OEMs: Are You Using Safety as a Differentiator?

September 28, 2017

Machine designs that use best-in-class safety can give customers productivity gains while helping you cost-justify a higher value machine.

Tips About UL Standards and Exporting to the U.S.

September 28, 2017

An “IEC thinker” assigns certain characteristics to certain products, but those might not apply to products used in North America.

Webinar: Basics of Electrical Maintenance

September 22, 2017

In this free, on-demand tutorial, you’ll learn about the importance of safety in electrical maintenance programs and basic considerations for developing a safer program.

Free Webinar: Compliance with the FSMA Made Simple

September 21, 2017

In this two-part, on-demand webinar series, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) experts share insights on preparing for the impact and meeting requirements in food manufacturing.

I Have Motor Data, Now What?

August 25, 2017

The key to using intelligent motor control data is to understand what the data represents, how to properly display it, and how to properly use it.

2017 Special Report on Electrical Systems

August 10, 2017

This free Ebook can help electricians, maintenance personnel, operators and others increase safety, increase efficiency, cut costs and improve operations.

Harmonic Distortion: Who’s Affected and What to Do

August 10, 2017

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

New Webinar: Precise Thermal Measurement & Control

August 10, 2017

In this free, on-demand tutorial, learn the fundamentals of how to control temperature-critical processes, and get the answer to the questions, what is a pyrometer and how does it work?

VIDEO: Reduce Cyber Security Risks

August 10, 2017

Gary Difazio from Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner Tripwire highlights the Configuration Compliance Manager (CCM), designed to reduce cyber security risks from external attacks.

Delivering on the Promise of Smart Manufacturing

August 9, 2017

Demands for greater capacity, efficient data delivery, and better network security require automation systems that can support smart manufacturing.

How a Pipeline Company Raised Reliability by 99.5%

August 8, 2017

Replacing legacy local systems with an enterprise-wide DCS running on EtherNet/IP also improved data integrity and visibility.

Multi-Well Pad Control: RTUs vs. PLCs

August 8, 2017

Compared to RTUs, PLCs can better help reduce installation, operating and maintenance costs and handle scalable architectures required by modern well pads

Webinar: Thermal Control for Critical Operations

August 8, 2017

Learn how to control temperature-critical processes, such as metals, automotive and glass, including how a pyrometer works and the basics of good temperature measurement and emissivity.

An Editor’s World Isn’t as Connected as Yours

August 7, 2017

In the Aug. 2017 Editor’s Viewpoint, Editor Theresa Houck says the right automation system can help you take advantage of new control, information and security technologies.

Free Webinar: Industrial Cybersecurity 101

August 7, 2017

In this tutorial, you’ll learn where to start and what to do first when considering the imperative to secure your industrial networks, endpoints and control systems.

How EtherNet/IP Has Changed Positioning Devices

August 7, 2017

Advances in standards and real-time products for industrial Ethernet have facilitated adoption for motion control applications in a variety of protocols.

ADCO Manufacturing Simplifies Packaging Process

August 6, 2017

Wrap-around case packaging machine reduces material costs, saves space and addresses food safety and scalability challenges.

August 2017 Full Issue

August 5, 2017

The full PDF of the August 2017 issue The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine.

Head to Houston for 2017 Automation Fair Event

August 1, 2017

Come learn about technology and trends that can improve operations at this premier technology exhibit and educational event for industrial automation.

VIDEO: Small Teams Can Use FactoryTalk TeamONE

July 17, 2017

See how FactoryTalk TeamONE can improve your team’s reaction time to machine issues while reducing your MTTR.

How Pfizer Achieved Global Asset Transparency

July 6, 2017

Learn how enterprise manufacturing intelligence software helped support regulatory compliance, improve product quality and achieve rapid deployment.

Why Food Manufacturers Need Network Security

July 6, 2017

Design a network infrastructure that’s transparent to its users, capable of delivering real-time information and secure from cyber threats.

5 Tips for Modernizing Network Architecture

July 5, 2017

Optimize network design using smart manufacturing to digitize and integrate your operations to meet your immediate and future needs.

10 Tips to Improve Worker Safety and Productivity

June 23, 2017

Contemporary safety systems and machinery design techniques must be considered to mitigate risk and enhance worker productivity.

5 Steps for Improving Food Safety

June 23, 2017

Digitizing your food and beverage safety program with information-enabled technology can boost productivity and help increase consumer confidence.

Smart Machines Bring Plants to Life

June 9, 2017

Learn how smart, secure, Ethernet-enabled machines increase productivity, improve flexibility, reduce design complexity, and address workforce challenges.

Let Smart Machines Help You

June 8, 2017

Managing Editor Amanda Joshi describes the June issue’s cover story on how smart, connected machines help improve operational and workforce challenges.

Batch System Upgrade Expands Process Flexibility

June 7, 2017

Learn how a scalable, standardized batch system helped bread maker increase production, improve batch consistency and reduce cycle times more than 20%.

How Automation Keeps “Craft” in a Craft Brewery

June 7, 2017

Learn how Mother Earth Brew Co.’s new facility and automated control system maintains flexible, consistent production and boosts clean-in-place efficiency.

NFPA 70E Sparks New Approaches to Electric Safety

June 7, 2017

Standard drives technology developments and strategies for reducing arc flash hazards and improving workplace safety and productivity.

Use Warning Devices in Motor-Driven Processes

June 7, 2017

Prevent equipment damage and unplanned downtime with current transducers that can provide advance warning that a motor might fail.

Which Temperature Control Device Should You Use?

June 7, 2017

Compare the operation of SCR power controllers to electromechanical contactors and solid-state relays for temperature control.

AMF Addresses Bakery Equipment Safety, Sanitation

June 6, 2017

OEM’s sanitary direct-drive mixer reduces mixing time, provides safer operation and facilitates more efficient washdowns.

June 2017 Full Issue

June 5, 2017

Download the full PDF version of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

4 Tips for Building Compliant Electrical Equipment

May 15, 2017

OEMS can meet North American compliance requirements by following the standards, confirming and documenting project details and working with automation vendors.

Arc-Flash Mitigation: How to Comply with NEC 2017

May 15, 2017

The newest edition of the National Electric Code standard includes important changes that will affect how electrical equipment is designed, installed and maintained.

What You Need to Know About Harmonic Distortion

May 15, 2017

Prevent unplanned downtime, reduced productivity and equipment damage by learning how to protect your motors from electrical pollution.

Orchestrate Your Information

April 7, 2017

It’s one thing to want a Connected Enterprise, but how exactly do you implement it? Rockwell Automation shares its experience integrating OT and IT for its own operations.

How a DCS/MES Combo Streamlined Drug Production

April 6, 2017

Coordinating a modern distributed control system with manufacturing execution system gives pharma manufacturer data for faster changeovers and new product design flexibility.

Learn from Pfizer’s Cybersecurity Practices

April 6, 2017

Faced with the same cybersecurity risks all industrial firms now battle, the pharmaceutical company addresses both technical and cultural challenges.

NJM Packaging Speeds Capping Process

April 6, 2017

OEM’s redesigned in-line capper with integrated servo-driven elevator-feeder handles a variety of bottle cap designs while improving process speed and energy efficiency.

Rogers Centre Retractable Roof Gets Modernized

April 6, 2017

OT network and control systems retrofit of the major-league baseball stadium’s dome roof shines light on modern technologies for Blue Jays and their fans.

Use Electric Rod or Hydraulic Cylinder?

April 6, 2017

Consider a variety of factors that affect the performance and cost of each technology when determining the best choice for the application.

What Does a Connected Enterprise Really Involve?

April 6, 2017

Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes the April issue’s covers story that describes how Rockwell Automation implemented a Connected Enterprise.

Free Webinar: Using Video to Minimize Downtime

April 5, 2017

Learn how EtherNet/IP event video recording can minimize downtime and associated losses by identifying performance problems.

VIDEO: VFD Power Cable Ideal for High Frequencies

April 5, 2017

Southwire's Steve Wetzel demonstrates its VFD power cable. It runs from the drive to the motor and solves problems caused by high frequencies with drive applications.

VIDEO: Wireless Sensor Helps with Compliance

April 5, 2017

Dan McGrath from Panduit explains the company’s fiber optics, copper cabling, and its new industrial wireless sensing for gathering data to help with compliance.

April 2017 Full Issue

April 3, 2017

Download the full PDF of the April 2017 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

What We Believe: FactoryTalk TeamONE

March 9, 2017

Improve worker productivity instantly. Learn what we believe and how we as a team came up with a zero friction app platform approach for your digital transformation.

3 Reasons to Embrace Modern Industrial Security

March 1, 2017

Keeping security products and policies current is important to help confirm operations are safer against internal and external threats.

How a Pharma Firm Cut Quality Control Time in Half

March 1, 2017

Ferring Pharmaceuticals used IT and real-time data to improve quality control, meet regulations and speed time to market.

Protect Electrical Equipment in Humid Environments

February 20, 2017

Learn how NEMA enclosures protect a pump’s control systems from corrosion to keep a museum’s water treatment exhibit running reliably.

Why Short Circuit Current Ratings are Important

February 20, 2017

Standards and codes shouldn’t be a barrier to success. Understanding key standards can help OEMs and panel builders stay in compliance and boost competitiveness.

VIDEO: First Automated Slitting System

February 19, 2017

See how HMS collaborated with system integrator Millennium Controls, OEM JSI and Encompass Partner FANUC Robotics to build an automated slitting system with robotic blade changes.

Root Cause of Safety Downtime

February 14, 2017

New access to data about safety-related downtime and higher levels of connectivity bring a turning point for improving safety, compliance and productivity.

How Auto Company Optimizes Integrated Architecture

February 13, 2017

Learn how an OEM provides efficient, flexible equipment for users’ tire-rubber mixing processes.

With the IEC/ISO 17305 Delay, What’s Next?

February 13, 2017

While the future merged standard for global machine safety still remains unclear, expect changes to ISO 13849 and IEC 62061.

INCO Engineering Remotely Monitors Equipment

February 10, 2017

Mining industry OEM designs customized hoists with safety and reliability in mind, and monitors its equipment around the globe from a single location.

Remember the Basics for Pneumatic System Safety

February 10, 2017

Three primary methods commonly are applied to valve terminals to meet safety requirements and operational demands of various applications.

Tips for Modernizing Automation Technologies

February 10, 2017

Learn what to consider when updating operations technology to help maximize efficiency, boost agility, increase ROA and keep up with customer demands.

Your Safety System is Telling a Story

February 10, 2017

Executive Editor Theresa Houck says the data generated by your safety system is narrating a play-by-play of what’s happening with the machine based on employee behavior.

More People Get It: Safety Drives Productivity

January 11, 2017

Technology is changing how industrial firms can optimize safety for efficiency and profitability, and leaders now realize it’s more than a cost of doing business.

How Safety Connects to the Bottom Line

January 10, 2017

Safety has become a function of productivity as manufacturing networks become more connected and make richer data available for analysis.

Are You Managing Your Network Security Risks?

December 6, 2016

Engineers and IT professionals can help protect intellectual property and production by following these design and product-selection best practices.

Lock Up Your Data

December 6, 2016

Learn important considerations for planning, designing and implementing a secure remote network access solution, and get resources to help you.

4 Mistakes Designing Electromechanical Systems

December 5, 2016

Electrical and mechanical engineers can collaborate to design and implement a linear motion system efficiently to upgrade or replace air-controlled or hydraulic systems.

AFA Systems Helps Simplify Packaging Process

December 5, 2016

OEM’s continuous motion autoload cartoner with integrated sequential and motion control eases maintenance and operation while increasing productivity.

Can Smart Manufacturing Empower Workers?

December 5, 2016

Learn how two manufacturers used smart devices to help improve quality inspections and reduce worker stress, errors and other inefficiencies in complex operations.

Dad Said Work Hard, Work Smart

December 5, 2016

Executive Editor Theresa Houck says this issue discusses best practices for protecting your industrial network and for setting up secure remote access.

December 2016 Full Issue

December 5, 2016

Download the full PDF version of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Untether from Cabled Machine Control

December 5, 2016

Reliable, rugged and safety-rated wireless technology for industrial automation applications is available to support production and maintenance personnel.

Utility Integrates Hydro Generation, Fish Passage

December 5, 2016

By automating its new powerhouse, Tacoma Power restores fish migration while generating power for 1,700 homes, reducing costs and strengthening compliance.

What to Know About Pyrometers

December 5, 2016

Learn how advanced pyrometers operate to help provide accurate temperature readings in challenging process conditions.

3 Considerations for Installing Drives

November 28, 2016

When it comes to replacing variable-frequency drives, follow the same sound, fundamental practices used for decades.

3 MCC Technologies That Can Rock Your World

November 28, 2016

When combined, these electrical-safety measures can deliver more insights into plant production and help provide a safer work environment.

10 Things to Know About VLANs and Subnets

October 21, 2016

Learn more about these critical components for designing and implementing a Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE).

Free Ebook: 2016 Industrial Internet of Things

October 21, 2016

See how the industrial digital transformation is really affecting you, plus get additional resources such as videos, white papers, webinars and more.

How Digital Manufacturing Drives Daimler Trucks

October 21, 2016

Upgrading to a scalable network helped better coordinate truck customizations and support flexible, efficient operations at the Western Star production facility.

How Wireless Can Extend Your Connected Enterprise

October 21, 2016

In-chassis or gateway communications and other secure, wireless solutions can help connect PLCs and send data that will help you analyze and optimize operations.

Webinar: Security Risks and How to Mitigate Them

October 20, 2016

Free on-demand webinar covers design and security considerations for industrial networks.

Automation Fair Event Celebrates 25 Years

October 12, 2016

Come to Atlanta November 9-10 and enjoy Georgia’s Southern hospitality while experiencing the 25th anniversary of the industrial automation industry’s top event.

How Machine Design Influences SCCR

October 11, 2016

Learn from how a packaging OEM fortified electrical safety and achieved short-circuit current rating NEC compliance by using compact circuit protectors applied to servo drives.

LED Lights: Industrial Automation’s Secret Weapon

October 6, 2016

What advanced LED lighting can do for a facility’s efficiency, data transfer, workflow optimization and space utilization might surprise you.

Qualtech CIP Systems Grow with Cheesemakers’ Needs

October 5, 2016

A scalable control platform helps OEM deliver efficient, environmentally responsible clean-in-place solutions that help meet growing demand for artisan cheeses.

Utility Cuts Costs Using Model Predictive Control

October 5, 2016

See how a unique multivariable control solution to stop damaging pressure spikes in a water distribution system saves $125,000 annually plus server and licensing costs.

How Temperature Control Can Improve Your Process

October 4, 2016

Discover how advanced optical temperature measurement pyrometers and SCR power controllers help achieve a reliable, consistent process, improve product quality and increase yield.

Oct. 2016 Cover Story: Enhance Your Vision

October 3, 2016

Understand ISA-101.01 best practices for human-machine interface design to help operators understand process automation data quickly for more efficient plant-floor production.

October 2016 Full Issue

October 3, 2016

Download the full PDF version of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

How Oil & Gas Pipeline Reached 99.5% Reliability

October 2, 2016

By modernizing its operational environment with an information-enabled, virtualized system, gas transmission company improved reliability and reduced maintenance costs by $2.3 million.

Remote Monitoring and Analytics Whiteboard

September 27, 2016

Learn how remote monitoring helps maximize productivity.

A Glimpse at the Oil & Gas Safety Paradigm Shift

September 7, 2016

Safety automation systems have evolved from off-the-shelf, stand-alone setups to complicated, integrated systems key to improving uptime and proving compliance.

What’s Next for Global Machine-Safety Standards?

September 7, 2016

While the future merged standard still remains unclear, expect changes to ISO 13849 and IEC 62061. Learn what you can do to prepare.

It’s Time to Rethink Lockout/Tagout

September 6, 2016

Alternatives to traditional lockout/tagout safety procedures can help improve productivity and reduce incentives for maintenance personnel to bypass this process.

Safety Webinar Series Part I: Regs & Standards

September 6, 2016

Free on-demand webinar covers standards and legislation to help you meet requirements.

Safety Webinar Series Part II: Safety Strategies

September 5, 2016

Free on-demand webinar addresses risk assessments and safeguard selection.

2016 Automation Fair Event Heads to Atlanta

August 24, 2016

Come learn about technology and trends that can improve operations at this premier technology exhibit and educational event for industrial automation.

What Does Motor Speed Torque Curve Tell You?

August 23, 2016

Mandates to motor efficiency have caused motor characteristics to change. Learn how a motor’s speed torque affects soft starter selection.

Troubleshoot Electromechanical Equipment Part 2

August 22, 2016

Learn how to read voltage waveforms generated by oscilloscopes that test industrial equipment to help you keep your facility up and running.

Why Choose a Soft Starter?

August 21, 2016

When used in the right application, soft starters offer significant cost, size and energy savings compared to traditional AC drives.

Challenges From Single Phase Power in Rural Areas

August 16, 2016

Learn how to mitigate possible harmonics challenges that can affect production when single phase power is used in nonurban areas for industries such as oil and gas and agriculture.

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The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork™ is a bimonthly magazine, published by Putman Media, Inc., designed to educate engineers about leading-edge industrial automation methods, trends and technologies