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.

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.

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.

The Journal’s New iPhone App is at Your Fingertips

August 16, 2016

The Journal’s free iPhone app is now available — simply search “ROKJournal” in your iPhone App Store to download it.

Should You Bypass Soft Starters?

August 15, 2016

Learn when and why to continue to use SCR control and when to use a bypass contactor for soft starters in between the start and stop.

August Cover Story: Balance Your Time

August 9, 2016

Integrated system design software helps designers and integrators use one tool instead of multiple tools for information-enabled automation systems that support smart manufacturing.

Processing Plant Boosts Capacity by 40%

August 8, 2016

Marine-plant product manufacturer implements EtherNet/IP and integrated MCCs for new facility with no downtime and also improved reliability.

Migration to Modern DCS Cut Development Time 50%

August 8, 2016

Advanced process automation and machine safety on a single platform helped a household products maker also reduce spare part and training costs.

VIDEO: What Others Say About Automation Fair

August 7, 2016

Watch this video to see what attendees are saying about how they benefit from attending the Automation Fair® event.

Risk Assessment Provisions Defined for Food, Bev

August 7, 2016

The ANSI and ISO have provided more consistent requirements for all new or significantly rebuilt or remanufactured machinery.

Webinar: Understanding SCR Power Controllers

August 7, 2016

This tutorial provides an introduction to SCR power controllers and describes key features for SCR-based thermal processing, including temperature regulation accuracy and energy efficiency.

Automation Leads to New Business Model

August 7, 2016

New technology for cutting and wiring its custom enclosures helped this company change workflows and boost quality and turnaround time.

August 2016 Full Issue

August 1, 2016

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Is Your Enterprise Secure?

July 8, 2016

More connected operations can mean increased security threats. Learn how a holistic approach to industrial security can help mitigate risks.

Online Retailer Doubled Throughput Capacity

July 7, 2016

New order-fulfillment facility’s automated pick-to-order and material-handling systems improve labor efficiency 300% compared to legacy operation.

Properly Protect Your Wireless Network

July 6, 2016

Follow these standards-based security best practices to implement a secure and reliable wireless network for mission-critical applications.

VIDEO: Link Plant/Enterprise Databases to PACs

July 5, 2016

tManager data transfer module from Softing links plant/enterprise databases to PACs for bidirectional data transfer.

VIDEO: Devices Allow Linking EtherNet/IP to Modbus

July 5, 2016

This video highlights three new EtherNet/IP linking devices from HMS Industrial Networks that allow users to link from EtherNet/IP networks to Modbus TCP/IP and Profibus.

How Better Data Feeds Your Productivity

June 11, 2016

See why smart manufacturing can help improve production, yield and efficiencies in food and beverage operations — and how some companies are doing just that.

Key Ingredients for Smart Machines

June 10, 2016

Learn what OEMs need to meet end users’ needs for integrated machines that provide production intelligence and improve responsiveness to changing market demands.

What’s New in Industrial Access Control?

June 9, 2016

Modernizing and layering your employee badges can be an effective way to help protect production processes, data and assets from physical and cybersecurity threats.

VIDEO: Networks with Industrial Switches

June 9, 2016

Panduit’s Tim J. Houghton highlights its Integrated Network Zone system in this video from the 2015 Automation Fair event.

VIDEO: Electrical Test Tools Send Data to Phones

June 9, 2016

This video from the 2015 Automation Fair® event features Fluke Corp. highlighting Fluke Connect, a system of software and wireless electrical test tools that prevent equipment failure.

Pulsar Develops OEE Measurement Solution

June 9, 2016

Company’s open and scalable software easily integrates with hardware to monitor overall equipment effectiveness for tissue-making machines.

Webinar: Developing Design Methods for Automation

June 9, 2016

The free new tutorial, "Basics of Developing Design Methods for Automation Technology," is designed to help you get the most out of your engineering experience.

Food Maker Leaps Forward in Process Automation

June 9, 2016

Moving from manual to automated batch processing not only minimized errors and improved efficiency, but has established a baseline for implementing The Connected Enterprise.

Déjà Vu All Over Again

June 9, 2016

Many of the high-tech, futuristic devices shown in movies made in 1989 and 2002 are now a reality.

A New Way to Protect Your Network

June 9, 2016

A modern security approach can better protect industrial control systems and other critical assets from potential attackers.

June 2016 Full Issue

June 8, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

VIDEO: Electrical Devices for Food Process

May 24, 2016

Hubbell shows a new slope-top circuit lock disconnect for food processing applications that meets NEC requirements for a separate disconnect method within line-of-sight of all motor loads.

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.

Modern DCS Boosts Wastewater Plant Efficiency

May 6, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

April 2016 Full Issue

April 1, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VIDEO: New Safety Concept for Manifolds

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.

VIDEO: Cameras Capture Line Stoppage Causes

January 10, 2016

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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