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What Is A Machine Risk Assessment?
Learn the details of machine risk assessments, what types of equipment require them, who's responsible for them, when to begin the process, and how to comply with machine risk assessment regulations in this episode featuring Schmersal USA's Devin Murray.
May 19th, 2022
How to Evaluate PLC Programming Languages
The differences among and preferences for Instruction List, Structured Text, Ladder Diagram, Function Block Diagram, and Sequential Function Chart PLC programming languages, as well as C and C+, are discussed with Doug Yerger of system integrator Grantek.
Apr 19th, 2022
How Does a Digital Twin Work in Practice?
Learn how digital twins can be used to represent pieces of equipment as well as entire plant floor operations, the specific value provided by a digital twin to improve production operations, and what industry segments are using this technology most.
Mar 15th, 2022
Using Remote I/O in the Main Control Enclosure
Learn the differences among remote I/O, distributed I/O, and local I/O; why using remote I/O in the main control enclosure makes sense, even though it may seem counterintuitive; and how wireless remote I/O can be beneficial depending on the application.
Feb 15th, 2022
Is Internet of Things Control via SCADA Too Risky?
Ben Manlongat of system integrator Outbound Technologies explains the risks of remotely accessing SCADA data—even if it's "read only"—and how to secure this critical automation system component.
Jan 23rd, 2022
How to Decide Whether to Use a PLC, a PAC or an Industrial PC
In this episode of the "Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered" podcast series, we learn about the key differences between programmable logic controllers, programmable automation controllers, and industrial PCs.
Dec 14th, 2021
How to Connect Legacy Equipment for Data Acquisition and Analysis
In this episode of the "Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered" podcast series, we connect with Luke Stephenson of Enterprise Automation to understand the best methods for connecting older devices and machines for data analysis.
Oct 19th, 2021
How Can New Material Handling Technologies Support Adaptive Manufacturing Concepts?
In this episode, we connect with Jeff Johnson, U.S. mechatronics product manager at Beckhoff, to learn more about how Beckhoff's XPlanar material handling system uses levitation to move parts and products for assembly and/or packaging applications.
Sep 11th, 2021
What is MTTR and MTBF?
In this episode, we explore Meantime to Repair (MTTR) and Meantime Before/Between Failure (MTBF) to better understand how these metrics are applied and calculated and how they can benefit manufacturers.
Aug 17th, 2021
Can Operations Technology Be Secured and Managed With IT Tools?
Find out how operations technology devices can be discovered, secured, and managed with the same kinds of tools used by IT, with an eye toward downtime avoidance and change management for asset management and cybersecurity.
Jul 26th, 2021
unPACKed with OEM Podcast: Help Wanted, and Fast!
Listen to the inaugural unPACKed with OEM podcast for Stephanie Neil's expert insight on the issues causing manufacturing to continue to have a hard time filling well-paying, career-level positions.
Jul 7th, 2021
unPACKed with PMMI Podcast: Stay Ahead of Cybercriminals . . . or Else
Listen to the unPACKed with PMMI podcast as Donna Ritson, president of DDR Communications, helps lay out a blueprint for discovering areas where your network could be vulnerable to cybercriminals.
Jun 25th, 2021
Is Fieldbus Technology Still Effective?
Learn about the combined use of fieldbus and Ethernet industrial networking technologies, even as Ethernet increasingly becomes the plant floor network of choice, in this discussion with Duane Grob of system integration company Avanceon.
Jun 15th, 2021
UnPACKed with AW Podcast: Getting along (and ahead) with Robots
In the first episode of UnPACKed with Automation World, Director of Content, David Greenfield takes us into some of the truths and myths about automation during the past year.
May 3rd, 2021
Can MES Replace SCADA?
A look at the overlaps and differences between SCADA and MES technologies and how their functions can be combined, with an example of a manufacturer that has done it.
Apr 22nd, 2021
What Are Digital Workflows for Manufacturing?
In this episode, we connect with James Destro of ServiceNow to learn how digital workflow software can provide visibility into plant floor equipment and direct operations on a day-to-day basis to connect people, functions, and systems.
Mar 25th, 2021
Know Before You Fail: Avoid Costly Downtime with Predictive Maintenance
unPACKed with PMMI tackles obvious predictive maintenance benefits: reduced downtime and increased machine lifetime.
Mar 25th, 2021
How to Implement Edge Computing—From Concept to Launch
In this episode, we discuss how to successfully plan for and implement edge computing technologies at both OEM and manufacturing/processing facilities with Stratus Technologies' Aric Prost and John Vicente.
Feb 24th, 2021
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