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Understanding Equipment Failures and How to Respond
Learn about the high costs of reactive maintenance and how moving to more proactive—and even predictive—maintenance can be achieved without major investments and executed in small, easily incorporated steps.
January 8, 2023
Determining Metrics for MES
Sam Russem with system integrator Grantek explains how MES software tracks key production metrics and how manufacturers should go about assessing their operations to figure out which metrics to track with MES software.
December 13, 2022
How to Connect Sustainability and Automation
In this episode, we connect with Michael Martinez of Schneider Electric to better understand the connections between the use of open industrial automation software and sustainability.
November 1, 2022
Choosing Robot Grippers
Learn about the different types of robot grippers—pneumatic, electric, vacuum, soft adaptive, and magnetic—and how to select them based on capabilities and robot/automation supplier relationships.
October 1, 2022
The Difference Between Soft Starters and Variable Frequency Drives
Explore the differences and similarities between soft starters and VFDs with regard to motor speed control, cost, performance parameters and tuning capabilities, and for which applications each technology make the most sense.
September 15, 2022
How Does an Information Digital Twin Democratize Industrial Data?
Sean Gregerson, VP of asset management at Aveva, explains Information Digital Twins, data democratization and what it means for industrial use of operations data; and why the gap between collected data and analyzed data remains so large at most companies.
August 19, 2022
unPACKed Podcast: Millennials Aren’t Coming, They Are Already Here
Listen as Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, deciphers generational myths and offers tools to connect, build trust, and drive influence with people across different ages.
July 25, 2022
unPACKed Podcast: The War for Talent is Over & Talent Won
Listen as Dr. Jessica Kreigel tries to make companies understand that the "my way or the highway" mindset is not only outdated but potentially crippling in today's job environment.
July 7, 2022
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 19, 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.
April 19, 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.
March 15, 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.
February 15, 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.
January 23, 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.
December 14, 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.
October 19, 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.
September 11, 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.
August 17, 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.
July 26, 2021
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