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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Automation Fair Shows Partner Collaboration

July 30, 2015

The way we collaborate with third-party companies is like no other automation supplier, and this is clearly on display at Automation Fair.

Webinar: Understand Stepper Motion Control

July 26, 2015

Learn the basics of stepper motion, including integrated steppers; applications; stepper control vs. servo control; and when to choose stepper motion control.

Biopharmaceutical Firm Cuts Process Time in Half

July 20, 2015

Company boosts number of batches produced by 56% and helps ensure quality and compliance by automating batch record-keeping away from a paper-based system and using a modern MES.

5 Facts about Lockout/Tagout

July 20, 2015

You need to know these key points to help your company comply with OSHA regulations, avoid fines and protect workers.

4 Considerations When Designing an Industrial WLAN

July 3, 2015

Design and deploy a WLAN using these steps to select the most appropriate topology, avoid data packet delays and help ensure secure access.

Is Your Network an Asset or a Cost Center?

July 3, 2015

EtherNet/IP adds even more value as more devices become connected to the Internet of Things, providing added visibility from the plant floor to the enterprise.

Free Webinar: Wireless for Industrial Applications

July 1, 2015

A technology overview and guide to help start a successful WLAN design and implementation that meets the performance requirements of industrial control applications.

Disruptive Technologies Drive Need for New Skills

July 1, 2015

Converged IT/OT training programs help ensure deployment of new technologies meets strict network and security standards while achieving production goals.

VIDEO: Network Physical Infrastructure

July 1, 2015

Panduit’s Mike Berg talks about upgrading industrial networks and creating the appropriate physical design to match logical architecture for best performance.

Free Webinar: Understand Stepper Motion Control

June 29, 2015

Learn the basics of stepper motion, including integrated steppers; applications; stepper control vs. servo control; and when to choose stepper motion control.

Free Webinar: Choosing a Machine-Vision Camera

June 24, 2015

Learn the fundamentals about sensors that capture images, the camera, software needed, and other parts of a machine vision solution.

How Tyson Foods Improved Sausage Yield

June 11, 2015

The company slashed waste by implementing a manufacturing intelligence software strategy that provided insight into problematic weight variations.

VIDEO: Electrical Safety Devices for Cabinets

June 11, 2015

Grace Engineered Products Inc. shows the SafeSide IR Viewing Windows that maintains its characteristics the lifetime of the window.

Case Packer OEM Profile

June 11, 2015

Focused on complete end-of-line packaging solutions, Schneider Packaging Equipment's product lines include case packing, robotic palletizing and systems integration.

Properties for Electrical Component Labels

June 11, 2015

Be aware of these factors to help you reduce electrostatic discharge damage to printed circuit boards and electronics parts.

Partners Enable Food and Beverage User Success

June 11, 2015

Rockwell Automation and our Partner Network support food and beverage customers by helping them meet their many market challenges.

Case Study: Simple Line Integration Slashed Costs

June 11, 2015

A major consumer supplier automated its reporting process, increased plant visibility and cut expenses by enabling repeatable integration.

OEMs Help with Network Security

June 11, 2015

OEMs reveal the techniques they’re using to provide secure remote access to help prevent unauthorized access to end users’ industrial networks.

Webinar: Choosing a Machine-Vision Camera

June 1, 2015

Learn how to select the appropriate sensor type and the best machine vision camera and optics for your requirements; factors that affect image quality; and more.

June 2015 Viewpoint: OEMs are at the Plate

June 1, 2015

Learn how OEMs are being proactive about providing network security solutions to help protect their end-users’ networks from cyber threats.

OEM Slashes Downtime with Mobile Data Collection

June 1, 2015

A railway track OEM cut costs after implementing a mobile remote-monitoring solution that collects performance data for real-time troubleshooting, maintenance and electronic reporting.

Mining Company Benefits from Motor Control

May 26, 2015

Unique horizontal application of VFDs provided product standardization, space savings and increased uptime for a coal mine in a confined space.

Overview of Transformer Energy Efficiency Levels

May 15, 2015

Here’s what you need to know about the new energy efficiency requirements for transformers from the U.S. Department of Energy that will start January 1, 2016.

Free Webinar: Introduction to Virtualization

May 12, 2015

Server virtualization architecture and hardware; how virtualization benefits manufacturers; and guidelines for increasing system availability.

Free Webinar: Basics of Machine Vision

May 12, 2015

Learn how machine vision benefits factory automation. Understand the requirements for a machine vision system and how to communicate the task.

VIDEO: Permanent Magnet Motors

May 1, 2015

Marathon Motors shows the company’s electric motors, including inverter duty, variable-speed motors. The SyMAX PMAC permanent magnet motors are the newest technology available.

Webinars Cover Industrial Automation’s Top Topics

May 1, 2015

“Fundamentals Series” from The Journal help you understand the basic principles and techniques on specific topic areas.

Safety Interlocking Standard Basics

May 1, 2015

Learn how the new standard (EN) ISO 14119 provides guidance on the design and selection of safety interlocking devices.

R.A. Jones Redesigns Cartoner

April 9, 2015

Packaging machine builder used advanced transfer technology to help customers by boosting throughput, reducing energy use and increase flexibility.

Industrial Mobility: The New Normal

April 9, 2015

Time to change your perspective: Industrial mobile applications are letting users access data - in just seconds - for better productivity.

How a Steel Producer Boosted Reliability

April 9, 2015

When a specialty mill upgraded to PACs and HMIs, production rates and quality increased, I/O was halved, and troubleshooting improved.

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