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Information Management

These days everyone has a continuous improvement program of some kind. Six Sigma is used quite extensively, as is Lean Manufacturing. Some people even tailor their own programs using the best ideas from a wide variety of sources. Whichever flavor of continuous improvement program you use, it seems there’s always more to do; there are always more problems to...
Prototype Internet Of Things Apps for $20?
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Prototype Internet Of Things Apps for $20?

A new microcontroller from Texas Instruments enables engineers to prototype Internet of Things connectivity ranging from sensor gateways to control networks.
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A Few Tools for Continuous Improvement

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.
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It’s Time You Speak for the Plants

The Lorax might speak for the trees, but who speaks for the plants?
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NWA Focus EMI's Data Flow
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Manufacturing Intelligence from Existing Data

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.
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Help with Best Practices Is a Phone Call Away

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.
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Fluke: Keeping Track of BYODs on the Company Network

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.
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FDT Provides Factory Fieldbus Flexibility

FDT-enabled applications within the automation system can manage field devices regardless of the device’s manufacturer, and regardless of the fieldbus protocol employed.
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Moxa Americas, Inc: Network Management Software Supports PoE

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 availabil
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Pepperl+Fuchs : AS-Interface I/O Modules

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 sim
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Moxa Americas, Inc: PoE+ Gigabit Switch for Machine Vision or Broadband Wireless

A new industrial PoE+ switch simultaneously supports both bandwidth-hungry and power-hungry applications, making it ideal for high-performance PoE applications.
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Industrial Software: Buying Versus Building

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.
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944 manufacturing professions from around the globe reported on OPC usage.
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OPC A Well-Known Technology

A joint OPC Foundation / Automation World survey revealed OPC has broad acceptance and brand recognition.
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Embeddable Wireless
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Banner Engineering: Embeddable Wireless

Banner Engineering releases an embeddable gateway module for use in building out a wireless sensor network to coordinate multiple machines and processes.
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The Art and Science of Production Knowledge

For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department.
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New Industrial Network Survey Reveals Upgrades Are Needed

Industrial Ethernet is firmly in place, and two-thirds are actively using wireless communications, but current network infrastructure is in need of modification.
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Primacy of Information

A confluence of trends around mobility, always-on networks and information is having a tremendous effect upon automation and manufacturing.
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Beckhoff Automation: EtherCAT Box for Incremental Encoder Connection

I/O module synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT Distributed Clocks
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Four Siemens Customers Awarded for ‘Delivering Success’

See why ConocoPhillips Alaska, Fori Automation, GOSS International and GT Advanced Technologies got the nod over hundreds of others.
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Creating an Automated World

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.
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China Leads M2M Growth; Europe Not Far Behind

China Mobile became the world’s largest M2M connectivity provider at the end of 2011 with around 14 million subscribers.
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