Information Management

A new microcontroller from Texas Instruments enables engineers to prototype Internet of Things connectivity ranging from sensor gateways to control networks.
Whichever flavor of continuous improvement program you use, it seems there are always more problems to tackle. Some tools geared specifically toward continuous improvement can really help.
The Lorax might speak for the trees, but who speaks for the plants? The time has come for someone to speak for the manufacturing sites, production facilities or processing plants most of you are working in or supporting every day.
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A new enterprise manufacturing intelligence software package from Northwest Analytics is designed to leverage data in existing databases rather than through creation of a new database.
Mobile and wireless technologies are fast becoming an important part of industry’s response to what many warn is a looming crisis of technical know-how.
BYOD (bring your own device) classification capability reduces the cost and time needed to optimize and secure a wireless network for authorized and unauthorized smartphones and tablets.
FDT-enabled applications within the automation system can manage field devices regardless of the device’s manufacturer, and regardless of the fieldbus protocol employed.
Version 2.2 of Moxa MXview industrial network management software provides new support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) device visualization and third-party device management, along with device availability and inventory reporting capabilities.
Pepperl+Fuchs’ three new G11 Series AS-Interface I/O Modules feature a simple, round housing design that enables the AS-Interface cable to easily exit the housing in any direction to significantly simplify installation and operation.
A new industrial PoE+ switch simultaneously supports both bandwidth-hungry and power-hungry applications, making it ideal for high-performance PoE applications.
Be practical in your evaluation—although COTS MES is much further along than years past in terms of reliability and multi-functionality, products are still evolving.
A joint OPC Foundation / Automation World survey revealed OPC has broad acceptance and brand recognition.
Banner Engineering releases an embeddable gateway module for use in building out a wireless sensor network to coordinate multiple machines and processes.
For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department. But with the volume of production data typically residing in numerous databases in a manufacturing facility, engineers and operators need to be more aware of the databases that house their critical production information.
Industrial Ethernet is firmly in place, and two-thirds are actively using wireless communications, but current network infrastructure is in need of modification.
A confluence of trends around mobility, always-on networks and information is having a tremendous effect upon automation and manufacturing.
I/O module synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT Distributed Clocks
See why ConocoPhillips Alaska, Fori Automation, GOSS International and GT Advanced Technologies got the nod over hundreds of others.
In humankind’s never-ending effort to be free from mundane tasks, we have applied automation to a variety of processes that govern our lives.
China Mobile became the world’s largest M2M connectivity provider at the end of 2011 with around 14 million subscribers. If the trend continues, the Chinese market will surpass the United States within two to three years.
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