Your New Robot Colleague is Coming Out of its Cage

Your New Robot Colleague is Coming Out of its Cage

This guest blog post was written by Esben Østergaard, Ph.D., chief technology officer at Universal Robots.   When asked how they envision a robot, most people either think of huge, unwieldy robots working in fenced-off areas in large factories, or they think of...
Next Frontier for the Operator-Automation Relationship

Next Frontier for the Operator-Automation Relationship

This post was authored by Eddie Habibi, founder and CEO of PAS. Industrial control systems are complex designs, but they do not give much consideration to the needs of the human operator. This oversight has caused serious and costly accidents. By empowering operators...
How Often Should Instruments Be Calibrated?

How Often Should Instruments Be Calibrated?

This guest post was authored by Eric Webb, regional account manager at Beamex. Plants can improve their efficiency and reduce costs by performing calibration history trend analysis. By doing so, a plant is able to define which instruments can be calibrated less...
Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

This guest blog post is authored by Ian Verhappen, an automation industry consultant and chairman of the ISA103 Standards Committee for the FDT Group. Think of the usefulness of the diagnostics in your automobile: Few of us know or even care about the hundreds of...

10 Pitfalls of DIY Control Systems

This guest post is authored by Bill Stevens, global product marketing manager for Honeywell Process Solutions. The debate over the virtues of the distributed control system (DCS) vs. the programmable logic controller (PLC) has been ongoing since these two...
How Do You Balance Connectivity with Security on the Plant Floor?

How Do You Balance Connectivity with Security on the Plant Floor?

This guest post is authored by Jim Flagg, systems architect for Polytron.   Manufacturing facilities increasingly are becoming reliant on network connectivity to improve operational efficiency.  Getting an internet connection on the plant floor without running it...

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