunnel help avoid costly downtime.
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Lower Oil Prices Help Drive Chemical Growth

Though there might be concern about how low oil prices could affect the automation spend in that industry, the chemical industry is reaping the benefits.
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ABB and Hitachi Form HVDC Partnership for Japan’s Power Grid

With Hitachi as the prime contractor, the joint venture will take ABB’s direct current technology into Japan’s evolving HVDC market.
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Energy Company’s DCS Overhaul Nearly Halves Shutdowns

Replacing its aging control system with Rockwell’s PlantPAx helped California-based Ripon Cogeneration reduce nuisance trips by almost 90 percent and startup time by 30 percent.
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