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Protect Yourself With Good Cyber Hygiene Practices

22 June 2018

For all the benefits that smart manufacturing can offer, it also requires a more comprehensive approach to security. Start with these three basic steps.

Digital Representations Drive Bottom-Line Results

18 June 2018

The two foundations of a digital transformation — the digital twin and the digital thread — offer new ways to trial practices, processes, and product concepts in a virtual environment.

Is Your Machine Built for Thin Clients?

11 June 2018

More manufacturers are adopting a simpler centralized information management paradigm, and they expect machines to conform.

Make Your Digital Transformation Effective

11 June 2018

There are pitfalls of going into a digital transformation effort before assessing the bigger picture first.

What Will Smart Factories Look Like in 20 Years?

8 June 2018

See how today’s new technologies will change how we design, manage and staff operations in a smart factory.

Single-Use Solutions Defy Economies of Scale

6 June 2018

Companies are demanding more agile and flexible manufacturing practices in order to meet an industry drive towards more personalised medicines.

Learning From TÜV-Certified Machine Safety Experts

28 May 2018

TÜV Rheinland-certified machinery functional safety experts earn one of the most rigorous accreditations for industrial safety professionals. Hear tips from recently certified pros.

Digital Representations a Roadmap for Improvement

25 May 2018

The digital twin and digital thread create a virtual foundation for experimentation and improvement within The Connected Enterprise.

New Collaborations Solve New Problems

23 May 2018

Advances in technology and connectivity foster new levels of innovation and collaboration between industry and academia. The benefactors: our next-gen workforce.

Responding to Changing Consumer Trends

18 May 2018

The drive for digitalization is accelerating the need for digital manufacturing plants that offer the highest flexibility, combined with reduced production costs.

A New Driving Force: Automotive “Electric Dreams”

16 May 2018

Market drivers and new technology are accelerating electric vehicle demand. To keep up, carmakers must adopt a more connected, data-intensive approach.

Make Skid Integration Smart from the Start

14 May 2018

Life sciences companies that rely on multiple OEMs can help mitigate skid integration challenges with upfront planning – and a modern DCS.

Migrating Pharmaceutical Processes

11 May 2018

Alfasigma decided to migrate its pharmaceutical production solution, but needed to find a suitable supplier.

Digital Twins: Creating Smarter Products On Time

9 May 2018

To curb the increasing risks of advanced machine design, digital twins help engineers make informed design decisions that won’t break the budget.

Five Tips for Leaders Leading Through Change

7 May 2018

The fourth industrial revolution is creating an era of exponential change. Here are five tips for leaders to help them guide their companies through it.

Cutting Costs with Contactors

2 May 2018

Modern contactors are designed to offer cost savings that you should be considering when trying to cut cost for your panel.

Don’t Fear Disruption: Change Propels Industry

23 April 2018

Industrial disruptions are changing the way we do business. From big data to blockchain, the decisions you make now will influence your business success for years.

AI Can Improve Your Equipment Maintenance Strategy

18 April 2018

Pipeline companies around the world are already taking advantage of artificial intelligence to improve operations. Do you have the information you need to stay competitive?

Digitalizing the Enterprise for Security

16 April 2018

A digital transformation brings enhanced network and information security to manufacturers as well as performance improvements.

Scalable Analytics Delivers Value from IIoT

13 April 2018

Users can now create value and actionable information from IIoT data sources, without the intervention of a data scientist.

Stemming the Next Pandemic

11 April 2018

At the iBio plant in College Station, Texas, they are leveraging the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx DCS to make vaccine grade proteins from living plants.

UK Industrial Businesses: Don’t Just Grow, Improve

9 April 2018

What are the misconceptions around IIoT adoption for micro, small and medium sized enterprises in the UK?

Contain Security Threats With Network Segmentation

4 April 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.

Collaborative Applications: What You Need to Know

2 April 2018

The way people and machinery interact in automotive plants is fundamentally changing. Collaborative technology makes functional safety more critical than ever.

Blockchain Can Transform Your Supply Chain

28 March 2018

Blockchain has the potential to transform the supply chain with a secure and unchangeable record that can be viewed and verified by every stakeholder, at any time.

When Did You Think of Your Motor Control Centres?

28 March 2018

Motor Control Centres (MCCs) power just about every manufacturing facility in the world, but do these unsung heroes get the attention they deserve? And what is the cost of MCC failure?

Digitalizing the Enterprise

26 March 2018

Many manufacturers are using digitalization to improve their operations, tap into new sources of revenue and boost profitability.

Choosing the Right Vendor for Your Repair

21 March 2018

Consider these key things when deciding to repair your industrial automation equipment.

Digitalization for Pharma and Food End Users

21 March 2018

The digitalization of production processes creates new challenges. How are end users adjusting?

Converting Traditional Starters to Soft Starters

19 March 2018

Using soft starters can be an easy way to reduce waste in your operation by minimizing the time and expense associated with servicing the equipment.

Connectivity and Digitization Transform Mining

14 March 2018

Three insights into the future of mining based on broad market trends: data, analytics and safety and security.

Supermarket Insights Into F&B Manufacturing

12 March 2018

How do you shop in a supermarket? Have you noticed how digitisation of manufacturing is changing the experience?

Managing Energy Use in Pipeline Operations

7 March 2018

Energy is the largest operating cost for pipeline companies. Anything that can be done to reduce energy usage while maintaining throughput can directly impact your bottom line.

Holistic Approach for Power Plant Cyber Security

5 March 2018

Follow these three key considerations for a holistic approach to cyber security in your power generation systems.

Is Your Smart Machine Plug-and-Play?

28 February 2018

Smart machines help transform data into knowledge. For OEMs, easy machine integration is pivotal to success. Here’s what to consider before you start.

Chemical Producers: There’s a New Plant in Town

26 February 2018

By prioritizing investments around smarter technologies, a connected chemical plant can help you monitor and improve production performance.

Does Automation Take the Craft Out of Brewing?

19 February 2018

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

Real-Time Insights Deliver Revolutionary Results

19 February 2018

Digital transformation is driving improved productivity, quality, compliance, and profitability for manufacturers.

Manufacturing Intelligence and Craft Brewing

14 February 2018

Learn how monitoring and managing the brewing process ensures the quality, consistency, and repeatability of the end product.

Does Your Company Value Diversity and Inclusion?

12 February 2018

When building your career, remember these three things: diversity and inclusion matter. Find leaders who listen (and act). Be patient and empathic.

Why Gender Balance in Industry Matters to Me

5 February 2018

Industry faces a big challenge to improve gender diversity. A challenge that leaders of industry must accept at a personal level, and companies at a company-culture level.

My Generation! Skills for IIoT Adoption

31 January 2018

As we strive to unlock the power of IIoT, it’s important to unlock the potential of what we already have.

You Are as Strong as Your Weakest Link

29 January 2018

To fully realize the benefits of smart manufacturing we must harmonize standards. It’s how we will address both interoperability and cybersecurity.

Driving on the Edge

24 January 2018

Scalable analytics platform delivers insights tire manufacturers need to improve quality, performance and productivity – from the edge to the cloud.

Suffering from Data Overload? There’s a Cure

22 January 2018

Pharmaceutical plants generate a staggering amount of data. See how scalable analytics can cut through clutter to accelerate innovation and improve quality assurance.

UK Industry: Keep Calm and Carry On

15 January 2018

In 2017, industry in the UK was exploring the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things. Now it is implementing it.

Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2018

10 January 2018

As we begin the new year, we’ve compiled a list of ten tips to help you improve safety and productivity.

Migrate or Modernize? How to Decide

8 January 2018

If your plant is aging, you have a choice: migrate specific equipment, or modernize to realize the value of new technologies.

Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2017

25 December 2017

Popular topics included posts about economic trends, drives, security and insights into the pharmaceutical industry.

Get Smarter Automotive Manufacturing Faster

20 December 2017

Scalable analytics closes the loop between big data and the plant floor to speed the impact of smart devices.

Creating a Modernization Plan That Works for You

18 December 2017

Modernization can help companies increase output and productivity of their operations.

What’s Your Integration Strategy?

13 December 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

11 December 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

6 December 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

4 December 2017

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

We Don’t Talk Product at Our Customer Centre

29 November 2017

There is an often overlooked distinction between technology and innovation. True innovation is about much more than technology.

The Safe, Connected Enterprise

27 November 2017

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

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.

Bringing Smart Factories to Life

16 October 2017

Packaging plants can become connected, flexible and responsive and bring smart factories to life.

Benefits of Soft Starters on Resistive Loads

9 October 2017

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

How IIoT Can Improve UK Industrial Productivity

9 October 2017

What lessons can be learnt from the automotive sector following their adoption of IIoT?

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.

The Push and Pull of R&D

28 August 2017

There is a push and pull nature to research and development. Sometimes R&D leaps ahead with what's possible but must wait for industry to embrace the technologies.

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.

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.