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Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

June 17, 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

June 14, 2019

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

Smart Data Replaces Big Data

June 12, 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

June 10, 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

June 5, 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?

June 3, 2019

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

From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

June 2, 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

May 29, 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

May 27, 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

May 26, 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

May 24, 2019

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

Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

May 22, 2019

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

A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

May 20, 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

May 19, 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

May 17, 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

May 15, 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

May 13, 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

May 12, 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

May 10, 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

May 8, 2019

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

Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

May 6, 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

May 5, 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

May 3, 2019

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

Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

May 1, 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

April 29, 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

April 26, 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

April 22, 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

April 19, 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

April 15, 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

April 12, 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

April 10, 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

April 8, 2019

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

Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

April 5, 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

April 3, 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?

April 1, 2019

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

Emulate3D: Welcome to The Family!

April 1, 2019

The UK has always been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit – as recent acquisitions show.

Industrial Digitisation in South Africa

April 1, 2019

South Africa can’t afford to be left behind in the worldwide migration to Industry 4.0. What are the changes facing key industries in 2019?

What Can Film Directors Teach About Industry 4.0?

April 1, 2019

Visionary directors come in many forms, whether they are making films or deploying Industry 4.0.

Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

March 29, 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

March 25, 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

March 24, 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

March 22, 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

March 22, 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

March 20, 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

March 18, 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.

March 15, 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

March 13, 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

March 11, 2019

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

Five Steps to Success: DCS Modernization

March 6, 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

March 4, 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

February 25, 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

February 22, 2019

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

Do You Have a Backup Plan for Avoiding Downtime?

February 20, 2019

Unexpected headaches in your production environment? Many companies need some outside help to support day to day operations.

Cut Mine Costs with Intelligent Packaged Power

February 18, 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

February 11, 2019

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

Data Never Tasted So Good

February 8, 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

February 6, 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

February 4, 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

January 30, 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

January 28, 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

January 21, 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

January 16, 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

January 9, 2019

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

2019: The Year That IIoT Delivers Value

January 7, 2019

The ROI for companies applying digital strategies will help amplify IIoT adoption throughout industry this year.

The Irish Industry 4.0 Recipe for 2019

January 7, 2019

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

Successful Teamwork in Sport and Business

January 7, 2019

Experience as an international handball player helped me succeed in a stretch role.

The Top 10 Most Popular Blogs in 2018

January 2, 2019

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

Extending Your Reach to Robotics

December 24, 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

December 19, 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

December 5, 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

December 3, 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

November 30, 2018

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

How Distilleries Can Maximize Throughput

November 28, 2018

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

Optimizing? How You Can Pick Up The Pace

November 28, 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

November 26, 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

November 12, 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

November 7, 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

November 5, 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

November 2, 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?

October 29, 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

October 22, 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.

Diversity and the Currency of Ideas

October 8, 2018

How can we measure the actual business value created in organisations by diversity amongst our workforces? Both quantitative and qualitatively it turns out.

The Extra Mile: How Our People Make a Difference

October 8, 2018

The opportunities to grow within a company are everywhere and often require an increased level of commitment from the employee – as well as support from the employer.

Ireland’s Darwinian Industry Challenge

October 8, 2018

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

“Brassed Off”: Industry 4.0 vs. Automation

October 8, 2018

The social change associated with Industry 4.0 will not be the first brought about by increased levels of automation although it may be the first to fundamentally change the nature of work.

Expand Your Use of Digital Twin

October 3, 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

September 24, 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

September 19, 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

September 10, 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

August 29, 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

August 27, 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

August 20, 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

August 13, 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

August 8, 2018

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

The New Security Norm in OT

August 1, 2018

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

Create Smarter Electrical Control Systems

July 30, 2018

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

Visualization Technologies Help Run Safe Processes

July 23, 2018

Visualization technologies — mixed reality, virtual and augmented reality — can enhance worker capabilities and create safer, more productive processes.

On the Move to Flexible Medical Device Production

July 16, 2018

More OEMs are choosing independent cart technology to deliver flexible, high volume machines for the disposable medical device market. The results are impressive.

Reduce Variability to Improve Capacity and Quality

July 9, 2018

Prescriptive analytics can produce immediate ROI. Model Predictive Control stabilizes your processes and gets you closer to your targets.

It’s a Team Game

July 2, 2018

Maybe it is a bit of a cliché to say that business is a team-game, but my recent experiences as sales director – Gulf & NE at Rockwell Automation, have shown me just how important it is.