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Industry discussions on the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and its potential benefits have raised numerous questions regarding distinctions between IoT and its forerunner, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Remote device access is a core common deliverable for both solutions, so questions concerning how to distinguish between the two are...
Automation World Focuses on  the Industrial Internet of Things
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Automation World Focuses on the Industrial Internet of Things

A new quarterly print supplement, companion e-book and newsletter dedicated to the topic of the Industrial Internet of Things set to debut this fall from Automation World.
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Know the Difference Between IoT and M2M

Although the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications have remote device access in common, that’s about where the similarities end.
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Moxa: IP Gateway

The OnCell G3111-HSPA can conveniently and transparently connect existing Ethernet and serial devices to a 3G cellular network, such as PLCs, flow computers, vision systems, RFID readers or encoders.
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Hulking Automated Guided Vehicles Offer Wireless Flexibility

AGV maker Fori Automation adds wireless operation via Profinet to its industrial transport vehicles, improving plant safety and delivering operational flexibility to its customers.
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How Omron Uses Big Data
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How Omron Uses Big Data

To track its manufacturing processes in real time, Omron Corp. uses Microsoft SQL Server and Excel with its Sysmac SQL Direct Link software. Here’s how they do it.
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The Case is Never Closed on Automation Innovation

High performance PC-based controls and ultra fast industrial Ethernet unite to boost case packer machine functionality.
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Moore Industries: WirelessHART Temperature Transmitter

The THZ WirelessHART Temperature solution combines the company’s THZ Smart HART Temperature Transmitter and the Bullet WirelessHART Adapter by MACTek into one self-powered package for remote locations
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ETG representative Florian Häfele (right) awarded the first official North American conformance certificate to Watlow's Stan Breitlow.
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North American EtherCAT Test Center Issues First Conformance Test Certificate

The RMZ temperature controller from Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company (http://www.watlow.com), is the first EtherCAT device to pass conformance testing in the newly-opened North American EtherCAT
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Model SD-1 GP smart transmitter/gas detector
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Riken Keiki Joins ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

Maker of gas detection and monitoring supports ISA100 wireless networking standard.
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Rockwell Automation Stratix 5100 wireless access point
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Rockwell Automation: Wireless Access Point for EtherNet/IP

Stratix 5100 wireless access point connects up to 19 industrial network IP addresses.
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Ian Wong explains National Instruments' advanced wireless research platform
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National Instruments, Nokia Work Toward 5G Wireless

As an outgrowth of its RF/Communications Lead User program, NI is working with Nokia’s Networks business to collaborate on advanced research related to fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies.
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Beckhoff: Stainless Steel EtherCAT Box I/O

The EQxxxx EtherCAT Box I/O Series in durable V2A stainless steel housings are rated at protection class IP69K, designed for use directly on machines with demanding hygienic requirements, such as in t
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What is a Data Smart Manufacturer?
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What is a Data Smart Manufacturer?

Data is at the center of nearly every automation technology advance, which is leading manufacturers to become overwhelmed by all the data they are now collecting.
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Industrial Ethernet Drivers and Growth Rates Revealed
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Industrial Ethernet Drivers and Growth Rates Revealed

A new report from TechNavio points out the principal business issues driving increased adoption of Ethernet across industry, how much it is expected to grow over the next four years, and who the domin
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Boeing’s New Approach to Fuselage Assembly
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Boeing’s New Approach to Fuselage Assembly

Advanced Integration Technology combines motion control, servo drive platforms, failsafe CPUs, distributed I/O, and Ethernet networks to design a fully automated positioning and joining system for the
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Beckhoff: PROFINET IO Bus Coupler

The EK9300 connects to high performance EtherCAT I/O for real-time industrial Ethernet communication.
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Patti Engineering Helps Siemens Achieve Water/Wastewater Improvement

The City of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is getting a new SCADA-based central control system, communicating with wireless Ethernet, to update its water and wastewater management.
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Network Management Put to the Test

The largest control network built in one phase in the Middle East is for the Qatalum aluminum smelter plant.
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ODVA Explores the DeviceNet of Things
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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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ProSoft Technology: Industrial Cellular Gateway

The ICX30-HWC allows remote site access and communication to PLCs, RTUs, and other Ethernet and serial devices.
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