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Unintended Consequences of Cutting Technical Headcount

In the automation community, we routinely hear that reducing head count is one of the better ways to cut operational costs in a manufacturing plant. From some perspectives, this assertion makes sense, especially if management is looking for short-term cost reductions to bolster the plant’s net operating profits, meet their performance goals, and receive their […]

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An Efficient Decentralized Iterative Learning Tracker

Abstract: In this paper, an efficient decentralized iterative learning tracker is proposed to improve the dynamic performance of the unknown controllable and observable sampled-data interconnected large-scale state-delay system, which consists of NN multi-input multi-output (MIMO) subsystems, with the closed-loop decoupling property. The off-line observer/Kalman filter identification (OKID) method is used to obtain the decentralized linear models […]

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What Are the Benefits of Connected Manufacturing?

More and more customers today are looking for highly customized products. At the same time, manufacturers are under pressure to produce efficiently at mass-production costs. One way organizations can meet this challenge is by integrating business and manufacturing systems with automation technology. Traditionally, these systems have run independently of each other, but the factories of […]

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Industrial Control System Cybersecurity: Build It in or Bolt It On?

Legacy industrial control systems (ICS), including distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, and supervisory control and data acquisition systems, were engineered using cyber technologies and tools from as far back as the 1970s and 1980s. These industrial control systems are now up against rogue actors and nations armed with cyber weapons that are orders of […]

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How to Implement Process Analytical Technology in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry has had to work within the constraints of regulation for many decades, which has inhibited a culture of continuous process improvement and caused less than optimal manufacturing practices. There is a reluctance to change a validated process that may require regulatory approval. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative for current […]

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Flow Measurement and Instrumentation: Critical Components for Sustainable Processes

Consumers, industry, and society in general benefit from a commitment to sustainability. This concept is not purely about conservation or “being green.” Sustainability is not about using less, but about using the right or necessary amount—reducing waste in the process. The value of sustainability as a business opportunity is balanced between altruistic ideas related to […]

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IoT Is Ready for the Process Industry

In today’s competitive business climate, process plants are looking for ways to quickly reduce costs, improve operations, and comply with regulatory requirements. Addressing these challenges with yesterday’s technologies, while practical, often has unsatisfactory results and does not yield the desired competitive advantage. But there is a technology ready for deployment right now that can address […]

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Automation Professionals Are Catalysts for Change in Manufacturing

Thinking beyond your frame of reference can provide new insights and lead to new ideas to improve manufacturing results. The manufacturing industry is being impacted by a complex and rapidly changing world. Manufacturing industries are realizing that low labor cost is not a winning strategy, and automation is fundamental to success. Automation professionals are in […]

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New Applications for Pressure Measurement Technologies

Accurately measuring liquid, gas, and steam pressure is a basic requirement for many industrial processes to operate safely, efficiently, and with optimum quality control. In addition to directly measuring pressure values, pressure measurements can be used to determine or infer flow rates, fluid levels, product density, and other parameters. As a result, many plants rely […]

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