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SPONSOR: Red Lion Controls, Inc April 26, 2012 | Edited by Digital Managing Editor: Grant Gerke

White Paper: Seven Common KPIs for Production Line Monitoring >>

This white paper discusses how visual management can drive productivity by leveraging seven common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for production line monitoring.

Red Lion Controls Inc.

Experience the Difference. Trade Up for a FREE Red Lion Panel Meter Today. >>

For over ten years, Red Lion has been the preferred choice for panel-mounted indicator and control devices. Why? Because our high-quality digital and analog panel meters are available for every application in a wide range of models, sizes and capabilities. From compact CUB indicators to versatile PAX process meters, our solutions enable you to easily add or change capabilities with plug-and-play cards. The end result delivers real-time visibility that drives productivity.

Red Lion Controls Inc.

White Paper: Three Effective Visual Management Solutions >>

This white paper discusses three common visual management solutions for displaying KPIs and andon messages in order to drive productivity and improve profitability.

Red Lion Controls Inc.

White Paper: Monitor & Control Multiple EtherNet/IP Groups >>

This white paper discusses using ODVA common industrial protocol to enhance performance.

Red Lion Controls Inc.

Case Study: Wireless Tracking at Automotive Plant >>

The automotive industry has begun to deploy wireless technology in their plants and is beginning to reap its inherent benefits, including: 1. Cabling cost reduction 2. Ease of installation 3. Real time data requirement 4. Equipment mobility

Red Lion Controls Inc.

Operations View:

From Control to Optimization and Simulation

The notion of finance providing control insights to operations is outdated. The real value of integrating financial and operational information has shifted from control to optimization, planning, and simulation.

The traditional accounting view is that cost accounting provides “control” over production operations. Those of you with sophisticated manufacturing enterprise solutions in place are surely chaffing at this perspective, but that’s the way it’s taught to accountants.

The automation and sophistication of manufacturing information systems has made this perspective laughable. Traditional financial control over operations is at best high level, difficult to link in a cause and effect manner to operational events, and too late for any semblance of “control" ... Read more

» Technologies: Precise Control for Complex Fabrication -
Metal fabricator Waymatic achieves laser-level accuracy with a punch plasma machine using Sigma-5 servos and controllers and EtherCAT networking (CONTAINS VIDEO).

Waymatic Inc., a metal fabricator located in South Fulton, TN, recently upgraded its metal manufacturing operations to execute more precise, complex cutting operations, such a creating smooth, circular parts. To do this, the company now employs a Whitney 657 punch plasma machine, which achieves its highly precise motion abilities through the use of Yaskawa (Waukegan, IL) Sigma-5 servos and controls in conjunction with the EtherCAT industrial Ethernet protocol ... Read more

» Industries:
Some degree of alternative fuel transportation will be part of the foreseeable future. To be prepared, automakers must be ready to modify their platforms to support a variety of fuel technologies.

The push toward alternative and fuel-efficient cars is creating new challenges for automotive manufacturers in terms of revamping their core processes in preparation for mass-produced, non-internal combustion engine vehicles. ...Read more


Conference Coverage

Video - The Future of Industrial Computing

Gary Mintchell, Co-founder and Editor in Chief, reports from the ACP Thin Manager user conference in Atlanta. He asks the question, and offers a suggestion, about the future of industrial computing. Watch it Now>>


The Automation Conference - May 22-23

Learn how to build employees' skills to get the most out of your automated systems

Join Simon Nance as he explores training programs for successfully automated manufacturing companies at The Automation Conference. Nance manages training and development for STIHL Inc., a leading power equipment manufacturer that employes over 2,000 individuals.
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INTERPHEX addresses technology solutions and education for all aspects of drug manufacturing, from process development through delivery to market.
New Orleans, LA. May 1-3, 2012

12th ISA LDAR-Fugitive Emissions Symposium
ISAís LDAR Symposium has over the past decade become the air compliance industryís only conference whose sole purpose is to share best practices for Leak Detection And Repair and Directed Inspection and Maintenance programs.
Suntec. Singapore. May 14-16, 2012

The Vision Show
Visit North America's largest display of machine vision and imaging components and systems. You won't just see new products…you'll see new technologies!
Boston, Ma. May 8-10, 2012

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