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New approach required for factory floor to business enterprise integration.

Loose and Tight Systems

There is a lot of talk today about the integration of the “enterprise” and the “factory floor.” I have enjoyed a lot of this discussion. … There are also new terms being thrown around like digital factory and integrated intelligence. However you look at it, there is more and more talk (and action) toward linking […]

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Video can bring you clear, easy-to-understand information from the far reaches of your process.

New Way to Envision Your Remote Process

There has been much advancement in recent years in hardware and software technologies that are enabling more choices in instrumentation that can be put into the field and data that can be brought back to the control room. However, this equipment only provides you with data. This data must be interpreted into practical information in […]

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Becoming an automation professional

Becoming an Automation Professional

Since I was young, I can clearly remember how much I enjoyed imagining a world with technology everywhere making my life as easy as possible. To create such a place, I spent hours throughout most of my childhood building mini robots from pieces of my oldest toys, the main components of which were DC motors […]

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Hohmann's Executive Corner

Good Customer Service Goes Beyond Tech Support

Good customer service must go beyond answering questions via some means of tech support, either in person or online, and include helping users maximize the benefits from the products they buy. Excellent service starts with having a human answer support calls instead of forcing a customer to navigate his or her way through a phone […]

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Considering a job change?

Considering a Job Change?

With the increased demand for automation professionals over the past year, many of you might be considering a job change, perhaps even a career change. Career changes are much more difficult than simply moving from one company to another and performing a role similar to what you currently do. Many engineers often contemplate getting out […]

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Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

Selecting the right asset monitoring strategy is a balancing act between implementation cost and expected reliability. Reactive maintenance represents the most costly and least reliable maintenance program. For example, some essential assets may have a spare as part of a reactive maintenance program. A common practice is to run equipment to failure and then switch […]

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Finding the interface between two liquids in a tank is critical for some processes.

Measuring Level Interfaces

In other cases, an emulsion or “rag” layer will exist between the two liquids. Other interface situations include multiple interfaces between more than two products, or the interface between a liquid and a solid. In some cases, it may be necessary to measure the thickness of the upper layer. No one sensor can solve all […]

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Uninterruptible Power Supply Technology and Cybersecurity

The recent number of cyber-attacks and their level of sophistication have demonstrated the inadequate network security measures employed by many large corporations, government, and military agencies. Time is on the hackers’ side. They only have to find one unsecure computer or device on a segment of a corporate or governmental network, and they can use […]

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