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Current Issue: April 2014

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Automation in the Extremes

Because controllers and other sensitive automation equipment directly affect company profit, best practice asset management demands that decisions be made that will deliver safe, continuous operation
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Feature Article
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Calculating the True Cost of Software

Plants running continuous processes needn't practice voodoo economics to get good estimates and generate realistic budgets for software projects.
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Is Lean Still Good Enough?

Lean manufacturing is a widely admired and attempted best practice process. But the fact is, only a small percentage of companies have successfully applied and maintained it.
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Case Application
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Control/Drive Retrofit Keeps Workhorse Kicking

New motors and controls allow Royal Vendors to upgrade the performance of its aging, yet critically important metal former.
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Case Application
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Kent’s Water Utility Keeps Automation Fluid

Continued automation and communications improvements are part of the Ohio city’s dedication to its award-winning water quality.
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New Venture Capital Fund Targets Potential Disruptors
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New Venture Capital Fund Targets Potential Disruptors

Adding a new dimension to its investment strategy, Siemens launches a venture capital fund to invest in early stage technology start-ups.
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Sensors enable clear object detection. Source: Banner
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CPG Manufacturers Benefit from Sensor Technology Advances

One trend in packaging machine design is to move from tool-less changeovers to automated changeovers, reducing the complexity and downtime related to product variation. Sensors of various types enable the automation.
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Oil and Gas: How to Attract Women

The oil and gas sector needs to work on changing its image to attract more female engineers to the industry, a survey finds. It could also consider offering reduced hours, recognition and support, and mentoring and networking opportunities.
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Telcos Becoming More Prominent in Manufacturing
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Telcos to Play More Prominent Role in Manufacturing

Expanding use of Ethernet to connect machines, devices, and entire systems to each other and to operators is leading telcos to become more heavily involved in manufacturing, starting with remote maint
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Banner's IVu  is a vision sensor that can identify mislabeling.
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Sensor Trends Affecting Packaging Automation

Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and track-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology. Here’s how.
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Are Medical Device Manufacturers Overwhelmed with Standards?

Time constraints and other factors can hamper participation, but member of the medical device packaging community came out to discuss their challenges at the 2014 HealthPack Conference.
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How Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S.
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How Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S.

Automation is essential to keeping manufacturers competitive in the global market. Though there's no disputing the fact that some low-skilled jobs will be casualties in this effort to keep manufacturing alive and well.
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Ford’s Focus on Control
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Ford’s Focus on Control

Using Profinet and various automation systems to tie its plant floor systems together and connect to IT, Ford lays the groundwork for continuous automation and production advancement.
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Cisco Blogs About The Automation Conference
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Cisco Blogs About The Automation Conference

In a recent blog post, Chet Namboodri of Cisco explains why he's interested in The Automation Conference ... and why you should be too.
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Dow Chemical Wins HART Plant Award
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Dow Chemical Wins HART Plant Award

Dow’s specialty chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas, was given the 2013 HART Plant of the Year Award for its reliability improvement program that involved monitoring critical control valves.
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GE Energy Licenses Simulation Software

Power organizations in New York and China have both signed licensing agreements for GE Energy Consulting’s Multi-Area Production Simulation (MAPS) software.
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Rugged versus Consumer Cost of Ownership
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Rugged versus Consumer Cost of Ownership

New online calculator is designed to help determine the total cost of ownership differences between rugged tablets and consumer tablets.
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MTConnect Formalizes Work With Defense Manufacturing

The MTConnect Institute and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to continue their collaboration on the MTConnect open standard
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