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

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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.

February 2017 Full Issue

February 11, 2017

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 2016 Full Issue

June 8, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

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