Cut Blower Energy 10% with VFDs

May 26, 2016

Swapping variable speed for guide-vane control finally makes sense for cutting water wastewater energy usage.

Free Ebook: Best Practices in Process Automation

May 26, 2016

Food, beverage, wastewater and other process firms can use this free resource to help increase efficiency, cut costs and maintain flexible operations.

What is Your Ideal Overload Relay?

May 25, 2016

Choosing which relay to use for overload protection depends on the specific electric motor starter application.

Troubleshooting Electromechanical Equipment

May 24, 2016

Some of the latest electronic test tools can send data to the cloud to share diagnostics information with different people who can help identify and repair problems.

GlaxoSmithKline DCS Upgrade Helps Infrastructure

May 6, 2016

See how the pharmaceutical maker uses a modern distributed control system to unify its environmental and building management, cut energy costs, increase data visibility and more.

How Sustainable Energy Helps Dairy Slash Costs

May 6, 2016

Implementing a combined heat and power (CHP) application helped this Virginia plant boost profitability and reduce greenhouse gas production by 25% by 2020.

Modern DCS Boosts Wastewater Plant Efficiency

May 6, 2016

Advanced process automation tools streamline engineering, help optimize operations and maintenance for Denver facility.

VIDEO: Building Entry Badges Allow Secure Access

May 5, 2016

In this 2015 Automation Fair video, RF IDeas describes how to use the same credential badges used for building entry for secure access to PACs, HMI software, FactoryTalk software and more.

Webinar: Developing Design Methods for Automation

May 5, 2016

Get the most out of your engineering experience by learning how to select and implement the most efficient construction methods for your tasks.

Webinar Explains Basics of SCR Power Controllers

May 5, 2016

Silicon controlled rectifier power controllers play a critical role in nearly every industrial manufacturing process that uses electrical heating.

HMI Evolved

April 4, 2016

Data that was once untapped or lost in complexity can be brought to life through modern HMI software integrated with IT and OT systems.

You Really Can Use Mobile Devices in the Plant

April 1, 2016

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet now can connect securely in an industrial setting to access performance metrics and data analytics.

MES Helps Automakers Boost Flexibility, Quality

April 1, 2016

MES software can help automakers manage complexity, improve responsiveness and maintain quality as part of the move to flexible manufacturing.

When Thousands of an Inch Matter, Precision Counts

April 1, 2016

See how a lumber cutting machine OEM used motion control, connectivity and remote diagnostics for precise knife-sharpening and remote troubleshooting.

Eagle Technologies Speeds Products to Market

April 1, 2016

Modular standards and a single platform help optimize design and development of custom automated assembly systems for many industries.

New Webinar: Developing Design Methods

April 1, 2016

Access this free on-demand webinar, "Basics of Developing Design Methods for Automation Technology," at your convenience, as many times as you want!

VIDEO: Solutions Speed Maintenance & Optimization

April 1, 2016

New I/O card, remote access solution, and marquee display from Spectrum Controls help reduce downtime.

Pacman is Nice, but Give Me Fifa Any Day

April 1, 2016

If you’re still metaphorically playing Asteroids with your HMI when Halo might serve you better, you need modern HMI.

VIDEO: Ultrasonic Flow Meters Measure in Real Time

April 1, 2016

Badger Meter highlights its flow meters and valve positioners with advanced diagnostics that provide improved measurement and reduced maintenance.

10 Tips to Deploy EtherNet/IP

March 3, 2016

Deploying an EtherNet/IP network can give food and beverage manufacturers flexibility, visibility and efficiency to boost production and meet changing demands.

Free Ebook: Server Virtualization Best Practices

March 2, 2016

Learn how to virtualize your system, share plant-floor data with enterprises, prevent downtime, and avoid mistakes that affect IT applications.

Is Industrial Security Critical for Manufacturing?

March 2, 2016

As more devices connect to the Internet, it’s more important than ever to protect industrial networks against cyber security vulnerability.

Which Wireless Standard Suits Your Operation?

March 2, 2016

Here’s what you need to know about the three most common short-range wireless standards for industrial applications.

VIDEO: Communication Modules Connect PLCs

March 1, 2016

In this video from the 2015 Automation Fair® event, see how the network protocol solution provides connectivity between a ControlLogix controller and industrial network.

VIDEO: Module Links PACs to Enterprises

March 1, 2016

See how the module links plant databases to ControlLogix controllers for bidirectional data exchange of manufacturing and processing data from controllers to enterprise systems.

Energy Efficient VFDs and The Connected Enterprise

February 19, 2016

Global market demands and government regulations are fostering the need for more efficient drives that also collect data to measure and reduce power consumption.

VIDEO: Precision Power Conversion Products

February 18, 2016

Bates Marshall and Andreas Breitkopf from Advanced Energy highlight the company’s Thyro models of patented low-loss, digital power control modules and accessories.

VIDEO: New Arc-Resistant AC Drive

February 18, 2016

See the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 AC drive system with ArcShield technology that is the first arc-resistant medium voltage drive with full regeneration capabilities.

Free 2015 Special Report on Electrical Systems

February 18, 2016

Download this free Ebook to learn how to minimize arc-flash hazards, choose motor-control technology, protect motors, and understand safety interlocking standard (EN) ISO 14119.

VIDEO: Electrical Safety Tasks Outside the Cabinet

February 12, 2016

See how safety best practices are combined into multiple products to mitigate risk to make it easier for workers to perform maintenance and other daily tasks.

Get Harmony between Energy Costs and Energy Mgmt.

February 12, 2016

See how to apply the best practices to integrate energy management with control and save up to 20% on energy costs.

Build Your Future Workforce

February 8, 2016

Workforce changes require a multifaceted approach that includes machine design, training and recruitment strategy to meet safety needs of both newer and experienced workers.

Digital Oilfields Connect Upstream & Downstream

February 7, 2016

By smoothly integrating information and operations technologies, oil and gas companies can get the full value of their asset data and accelerate high-performance production.

PCMC Makes Equipment Safer, More Efficient

February 5, 2016

Paper Converting Machine Company evolves its design philosophy in line with regulatory requirements and technology advances.

How an Auto Parts Manufacturer Cut Cycle Times

February 5, 2016

Using control loop monitoring software, a major lug nut producer slashed its lengthy heat-treatment batch process cycle time by 9.3% to improve production output.

MPC Saves Energy at Oilseed Processing Plant

February 5, 2016

Model predictive control on an oilseed desolventizer/toaster saved more than $150,000 annually by reducing steam consumption at the agricultural plant.

Select the Right Safety Logic System

February 5, 2016

Choosing the correct system for your application can help optimize safety, enhance productivity and reduce costs.

2015 Automation Fair Event in Review

February 5, 2016

Exhibits and educational events explore evolution of industrial automation and highlight advantages of The Connected Enterprise.

Webinar: The Basics of SCR Power Controllers

February 4, 2016

This tutorial gives an introduction to SCR power controllers; explains their role in industrial heating applications; and describes features for SCR-based thermal processing.

VIDEO: Flow Instruments Integrate with PlantPAx

February 4, 2016

Process automation instrumentation tools provide data for pressure, level, temperature, flow and analytics helps with transaction management, other functions.

Partners Help with Machinery Safety Applications

February 4, 2016

Users want firms like Rockwell Automation to be their machine safety consultant. Rockwell Automation looks to its Solution Partners to provide engineering and installation services.

VIDEO: Tubular Linear Motors inTough Environments

February 3, 2016

Stainless-steel construction is ideal for food and beverage applications.

February 2016 Full Issue

February 2, 2016

Download the full PDF of the February 2016 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Must Devices Be Certified for SISs?

January 11, 2016

Users continue to demand certified devices to verify performance by measuring the failure rate data. Still, failure rate data comes in many different forms.

Poultry Co. Uses ID badges for Computer Access

January 11, 2016

When OSHA-required safety gloves became cumbersome for employees to log into automated machinery terminals, radio-frequency readers used workers’ door-entry badges for safe computer access.

Medicine Firm Optimizes Tracking with Labeling

January 11, 2016

IP address-enabled labeling system, online app, data gathering and reporting all are part of The Connected Enterprise for this pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Safety Standard IEC/ISO 17305 Merger Halted

January 11, 2016

Dual standards ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 are set to continue. Here’s what OEMs need to know now.

VIDEO: Cameras Capture Line Stoppage Causes

January 10, 2016

Process Video Recorder uses robust EtherNet/IP protocol with fast 20 GB-per-second communication.

VIDEO: New Safety Concept Allows 1 Manifold to Rep

January 10, 2016

In this video from Automation Fair 2015, Enrico De Carolis from Numatics demonstrates a new safety concept for pneumatic valve controllers in which one manifold can replace 2 or 3 manifolds.

The Journal Named Best Custom Publication

December 14, 2015

Publication feted for 9 out of the last 10 years as "best" magazine, earns five honors in 2015 for editorial and design excellence.

Tell Us About Your Industrial Security Concerns

December 10, 2015

Take this short survey for Rockwell Automation customers only and tell us about your top industrial security concerns.

Seeing Gaps in Security?

December 4, 2015

Cyber threats to industrial firms are real and hit every day. Learn practical tips on how to secure your industrial networks and make it a competitive advantage.

How a Global Beverage Maker Upgraded its Network

December 4, 2015

The company replaced its aging cabling with an industrial network that improved plant-to-business data collection and reporting and overall network performance.

6 Questions to Ask When Securing Your IoT

December 4, 2015

Find out how to create an Internet of Things cybersecurity strategy that helps protect your network, increase efficiency and meet future infrastructure needs.

How Wireless Can Help Expand E-Stop Safety

December 4, 2015

Advances in wireless technology bring hardwired emergency-stop systems to a new level of safety to speed up response time, free operator constraints and expand applications.

Dec. 2015 PartnerNetwork Space

December 4, 2015

Kelvin Hurdle's discusses the Rockwell Automation Water Industry PartnerNetwork a dedicated group of companies with industry experience and competency.

How a Wastewater Facility Increased Efficiency

December 4, 2015

A single, scalable, plant-wide process control system provides improved visualization and access to real-time process data for growing city’s water treatment plant.

2015 Network Design & Security Ebook

December 4, 2015

This free resource is designed to help users achieve efficient, secure hard-wired and wireless industrial network design.

December 2015 Full Issue

December 3, 2015

Download the full PDF of the December 2015 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

New Webinar: Lifecycle Extension & Migrations

December 3, 2015

Learn how effective management of automation obsolescence risk can be accomplished without sacrificing profitability, quality or production rates.

SCR Controllers Help Boost Energy Efficiency

November 30, 2015

Silicon controlled rectifiers control electricity flow for temperature monitoring in electrical heating processes. Learn how they can help improve energy usage.

Why Are Drives Easier to Apply Than Soft Starters?

November 24, 2015

Consider torque requirements, speed control and power distribution when deciding between a soft starter or an AC drive for an application.

Free Ebook: Report on Electrical Systems

November 24, 2015

The new 2015 “Special Report on Electrical Systems” Ebook is now available for free download at

How Modern LOTO Procedures Increase Efficiency

November 24, 2015

Learn the five components needed for an effective lockout/tagout program, and the common traits for improving productivity in any industry.

Troubleshoot Automation and Process Control Loops

November 24, 2015

Learn how mA process clamp meters can save troubleshooting time by replacing several instruments and keeping control loops and I/O working at peak efficiency.

Can You Predict Your Motor’s Life?

November 24, 2015

Proper motor protection and a condition monitoring solution can help you determine how and when a motor might fail so you can pre-empt the problem.

3 Ways OEMs Help Boost Your Network Security

October 29, 2015

Using secure remote access and being proactive about protecting networks and machines can help protect critical data from cyber threats.

The Basics of Remote Alarm Notification

October 28, 2015

Learn how modern remote alarm notification technology can integrate with existing controls, minimize “alarm fatigue,” and meet the needs of mobile plant workers.

Converge Your IT and OT

October 28, 2015

Combining efforts of information and operations technology staff can help better support plant performance and requires unique collaboration.

Why Secure Remote Access is Important

October 28, 2015

With proper security procedures and architectural systems in place, OEMs can deliver more value to end users and reduce concerns about cybersecurity hacks.

Free Ebook: Network Design & Security

October 11, 2015

Learn how to minimize cyber security risks, design a secure industrial wireless system, design a VLAN-based network architecture, and understand best practices for server virtualization.

Modern DCS Packs in More

October 8, 2015

Advance your process control by using a modern DCS that provides plant-wide control, easier skid integration, greater scalability, and better connectivity with IT and business systems.

Automation Fair 2015 in Chicago

October 7, 2015

“The Windy City” embraces the industrial automation industry’s most exciting event 18-19 as the world gathers to see and learn about the latest technology and techniques.

Chemical Process Automation Upgrade

October 7, 2015

See how two chemical manufacturers optimized production, cut downtime and more by upgrading their aging process control to a modern automated process control system.

SIS Up to Current Standards

October 7, 2015

People charged with process safety should review existing safety instrumented system designs and understand the standards.

Supporting FSMA Compliance with Technology

October 6, 2015

The FDA sets the food safety compliance objectives, and leaves it up to you to figure out how to get there. Here is some guidance on what you will need.

October 2015 Full Issue

October 6, 2015

Download the full PDF of the October 2015 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Tips for Making the Most of Asset Intelligence

October 6, 2015

Integrating maintenance and operations in real time can create a universally integrated IT infrastructure designed to drive superior asset performance.

Oct. 2015 Editor’s Viewpoint │ The Journal

October 5, 2015

Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes why she likes both autumn and the Automation Fair event.

Oct. 2015 PartnerNetwork Space

October 1, 2015

When it comes to complex solutions, the PartnerNetwork is a key avenue with which to creatively satisfy your needs, including your process application requirements.

Free Ebook Reveals 2015 Technology Trends

September 4, 2015

This free resource addresses which technologies are having the biggest impact and how they're helping end users and OEMs to stay competitive.

Machine Safety Alternative to Complete Shutdown

September 4, 2015

Follow the Machinery Safety Lifecycle to design integrated machine safety solutions that help protect employees, reduce costs, comply with regulations and improve productivity.

Rise of Serialization Regulation

September 2, 2015

A comprehensive and holistic pharmaceutical serialization system can offer significant benefits beyond regulatory compliance.

On-Demand Webinar Explains Power Quality Harmonics

September 2, 2015

"Fundamentals of Power Quality: Harmonics & Mitigation Methods," demonstrates what a power factor is, what harmonics are and what problems harmonics cause.

Free Webinar: DOE 2016 Transformer Regulation

September 2, 2015

“The Basic Effects of DOE 2016 Transformer Regulation,” explains the current energy efficiency standards, known as TP1, that have been amended by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Reengineer LOTO

September 2, 2015

Modern technology offers new ways to stay productive while maintaining lockout/tagout compliance — even if you sometimes need to work on partially-live equipment.

Tips and Tools for Energy Savings

August 31, 2015

Engineers and electricians can use this information to log and reduce equipment energy consumption, and then quantify the savings to justify improvements to managers.

How Membranes Can Help Dry Compressed Air

August 31, 2015

Non-electric technology for drying compressed air in electrical cabinets eliminates sparking risk in hazardous environments.

Public Utility Optimizes Hydroelectric System

August 31, 2015

A process automation control system provides more exact monitoring and data collection of a dam’s turbine and generator system for improved analysis and forecasts.

Food OEM Optimizes Yield with AC Drives

August 31, 2015

Marchant Schmidt minimized giveaway and waste after updating its control and information solution to control the outfeed induction motor on its cheese cutting system.

2015 Automation Fair│The Journal

August 6, 2015

The premier technology exhibit and educational event for industrial automation gathers professionals from around the world to learn about technology and trends.

Aug. 2015 Editor's Viewpoint │The Journal

August 6, 2015

In her Editor's Viewpoint column, The Journal's Executive Editor Theresa Houck shares her view on this August 2015 issue's cover story about IT/OT groups collaboration.

Everybody Wins with IT/OT Collaboration

August 6, 2015

Discover the dos and don’ts of IT/OT collaboration that can help you deploy industrial IP over industrial Ethernet for connectivity from enterprise to plant for greater performance.

Secure Your SCADA System │ The Journal

August 2, 2015

Learn cyberattack mitigation techniques and intrusion detection methods that can help protect your control system devices and network.

Enclosures Affect Wireless │ The Journal

August 2, 2015

Learn how nonmetallic enclosures can protect sensitive controls and monitoring systems by providing wireless compatibility, durability and resistance to harsh environments.

Retailer Migrates to PACs │ The Journal

August 2, 2015

Distribution center cuts downtime and improves diagnostics for tilt-tray sorters by moving from PC controllers to robust programmable automation controllers.

Migrating from Obsolete DCS │ The Journal

August 2, 2015

Company slashed downtime, maintenance costs by replacing its distributed control system with a modern process automation system with an integrated information solution.

August 2015 Full Issue

August 1, 2015

Download the full PDF of the August 2015 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Study Shows Trends in Plant Communications

July 30, 2015

Results of annual survey indicate effectiveness of devices that can integrate voice and data to get vital information to the people who need it to keep the production line moving.

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