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Assessing Open Source Software for Industrial Use
The “Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered” podcast gets insights from Benson Hougland and Terry Orchard of Opto 22 about the practical realities of using open source software for SCADA applications.
Aug 8th, 2019
Volkswagen Applies Generative Design
Retrofitting a classic 1962 VW Microbus to create an electric vehicle showcase, VW worked with Autodesk’s generative design software to reduce the vehicle’s weight and re-imagine interior components.
Aug 1st, 2019
FAQ on OPC UA Over TSN
John Kowal, director of business development at B&R Industrial Automation, provided this FAQ on OPC UA over TSN. B&R is a 'committed contributor' to the 'OPC UA including TSN down to the field level' initiative.
Jul 26th, 2019
Virtual Commissioning of a Robotic Cell
To develop a new robotic system for the material handling industry, JR Automation used a combination of Siemens simulation technologies to create a digital twin of the system that included the robots, PLC, HMI, and sensors.
Jul 25th, 2019
Don’t Wait to Migrate Your Aging PLCs and HMIs
As systems, interfaces, and technology age, the chance of something going wrong rises and the chance of manufacturer support gets lower. Modernization and migration of these items is key to making sure everything operates smoother.
Jul 22nd, 2019
Maximizing Innovation Using Digital Twin Technology
Companies wanting to compete and innovate need to use all the technology at hand. Digital twin technology can maximize productivity in ever-changing and demanding markets.
Jul 17th, 2019
ASi Updates for Industry’s Digital Age
A new version of the AS-Interface, ASi-5, has been released to provide a backward-compatible means of connecting field-level I/O devices to control systems and the cloud.
Jul 15th, 2019
Data Collection and Reporting the Cheap and Easy Way
Most data collection and reporting software requires a lot of upfront capital to get started with. But there are ways smaller companies and manufacturers can get access to all the same tools without the high cost.
Jul 15th, 2019
Automation Hack: A Safer Way to Save Your Motors
Measuring voltage is an important aspect of diagnosing unbalanced voltages in motors—but it can also be dangerous. Here’s a safer way to get the information you need to monitor motor unbalances.
Jul 11th, 2019
ExxonMobil Readies Open Process Automation Test Bed
Yokogawa Electric Corporation selected to be the system integrator responsible for establishing the company’s OPA Test Bed.
Jul 10th, 2019
Advice on Scaling IIoT Projects
Lots of advice exists on how get started with Industrial Internet of Things projects. Insights on how to scale those pilot projects are not so common and are now being figured out by companies in real time. Petasense CEO Abhinav Khushraj offers insights he’s learned from customers going through the scaling process now.
Jul 9th, 2019
The Benefits of Batch Recipe Lifecycle Management
It might seem appealing to use custom programming for recipe management, but that can come with problems. A batch management package can reduce risk and help get products to market much quicker.
Timothy S. Matheny
Jul 8th, 2019
Wireless Networks and Industrial Mobility
The “Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered” podcast gets insights on industrial wireless technology from Justin Shade at Phoenix Contact to better understand the technology's real world application potential, as well as its security, speed, and connectivity issues.
Jul 2nd, 2019
Have You Verified Your Historian’s Data Recently?
Manufacturers rely on data historians to record and retrieve their data, but what happens if the tags, limits, or baselines aren’t set up correctly? An audit might be needed to make sure your historian’s data is accurate.
Jessica De Boom
Jul 1st, 2019
Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture
The Rever app applies lean management principles to the way we work, turning operators on the plant floor into knowledge workers who can capture process improvement ideas, experiment with solutions, and share the results.
Jun 25th, 2019
Automating Industrial Networking
Tosibox highlights its patented, automated method of connecting devices as a way of simplifying industrial networking for secure remote access to devices and machines.
Jun 25th, 2019
Honeywell Abuzz About HIVE Approach to Industrial Control Systems
A significant step forward from the LEAP execution principles introduced five years ago at the Honeywell Users Group Americas, the introduction at this year’s event decouples I/O modules and control strategies from specific controllers.
Jun 14th, 2019
Industry 4.0 with a Pharma Focus
Knowing that IoT software and services in pharma are expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2020, this builder of pharmaceutical packaging machinery is rolling out a robust Industry 4.0 program.
Jun 10th, 2019
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