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Resolution affects vision system quality. The image on the left was taken with 640x480 image sensor. The right photo is the same image taken with 1600x1200 sensor. Source: Teledyne Dalsa
Every vision system has one or more image sensors that capture pictures for analysis and all include application software and processors that execute user-defined inspection programs or recipes. Additionally, all vision systems provide some way of communicating results to complementary equipment for control or operator monitoring. But there are many types...
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Wanted: Wireless Communications Reliability

With its roots in wired industrial Ethernet networks, Parallel Redundancy Protocol is directly addressing concerns about wireless communications reliability.
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Resolution affects vision system quality. The image on the left was taken with 640x480 image sensor. The right photo is the same image taken with 1600x1200 sensor. Source: Teledyne Dalsa
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Smart Cameras vs. Multi-Camera Vision Systems and Other Choices

Industrial vision systems can improve quality or automate production, but choosing systems that match the application and ownership requirements can be confusing.
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Automotive Supplier Collaborates with Cloud PLM
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Automotive Supply Chain Partners Collaborate Using Cloud PLM

The 300 members of Air International Thermal Systems global supply chain have begun collaborating using cloud-based product lifecycle management software to cut costs and accelerate deliveries.
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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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New Processors for Industrial Use
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New Processors for Industrial Use

The new Sitara AM437x processor from Texas Instruments offers real-time processing and support for industrial automation protocols.
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5 Keys to Successful Manufacturing Intelligence Implementation
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5 Keys to Successful Manufacturing Intelligence Implementation

Virtual Presentation: Sherwin Williams shares best practice information from the front lines of manufacturing intelligence systems implementation.
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A Structured Approach to Cabling
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A Structured Approach to Cabling

As more manufacturers deploy Ethernet with an eye toward the leveraging the possibilities of the Internet of Things and Big Data, it’s easy to overlook the structure that make it all possible—cabling.
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Transforming the Distribution Power Grid with Distributed Intelligence
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Transforming the Power Grid with Distributed Intelligence

Virtual Presentation: Implementing the Smart Grid involves more than just replacing the existing grid structure.
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Industry View
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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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GE Brings Its Data Insight to Other OEMs

Using its own internal success with predictive data as a proof point, GE Intelligent Platforms is introducing Equipment Insight to enable smaller OEMs to take advantage of the data in their machines.
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FFRI's FFR Raven for ICS is approved as a cybersecurity test tool.
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New Test Tool Certified for ISASecure Industrial Control Systems

FFR Raven for ICS joins other cybersecurity tools approved as a CRT (Communication Robustness Testing) tool by the ISA Security Compliance Institute.
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Nucor Steel Adopts Use of VFDs
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Nucor Steel Adopts Use of VFDs

As part of its asset management strategy, Nucor Steel replaces two-speed motors with variable frequency drives to reduce energy and water use as well as maintenance costs.
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ABB’s HVDC Technology Links Newfoundland to Power Grid

The HVDC Light system will enable the integration of renewable energy to the North American electrical grid in Nova Scotia.
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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting
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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting

Virtual Presentation: Using a real-time tracking system to replace paper-based systems, Bush Brothers discovers major packaging line benefits.
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Softing AG Acquires Online Development Inc.

Softing’s software development and communications products are a great fit with OLDI’s product development skills in computing, communications and I/O modules, according to OLDI CEO Ron Monday.
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Petrochemical Expansion Gets Help From Honeywell Control Upgrade

Qatar Fuel Additives will use the integrated control and safety system to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies in its methanol and MTBE production.
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Pay Little Attention to Those GDP Headlines

Though U.S. GDP fell significantly in the first quarter, the Institute for Trend Research views this more as expected slowdown rather than another recession.
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Control System Security Lessons from Boeing
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Control System Security Lessons from Boeing

Virtual Presentation: An insider's look into Boeing's development of best practices for securing industrial control systems in the face of increasing use of remote access technologies.
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Siemens: Industrial Wireless LAN Lines for Cabinets and Field Level

These two industrial wireless LAN (IWLAN) product lines are for wireless applications where footprint and affordability is key.
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Sick: Bar Code Scanners

Intended for warehouse and distribution center applications, the CLV610 is a compact, laser-based scanner optimized for short reading distances with a large reading field height.
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