Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

March 24, 2017

With the use of modern dashboards, manufacturers can gain real-time notification of exceptions, enabling them to take preventative action.

The Importance of Short-Circuit Current Ratings

March 20, 2017

For global machine builders looking to sell into North America, it can be tricky to navigate and comply with local standards and codes.

Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

March 17, 2017

In manufacturing, paperless operation offers quality advantages over manual, paper-based systems: operational flexibility, data-driven decisions, easier compliance, etc.

Supporting Minority Engineers Reflects Priorities

March 15, 2017

For new graduates and seasoned professionals, being among the minority can make job searching difficult. Questions to ask to pick the right company.

Harmonize Your Real-time Production Data

March 13, 2017

IoT-enabled Connected Enterprises share real-time information up and down the supply chain, improving productivity and profitability and creating a competitive advantage.

Does Safety Stifle Innovation?

March 10, 2017

Safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving culture, compliance and capital. Collaboration is critical to innovation.

The Role of Standards in Smart Manufacturing

March 8, 2017

Many countries are eager to adopt Smart Manufacturing strategies. The real influence lies not in the latest technology, but in the standards behind that technology.

Dr. Reddy's Uses DCS/MES Combo for Drug Production

March 6, 2017

India-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer coordinates modern distributed control system with MES to simplify and optimize operations.

7 Reasons to Apply S88 Recipe Model to EBR Design

March 1, 2017

EBR has long been designed through modelling approaches including word processing, proprietary workflow charts and programming-like sequence definition. Why not S88?

Diversification in the Middle East

February 27, 2017

Why would one of the world’s biggest oil production companies be taking delivery of a wind turbine? Is it a turning point for the Middle East?

Get More From VFDs With Predictive Maintenance

February 27, 2017

VFDs with predictive maintenance can help you avoid unplanned downtime, refine maintenance schedules and get more from your asset investments.

Why is Corporate Social Responsibility Important?

February 27, 2017

Corporate social responsibility in South Africa needs to be understood beyond just satisfying governmental requirements and instead recognized as a central pillar of sustainability.

Strategy for Enterprise Digitization & Performance

February 20, 2017

Although many organizations are on the road to digitization, most are taking a winding path. What's preventing your company's digital success?

Companies Need to Create an Inclusive Work Culture

February 15, 2017

Catalyst has recognized Rockwell Automation for our Culture of Inclusion journey, an approach with measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Controlling Multiple Motors with One VFD

February 13, 2017

Using a variable frequency drive to control multiple motors can help reduce the cost and footprint and control the complexity of your application.

I Have Motor Data: Now What?

February 10, 2017

The key to using motor control data is to understand what it represents, how to display it and how to use it to create meaningful information that will minimize unplanned motor downtime.

The Connected Power Plant

February 8, 2017

With the proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things, more power producers are turning to enabling technology, such as a modern DCS, to improve operations.

Unlock the Potential of Smart Machines

February 6, 2017

Machine builders stand to gain from smart machines just as much as their customers.

It’s Time Girls See Themselves in STEM

February 3, 2017

We need a pipeline of STEM talent. How can you help girls see themselves in these careers?

Harmonic Distortion: Impact and Taking Action

January 30, 2017

Low-harmonic drives reduce harmonic distortion, helping prevent equipment damage, lost productivity and unplanned costs.

One Smart Decision Tire OEMS Can Make Now

January 23, 2017

Learn how tire OEMs can deliver smarter, smaller and more efficient machinery faster than ever before with an On-Machine control solution.

What Makes for Better Batch Management?

January 23, 2017

The modern batch approach understands the need of the batch and applies the right technology rather than starting with a technology and trying to use it for all solutions.

Changing Our Office Environment

January 18, 2017

For a company operating globally with teams dispersed across locations, the way our office space is designed helps us have closer, easier interaction.

What’s the Right Pace for Adopting New Technology?

January 16, 2017

How companies approach the next revolution in manufacturing depends on their priorities.

Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2017

January 11, 2017

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

Networking is Not Something to Lose Sleep Over

January 9, 2017

As industry it takes its first steps into the world of IIoT, becoming more networked also brings risks.

With STEM Skills the Earlier You Start the Better

January 6, 2017

Through FIRST, children are learning STEM concepts that will help them become our next generation innovators.

Operational Intelligence

January 2, 2017

Continuous improvement means continuous effort. Make it easier with a Connected Enterprise that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT).

What Does The Motor Speed Torque Curve Tell You?

December 26, 2016

How does motor speed torque curve affect motor starting options? Mandates to motor efficiency have caused motor characteristics to change, what should you know.

Enabling Technologies Assist Connected Enterprises

December 19, 2016

Enabling technologies create an agile Connected Enterprise and help expand operations, innovate new products and processes and grow the business.

EV Producers Need the Right Automation Supplier

December 14, 2016

With electric vehicle production gaining momentum, startups have flooded the market. Choosing the right supplier is critical to their success.

Identifying a Healthy Workplace Culture

December 12, 2016

Scoring 100 on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is important to our current and potential employees, because it reflects our culture: a safe, fair and equitable company for all employees.

Coding as a Second Language

December 5, 2016

Coding is a global language that anyone can learn, especially children. Inspire youngsters to be big thinkers by introducing coding through games and the classroom.

To Bypass or Not To Bypass? Is That the Question?

November 28, 2016

For starting, braking and stopping, soft starters are designed to limit the current of a motor. So what about in-between the start and the stop? What role can bypass play in motor control?

Three Considerations for Installing VFDs

November 21, 2016

When it comes to replacing VFDs, you should follow the same sound, fundamental practices used for decades.

Using Technology to Link Operations and Enterprise

November 21, 2016

Take a pragmatic approach to Connected Enterprise technologies: strategy, assess, prioritize and upgrade and prosper.

Start Your Journey Toward Smart Machines

November 16, 2016

Learn how OEMs can start the journey to smart machines and equipment by gathering customer insights, preparing their vision and tapping into external resources.

Embracing Modern Industrial Security Practices

November 14, 2016

When considering security, it is important to stay current on the latest industrial security practices and use a defense-in-depth approach to help keep your operations safe.

Trickle Down Technology: Disruptive and Positive

November 14, 2016

Positive disruptive technologies such as iTRAK and MagneMotion trace their conceptual origins to fields such as space programmes and elite motor racing!

Inspire Students with STEM

November 7, 2016

Now is the time to help students see the STEM in everything, and to inspire them to consider a STEM career.

A Diver’s Top Tips for Industrial Security

October 31, 2016

Information in the modern plant environment flows like water – our middle east region security consultant likens the risks to those he faces when scuba diving.

Scalable MES Facilitates Smart Manufacturing

October 31, 2016

Smart companies are using scalable MES applications to cost-effectively address specific challenges now with the ability to expand later.

A Strong Network Can Determine Success

October 24, 2016

For women in engineering, a strong network of support can be the difference between success and failure, between staying at a company and leaving.

Changing the World of MOM Through Connectivity

October 24, 2016

System automation has grown exponentially with factories and their products becoming ever more integrated with the outside world.

Controlling Electric Motors When the Network Fails

October 17, 2016

There are many advantages of a networked based motor controls system, but what happens when that network fails?

Smart Manufacturing Lowers Costs, Increases Profit

October 17, 2016

Manufacturers must identify and fix processes in their facilities where wastes and losses occur, and in doing so, boost profits.

Five Steps for Improving Your Food Safety Program

October 10, 2016

Learn how digitizing your food safety program can help increase consumer confidence and improve productivity.

Simplify Systems with Premier Integration

October 10, 2016

Premier Integration helps simplify system designs, shorten development time and boost productivity.

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

October 5, 2016

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 9-10 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

A Shifting View of Safety Culture

October 3, 2016

Attendees of the Safety Leadership Conference learned how contemporary safety technology and mindsets can help drive productivity, not hinder it.

Connecting Safety to the Bottom Line

October 3, 2016

Industrial applications are seeing a convergence of safety and productivity at a practical and strategic level. A major enabler of this is the amount of data available.

Migrating a Legacy DCS: When and How

October 3, 2016

The risk of a legacy DCS is high. Figure out now when you want to migrate, and how you want to do it.

A New Approach to Safety

September 26, 2016

Placing safety automation controls and hardware closer to an application or on a machine rather than in a remote cabinet has a number of design benefits.

Embracing Automated Serialization & Traceability

September 26, 2016

By integrating serialization and traceability with enterprise networks, manufacturers are minimizing risk while seeing gains in effectiveness and productivity.

The Benefits of a Holistic Serialization Platform

September 26, 2016

An open and holistic serialization platform can reduce implementation and support challenges, and give manufacturers device-to-cloud interoperability.

A Smarter Approach to Machinery Design

September 19, 2016

Learn how OEMs can meet customer demands and stay competitive by building smart machines and equipment.

Inside the Delta vs. Wye-Delta

September 19, 2016

Inside the delta: a soft starter can provide a similar amount of torque as an electro-mechanical starter for a wye delta designed motor.

Connect with Initiatives that Delight Customers

September 12, 2016

After stabilizing their operations via the Connected Enterprise, manufacturers should wield it to better satisfy customers with quality, speed and lower prices.

Network Security in Food Manufacturing

September 12, 2016

Industrial Internet of Things enables plants to increase performance. It also opens the network to malicious individuals. Cybersecurity measures can reduce the risk.

Company Culture Matters for Your Career

September 5, 2016

Looking to grow your career? Make an inclusive culture a priority when picking your next company.

How to Reduce Downtime While Increasing OEE

September 5, 2016

Implementing a connected production environment improves energy usage, equipment reliability, and provides expanded capacity from existing assets.

Don’t Let Tradition Limit Your Modernization

August 29, 2016

The terms migration and modernization often are used interchangeably. But they are different. Those differences can have serious bottom-line consequences.

Cruise Control for Your Motor

August 22, 2016

Using a bypass contactor with your soft starter allows the motor to continuously run at the full speed. What are the advantages of internal vs external bypass?

Drilling for Information That Makes a Difference

August 22, 2016

For oil and gas operations, accessing, analyzing and using production data in real-time makes the investment of new information and control technologies beneficial in the long run.

An Alternative Route to Safety Compliance

August 15, 2016

Alternatives to traditional lockout/tagout procedures offer opportunities for manufacturers to improve worker safety and productivity.

Capture NEW Savings in the Paint Shop

August 15, 2016

New paint processes are more efficient than ever. But automakers can uncover even more savings with an innovative approach to paint rectifiers.

Improve Efficiencies in the Connected Mine

August 8, 2016

The connected mine can help mining companies gain deeper insights into their operations, improve efficiencies, address safety and compliance requirements and cut costs.

Improving Safety with a Complete MCC Solution

August 8, 2016

A complete MCC solution helps improve operator safety and is easier to use. Learn the three key technologies that should be included when selecting an MCC.

Embracing the Future of Collaborative Robots

August 1, 2016

Collaborative robot technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but this raises questions about worker safety and compliance implications.

Safety for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

August 1, 2016

Food and beverage manufacturers can take key steps to help create and maintain effective safety programs. These steps include taking a holistic safety approach.

Stabilize Your Operations for Future Production

August 1, 2016

Focus on reliable equipment, providing a safe workplace and environmental compliance.

Improving Safety Design Productivity

July 25, 2016

OEMs and end users involved in the machine building process have access to technologies and design tools to help them increase the speed, accuracy and efficiency of safety system design.

Reducing Safety Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry

July 18, 2016

Oil and gas extraction is one of the highest-risk category industries. Make sure you’re doing all you can to increase the safety of your workers and equipment.

Getting IT and OT on the Same Page

July 11, 2016

As Ethernet moves deeper into plants, operations are more connected and job roles are shifting. Learn how to get IT and OT professionals working together to deploy network architectures.

Yield and Flexibility in Food and Bev Production

July 11, 2016

Improving yield and maintaining a flexible line is seen as a contradiction to some food and beverage manufacturers. New automation technology offers a balanced solution.

Making Manufacturing More Affordable and Available

July 6, 2016

A $70 million grant to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition will support advanced manufacturing technology, a skilled workforce and a steady pipeline of STEM talent.

Be Honest: How Secure is Your Enterprise?

July 4, 2016

An embedded security culture is fundamental in The Connected Enterprise. But cyber-security is the top cause of concern for manufacturers.

Navigating the Jungle of U.S. Industrial Standards

July 4, 2016

The differences between Listed (UL) and Recognized (UR) components can be confusing, so here's a comprehensive guide to everything you need.

How Manufacturers are Unlocking the Value of Data

June 30, 2016

Digital transformation requires technology change and organizational change. Before embarking on a digitization journey, develop an action plan.

Maximize the Space in Your Cabinet and Reduce Cost

June 27, 2016

The Enterprise crew never worried about the limits of space - but when it comes to your control system, you don’t have the luxury of unlimited space.

Plant-Floor Improvements Drive Competitiveness

June 27, 2016

Return on investment from smart-manufacturing initiatives starts with production performance goals.

Design Smart Machines With Smarter Tools

June 20, 2016

To develop customized, modular machines more efficiently, machine and equipment builders can create standard, scalable building blocks using machine design tools.

IEC/ISO 17305 Safety Standard Cancelled

June 20, 2016

While the merger of the ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 safety standards may have been put on hold, machine designers should be prepared for changes to come.

Learning Shouldn’t Stop When School is Out

June 13, 2016

School breaks don’t need to be a brain drain. Check out these fun, engaging ways to keep STEM skills sharp every day.

Tap Your Infrastructure to Meet Demanding Trends

June 13, 2016

The demand for more whole and quality ingredient creates opportunities and obstacles for manufacturers. A contemporary automation infrastructure offers a solution.

Rethinking Your Well Pad Automation Technology

June 6, 2016

To keep up with demand, many oil and gas producers have elected to implement a scalable automation solution to get information quickly and correctly.

Introducing Wireless to Your Plant Floor

May 30, 2016

When introducing wireless technology to the plant floor, it is important to understand your current equipment and what demands you expect to meet.

Reducing Production Time with Smart Devices

May 30, 2016

Highly flexible and adaptable “smart” devices can increase throughput without increasing production time within your control system architecture.

Take Advantage of the IoT for Smarter Operations

May 25, 2016

Most manufacturing executives believe that IoT will boost profitability over the next five years. Here are four critical steps to pave the way to IoT success.

How Workforce Changes Impact Safety & Productivity

May 23, 2016

Adjust to a changing workforce by rethinking machinery design in ways that address the unique safety risks of a more diverse workforce and help improve productivity.

Why Operations Managers Should Care About IIOT

May 23, 2016

For Africa to grow its competitiveness, its production needs to take advantage of the opportunities of the IoT to gear up for maximum efficiency.

High Performance in a Small Control System

May 16, 2016

Controllers must offer increased capacity to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing in the small control space.

Connected Production: Optimisation & Digitisation

May 9, 2016

Oil and gas has a key role to play in global energy markets. But it’s also clear that with new technologies, the Middle East’s providers are under more pressure than ever before.

Shift Into High Gear with MES

May 9, 2016

The largest automotive suppliers have transitioned to modular offerings encompassing everything from complete cockpit assemblies and seating systems to powertrains.

Why Choose a Soft Starter Instead of an AC Drive?

May 9, 2016

Substantial savings can be realized when using a soft starter instead of an AC drive in the proper applications. These savings can come in cost, size and energy efficiency.

Bausch + Lomb at ARC Forum Echoes Automation Fair

May 2, 2016

Bausch + Lomb upgrades to a modern distributed control system (DCS) with minimal downtime, enhancing functionality.

Connected Decision-Making for Manufacturers

May 2, 2016

What goes into decision-making for manufacturers, and how do you turn data into intelligence to make efficiency and productivity improvements on the factory floor?

Making Level Measurements in a Crude Oil Separator

April 27, 2016

In the oil and gas industry where increasing efficiency is key, keeping oil and water apart can be a challenge, but one worth overcoming with the right technology.

FIRST Combines Competition and Cooperation

April 25, 2016

Through FIRST, students are learning about careers in STEM, building teams and building confidence that will fuel our next generation of innovation.

Maintenance Blaming Your CMMS? Maybe They're Right

April 25, 2016

How do you turn a large amount of maintenance data within your assets into useful operational intelligence?

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