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Product Lifecycle Management and Automation Are Being Drawn Together

The worlds of product lifecycle management (PLM) and automation are being drawn together by a series of technological developments that are beginning to have far-reaching effects, not only in manufacturing, but across all industries. For PLM vendors, this combination is manifesting itself in an upsurge of research and development activity, acquisition, and partnering. For those […]

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Design Tips to Create a More Effective HMI

There are many ways to develop human-machine interface (HMI) screens for machine and process automation applications. Effective implementation requires discipline in design. The look, feel, and ease of use of an HMI can vary widely given all the tools, object libraries, animations, and colors available with modern HMI software—but there are guidelines to improve HMI […]

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Steps to Navigate the Industrial Internet Journey

In today’s connected world, machines can communicate and coordinate with each other in ways that were not possible before. These brilliant machines are changing the way businesses work, enabling them to optimize efficiencies, boost productivity, reduce costs, and bring products and services to market faster. This major transformation is powered by the industrial Internet—which combines […]

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Advanced Control as Operations Support

In operating plants, process engineers, also known as production or operation engineers, are usually heavily engaged in day-to-day operations support. They are more likely to be found in their hard hats, in ad hoc meetings, or working with operators than sitting at computer terminals. Their job description typically involves a good understanding of process economics, […]

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Cybersecurity is a Vital Automation Industry Workforce Issue

One of my favorite shows is NCIS Los Angeles. Every Monday night I sit in front of the tube to see what type of threat agents Callen, Deeks, Kensi, Sam, Nell, and Eric will encounter. Usually these episodes are all about crimes being investigated, either in the U.S. or at some remote place around the globe, […]

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Basics of Continuous Level Measurement

The most common technologies available for continuous level measurement are ultrasonic, free space radar, guided wave radar, capacitance, gamma, and pressure. Let’s take a look at each technology and some typical applications. Ultrasonic An ultrasonic transducer generates a mechanical sound pulse that is directed through air to the process. When this pulse encounters the process […]

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Justifying Automation in the Era of the Connected Enterprise

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the global middle class will surge from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion in 2020. This ballooning middle class will translate to greater consumer spending, placing an increased demand on manufacturing, resources, and infrastructure. Meeting this demand requires automation investments to help operations be […]

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How to Choose Wired vs. Wireless for New Industrial Installations

Fieldbus technology has been available for more than 20 years. Initially, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and other digital fieldbus technologies were developed in the 1990s as a replacement for the 4–20 mA standard. Today, virtually every manufacturer of flowmeters, pressure transmitters, and similar instrumentation offers FOUNDATION Fieldbus and other popular fieldbus interfaces, and every major automation system vendor supports […]

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How to Avoid the 12 Common Pitfalls of RFID for Asset Tracking

Adopting radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking for the first time involves more than just slapping tags on traceable materials. It requires research, expert support, and a well-thought-out plan. RFID can be a huge boost to a company’s productivity and reliability. RFID can generate valuable real-time data that helps a company avoid product and equipment […]

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