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Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

19 July 2019

When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

17 July 2019

Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

15 July 2019

Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

15 July 2019

There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

Beyond Data Integrity

8 July 2019

Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

5 July 2019

To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

3 July 2019

Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

1 July 2019

Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

1 July 2019

Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

26 June 2019

In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

21 June 2019

New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

Let’s Transform the Future

19 June 2019

Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

17 June 2019

A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.

A Unified Solution for Measurement and Control

14 June 2019

Improve measurement and control with a unified solution for multi-well pad operations.

Smart Data Replaces Big Data

12 June 2019

Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

10 June 2019

The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

E-learning: Evolving to Bridge the Skills Gap

5 June 2019

As jobs have become more advanced and technological, the industrial skills gap has widened. But a game-changer has arrived: e-learning.

Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

3 June 2019

A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

2 June 2019

Collaboration between CPG manufacturers and OEMs helps unify processing and packaging applications – and eases the way to compliance.

AngloGold Modernizes with a New DCS

29 May 2019

AngloGold chose a modern DCS for its activated carbon process facility. Their operators quickly transitioned to simpler ISA 101 compliant grayscale displays with increased visibility.

How to Reduce Lead Time, Build Efficiency

27 May 2019

Custom machine builders are improving time to market with smarter machine engineering. See how you can build efficiency with a single control platform.

Weighing Your Options for Simple Motor Control

26 May 2019

Every motor control application is different, so what method provides the best fit and function? Push button or PLC control?

The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

24 May 2019

Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

22 May 2019

The utilization of a modern batch control systems helps chemical producers achieve more flexible, productive and efficient operations.

A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

20 May 2019

Innovations that paved the way for smart manufacturing took root decades ago. This pioneer helped focus a thousand points of light to what we know today.

Serving Up Value By Controlling F&B Processes

19 May 2019

Food and beverage manufacturers can use model predictive control to create a standard model for production, optimizing capacity while maintaining or improving quality.

5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

17 May 2019

Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

Outdated Multimodal Port Modernizes with a New DCS

15 May 2019

The largest port in central Chile, Los Ventanas, is now also its most modern after a new CEO helped to automate all processes using a modern DCS.

Modernize Your Power System, Boost Productivity

13 May 2019

Oil and gas producers are feeling the pain of relying on aging systems. The use of intelligent packaged power cuts risk and costs, while unleashing information for performance improvement.

Eight Tips To Crush Your Internship

12 May 2019

How do you get what you need from your internship (and impress your employer)? 8 tips to make the most of the experience.

Gain Better Visibility of Your Plant Operations

10 May 2019

Digital technology can transform your maintenance, repair and operations asset data into something you can use.

What Every OEM Should Know About Skid Integration

8 May 2019

How to sidestep common roadblocks, minimize engineering time and speed deployment.

Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

6 May 2019

To understand customer expectations, you have to think like a consumer. What impresses you about a company’s service? What drives you away?

21st Century Services: From Expense to Asset

5 May 2019

What is ‘now’ for industrial services in the 21st Century, and what’s next as industry and its people develop and reinvent themselves?

Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

3 May 2019

Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

1 May 2019

Instead of choosing business and leadership books that reinforce your beliefs, consider reading a few that challenge your assumptions.

Cybersecurity Assessments: Improve Your Posture

29 April 2019

The journey to improve your industrial security posture may seem complex. Determine your target security posture with security assessments.

Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

26 April 2019

Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

Bite-Sized Steps to Digital Transformation

22 April 2019

Scalable technology offerings can help any organization begin to improve productivity and lay the foundation for a fully Connected Enterprise.

Digital Transformation of Mining

22 April 2019

Technology is changing the way mining companies do business. Here are five tools you can easily bring online at your mine and quickly see tangible results.

E-learning: Make Time for Your Skills Development

19 April 2019

Prioritizing continued learning and training is in your best interest as an employee. With e-learning, making time for professional growth is easy.

Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

15 April 2019

MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

Things To Consider If You Mentor Interns

12 April 2019

Internships can be a powerful learning and development tool. Or they can distance a learner from a field of study, company or industry. 3 tips for success.

AC Drives Lessen the Harm of Mechanical Resonance

10 April 2019

Low-voltage AC drives with adaptive tuning can detect and easily mitigate mechanical-resonance issues, so your machines can run better and you can save more.

Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

8 April 2019

How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

5 April 2019

Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Refinery Proves It’s Too Costly to Not Modernize

3 April 2019

A large producer of zinc was facing costly unplanned downtime, exposing them to operational and financial risk. Learn how they overcame these challenges with a modern DCS.

Diversification: the Future of Irish Industry?

1 April 2019

Looking beyond the pharmaceutical and food and beverages industries, where is the potential for rapid growth?

Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

29 March 2019

This is how we use dashboards to present data and analytics in useful ways, so you can view what information matters most.

Gain Brewhouse Efficiency with Process Analytics

25 March 2019

Harnessing the power of process analytics is the next frontier in brewhouse efficiency. Reveal hidden efficiencies that are easily attainable for any size operation.

Build a Competitive Edge with Data

24 March 2019

Manufacturers can build a competitive edge with insights and action fueled by robust analytics environments from Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.

FIRST Made Me A Better Engineer

22 March 2019

Mentoring FIRST students takes time and commitment. What you get in return is a new view of the world, and a better way to do your job.

Three Tips for Elevating Your Career

22 March 2019

You have many choices in your career path. I did. Here are some of the reasons the EMEA graduate programme was right for me.

Examining the Value of Cybersecurity

20 March 2019

The right cybersecurity policies put comprehensive protections in place for a company’s assets before, during and after an event.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Inclusion

18 March 2019

On our inclusion journey, every step forward is a chance to look back and realize who is not with us yet. Our path forward must be intentional and strategic.

An Assembly Line for Organs? It’s Possible.

15 March 2019

Automating regenerative medicine will do for organs what Detroit did for cars and Silicon Valley did for semiconductors.

Exploring Data Can Feed Your Next Process Change

13 March 2019

Model predictive control works hand in hand with data exploration. Learn how these technologies optimize production and end-product quality.

Cement a Competitive Edge with Machine Learning

11 March 2019

Cement companies can implement predictive strategies and improve operational performance with machine learning techniques.

Five Steps to Success: DCS Modernization

6 March 2019

This approach mitigates project risk – and helps make a more innovative future a reality.

Women: It’s Time To Be Bold With Your Career

4 March 2019

As a woman in a technical career, I am accustomed to being in a minority. And I have advice for women in STEM who want to lead.

Converting OEMs Speed Development Increase Revenue

25 February 2019

Web converting machine builders turn to scalable, flexible IIoT solutions for smart machines that help customers avoid downtime and improve cycle times.

Four Priorities For Aspiring Women Leaders

22 February 2019

Becoming a leader is not an exact science. My path required tough questions and decisions.

Cut Mine Costs with Intelligent Packaged Power

18 February 2019

Joining electrical and process control into a smart packaged power system can reduce costs and provide new data insights.

It’s a Whole New (Virtual) World

11 February 2019

Single-use facilities have revolutionized biopharma manufacturing. Now new technologies promise to minimize inherent risk and improve quality.

Data Never Tasted So Good

8 February 2019

Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

Four Reasons to Do a Hackathon

6 February 2019

Hackathons are one of the best ways to introduce your company, culture and brand to candidates. And job seekers, there’s something in it for you, too.

Diverse Talent Should Participate, Not Assimilate

4 February 2019

Diverse talent offers different ideas. Hiring for differences and then compelling assimilation negates potential contributions to innovation. The goal is participation, not assimilation.

Improve Operator Effectiveness with a Modern DCS

30 January 2019

A modern DCS can help novice oil and gas operators perform like your best operators with actionable alarming, predictive insights and a high-performance HMI.

Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

28 January 2019

Learn about five technologies you can easily adopt at your mine to increase productivity, enhance worker safety, and gain visibility into your operations.

Managing Risk in a Connected Enterprise

21 January 2019

A Connected Enterprise offers tremendous value, but also has inherent risks - which must be managed as part of digital transformation.

Getting Ahead of Unplanned Downtime

16 January 2019

Built in predictive analytics provide advanced warning allowing you to take action before an unplanned shutdown occurs.

Analytics Partnered with MPC in Alcohol Production

9 January 2019

Identify alcohol production equipment abnormalities before they negatively impact quality and consistency with MPC and analytics.

The Irish Industry 4.0 Recipe for 2019

7 January 2019

What is the right blend of ingredients for Irish Industry in 2019? And how will technology close the skills gap?

The Top 10 Most Popular Blogs in 2018

2 January 2019

Our most popular blogs in 2018 were about artificial intelligence, blockchain, industrial security and safety.

Extending Your Reach to Robotics

24 December 2018

Robotics opens a new world of possibilities for smart, flexible machinery. The latest technologies enable OEMs to take control.

How Distillers Can Increase Optimization

19 December 2018

The spirit industry is managing the growing demand by looking to model predictive control to help maximize throughput and efficiency.

Diversity is More Than a Recruitment Strategy

5 December 2018

Diversity recruitment supports a business strategy driven by values, not numbers. The result is more inspired thinking and collaboration that leads to higher employee engagement.

Set Yourself Up for Success

3 December 2018

How progressive OEMs can differentiate themselves by helping customers meet expectations for highly flexible manufacturing facilities.

Cyber Security Horror Stories Need a Happy Ending

30 November 2018

Your plant may be ready for Industry 4.0. But is it cyber secure?

How Distilleries Can Maximize Throughput

28 November 2018

How can distillers maximize throughput without sacrificing quality or tradition, while also minimizing alcohol loss?

Optimizing? How You Can Pick Up The Pace

28 November 2018

Data – how it’s collected and used – will revolutionize manufacturing and process operations. What companies can do now to unlock additional levels of productivity.

The Hidden Threat Plant Managers Should Know About

26 November 2018

When it comes to finding ways to reduce your acquisition costs, what risks are you really willing to take?

Use the Best Infrastructure to Get the Best Data

12 November 2018

Operational intelligence and the subsequent analytics can only be really useful if you use the right smart devices coupled to the right software.

Protect Operations with Proactive Threat Hunting

7 November 2018

Cyber threat detection isn’t enough. Learn how you can implement threat hunting to help stop infestations from impacting your beverage and food production.

AI Changes the Rules and Results for Automation

5 November 2018

Stop thinking it's human or machine. The real power is human plus machine. AI augments and empowers human potential and leads to breakthrough innovation.

Don’t Overengineer: Get Quicker and Smarter

2 November 2018

Single platform, single environment control and process solutions support what many of your end customers are deploying in their operations.

Is a Smarter Batch in Your Future?

29 October 2018

Now life sciences manufacturers can harness the power of IIoT devices in new ways to maximize production efficiency and minimize process deviations.

Digitalized Gigafactories Meet EV Battery Demand

22 October 2018

The next seismic change in autos is in AFVs. Find out how to use real-time information and analytics to keep up with demand for millions of new EV batteries annually.

Ireland’s Darwinian Industry Challenge

8 October 2018

Companies that are strongest in their sector must embrace change or risk being disrupted by more agile companies able to move with demand.

Expand Your Use of Digital Twin

3 October 2018

Is the use of digital twin causing confusion in your organization? You’re not alone. Digital twin applies to three distinct phases. Clarify now and enjoy greater benefits later.

Boost Material Handling ROI via Wireless Solutions

24 September 2018

Your automated material handling equipment can help you decrease costs and optimize resources – and wireless solutions can help boost their performance.

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

19 September 2018

We're here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 14-15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Leading Through Change: The Leader Within

10 September 2018

Digitisation is changing the world perhaps faster than at any time in history. Upskilling and diversity and inclusion is critical to success.

Mitigating Risk – Without Applying the Brakes

29 August 2018

EV manufacturers are under pressure to expedite their launch schedules. Global program management paves the way for a successful EV launch – and smart manufacturing.

Reduce Risk in Your E-house Design

27 August 2018

An intelligent packaged power system and the right partner can help you deliver smarter e-houses at a lower cost.

Find a Company Where Respect Flows Both Ways

20 August 2018

What should you look for in a company? And when you find the right company, what should you do to stand out?

Train to Explain, Gain and Maintain

13 August 2018

Look at training as a way to develop competency and drive greater efficiencies. Promote it internally and externally as an investment.

Disruptive Technology Expands Career Options

8 August 2018

Internships in artificial intelligence and machine learning complement college studies to prepare students for careers in IIoT.

The New Security Norm in OT

1 August 2018

As technology and connectivity advance, industrial control system engineers face new security issues.

Create Smarter Electrical Control Systems

30 July 2018

System integrators can bring more intelligence to electrical control systems with intelligent packaged power.