Learn the secrets to a successful automation project!
We asked our readers what it takes to do an automation project successfully and hundreds of them responded with hard-won expertise gained from years of experience in the field. We’ve compiled the best suggestions from over 275 end-users, machine builders and system integrators around the world in a unique, information-packed playbook that can serve as a guide for factory or machine automation projects of any size.
At nearly 150 pages, it’s all here, from setting objectives, design, component selection, and deployment, with keys to making manufacturing systems and machines work smarter. Whether you're automating a plant or building a next-generation machine, you will find this playbook indispensible!
A machine builder's view of automation project management
Speak finance to justify automation
Eight tips for selecting the right components
How to properly vet and select a systems integrator
The 12 most common mistakes people make
19 ways automation projects can fail – and how to avoid them
Building your machine or automated system
16 best practices for PLCs, PACs or PC controllers
Ten steps to creating the perfect HMI
Eight steps to I/O engineering success
Critical factors in choosing motors, drives, servos and motion controllers
Seven issues to think about before you develop an industrial network
Best practices for implementing Ethernet and wireless networks
12 tips for selecting and sizing pneumatic and hydraulic components
11 considerations for selecting and deploying robots
Ten secrets to implementing sensors
Six critical considerations for implementing machine vision
Technologies to improve manufacturing outcomes
Best practices for asset management
Nine strategies for improvement energy management
Nine recommendations for building effective manufacturing IT systems
13 ways to get the most out of OEE and Lean Manufacturing disciplines
Eight ideas for improving product lifecycle management
Seven human factors to consider for machine safety systems
Eight tips for the technical side of safety systems
Strategies and tips for creating secure industrial networks
Seven details to remember when impementing cyber security
Nine ways to get the most from simulation and CAD/CAM software
Five recommendations for workflow systems
...and much more!
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