Plant Maintenance


Motion's mobile roller drive belt workstation.

Mobile Conveyor Belt Replacement

Motion develops a mobile roller drive belt workstation featuring its own roller drive belts in partnership with Flexco for belt press and punch devices.
An example of Weidmüller's private label, configurable Codesys-based control platform—which can run u-OS—built and tested in an IP65-rated enclosure.

An Open OS for Cloud Management of Industrial Devices

Weidmüller releases it u-OS system for diagnostics and fleet management while minimizing vendor lock-in for end users and OEMs.
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Siemens and Microsoft Team Up with Open AI

By connecting Siemens Teamcenter PLM with Microsoft Teams and OpenAI’s ChatGPT, multiple new capabilities can be brought to industry, from helping frontline workers correct equipment...
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Connecting SCADA and Robots

Mitsubishi Electric’s acquisition of SCADA software supplier Iconics supports preventative and predictive maintenance applications for robots and other automated machinery.
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Combine Software and Six Sigma to Avoid Unplanned Downtime

Because unplanned downtime can still occur when using monitoring and preventative maintenance software, application of the DMAIC six sigma tool along with software insights can...
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Inside the boiler house of the historic Wouda steam pumping station from 1920. It is the largest of its kind and still in operation. It pumps away excess water in the province of Friesland, The Netherlands.

Using Excess Heat to Power Industry

According to new data from Danfoss, excess heat is the world’s largest untapped source of energy and yet little of its potential is being utilized, especially in the United States...
AWS Monitron sensors mounted on conveyor belt motors. Source: AWS

Amazon Enters the Predictive Maintenance Space

The Monitron system from Amazon includes wireless sensors and gateways to monitor equipment vibration and temperature data, transfer the data to AWS for analysis, and alert users...
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Is Industry 4.0 the Answer to Workforce Retirements?

Adapting your operations for Smart Manufacturing can help avoid problems with the ongoing labor transition such as increased downtime and incorrect diagnoses of issues.


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AutomationDirect adds Click PLC input simulator and high-current relay output modules

Higher amperage relay output modules and an 8-point input simulator module are now available from AutomationDirect for the Click series stackable micro brick PLCs.


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Motion's Mobile Conveyor Belt Repair Station

Motion supplies the RedDrive conveyor belt replacements for Dematic and Honeywell Intelligrated conveyor systems and its mobile workstation features an integrated belt holder ...
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Weidmüller's u-OS for Device Maintenance and App Integration

Ken Crawford, senior director of automation at Weidmüller USA says, u-OS is designed to “ensure future resilience and ease of system migration by eliminating reliance on a single...
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Mitsubishi Electric Connects Robots with SCADA

Connecting robots to Mitsubishi Electrics' SCADA software (acquired from Iconics) visualizes the robot’s axis positions, enables access to the robot’s control applications and...
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The Benefits of Change Management in Industrial Automation Workflows

While long employed in the IT, change management has yet to become standard operating procedure in the OT space, despite its many benefits.


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Automation Project Survival Guide

Ideas to help you land on your feet.