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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.

Reimagining Skills Development

July 2, 2018

Technologies like IoT and AR are revolutionizing training around the world. Barry Elliott discusses how we could scale these for broader skills development.

Turning Data into Business Advantage

July 2, 2018

There is no magic bullet for turning data into business advantage. To thrive in the global digital industry UK enterprises must harness the power of the data they produce.

Get More From Your Electrical Control System

June 27, 2018

Unifying your electrical and process control systems into one digital infrastructure can give you greater plant-wide visibility and boost productivity.

In Response To Robots

June 25, 2018

Productivity improvements through technology advances will not result in the demise of manufacturing jobs. Quite the opposite.

Protect Yourself With Good Cyber Hygiene Practices

June 22, 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

June 18, 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.

Set Your Goals and Make the Right Decision

June 13, 2018

With many graduate training programmes available for those entering the workforce, consider these key learnings.

Is Your Machine Built for Thin Clients?

June 11, 2018

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

Make Your Digital Transformation Effective

June 11, 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?

June 8, 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

June 6, 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

May 28, 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

May 25, 2018

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

New Collaborations Solve New Problems

May 23, 2018

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

Sister Envy: The Unfortunate Plight of DC Drives

May 21, 2018

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Remember how Jan Brady felt when her big sister got all the attention? The DC drive is often the overlooked sibling on the plant floor.

Responding to Changing Consumer Trends

May 18, 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”

May 16, 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

May 14, 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

May 11, 2018

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

Digital Twins: Creating Smarter Products On Time

May 9, 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

May 7, 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

May 2, 2018

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

How to Attack an Obsolescence Backlog

April 30, 2018

Now mining companies can deploy strategies that bolster the reliability of existing equipment – and take cost-effective steps toward modernization.

Don’t Fear Disruption: Change Propels Industry

April 23, 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

April 18, 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

April 16, 2018

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

Scalable Analytics Delivers Value from IIoT

April 13, 2018

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

Stemming the Next Pandemic

April 11, 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.

Africa and the “Rise of the Machines”

April 9, 2018

Can digital technologies unlock new value in overcoming skills and infrastructure challenges in Africa?

Global Localisation: Vision 2030

April 9, 2018

Global localisation will benefit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategy.

UK Industrial Businesses: Don’t Just Grow, Improve

April 9, 2018

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

Contain Security Threats With Network Segmentation

April 4, 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

April 2, 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

March 28, 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.

Inspiring Our Future Innovators

March 28, 2018

Engineers in every industry, from every discipline, are coming together for one purpose: to share their enthusiasm for engineering and make a difference in a young person's life.

When Did You Think of Your Motor Control Centres?

March 28, 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

March 26, 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

March 21, 2018

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

Converting Traditional Starters to Soft Starters

March 19, 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

March 14, 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

March 12, 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

March 7, 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

March 5, 2018

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