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Databases are the refrigerators of the industrial world. We all know they’re important and that we have to have one to store something we can’t live without, and we all understand basically how they work. Unlike a refrigerator, however, the more you know about databases, the more they can do for you. Most operators and engineers typically use production...
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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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The Art and Science of Production Knowledge

For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department.
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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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Renewegy engineer Greg Aykens was on hand for the raising of the Wago turbine. Renewegy specified WAGO's IP67-grade 756 Series c

Wago Wind Power Support Reaches New Heights

At its North American headquarters, Wago installs a 20kW Renewegy wind turbine system, which includes its connectors and other components and supports active energy management.
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Automation Team: Becoming A Must-Have Application

The core concept of Automation World is the “automation team.”
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Factory Applications: Turn Up the Wi-Fi

Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, technology is proliferating in the factory, but it’s not the best answer for everything. Will Wi-Fi take over the industrial world?
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Glenn Stokes, Information Systems manager, Valero

Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence: A Room with a View

Every morning, senior managers at Valero Energy Corp.
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Plant Floor Intelligence: Digging for Dollars

By providing improved visibility of plant floor data, enterprise manufacturing intelligence software enables smarter decisions that yield bottom-line results.
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How a Crisis Can Lead to Success

Originally, I meant to write this column about state-of-the art factories, where everything is automated and controlled from a distance, thus saving a lot of labor costs.
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Regulatory Tug-of-War Rages in Calibration

The calibration trend Ed Shuler sees now is the push for reduced manpower in instrumentation and electrical (I&E) shops on unnecessary calibration.
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Real-time Data Remotely

The RemoteLog and Datalogger is a combination of RTU (Remote Terminal Unit), datalogger, real-time database client and telemetry interface in one compact, installation-ready package.
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Manufacturing Automation Software Suite

Proficy Intelligent Production Solutions provides a broad range of integrated, easy-to-use software applications and services designed to allow users to improve productivity, profitability and competi
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A Dose of Commercial IT

Home and office remedies are good medicine for factories. Using commercial technologies for industrial automation is proving to be valuable.
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Connecting the enterprise endpoints

Factory floor-to-boardroom linkage promises efficient, profitable operation.
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Pulp and Paper Solution

OptiVision PKS, an order fulfillment and production management solution for the pulp and paper industry, is a new release that includes refined management tools for timely, accurate monitoring and ana
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Process Station Enhancements

A new Operator Station for the APACS+ process automation system adds user-requested functional enhancements and brings new capabilities to APACS+.
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Problem Detection Aid

Designed for use in industries including oil, petrochemical, chemical, iron and steel, and paper and pulp, Exapilot Release 2.20 is an upgrade to the Exapilot line that provides aid in automating thos
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Decision Analytics

The latest version of Web-based enterprise asset management software known as 7i contains new features to help companies improve productivity by automating the management and maintenance of capital as
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Scalable DCS

The Foxboro A² automation system is an expandable distributed control system (DCS) designed to provide end users in pharmaceutical, biotech and similar process plants with an automation solut
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