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Automation: It’s Time to Question the Way It’s Always Been Done

ExxonMobil is rethinking the way it automates operations, bucking the traditionally conservative mentality in oil and gas.
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Pairing Programmable Automation Controllers and Networks
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Pairing Programmable Automation Controllers and Networks

When using a programmable automation controller (PAC) that combines a processor and FPGA, the processing components offer different advantages, lending themselves to different communication tasks.
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Shale Plays Create Opportunities, Challenges for Automation

As oil producers look for increased efficiencies, particularly within the unconventional exploration and production space, they will make the spend on automation, but will want it to come cheaper.
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Monitoring a Water Plant In Real-time

The worst way to find out about pump failure is to wait until a pump quits working.
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Catch Problems Before Process Shutdown

Plants are using diagnostics and prognostics to catch problems before they shut down the process.
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Readers Rate Service Support

An Automation World survey on user satisfaction levels for both hardware and software support produced results that surprised some automation suppliers.
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Get It All Together For Plant Asset Optimization

Once limited in practice just to maintenance scheduling, asset management today requires a holistic view of the plant and all of its information in order to improve return on assets.
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Manufacturing Growth Continues, While Survey Shows Weak Jobs Outlook

Two recent reports paint a mixed picture on the U.S. manufacturing front.
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5S - Unintended Consequences

I've heard that application of the 5S methodology is having some unintended consequences in the area of maintenance.
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Mechatronics at PackExpo

PMMI has been hard at work creating their new mechatronics certificate program, the next phase of which is being rolled out at PackExpo.
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Swim Upstream in a Down Market

Today, U.S. automation businesses seem to be focusing on foreign markets, while waiting for growth to trickle down from a domestic market upturn.
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Standards, Standards, Standards

A young person approaches a New Yorker on a street near Carnegie Hall and asks, "Pardon me, sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?" To which, the New Yorker replies, "Practice, practice,
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What Is PAS 55, and Why Should You Care?

The absence of standards for managing physical assets leaves technology suppliers with little direction on how to design appropriate products, and industrial enterprises with no guidance for develop
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