The Journal

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The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork™ is a bimonthly magazine, published by Putman Media, Inc., designed to educate engineers about leading-edge industrial automation methods, trends and technologies.

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Security & Safety Work in Concert

December 6, 2018

Increasingly, network security breaches are creating safety risks for connected, smart manufacturing, so safety and security must be managed together.

Cybersecurity: A Process, Not a Project

December 5, 2018

Protect production, workers and intellectual property by maintaining cybersecurity with these best practices.

Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

December 5, 2018

Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

Cyber Safety & Security: A Shared Responsibility

December 4, 2018

The emergence of physical and digital convergence requires an innovative fusion of once disparate disciplines: cybersecurity and physical safety.

Modern DCS Helps Convert Wastewater to Safe Water

December 4, 2018

Pollution control agency improves control over process and data, helps water treatment facility save millions and supply recycled water for crops.

VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor has Liquid Cooling

December 4, 2018

In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

What is Edge Computing, and Why Should You Care?

December 4, 2018

Not all smart devices must use the cloud. See how edge performs hosting, storage, computing and analysis and pushes aggregate data to a centralized plant.

14 Years and I’m Still Fascinated

December 3, 2018

In her December 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says she’s still excited about our industry’s evolving technology after 14 years, and is sharing an Industry Trends Report.

Blind Spots in the Industrial Revolution of Things

December 3, 2018

When modernizing your network cybersecurity infrastructure and virtualized digital assets with processes and technology, don’t ignore the people factor.

Machine Vision Explained

December 3, 2018

Vision systems are used for manufacturing line inspection and non-inspection tasks, so here’s what you need to know about what’s right for your operation.

December 2018 Full Issue

December 2, 2018

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How to Create Smarter Electrical Control Systems

November 26, 2018

System integrators can bring intelligent packaged power that integrate better with smart manufacturing operations than traditional electrical control.

Optimize Your Electrical Control System Upgrade

November 25, 2018

Unifying your electrical and process control systems into one digital infrastructure can provide greater plantwide visibility and boost productivity.

Poor Power Quality Costs You Time and Money

November 24, 2018

Ongoing testing and monitoring using tools to measure waste caused by harmonics and unbalance can determine waste and prevent work stoppages.

Designing a Panel? Contactors Can Help Cut Costs

November 23, 2018

Three features are engineered into modern contactors to optimize your budget through an improved coil, smaller size and expanded certification.

Is Your Machine Built for Thin Clients?

November 5, 2018

More manufacturers are adopting a simpler centralized information management paradigm based on thin client technology and expect machines to conform.

The New Norm for Operational Security

November 5, 2018

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

Safely Use Mobile Devices in Hazardous Areas

November 4, 2018

Understanding ignition sources and levels of device protection are crucial to reducing risk.

Insights from TÜV-Certified Machine Safety Experts

October 15, 2018

Safety professionals with respected accreditations answer questions about functional safety and productivity, operational excellence and worker morale.

Improve Energy Management in Food & Bev Production

October 14, 2018

In four steps, manufacturers can use data and control to create an effective energy-management strategy: monitor, analyze, control and sustain gains.

Rockwell Automation, PTC Bring Next Step in IIoT

October 14, 2018

Strategic partnership provides integrated IIoT platform that gives users manufacturing analytics that matter to them and drive results.

3 Steps to Strong Cybersecurity

October 13, 2018

Benefitting from smart manufacturing requires a security strategy to help secure your infrastructure, protect assets and maintain network availability.

Data Mixed Just Right

October 4, 2018

See how modern batch systems can use The Connected Enterprise to deliver secure, data-driven control for flexible, optimized production performance.

Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

October 3, 2018

See for yourself the digital technologies, converged networks and other smart technologies driving industrial automation trends.

Report: 9 Top Industrial Automation Trends in 2018

October 2, 2018

New eBook shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers, and highlights supporting technologies displayed at the 2018 Automation Fair® event.

4 Ways to Optimize Electric Actuator Performance

October 1, 2018

Use these tips to help get the most efficiency and reliability from your electric rod-style actuators in high-speed or high-accuracy applications.

How to Get a Connected Chemical Plant

September 30, 2018

Use of smarter, integrated technologies can help monitor and boost asset performance, enhance flexibility, reduce risk and improve maintenance.

Control System Drives New Polymer Plant

September 29, 2018

Learn how Mitsubishi Chemical sped up its polymer production site deployment for automotive airbags and used remote access to reduce start-up challenges.

NEC Code Changes That Affect SCCRs

September 28, 2018

Learn about some of the most significant new and updated 2017 NEC and how they impact you regarding available Short-Circuit Current Ratings.

October 2018 Full Issue

September 27, 2018

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2018 Digital Manufacturing eBook Now Available

August 26, 2018

Digital manufacturing is here and growing. This free resource dives into the nitty gritty of how smart manufacturing affects you.

Get More from VFDs with Predictive Maintenance

August 25, 2018

Variable-frequency drives run integral production operations, and predictive maintenance can help avoid unplanned downtime and unneeded replacements.

Learn About Temp Control in Thermal Processes

August 25, 2018

New white paper explains electromechanical contactors, solid-state relays and SCR power controllers.

Convert Traditional Starters to Soft Starters

August 24, 2018

Soft starters help boost efficiency, reduce motor wear and tear, and cut preventive maintenance costs.

When Did You Last Think About Your MCCs?

August 22, 2018

Motor control centers are the unsung heroes of almost every manufacturing facility, yet often don’t enough attention. What is the cost of their failure?

As Time Advances, So Will Your Operations

August 15, 2018

Take a look into the future to see how current control, analytics and safety technologies will reshape industries in the coming decades.

Automation Fair Event Returns to Philadelphia

August 14, 2018

The 2018 event boasts the latest information in control, power and IT/OT technologies and trends for industrial automation that are driving innovation.

Control Upgrade Helps Optimize Well Pad

August 14, 2018

Well-manager solution integrating a modern control system and HMI enhances flexibility, production visibility and safety in large oil and gas operation.

Reimagine Your Motion System

August 14, 2018

Smart motion control speeds up changeovers and boosts productivity with a flexible approach instead of conventional, complex mechanical systems.

Connected Enterprises Embrace Serialization

August 13, 2018

Integrating serialization and traceability systems with the enterprise helps manufacturers minimize risk while boosting effectiveness and productivity.

Security for Industrial Remote Access

August 13, 2018

How can you help keep your remote equipment network remains secure? These tips about protecting your infrastructure can help.

Ways to Merge Legacy Equipment with IIoT

August 12, 2018

You can implement Internet-based connectivity on older equipment to get smart manufacturing’s benefits of increased visibility, uptime and profitability.

What are Data Diodes?

August 12, 2018

Learn how and why these one-way devices are increasingly being used to help protect industrial networks against common cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Editor's Viewpoint: One Question I Despise

August 11, 2018

In her August 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says it’s easier to predict the future of industrial automation than to tell a job interviewer where you see yourself in five years.

August 2018 Full Issue

August 10, 2018

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Improve Cybersecurity with Network Segmentation

July 2, 2018

An open and unsegmented network is a gift to cyber attackers. By using network segmentation, you can restrict their access and limit potential damage.

How to Design a Network Infrastructure

July 1, 2018

Industrial network switches range from unmanaged, to lightly managed, and even fully managed switching solutions. This guide helps determine the best choice for your application.

Oil and Gas Operation Gains New Visibility

July 1, 2018

Crude oil refinery reduces downtime and improves diagnostics and network security with control system upgrades and integrated asset management software.

10 Worker Safety and Productivity Tips

June 26, 2018

These insights can help you deal with challenges of finding skilled workers, globalization, automating, and safety and security worries.

Is It OK to Bypass a Machine Safety Function?

June 25, 2018

Find out why overriding a safety function still can allow a safe workplace and standards compliance — and why you need to assess how it might happen.

Design Your Safety System for Better Uptime

June 24, 2018

Familiarity with LOTO standards can yield significant cost savings.

Is Your Safety System’s Life Cycle Healthy?

June 24, 2018

Right-sizing your solution helps prevent the extra costs of over protection and the risks that come from too little protection.

More Data Than Meets the Eye

June 6, 2018

Smart machines can give OEMs new asset visibility to help reduce end-user downtime, meet performance guarantees and improve machine designs.

OEMs Aim for Speed and Agility

June 6, 2018

CPG and food packaging equipment makers are helping end users meet needs for personalization, ever-changing consumer expectations, food safety and more.

Virtual Commissioning Leaps Into Automation

June 6, 2018

VC creates easier, more powerful methods for model-based design by using a digital twin — a virtual representation of a corresponding physical product — and helps cut delays and costs.

White Paper: Electric Actuators and TCO

June 6, 2018

This free white paper explains factors to examine when determining whether electric actuators or pneumatic cylinders offer the best overall solution for plant optimization.

Yes, You Can Optimize Food Safety and Productivity

June 6, 2018

Smart manufacturing helps food and beverage producers get better quality data from production to help slash costs, boost throughput and identify issues before reaching consumers.

Risk Assessments and 2018 NFPA 70E Changes

June 5, 2018

We examine additions to the risk assessment procedure and how the Hierarchy of Risk Control pyramid can help employers and workers improve electrical safety by mitigating risk.

OEM Helps Reduce Waste Disposal Costs

June 4, 2018

Harmony Enterprises’ scalable PLC-controlled compactor cuts waste handling labor, hauling and recycling costs by 40 to 70%.

Editor's Viewpoint: It’s a Dance

June 3, 2018

In her June 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says OEMs are doing some fancy footwork using cloud-based, smart machine analytics to help end users.

June 2018 Full Issue

June 2, 2018

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2018 Motors & Motion Control eBook Now Available

May 22, 2018

Whether performed through pumps, motors or linear actuators, motion control is essential for efficient industrial operations. The free “2018 Motors & Motion Control eBook” is now available.

Control Multiple Motors with 1 VFD

May 22, 2018

Consider design to see if you can simplify controls and reduce costs by using just one variable-frequency drive to control numerous motors.

Electrical Safety Requirements for Using DMMs

May 22, 2018

Learn about how to audit digital multimeter safety practices to help satisfy NFPA 70E requirements and comply with OSHA’s definition of qualified persons.

VIDEO: SCR Power Controller Converts AC Power

May 22, 2018

Advanced Energy, shows SCR power controller and optical temperature pyrometer; both have IIoT capabilities and Add-On Profiles for seamless integration into equipment and processes.

Benefits of Soft Starters on Resistive Loads

May 21, 2018

Two types of control, zero cross (SCR) and phase angle, can be used to cycle solid-state contactors on and off.

VIDEO: Electrical Tester Measures Without Contact

May 19, 2018

Fluke Corp. shows the new T6 electrical testers, with FieldSense technology for AC voltage, current and frequency measurement without making electrical contact to live voltage.

Priceless Diamonds of Data

April 10, 2018

In this technology update, learn about the data-driven approach that lets workers explore production data and create new analytics in real time without the need for data professionals.

Smart CIP System Improves Performance & Reporting

April 10, 2018

Using a standardized control system platform, OEM’s modular clean-in-place system helps meet industry and regulatory demands while boosting efficiency and deployment.

Will the Absence-of-Voltage Test Become Outdated?

April 10, 2018

Thanks to updates to UL and NFPA 70E standards, there’s no limit to the advancements possible for absence-of-voltage systems.

Biopharma: Get the Most out of Your EBRs

April 9, 2018

Integrating electronic batch records with a manufacturing execution system can help you get to market faster, cut costs and improve compliance.

How to Develop a Data-Integration Plan

April 9, 2018

Proper planning and strategy will determine the quality of your production intelligence and the success of your smart-manufacturing goals.

Integrate Fire and Gas Safety with Process Control

April 9, 2018

Integrated safety and control systems provide critical functions such as warning and mitigating a possible hazard that could threaten workers or operations

VIDEO: Simplify Deployment of Industrial Networks

April 9, 2018

Learn more about Panduit’s network building blocks and physical infrastructure, VeriSafe for arc flash and electrical safety, and the SynapSense wireless sensing solution.

Confused About Temp Control in Thermal Processes?

April 8, 2018

Here are the basics of eletromechanical contactors, solid-state relays and SCR power controllers.

Electric Actuator and Pneumatic Cylinder TCO

April 8, 2018

When determining motor control total cost of ownership, consider utility costs, maintenance costs and product yield for the service life of each.

VIDEO: Planetary Gearbox

April 8, 2018

Apex Dynamics shows the new AP and AH series, a carbon steel planetary gearbox with less than 1 arcminute backlash in a single stage and a double stage, and up to 14,000 Nm torque.

April 2018 Full Issue

April 7, 2018

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It’s Awesome to See a Breakthrough as It Happens

April 7, 2018

Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes a software breakthrough: Project Scio, which lets workers see production data and create new analytics on the fly.

Navigate the Road to Smart Manufacturing

March 7, 2018

When planning a smart manufacturing strategy, focusing on four key areas can help drive a more successful IoT implementation.

Protect Pharmaceutical Firms from Cyber Threats

March 6, 2018

Digitization and connectivity can transform pharma operations, but first require a robust industrial-security strategy to safeguard intellectual property, product quality and more.

Should You Switch to Smart Sensors?

March 6, 2018

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

Free Webinar: Industrial Cybersecurity 101

March 5, 2018

You’ll learn where to start and what to do first when considering the imperative to secure your industrial networks, endpoints and control systems.

VIDEO: Communication Interface Converts Protocols

March 5, 2018

Molex shows its industrial communication protocol interface that allows CompactLogix and ControlLogix devices to translate to various networking protocols such as PROFIBUS and Modbus.

VIDEO: Infrastructure Aids Critical Applications

March 5, 2018

Frank Hill from Stratus Technologies discusses the company’s modern information infrastructure, which includes server virtualization, thin clients and fault-tolerant computing.

Optimize How You Install AC Drives

February 27, 2018

Consider these environmental and safety factors to help you improve safety and cut downtime and costs.

How to Round Up Your Pumping Application

February 26, 2018

Quick and proper detection methods help prevent flow and surge issues, pump cavitation and clogged inlet and outlets for pump control.

Motor Speed: Tortoise or the Hare?

February 26, 2018

Not every motor application needs to run at full speed, like a rabbit racing a turtle. Moving slowly might be what’s needed to get the job done.

VIDEO: Circuit Disconnect Tool Helps Eliminate Arc

February 25, 2018

Hubbell highlights its IEC-rated pin-and-sleeve connector with integrated motor and branch circuit disconnect mechanism that eliminates potential for an electric arc.

VIDEO: Machine Vision Recorder Has IP67 Enclosure

February 25, 2018

In this video, IMPERX, Inc., highlights updates to the company’s machine vision EtherNet/IP video recorder used to track machinery and process throughput.

VIDEO: Lifeline 5 Cable-Pull Switch

February 15, 2018

The Allen-Brady® Guardmaster Lifeline 5 cable-pull switch diagnostic capability allows you to address potential issues before they lead to unplanned downtime.

VIDEO: Spectrum Adds Webport Unlimited VPN Service

February 13, 2018

Also, the new WebPort universal industrial gateway connects and configures multiple devices simultaneously.

Shine a Light on Compliance

February 3, 2018

See how smart manufacturing and connected devices provide greater visibility into safety system performance and plant productivity.

How Auto Supplier Reduced Scrap by 50%

February 2, 2018

Plasan Carbon Composites used manufacturing intelligence software to cut high scrap rates and increase production volume by 6% on its new pressure presses.

2017 Automation Fair Event In Review

February 1, 2018

Attendees learned about the latest industrial automation solutions, trends and smart manufacturing developments, while also helping support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Checkweighing to Meet Compliance, Quality Goals

February 1, 2018

These in-motion devices can provide real-time production data to help meet regulatory requirements while reducing waste and improving productivity.

F.R. Drake Meets Sausage Makers’ Needs

February 1, 2018

OEM designs automated packaging machine with integrated robotic control to achieve flexible, random indexing for handling natural casing products.

Protect Yourself from Voltage Spikes

February 1, 2018

Using proper test tools and understanding a location’s impact and measurement categories can help increase safety from transient overvoltage hazards.

Don’t Be Left in the Dark

January 31, 2018

In the February 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Managing Editor Amanda Joshi explains how connectivity can better help manufacturers see what’s happening in their plants and improve safety.

VIDEO: Electrical, Control Panel Design Software

January 30, 2018

EPLAN Software & Service showcases it software platform dedicated to improving the electrical and control panel design process.