Time to Modernize Your Power Gen Control Systems

19 June, 2017

As the power generation industry experiences challenges, producers can take advantage of the latest modern technologies to prepare for the long term.

Want STEM-Ready Learners? Question Everything

16 June, 2017

STEM thinking starts early. Encourage the passion and build the confidence that fuels our next generation of innovators.

Motor Slow Speed: Tortoise and the Hare Scenario

14 June, 2017

Several considerations must be taken into account for slow motor speed, such as motor branch supply, motor type and controller type.

Modern DCS Plays Key Role in Mining Efficiency

12 June, 2017

Modern DCS connects all aspects of a mining operation by bringing together previously independent systems, which allows for greater efficiency and productivity.

Big Data Requires Big Visualization

9 June, 2017

Augmented reality that will change the way we interact with smart devices – and be as influential to manufacturing as the launch of the iPhone was to mobility.

It’s 10:00 pm. Where Are Your Products?

7 June, 2017

Why don’t more manufacturers invest in production management software with track and trace? Learn why production management software is worth the investment.

A Soft Starter Syncing Line Power?

5 June, 2017

Soft starting isn’t just for motors anymore – it could be applied to connecting an induction generator from a wind turbine to the power grid.

Digitized Risk Management: Safety and Security

29 May, 2017

The Connected Enterprise and IoT-enabled technologies help monitor assets and processes, better protecting employees and securing business systems and information.

One Platform Can Do It All. Process. BMS. EMS.

26 May, 2017

A strategic upgrade to a single building management, process automation and environmental monitoring platform makes good business sense for life sciences companies.

Successful Alarm Management with Your DCS

24 May, 2017

Proper alarm management is an ongoing commitment. Discover the steps to modernize your alarm management system.

12 Benefits of Manufacturing Production Software

19 May, 2017

Manufacturing production software provides a consistent, repeatable method of managing orders, leading to improvements in profitability, on-time delivery and quality.

Maximizing Industrial IoT Deployments

15 May, 2017

Scalable analytics and a holistic approach to industrial security are among the components that should be part of any Industrial IoT deployment.

What You Need to Know about Learning Logix

9 May, 2017

Stay current on new and existing features available in Logix programmable automation controllers.

Why Independent Cart Conveying is One Smart Move

8 May, 2017

Independent cart technology enables high performance and flexibility in critical automotive transfer systems.

Six Reasons Enforceable Workflows are Key

5 May, 2017

Manufacturing quality should be based on enforceable workflows that error-proof processes so that each step is executed correctly, with complete, fully traceable data.

Is Your Operation Ready for Smart Sensors?

3 May, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Getting More for Less: The Connected Enterprise

24 April, 2017

Adopting IoT technologies in your journey to a Connected Enterprise can do more for your operations than you think.

Optimize Pharmaceutical Dispensing with EBR

21 April, 2017

Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) systems that also are dispensing systems allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to leverage key advantages provided by EBR.

Preparing the Workforce for the Future

20 April, 2017

Sustainability has evolved from social expectation to economic imperative. And we have a plan – including significant investments – to prepare the workforce of the future.

Use Data to Strengthen Industrial Safety

19 April, 2017

In a Connected Enterprise, safety professionals can automate the collection and reporting of safety data to better understand risks and enhance industrial safety.

Gas Processing Optimization Opportunities

17 April, 2017

Now that the rush to build new gas processing plants has subsided, plants are looking for ways to optimize production.

Joining Forces for Digital Transformation

14 April, 2017

Digital transformation is changing the way manufacturers operate by unlocking new opportunities helping them redefine manufacturing success in the short, medium and long term.

Data Integrity: Connecting the Dots

12 April, 2017

A robust MES solution – and a Connected Enterprise – can help enable compliance across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Demystifying Digital Transformation

11 April, 2017

Learn how significant value and productivity can be gained through digital transformation by taking a look at the cultural and the technological constraints that inhibit most organizations.

Simplify Compliance with Connected Quality

7 April, 2017

As part of your quality management system, modern MES can help to ensure the proper tests are conducted and speed review times to ease regulatory and auditing burdens.

Catching Up With Digital Transformation

6 April, 2017

Digital transformation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming new initiative. It usually migrates along a problem-solving execution model.

How Automation Vendors Support Industrial Security

5 April, 2017

Before selecting automation vendors, consider if they adhere to these five core security principles for control systems.

Is Your Plant Network Helping You Avoid Downtime?

31 March, 2017

Many companies see IoT and transitioning to IP networks as key to collecting more data and helping reduce downtime.

Tier Suppliers: It’s Time to Rethink Track & Trace

29 March, 2017

Now tier suppliers can address automotive traceability requirements – and other manufacturing challenges – with scalable, cost-effective software applications.

Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

24 March, 2017

With the use of modern dashboards, manufacturers can gain real-time notification of exceptions, enabling them to take preventative action.

The Importance of Short-Circuit Current Ratings

20 March, 2017

For global machine builders looking to sell into North America, it can be tricky to navigate and comply with local standards and codes.

Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

17 March, 2017

In manufacturing, paperless operation offers quality advantages over manual, paper-based systems: operational flexibility, data-driven decisions, easier compliance, etc.

Harmonize Your Real-time Production Data

13 March, 2017

IoT-enabled Connected Enterprises share real-time information up and down the supply chain, improving productivity and profitability and creating a competitive advantage.

Does Safety Stifle Innovation?

10 March, 2017

Safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving culture, compliance and capital. Collaboration is critical to innovation.

The Role of Standards in Smart Manufacturing

8 March, 2017

Many countries are eager to adopt Smart Manufacturing strategies. The real influence lies not in the latest technology, but in the standards behind that technology.

Dr. Reddy's Uses DCS/MES Combo for Drug Production

6 March, 2017

India-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer coordinates modern distributed control system with MES to simplify and optimize operations.

7 Reasons to Apply S88 Recipe Model to EBR Design

1 March, 2017

EBR has long been designed through modelling approaches including word processing, proprietary workflow charts and programming-like sequence definition. Why not S88?

Get More From VFDs With Predictive Maintenance

27 February, 2017

VFDs with predictive maintenance can help you avoid unplanned downtime, refine maintenance schedules and get more from your asset investments.

Strategy for Enterprise Digitization & Performance

20 February, 2017

Although many organizations are on the road to digitization, most are taking a winding path. What's preventing your company's digital success?

Companies Need to Create an Inclusive Work Culture

15 February, 2017

Catalyst has recognized Rockwell Automation for our Culture of Inclusion journey, an approach with measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Controlling Multiple Motors with One VFD

13 February, 2017

Using a variable frequency drive to control multiple motors can help reduce the cost and footprint and control the complexity of your application.

I Have Motor Data: Now What?

10 February, 2017

The key to using motor control data is to understand what it represents, how to display it and how to use it to create meaningful information that will minimize unplanned motor downtime.

The Connected Power Plant

8 February, 2017

With the proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things, more power producers are turning to enabling technology, such as a modern DCS, to improve operations.

Unlock the Potential of Smart Machines

6 February, 2017

Machine builders stand to gain from smart machines just as much as their customers.

Harmonic Distortion: Impact and Taking Action

30 January, 2017

Low-harmonic drives reduce harmonic distortion, helping prevent equipment damage, lost productivity and unplanned costs.

One Smart Decision Tire OEMS Can Make Now

23 January, 2017

Learn how tire OEMs can deliver smarter, smaller and more efficient machinery faster than ever before with an On-Machine control solution.

What Makes for Better Batch Management?

23 January, 2017

The modern batch approach understands the need of the batch and applies the right technology rather than starting with a technology and trying to use it for all solutions.

What’s the Right Pace for Adopting New Technology?

16 January, 2017

How companies approach the next revolution in manufacturing depends on their priorities.

Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2017

11 January, 2017

As we begin the new year, we’ve compiled a list of ten tips to help you improve safety and productivity.

Networking is Not Something to Lose Sleep Over

9 January, 2017

As industry it takes its first steps into the world of IIoT, becoming more networked also brings risks.

With STEM Skills the Earlier You Start the Better

6 January, 2017

Through FIRST, children are learning STEM concepts that will help them become our next generation innovators.

Operational Intelligence

2 January, 2017

Continuous improvement means continuous effort. Make it easier with a Connected Enterprise that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT).

Enabling Technologies Assist Connected Enterprises

19 December, 2016

Enabling technologies create an agile Connected Enterprise and help expand operations, innovate new products and processes and grow the business.

EV Producers Need the Right Automation Supplier

14 December, 2016

With electric vehicle production gaining momentum, startups have flooded the market. Choosing the right supplier is critical to their success.

Coding as a Second Language

5 December, 2016

Coding is a global language that anyone can learn, especially children. Inspire youngsters to be big thinkers by introducing coding through games and the classroom.

To Bypass or Not To Bypass? Is That the Question?

28 November, 2016

For starting, braking and stopping, soft starters are designed to limit the current of a motor. So what about in-between the start and the stop? What role can bypass play in motor control?

Three Considerations for Installing VFDs

21 November, 2016

When it comes to replacing VFDs, you should follow the same sound, fundamental practices used for decades.

Using Technology to Link Operations and Enterprise

21 November, 2016

Take a pragmatic approach to Connected Enterprise technologies: strategy, assess, prioritize and upgrade and prosper.

Start Your Journey Toward Smart Machines

16 November, 2016

Learn how OEMs can start the journey to smart machines and equipment by gathering customer insights, preparing their vision and tapping into external resources.

Embracing Modern Industrial Security Practices

14 November, 2016

When considering security, it is important to stay current on the latest industrial security practices and use a defense-in-depth approach to help keep your operations safe.

Inspire Students with STEM

7 November, 2016

Now is the time to help students see the STEM in everything, and to inspire them to consider a STEM career.

Scalable MES Facilitates Smart Manufacturing

31 October, 2016

Smart companies are using scalable MES applications to cost-effectively address specific challenges now with the ability to expand later.

Changing the World of MOM Through Connectivity

24 October, 2016

System automation has grown exponentially with factories and their products becoming ever more integrated with the outside world.

Smart Manufacturing Lowers Costs, Increases Profit

17 October, 2016

Manufacturers must identify and fix processes in their facilities where wastes and losses occur, and in doing so, boost profits.

Five Steps for Improving Your Food Safety Program

10 October, 2016

Learn how digitizing your food safety program can help increase consumer confidence and improve productivity.

Simplify Systems with Premier Integration

10 October, 2016

Premier Integration helps simplify system designs, shorten development time and boost productivity.

A Shifting View of Safety Culture

3 October, 2016

Attendees of the Safety Leadership Conference learned how contemporary safety technology and mindsets can help drive productivity, not hinder it.

Connecting Safety to the Bottom Line

3 October, 2016

Industrial applications are seeing a convergence of safety and productivity at a practical and strategic level. A major enabler of this is the amount of data available.

Migrating a Legacy DCS: When and How

3 October, 2016

The risk of a legacy DCS is high. Figure out now when you want to migrate, and how you want to do it.

A New Approach to Safety

26 September, 2016

Placing safety automation controls and hardware closer to an application or on a machine rather than in a remote cabinet has a number of design benefits.

The Benefits of a Holistic Serialization Platform

26 September, 2016

An open and holistic serialization platform can reduce implementation and support challenges, and give manufacturers device-to-cloud interoperability.

A Smarter Approach to Machinery Design

19 September, 2016

Learn how OEMs can meet customer demands and stay competitive by building smart machines and equipment.

Connect with Initiatives that Delight Customers

12 September, 2016

After stabilizing their operations via the Connected Enterprise, manufacturers should wield it to better satisfy customers with quality, speed and lower prices.

Network Security in Food Manufacturing

12 September, 2016

Industrial Internet of Things enables plants to increase performance. It also opens the network to malicious individuals. Cybersecurity measures can reduce the risk.

How to Reduce Downtime While Increasing OEE

5 September, 2016

Implementing a connected production environment improves energy usage, equipment reliability, and provides expanded capacity from existing assets.

Don't Let Tradition Limit Your Modernization

29 August, 2016

The terms migration and modernization often are used interchangeably. But they are different. Those differences can have serious bottom-line consequences.

Drilling for Information That Makes a Difference

22 August, 2016

For oil and gas operations, accessing, analyzing and using production data in real-time makes the investment of new information and control technologies beneficial in the long run.

An Alternative Route to Safety Compliance

15 August, 2016

Alternatives to traditional lockout/tagout procedures offer opportunities for manufacturers to improve worker safety and productivity.

Capture NEW Savings in the Paint Shop

15 August, 2016

New paint processes are more efficient than ever. But automakers can uncover even more savings with an innovative approach to paint rectifiers.

Improving Safety with a Complete MCC Solution

8 August, 2016

A complete MCC solution helps improve operator safety and is easier to use. Learn the three key technologies that should be included when selecting an MCC.

Embracing the Future of Collaborative Robots

1 August, 2016

Collaborative robot technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but this raises questions about worker safety and compliance implications.

Safety for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

1 August, 2016

Food and beverage manufacturers can take key steps to help create and maintain effective safety programs. These steps include taking a holistic safety approach.

Stabilize Your Operations for Future Production

1 August, 2016

Focus on reliable equipment, providing a safe workplace and environmental compliance.

Improving Safety Design Productivity

25 July, 2016

OEMs and end users involved in the machine building process have access to technologies and design tools to help them increase the speed, accuracy and efficiency of safety system design.

Reducing Safety Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry

18 July, 2016

Oil and gas extraction is one of the highest-risk category industries. Make sure you're doing all you can to increase the safety of your workers and equipment.

Yield and Flexibility in Food and Bev Production

11 July, 2016

Improving yield and maintaining a flexible line is seen as a contradiction to some food and beverage manufacturers. New automation technology offers a balanced solution.

Be Honest: How Secure is Your Enterprise?

4 July, 2016

An embedded security culture is fundamental in The Connected Enterprise. But cyber-security is the top cause of concern for manufacturers.

Navigating the Jungle of U.S. Industrial Standards

4 July, 2016

The differences between Listed (UL) and Recognized (UR) components can be confusing, so here's a comprehensive guide to everything you need.

How Manufacturers are Unlocking the Value of Data

30 June, 2016

Digital transformation requires technology change and organizational change. Before embarking on a digitization journey, develop an action plan.

Maximize the Space in Your Cabinet and Reduce Cost

27 June, 2016

The Enterprise crew never worried about the limits of space - but when it comes to your control system, you don't have the luxury of unlimited space.

Plant-Floor Improvements Drive Competitiveness

27 June, 2016

Return on investment from smart-manufacturing initiatives starts with production performance goals.

Design Smart Machines With Smarter Tools

20 June, 2016

To develop customized, modular machines more efficiently, machine and equipment builders can create standard, scalable building blocks using machine design tools.

IEC/ISO 17305 Safety Standard Cancelled

20 June, 2016

While the merger of the ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 safety standards may have been put on hold, machine designers should be prepared for changes to come.

Learning Shouldn't Stop When School is Out

13 June, 2016

School breaks don't need to be a brain drain. Check out these fun, engaging ways to keep STEM skills sharp every day.

Tap Your Infrastructure to Meet Demanding Trends

13 June, 2016

The demand for more whole and quality ingredient creates opportunities and obstacles for manufacturers. A contemporary automation infrastructure offers a solution.

Introducing Wireless to Your Plant Floor

30 May, 2016

When introducing wireless technology to the plant floor, it is important to understand your current equipment and what demands you expect to meet.

Reducing Production Time with Smart Devices

30 May, 2016

Highly flexible and adaptable smart devices can increase throughput without increasing production time within your control system architecture.

Take Advantage of the IoT for Smarter Operations

25 May, 2016

Most manufacturing executives believe that IoT will boost profitability over the next five years. Here are four critical steps to pave the way to IoT success.

How Workforce Changes Impact Safety & Productivity

23 May, 2016

Adjust to a changing workforce by rethinking machinery design in ways that address the unique safety risks of a more diverse workforce and help improve productivity.

High Performance in a Small Control System

16 May, 2016

Controllers must offer increased capacity to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing in the small control space.

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