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Mining Machine Maker Improves Productivity with SAP MII

Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII) gave Joy Global more visibility into its production process, boosting productivity by 10 percent at its pilot plant.
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SAP Explores Industry 4.0, Big Data and More

At the SAP Manufacturing Industry Forum this week, the software provider and several of its customers explained Idea to Performance and how they are taking advantage of data, the cloud, mobile computing and other key enablers.
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ODVA Explores the DeviceNet of Things

ODVA Explores the DeviceNet of Things

Industrial network protocol organization forms group to assess DeviceNet enhancements that can enable hardwired devices to join the DeviceNet network.
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ISA-88 to the Rescue

Engineers have found numerous ways to use ISA-88, BatchML and other standards to achieve operational excellence in batch processing.
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Each of the four lines has a filler dedicated to a single HDPE bottle size.
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A Batch Processing Approach to Packaging

Arla Foods’ automated order system lets production orders flow through its new fresh-milk bottling lines in batches.
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Rugged I/O Distributors

Designed as an alternative to Input/Output distributors that fall short of extreme life expectancy and robustness, the ECO SAI Blocks line is proven to be both long lasting and durable, according to t
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Emerson Unveils Large China Project

Austin, Texas-based Emerson Process Management and China’s Secco Petrochemical Co. recently unveiled the details of a $2.7 billion, 10-plant ethylene cracker complex project in the Republic of China.
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ISA-88 to the Rescue (sidebar)

Plan first
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Servo drives and motors are keys to the flexibility in the filler/capper.
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Filler/Capper Cleans Easily, Changes Quickly

Balcony construction makes system easy to clean, while controls package simplifies frequent size change.
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Dual Pushbutton Switches

The latest member of the vendor’s HW Series of switches, the HW7 Dual Pushbutton switches come with momentary or mechanical interlock options, to prevent the operator from pressing both buttons simult
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Robot Orders Set Record

With robot orders hitting an all-time high in this year’s second quarter, North American robotics suppliers are on pace for a record year in 2005, according to figures released recently by the Robotic
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Closing the Gap

More batch manufacturers are taking steps to integrate plant floor and enterprise systems, producing bottom line benefits.
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Process Simulation Offline

As the latest component of the UniSim family of software and engineering services for plant life- cycle support, UniSim Design Suite R350 offers steady-state and dynamic simulation, design, performanc
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