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Experience Bold Conversations at Automation Fair

18 November 2019

An interactive space where people tell stories, invite questions and encourage authentic dialog around the challenges of creating a culture that differentiates a company.

Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

14 November 2019

The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

Workforce Enablement and the New Age of OEM Value

13 November 2019

Equipment and machine builders are rethinking design, machine intelligence and services to address their customer’s workforce challenges.

LOTO OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

11 November 2019

Is your lockout/tagout program compliant with OSHA regulations? LOTO OSHA violations are incredibly common for manufacturers. How to avoid fines and stay in compliance.

Digital Transformation and Mining Workforce Shifts

8 November 2019

Technology is changing the way mining companies do business and one of the most impacted areas is the workforce. Learn how digital transformation is changing mining roles for the future.

Add Emulation to your Speed to Market Toolbox

6 November 2019

CPG companies are gaining significant launch-time advantages with emulation technology. Recent advances are making it easier than ever to employ.

Inclusion and diversity

6 November 2019

Join us at the top of every hour to hear from a variety of thought-leaders on how culture, community outreach, supplier diversity and a focus on talent can impact your business.

Surviving the Skills Gap

6 November 2019

Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

Paper Mill Migrates to Modern DCS

30 October 2019

For this paper mill, migrating its batch digester to a modern DCS offered significant improvements in yield, quality and operator efficiency.

The Benefits of Remote Support for Manufacturers

21 October 2019

Plant managers can’t be everywhere, all the time. But in many ways, they need to be. Remote support can provide valuable expertise and backup whenever it’s needed.

Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

16 October 2019

A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

11 October 2019

Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

4 October 2019

We are here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

30 September 2019

Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

30 September 2019

With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

20 September 2019

Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

18 September 2019

Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

16 September 2019

By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

13 September 2019

Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

9 September 2019

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

One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

9 September 2019

With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

6 September 2019

The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

2 September 2019

Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

30 August 2019

Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

28 August 2019

Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

16 August 2019

Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

14 August 2019

Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

12 August 2019

Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

9 August 2019

Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

7 August 2019

Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

5 August 2019

Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

2 August 2019

It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

31 July 2019

ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

29 July 2019

Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

26 July 2019

The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.