How the Internet of Things Impacts Manufacturing

How the Internet of Things Impacts Manufacturing

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. Internet of Things (IoT) concepts and technology continue to create a great deal of interest, activity, and new industrial automation industry initiatives. The IoT concepts and technology are...
The Seven Key Aspects of Automation Projects for Project Managers

The Seven Key Aspects of Automation Projects for Project Managers

This post was written by Dzhamshid Safin, PhD, PMP, a building automation and control specialist at Honeywell. The art and science of project management gives us useful knowledge and powerful tools and techniques to successfully manage complex projects in various...
The Business Case for Operational Technology Cybersecurity

The Business Case for Operational Technology Cybersecurity

This post was written by Don Dickinson, senior business development manager for water management, Phoenix Contact USA. With the increasing prevalence of high-profile cyberattacks and security breaches, these events may seem unavoidable. The consequences, however, come...
How to Overcome the Challenges of Distillation Column Analysis

How to Overcome the Challenges of Distillation Column Analysis

This post was written by Jennifer Dyment, a product marketing specialist with Midaxo. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Dartmouth College, and has specialized in column analysis for the process industries. We all want the inside...
What Are the Benefits and Limitations of Multivariable Control?

What Are the Benefits and Limitations of Multivariable Control?

This post was written by Allan Kern, PE, who has more than 35 years of process control experience, and has authored numerous papers on topics ranging from field instrumentation, safety systems, and loop tuning to multivariable control, inferential control, and expert...
The Not-So-Distant Future of Industrial Automation

The Not-So-Distant Future of Industrial Automation

This post was written by William Aja, vice president of customer operations at Panacea Technologies, Inc. It sometimes feels like a common theme in the industry is to simply keep things going by implementing what was done before. If it works, why bother fixing it? New...
Just in Time, or Just Too Late? A Kaizen Approach to Calibration

Just in Time, or Just Too Late? A Kaizen Approach to Calibration

This post was written by Greg Sumners, president of North American business for Beamex.  Many organizations are being asked to “do more with less.” As a result, key individuals are often overburdened, and companies are not prepared to capture knowledge from...
How to Calibrate a Pressure Transmitter

How to Calibrate a Pressure Transmitter

This guest blog post was written by Keith Riley, Ehren Kiker, and Duane Muir, of Endress+Hauser. Pressure transmitters used in the process industries are very durable and reliable instruments. Even so, they still require periodic maintenance and calibration to ensure...
How Programming Standards Improve Automation and Controls

How Programming Standards Improve Automation and Controls

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. IEC 61131-3, along with PLCopen extensions and support, provides software standards essential for efficiently achieving competitive manufacturing—including implementing Industry 4.0, Industrial...
Are Collaborative Robots Safe?

Are Collaborative Robots Safe?

This post was written by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette, a production engineer at Robotiq, In recent years, many disruptive technologies have emerged. For example, driverless cars have gathered a lot of attention, because they are so different from what we are used to...

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