Are You Measuring OEE?

22 November, 2017

Are you procrastinating when it comes to modernization? You are risking lost opportunity for greater productivity.

What Does the IIoT Workforce Look Like?

13 November, 2017

For the future workforce, the ability to gain knowledge will be more important than knowledge itself.

Three Ways You Can Save With Paperless Operation

10 November, 2017

Modern MES can simplify quality challenges. Let’s take a look at how you can save in three areas: labor/people costs, quality/recall costs and downtime.

Are You an Employer of Choice in the Digital Era?

6 November, 2017

Is your most vital asset, your staff, helping you enter the digital era? Here are three recommendations for becoming an employer of choice for tomorrow’s talent.

Modernize So You Can Know More – and Do More

30 October, 2017

Over the next five years nearly a third of maintenance staff will retire. The next generation expects a dashboard experience. Are you prepared?

Is Your Safety System’s Lifecycle Healthy?

25 October, 2017

Understanding and implementing a safety architecture, performance levels, integrity levels and reaction time calculations can improve the health of your safety system.

IIoT on the Plant Floor? There’s an App for That

23 October, 2017

Take a look at how commercial apps are revolutionising teamwork in industry and how young workers needed to meet the skills gap are changing industry from the inside.

Better Safe (and Secure) Than Sorry

18 October, 2017

The Connected Enterprise helps manufacturers minimize the potential for employee safety and business security problems while improving productivity.

Benefits of Soft Starters on Resistive Loads

9 October, 2017

Learn how soft starters utilize the phase angle control on resistive loads.

Seven Steps to a Successful Digital Transformation

6 October, 2017

Creating a connected enterprise requires extreme cohesion. The digital journey of our customer highlights seven steps key to successful digital transformation.

How are You Managing Stormwater Recovery?

4 October, 2017

As cities grow, so does interest in better managing stormwater. Local governments need a plan for effectively capturing, storing, and treating stormwater.

Keep Industrial-Security Threats in Check

27 September, 2017

Digitization and connectivity can transform pharma operations, but first require a robust industrial-security strategy.

Are You Sure it’s GMO-Free?

25 September, 2017

Trends – like gluten- and GMO-free recipes – affect the entire supply chain and require food companies to re-examine processes around traceability.

Get in the IIoT Game with Current Equipment

20 September, 2017

Manufacturers must keep equipment and automation current to leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as they build a Connected Enterprise.

Three Steps to Better WAGES Performance

15 September, 2017

Companies can reap the benefits of digital transformation with a strategy that unifies energy and industrial process information to support world-class production.

4 Ways to Improve Pipeline Data Quality

13 September, 2017

Too much data? Poor quality data? Here are four tips to help pipeline operators take data collection to the next level.

Greenfield Observations for Industry Leaders

11 September, 2017

Greenfield industrial projects in the age of IIoT require new, flexible and productive plant solutions.

Take the “Wait” Out of Powder Blender Drying

8 September, 2017

This new high-efficiency centrifugal blower system can dry powder blenders and tanks used in pharmaceutical manufacturing in 30 minutes or less.

Master the Balancing Act of Powertrain Assembly

4 September, 2017

A more distributed control architecture plus new design and configuration tools speed line load balancing in powertrain assembly – and enable more flexible manufacturing.

Turning Machine Data Into Operational Intelligence

30 August, 2017

Real-time information and analytics can help prevent production problems from occurring and drive improvement efforts, provided manufacturers have digitally enabled operations.

Four Tips for Bringing IoT to Your Modern Mine

25 August, 2017

For mining companies, IoT promises to help reduce maintenance costs, minimize downtime and enhance safety, but fully embracing IoT requires careful planning.

Women in Engineering? Women in Engineering!

25 August, 2017

Women are great at roles that are historically considered to be "male," therefore, young girls need to be educated about different opportunities where they can get involved.

Connecting Upstream Operations

23 August, 2017

Upstream oil and gas producers can connect operations and optimize production with Connected Enterprise solutions.

Are You Skilled Up for Digital Transformation?

21 August, 2017

Building the tech talent pipeline is about more than re-training current employees – it’s a combined effort that starts in K-12 and reaches beyond college.

Where Man Meets Machine, Potential Risk Follows

18 August, 2017

Know what to do (and what not to) when it comes to documenting product design changes, and understand the safety hierarchy so you can limit your company’s risk profile.

Where Should My Process Analytics Solution Run?

16 August, 2017

Producers in the process industries need to answer these three questions to arrive at a viable analytics solution.

What Industry Can Learn from Theme Parks

15 August, 2017

The challenges of providing amusement park thrills while keeping guests safe pushes the edge of technology. Lessons here are applied across industries improving uptime, security and safety.

Have We Lost Our Appetite for Exploration?

14 August, 2017

By supporting STEM-related education through mentors, financial and product support, we’re creating the explorers of tomorrow.

Is Your Network Meeting Your Performance Needs?

11 August, 2017

Choose the right industrial switch to optimize performance in your network infrastructure.

Cement Your Profits with Kiln Optimization

9 August, 2017

Modelling and controlling production with MPC technology can lead to improved kiln stability and overall production rate, reduced material loss, and energy costs.

F&B Companies Need to Address the Skills Shortage

7 August, 2017

We’re getting smarter, but the convergence of existing systems and the adoption of new technology is placing new burdens on workforces. Here’s how one company solved the problem.

Beat the Heat When Mounting AC Drives

4 August, 2017

Giving careful thought to thermal management when deciding where and how to mount VFDs can help protect the VFD and its performance, and reduce unexpected downtime.

Find Your Inner Inventor

3 August, 2017

If you’re new to innovation, learn what you can do to explore the possibilities and inspire yourself and others about your idea.

Safety and Security in a Connected Enterprise

2 August, 2017

Safety and security have traditionally been viewed as separate entities, but in industrial production, your safety and security programs are inextricably linked.

Honor Your Inner Inventor

1 August, 2017

Engineering merges art and science. Are you a creator, inventor or innovator? Join the Meant To Invent competition.

3 Ways Enforceable Workflows Improve Profitability

31 July, 2017

How can manufacturers improve production and profitability? Let’s review 3 ways manufacturing production management software with enforceable workflows can help.

Multi-Well Pad Control: RTU vs. PLC

31 July, 2017

PLCs can deliver operational and cost advantages over RTUs in increasingly demanding multi-well pad operations.

Approaching Change One Step at a Time

28 July, 2017

How modern is your mining operation? Connecting your mining operations allows you to gather data in real-time so you can make better business decisions.

Connecting Real-Time Production Data

26 July, 2017

Instead of physical consolidation under one roof and one owner, production can now be digitally consolidated using the Internet of Things.

Changing Culture Starts with Conversation

24 July, 2017

Creating a more inclusive workplace culture doesn’t require a big splash, or even everyone on board. It takes courageous conversations.

Phosphate Plant Reconstructed with a Modern DCS

21 July, 2017

PCS Phosphate, a chemical processing facility, went through a complete process control migration allowing better and faster decision making capabilities with PlantPAx DCS.

Value for Packaging – More Than Equipment

21 July, 2017

Packaging equipment manufacturers can better serve customers by understanding their bigger challenges instead of relying entirely on technology. Everything starts with a conversation.

Smart Technology in Food Manufacturing

19 July, 2017

Online competitors, informed customers and changing regulations are driving the need for food and beverage manufacturers to rapidly respond. Smart technology can help.

When To Enable IO-Link in Your Operation

17 July, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Ransomware Attacks: Are Your Operations Safe?

14 July, 2017

It’s said the best defense is a good offense. Protecting industrial control systems from attack requires a plan to both prevent and respond. Are you adequately prepared?

Automotive Machine Builders: Deliver Smart Value

10 July, 2017

Thanks to enabling technologies, automotive machine builders can deliver more value than ever before. Two smart questions are key to success.

OEMs Can Use Machine Safety as a Differentiator

7 July, 2017

OEMs can use best-in-class safety to set their machines apart from the competition, streamline their business and achieve near-universal compliance.

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

5 July, 2017

As an "IEC thinker," there is a tendency to assign characteristics to certain products. When used in countries like the U.S. or Canada, it is necessary to scrutinize these in detail.

Round Up Your Pumping Application

3 July, 2017

Pumping water is an application where system dynamics play a big part in the selection of what type of pump control is needed.

Smart Sensors and IOT: Lining Up the Pros and Cons

30 June, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Givaudan Reaps Sweet Rewards of DCS Migration

28 June, 2017

By partnering with a trusted vendor, companies can more quickly migrate to modern DCS technologies and begin realizing lower total cost of ownership.

Six Trends Engineering a New Pharma Reality

26 June, 2017

With pressures faced by pharmaceutical producers coupled with added legislation you would be forgiven for thinking the industry is in decline.

Time to Modernize Your Power Gen Control Systems

19 June, 2017

As the power generation industry experiences challenges, producers can take advantage of the latest modern technologies to prepare for the long term.

Want STEM-Ready Learners? Question Everything

16 June, 2017

STEM thinking starts early. Encourage the passion and build the confidence that fuels our next generation of innovators.

Motor Slow Speed: Tortoise and the Hare Scenario

14 June, 2017

Several considerations must be taken into account for slow motor speed, such as motor branch supply, motor type and controller type.

Modern DCS Plays Key Role in Mining Efficiency

12 June, 2017

Modern DCS connects all aspects of a mining operation by bringing together previously independent systems, which allows for greater efficiency and productivity.

Big Data Requires Big Visualization

9 June, 2017

Augmented reality that will change the way we interact with smart devices – and be as influential to manufacturing as the launch of the iPhone was to mobility.

It’s 10:00 pm. Where Are Your Products?

7 June, 2017

Why don’t more manufacturers invest in production management software with track and trace? Learn why production management software is worth the investment.

A Soft Starter Syncing Line Power?

5 June, 2017

Soft starting isn’t just for motors anymore – it could be applied to connecting an induction generator from a wind turbine to the power grid.

Digitized Risk Management: Safety and Security

29 May, 2017

The Connected Enterprise and IoT-enabled technologies help monitor assets and processes, better protecting employees and securing business systems and information.

One Platform Can Do It All. Process. BMS. EMS.

26 May, 2017

A strategic upgrade to a single building management, process automation and environmental monitoring platform makes good business sense for life sciences companies.

Successful Alarm Management with Your DCS

24 May, 2017

Proper alarm management is an ongoing commitment. Discover the steps to modernize your alarm management system.

12 Benefits of Manufacturing Production Software

19 May, 2017

Manufacturing production software provides a consistent, repeatable method of managing orders, leading to improvements in profitability, on-time delivery and quality.

Maximizing Industrial IoT Deployments

15 May, 2017

Scalable analytics and a holistic approach to industrial security are among the components that should be part of any Industrial IoT deployment.

What You Need to Know about Learning Logix

9 May, 2017

Stay current on new and existing features available in Logix programmable automation controllers.

Why Independent Cart Conveying is One Smart Move

8 May, 2017

Independent cart technology enables high performance and flexibility in critical automotive transfer systems.

Six Reasons Enforceable Workflows are Key

5 May, 2017

Manufacturing quality should be based on enforceable workflows that error-proof processes so that each step is executed correctly, with complete, fully traceable data.

Is Your Operation Ready for Smart Sensors?

3 May, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Getting More for Less: The Connected Enterprise

24 April, 2017

Adopting IoT technologies in your journey to a Connected Enterprise can do more for your operations than you think.

Optimize Pharmaceutical Dispensing with EBR

21 April, 2017

Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) systems that also are dispensing systems allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to leverage key advantages provided by EBR.

Preparing the Workforce for the Future

20 April, 2017

Sustainability has evolved from social expectation to economic imperative. And we have a plan – including significant investments – to prepare the workforce of the future.

Use Data to Strengthen Industrial Safety

19 April, 2017

In a Connected Enterprise, safety professionals can automate the collection and reporting of safety data to better understand risks and enhance industrial safety.

Gas Processing Optimization Opportunities

17 April, 2017

Now that the rush to build new gas processing plants has subsided, plants are looking for ways to optimize production.

Joining Forces for Digital Transformation

14 April, 2017

Digital transformation is changing the way manufacturers operate by unlocking new opportunities helping them redefine manufacturing success in the short, medium and long term.

Data Integrity: Connecting the Dots

12 April, 2017

A robust MES solution – and a Connected Enterprise – can help enable compliance across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Demystifying Digital Transformation

11 April, 2017

Learn how significant value and productivity can be gained through digital transformation by taking a look at the cultural and the technological constraints that inhibit most organizations.

Simplify Compliance with Connected Quality

7 April, 2017

As part of your quality management system, modern MES can help to ensure the proper tests are conducted and speed review times to ease regulatory and auditing burdens.

Catching Up With Digital Transformation

6 April, 2017

Digital transformation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming new initiative. It usually migrates along a problem-solving execution model.

How Automation Vendors Support Industrial Security

5 April, 2017

Before selecting automation vendors, consider if they adhere to these five core security principles for control systems.

Don’t Give Up Creativity for Productivity

3 April, 2017

Now craft brewers don’t have to sacrifice the art of making a small batch brew for the sake of productivity.

Is Your Plant Network Helping You Avoid Downtime?

31 March, 2017

Many companies see IoT and transitioning to IP networks as key to collecting more data and helping reduce downtime.

Tier Suppliers: It’s Time to Rethink Track & Trace

29 March, 2017

Now tier suppliers can address automotive traceability requirements – and other manufacturing challenges – with scalable, cost-effective software applications.

Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

24 March, 2017

With the use of modern dashboards, manufacturers can gain real-time notification of exceptions, enabling them to take preventative action.

The Importance of Short-Circuit Current Ratings

20 March, 2017

For global machine builders looking to sell into North America, it can be tricky to navigate and comply with local standards and codes.

Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

17 March, 2017

In manufacturing, paperless operation offers quality advantages over manual, paper-based systems: operational flexibility, data-driven decisions, easier compliance, etc.

Harmonize Your Real-time Production Data

13 March, 2017

IoT-enabled Connected Enterprises share real-time information up and down the supply chain, improving productivity and profitability and creating a competitive advantage.

Does Safety Stifle Innovation?

10 March, 2017

Safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving culture, compliance and capital. Collaboration is critical to innovation.

The Role of Standards in Smart Manufacturing

8 March, 2017

Many countries are eager to adopt Smart Manufacturing strategies. The real influence lies not in the latest technology, but in the standards behind that technology.

Dr. Reddy's Uses DCS/MES Combo for Drug Production

6 March, 2017

India-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer coordinates modern distributed control system with MES to simplify and optimize operations.

7 Reasons to Apply S88 Recipe Model to EBR Design

1 March, 2017

EBR has long been designed through modelling approaches including word processing, proprietary workflow charts and programming-like sequence definition. Why not S88?

Get More From VFDs With Predictive Maintenance

27 February, 2017

VFDs with predictive maintenance can help you avoid unplanned downtime, refine maintenance schedules and get more from your asset investments.

Strategy for Enterprise Digitization & Performance

20 February, 2017

Although many organizations are on the road to digitization, most are taking a winding path. What's preventing your company's digital success?

Companies Need to Create an Inclusive Work Culture

15 February, 2017

Catalyst has recognized Rockwell Automation for our Culture of Inclusion journey, an approach with measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Controlling Multiple Motors with One VFD

13 February, 2017

Using a variable frequency drive to control multiple motors can help reduce the cost and footprint and control the complexity of your application.

I Have Motor Data: Now What?

10 February, 2017

The key to using motor control data is to understand what it represents, how to display it and how to use it to create meaningful information that will minimize unplanned motor downtime.

The Connected Power Plant

8 February, 2017

With the proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things, more power producers are turning to enabling technology, such as a modern DCS, to improve operations.

Unlock the Potential of Smart Machines

6 February, 2017

Machine builders stand to gain from smart machines just as much as their customers.

People Are Key for The Connected Enterprise

1 February, 2017

Successful implementation of The Connected Enterprise relies on three pillars, only one of which is technology. The other two – the processes and people – are often ignored.

Harmonic Distortion: Impact and Taking Action

30 January, 2017

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

One Smart Decision Tire OEMS Can Make Now

23 January, 2017

Learn how tire OEMs can deliver smarter, smaller and more efficient machinery faster than ever before with an On-Machine control solution.

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