What’s Your Integration Strategy?

December 13, 2017

To create a “facility of the future” that pays dividends for years to come, biotech companies must first take a close look at automation and integration strategies.

Proactive Maintenance Can Help Fuel Profitability

December 11, 2017

Managing the maintenance tasks through specialized software and other tools can help reduce manual entry of device readings, and share vital information with other areas of production.

Design Your Safety System for Improved Uptime

December 6, 2017

Improving your lockout procedures by just one minute can save you $2.8 million annually. Find out how.

Prevent Downtime With Just Your Voice

December 4, 2017

Companies driven by fast-changing consumer demands soon won’t have a choice about connectivity; it will be essential to stay competitive.

Hour of Code: It’s for Everyone. Join Us

December 3, 2017

Join the Hour of Code and help a student experience the thrill of computer science. You don’t need to be an expert.

The Safe, Connected Enterprise

November 27, 2017

The Connected Enterprise helps manufacturers monitor and improve safety while boosting plant productivity.

Are You Measuring OEE?

November 22, 2017

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

Manufacturing Finds Its Swagger

November 15, 2017

The lines between engineering disciplines blur in the fourth industrial revolution. New careers require new ways of looking at manufacturing. Find the right career fit.

What Does the IIoT Workforce Look Like?

November 13, 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

November 10, 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.

Women in FIRST: Inspiring Young Minds

November 8, 2017

We need women to get involved with FIRST so this generation of students is inspired to pursue STEM careers and be the next generation’s mentors, coaches, judges and referees.

Are You an Employer of Choice in the Digital Era?

November 6, 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

October 30, 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?

October 25, 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

October 23, 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.

Does Automation Take the Craft Out of Brewing?

October 20, 2017

Learn how craft brewers can automate an existing two to five barrel system to produce more – more consistently, and save money and time.

Better Safe (and Secure) Than Sorry

October 18, 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

October 9, 2017

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

Seven Steps to a Successful Digital Transformation

October 6, 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?

October 4, 2017

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

Visual Math for the Future of the STEM Workforce

October 2, 2017

If we want to close the skills gap and encourage students to pursue careers in STEM, it’s our responsibility to provide them with the tools and opportunities to reach those goals.

Supporting Minority Engineers Reflects Priorities

September 29, 2017

For new graduates and seasoned professionals, being among the minority can make job searching difficult. Questions to ask to pick the right company.

Keep Industrial-Security Threats in Check

September 27, 2017

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

Are You Sure it’s GMO-Free?

September 25, 2017

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

Company Culture Matters for Your Career

September 22, 2017

Looking to grow your career? Make an inclusive culture a priority when picking your next company.

Get in the IIoT Game with Current Equipment

September 20, 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

September 15, 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

September 13, 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

September 11, 2017

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

Take the “Wait” Out of Powder Blender Drying

September 8, 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

September 4, 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

August 30, 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

August 25, 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!

August 25, 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

August 23, 2017

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

Are You Skilled Up for Digital Transformation?

August 21, 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

August 18, 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?

August 16, 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

August 15, 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?

August 14, 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?

August 11, 2017

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

Cement Your Profits with Kiln Optimization

August 9, 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

August 7, 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

August 4, 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

August 3, 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

August 2, 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

August 1, 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

July 31, 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

July 31, 2017

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

Approaching Change One Step at a Time

July 28, 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

July 26, 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

July 24, 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

July 21, 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

July 21, 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

July 19, 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

July 17, 2017

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

Ransomware Attacks: Are Your Operations Safe?

July 14, 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

July 10, 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

July 7, 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.

July 5, 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

July 3, 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

June 30, 2017

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

Givaudan Reaps Sweet Rewards of DCS Migration

June 28, 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

June 26, 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

June 19, 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

June 16, 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

June 14, 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

June 12, 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

June 9, 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?

June 7, 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?

June 5, 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.

IIoT as Justification for Automation Modernization

May 31, 2017

Manufacturers have an enormous challenge with cost justifications. Can IIoT help with automation modernization justification?

Digitized Risk Management: Safety and Security

May 29, 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.

May 26, 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

May 24, 2017

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

12 Benefits of Manufacturing Production Software

May 19, 2017

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

Securing Your Industrial Control Systems

May 17, 2017

Industrial control systems (ICS) represent critical operational assets across more industries than most people imagine.

Maximizing Industrial IoT Deployments

May 15, 2017

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

No One Can Close the Skills Gap Alone

May 10, 2017

Cultural institutions such as museums can become a vital solution to the skills gap challenge by positioning themselves at the front of the workforce development pipeline.

What You Need to Know about Learning Logix

May 9, 2017

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

Why Independent Cart Conveying is One Smart Move

May 8, 2017

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

Six Reasons Enforceable Workflows are Key

May 5, 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?

May 3, 2017

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

How Much Does Customization Cost You?

April 26, 2017

Learn how to provide your customers with control product customization they need to be competitive in their industry.

Getting More for Less: The Connected Enterprise

April 24, 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

April 21, 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

April 20, 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

April 19, 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

April 17, 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

April 14, 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

April 12, 2017

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

Demystifying Digital Transformation

April 11, 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

April 7, 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

April 6, 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

April 5, 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

April 3, 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?

March 31, 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

March 29, 2017

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

Keeping the Craft in Brewing With Process Control

March 27, 2017

Mother Earth Brewing Co. automated its new brewery with a PlantPAx process control system to ensure repeatability while allowing for the creativity needed for craft brewing.

Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

March 24, 2017

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

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