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How to Leverage Profibus and Profinet for Troubleshooting and Preventing Downtime

One of the strengths of fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet protocols in general, and Profibus and Profinet in particular, is the diagnostic information. This diagnostic information can prevent downtime and accelerate troubleshooting. First, an explanation of the technologies: Profibus and Profinet International (PI) created, support, and maintain the Profibus and Profinet standards. Both specifications are part […]

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Is the Internet of Things Creating Unfocused Urgency to Monitor Everything?

Business analysts, industry consultants, venture capitalists, and major vendors are forecasting enormous Internet of Things (IoT) growth with estimates of massive numbers of sensors being deployed to instrument everything. Executive management at companies are being bombarded with an overwhelming message: if they do not invest in the adoption of IoT technologies, their competitors will dramatically […]

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How to Use HMIs to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Power Consumption

Machine and process skid builders can use human-machine interface (HMI) software to improve energy efficiency by measuring and monitoring energy usage, and by then using this data to reduce energy consumption through analysis and optimization. Through their connection to a variety of monitoring devices and controllers, HMIs provide measurement and monitoring and save the data […]

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How to Select Specialized Instrumentation for Temperature Measurement

Many temperature applications in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and other industries involve demanding process conditions, hazardous media, elevated corrosion rates, turbulence, vibration, and high pressures and temperatures. In these instances, specialized instrumentation, such as multipoint thermometers, skin-point thermometers, or high-temperature/harsh-environment devices, are available to make the required measurements. For temperature profiling, multipoint thermometers allow […]

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How to Succeed with the Industrial Internet of Things

More than just hype, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers significant potential value for manufacturers and other industrial organizations. The key is to create a long-term vision with an associated value proposition, identify the right applications to target initially, and employ the appropriate operational and information technologies, much of which is likely either already […]

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Protecting Airport Power with Automatic Transfer Switches

Singapore’s Changi Airport is the 18th busiest in the world. In 2014, it served more than 40 million passengers and 1.8 million tons of air freight. Airport systems are critical nerve centers of the global economy, and it is important that they keep running, regardless of power outages or power disruptions. Airports rely on backup […]

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How Cloud Computing Delivers a New Industrial Automation Tool for Improving Operations

The terms “cloud” and “cloud computing” have become popular, particularly in discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT). Cloud computing is now being discussed as a technology beneficial for industrial automation. The origin of the term cloud computing is unclear. In some sense, it is descriptive of something off in the distance over the Internet—but […]

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