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Factory Automation
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Batch Processing
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Process Automation
Reynolds
Packaging Automation
Campbell
On the Edge

Factory & Machine Automation Playbook

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!

Experts

Sourced in this e-book
Thomas A. Doney
Senior Research Engineer
Nestlé
Paul Brinks
COO
Koops, Inc.
Stephen M. Goldberg
Director - Information Technologies
Matrix Technologies, Inc.
Robert Lowe
Executive Director
Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
Jeff Miller, PMP
Director of Project Management
Interstates Control Systems, Inc.
Arthur C. Smith
Senior Automation Controls Engineer | MT&E - Machine & Automation Systems
Corning Inc.

Topics covered

Planning and project management

  • 12 points to consider before you begin
  • Nine tips for automation project managers
  • 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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Vision
Pneumatics
Safety systems
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