Optimize How You Install AC Drives

February 27, 2018

Consider these environmental and safety factors to help you improve safety and cut downtime and costs.

How to Round Up Your Pumping Application

February 26, 2018

Quick and proper detection methods help prevent flow and surge issues, pump cavitation and clogged inlet and outlets for pump control.

Motor Speed: Tortoise or the Hare?

February 26, 2018

Not every motor application needs to run at full speed, like a rabbit racing a turtle. Moving slowly might be what’s needed to get the job done.

VIDEO: Lifeline 5 Cable-Pull Switch

February 15, 2018

The Allen-Brady® Guardmaster Lifeline 5 cable-pull switch diagnostic capability allows you to address potential issues before they lead to unplanned downtime.

Shine a Light on Compliance

February 3, 2018

See how smart manufacturing and connected devices provide greater visibility into safety system performance and plant productivity.

How Auto Supplier Reduced Scrap by 50%

February 2, 2018

Plasan Carbon Composites used manufacturing intelligence software to cut high scrap rates and increase production volume by 6% on its new pressure presses.

2017 Automation Fair Event In Review

February 1, 2018

Attendees learned about the latest industrial automation solutions, trends and smart manufacturing developments, while also helping support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Checkweighing to Meet Compliance, Quality Goals

February 1, 2018

These in-motion devices can provide real-time production data to help meet regulatory requirements while reducing waste and improving productivity.

F.R. Drake Meets Sausage Makers’ Needs

February 1, 2018

OEM designs automated packaging machine with integrated robotic control to achieve flexible, random indexing for handling natural casing products.

Protect Yourself from Voltage Spikes

February 1, 2018

Using proper test tools and understanding a location’s impact and measurement categories can help increase safety from transient overvoltage hazards.

Don’t Be Left in the Dark

January 31, 2018

In the February 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Managing Editor Amanda Joshi explains how connectivity can better help manufacturers see what’s happening in their plants and improve safety.

VIDEO: Electrical, Control Panel Design Software

January 30, 2018

EPLAN Software & Service showcases it software platform dedicated to improving the electrical and control panel design process.

VIDEO: Secure Connectivity Solutions

January 30, 2018

See new products from HMS Industrial Networks: the eWON Flexy 205, the e-Catcher mobile app, and the Anybus Wireless Bolt industrialized WiFi access point.

February 2018 Full Issue of The Journal

January 21, 2018

Download the full PDF of the February 2018 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

VIDEO: Holistic Serialization Solution

January 16, 2018

This video shows the complete serialization solution that enables manufacturers to comply with new regulations for tracking and tracing prescription drugs.

VIDEO: Pneumatic Valve Terminal with IIoT

January 15, 2018

Frank Latino, Festo Corp., demonstrates its VTEM digital pneumatic valve terminal with IIoT capabilities and an integrated pressure sensor for strong, proportional pneumatic control.

VIDEO: VFD Cables Help Prevent Motor Failure

January 15, 2018

Steve Wetzel from Southwire Co., demonstrates its variable-frequency drive (VFD) cables that solve problems such as motor failure and issues with PLCs and controls.

Is There a Standard for Smart Manufacturing?

January 5, 2018

Learn why you shouldn’t wait for smart manufacturing standards to develop before implementing the Industrial Internet of Things into your operations.

Keep Safety-Related Risks at Bay

January 4, 2018

Know the safety hierarchy, and what to do (and not to do) when it comes to documenting product design changes, to minimize any product liability issues.

4 Key Areas to Improve Risk Management Efforts

January 3, 2018

Reduce the likelihood of hazards in automotive operations by focusing on the areas where those risks originate: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

VIDEO: Certified Safety Valves

January 3, 2018

ROSS Controls highlights three new safety valves at Automation Fair 2017: The M35 Series, The Rse Series and the CrossCheck CC4 Series.

VIDEO: New Motor Offerings from LinMot

January 3, 2018

LinMot USA demonstrates three new products: the PR02 linear rotary motor, the P10-54 motor, and the E1250 and C1250 modular, single-axis servo drives.

Cyberthreats Affect More Than Your Network

December 11, 2017

By integrating safety and security programs, you can assess, manage and mitigate the safety implications of cyber security risks in a Connected Enterprise.

Industrial Cybersecurity is Key to Availability

December 10, 2017

Don’t believe there’s a real cyberthreat to your network? Data shows otherwise. Better controls and security practices can help prevent operations disruptions.

Is Your Cybersecurity Strategy Enough?

December 10, 2017

The best defense is a good offense with a prevention and response plan to protect industrial control systems from ever-increasing cyberattacks.

Power Producers Step Up Cybersecurity

December 10, 2017

Power providers seek a tailored approach that combines physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to meet facility and cybersecurity needs.

Redundant Fiber-Optic Network Helps Plant

December 10, 2017

Aging wastewater treatment plant slashes costs and downtime by adopting cutting-edge automation that gathers real-time data and reduces maintenance.

Free Webinar About Machine Vision

December 9, 2017

Learn why and how companies use machine vision.

VIDEO: Safety Valves are Certified

December 9, 2017

See ROSS Controls’ three new safety valves for pneumatic safety functions, certified for Cat 4, PL e applications.

Columbia Machine Delivers Versatility

December 8, 2017

OEM’s floor-level palletizer reduces complexity with a standardized, conventional design while achieving robotic-like precision to address packaging and changeover challenges.

Security & Safety: Two Peas in a Pod

December 8, 2017

In her December 2017 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck explains how industrial network and physical security is intertwined with worker and asset safety.

December 2017 Full Issue

December 7, 2017

Download the full PDF of the December 2017 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

Making Compliant Machines for North America

November 27, 2017

Learn about relevant electrical codes and standards as well as project documentation OEMs and panel builders need to understand.

Beat the Heat When Mounting AC Drives

November 26, 2017

Giving careful thought to thermal management when deciding where and how to mount VFDs can help protect the VFD and reduce unexpected downtime.

How to Troubleshoot Common Power Quality Problems

November 26, 2017

Learn how to identify their root causes to mitigate them and operate with better energy efficiency and profitability.

Free Ebook: Integrated Power & Automation

November 25, 2017

See how Rockwell Automation solutions use modern digital technology to optimize ROI and unify process control and electrical distribution systems.

Webinar: Basics of Safer Electrical Maintenance

November 25, 2017

In this free, on-demand tutorial, you’ll reference NFPA 70E and NFPA 70B documents for electrical safety standards and recommended practices for electrical equipment maintenance.

Which Temperature Control Device Should You Use?

November 25, 2017

In this free white paper, get in-depth information comparing electromechanical contactors and solid-state relays to SCR power controllers operating in a similar on-off manner.

Digitized Risk Management: Gain Safety, Security

November 6, 2017

Learn how adopting the Industrial Internet of Things into your operation can help to increase security measures and improve safety and performance.

How Jack Daniel’s Reduced Downtime

November 6, 2017

Famous distiller revamped its industrial network with no interruption to production to achieve a scalable and more standardized, reliable and secure system.

How to Improve Your IIoT Deployments

November 6, 2017

Learn key strategies that can help maximize successful, scalable networked deployments, including how to manage data and achieve holistic security.

When To Use Smart Sensors in Your Operation

November 6, 2017

Smart sensors communicate data that help machines operate more effectively, but not all sensors on the plant floor need to be smart.

Get the Right Fit

October 11, 2017

Modern batch technology that fits the process, instead of the other way around, can help manufacturers improve production, product changes, turnovers and yields.

Come to Automation Fair 2017 in Houston

October 10, 2017

The 2017 Automation Fair event will go on as planned in Houston, bringing you the latest trends and information on industrial automation.

Convert Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators

October 9, 2017

These methods for force requirements and velocities will help you move from hydraulic to electric actuation for high-force linear motion.

How Position Sensors Are Used in Hazardous Areas

October 9, 2017

Motion control devices in equipment operating in rugged environments need to withstand flammable or explosive conditions and help mitigate worker risk.

Process Safety Standards Continue to Evolve

October 9, 2017

Here’s what you need to know about recent changes to IEC 61511 and how these standards apply to safety instrumented systems.

SIS Migration Improves Reliability, Productivity

October 9, 2017

Global oil and gas company uses system migration to meet new internal safety-standard requirements while reducing downtime and improving operator visibility.

White Paper: Know the 2017 NEC SCCR Requirements?

October 7, 2017

This free white paper defines SCCR and looks at specific 2017 NEC SCCR requirement changes and what they mean to you.

Smart LED Lighting Comes to Digital Manufacturing

October 5, 2017

Advanced industrial LED lighting uses sensors in each light that can provide diagnostics and data about operational, environmental and power conditions

How an Idealist Survives Hard Times

October 4, 2017

In her October issue Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck reflects on the positive effects of attending the Houston Automation Fair event following Hurricane Harvey.

October 2017 Full Issue

October 3, 2017

The PDF of the entire October 2017 issue The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine.

OEMs: Are You Using Safety as a Differentiator?

September 28, 2017

Machine designs that use best-in-class safety can give customers productivity gains while helping you cost-justify a higher value machine.

Tips About UL Standards and Exporting to the U.S.

September 28, 2017

An “IEC thinker” assigns certain characteristics to certain products, but those might not apply to products used in North America.

Webinar: Basics of Electrical Maintenance

September 22, 2017

In this free, on-demand tutorial, you’ll learn about the importance of safety in electrical maintenance programs and basic considerations for developing a safer program.

Free Webinar: Compliance with the FSMA Made Simple

September 21, 2017

In this two-part, on-demand webinar series, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) experts share insights on preparing for the impact and meeting requirements in food manufacturing.

I Have Motor Data, Now What?

August 25, 2017

The key to using intelligent motor control data is to understand what the data represents, how to properly display it, and how to properly use it.

2017 Special Report on Electrical Systems

August 10, 2017

This free Ebook can help electricians, maintenance personnel, operators and others increase safety, increase efficiency, cut costs and improve operations.

Harmonic Distortion: Who’s Affected and What to Do

August 10, 2017

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

New Webinar: Precise Thermal Measurement & Control

August 10, 2017

In this free, on-demand tutorial, learn the fundamentals of how to control temperature-critical processes, and get the answer to the questions, what is a pyrometer and how does it work?

VIDEO: Reduce Cyber Security Risks

August 10, 2017

Gary Difazio from Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Partner Tripwire highlights the Configuration Compliance Manager (CCM), designed to reduce cyber security risks from external attacks.

Delivering on the Promise of Smart Manufacturing

August 9, 2017

Demands for greater capacity, efficient data delivery, and better network security require automation systems that can support smart manufacturing.

How a Pipeline Company Raised Reliability by 99.5%

August 8, 2017

Replacing legacy local systems with an enterprise-wide DCS running on EtherNet/IP also improved data integrity and visibility.

Multi-Well Pad Control: RTUs vs. PLCs

August 8, 2017

Compared to RTUs, PLCs can better help reduce installation, operating and maintenance costs and handle scalable architectures required by modern well pads

Webinar: Thermal Control for Critical Operations

August 8, 2017

Learn how to control temperature-critical processes, such as metals, automotive and glass, including how a pyrometer works and the basics of good temperature measurement and emissivity.

An Editor’s World Isn’t as Connected as Yours

August 7, 2017

In the Aug. 2017 Editor’s Viewpoint, Editor Theresa Houck says the right automation system can help you take advantage of new control, information and security technologies.

Free Webinar: Industrial Cybersecurity 101

August 7, 2017

In this tutorial, you’ll learn where to start and what to do first when considering the imperative to secure your industrial networks, endpoints and control systems.

How EtherNet/IP Has Changed Positioning Devices

August 7, 2017

Advances in standards and real-time products for industrial Ethernet have facilitated adoption for motion control applications in a variety of protocols.

ADCO Manufacturing Simplifies Packaging Process

August 6, 2017

Wrap-around case packaging machine reduces material costs, saves space and addresses food safety and scalability challenges.

August 2017 Full Issue

August 5, 2017

The full PDF of the August 2017 issue The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine.

VIDEO: Small Teams Can Use FactoryTalk TeamONE

July 17, 2017

See how FactoryTalk TeamONE can improve your team’s reaction time to machine issues while reducing your MTTR.

How Pfizer Achieved Global Asset Transparency

July 6, 2017

Learn how enterprise manufacturing intelligence software helped support regulatory compliance, improve product quality and achieve rapid deployment.

Why Food Manufacturers Need Network Security

July 6, 2017

Design a network infrastructure that’s transparent to its users, capable of delivering real-time information and secure from cyber threats.

5 Tips for Modernizing Network Architecture

July 5, 2017

Optimize network design using smart manufacturing to digitize and integrate your operations to meet your immediate and future needs.

10 Tips to Improve Worker Safety and Productivity

June 23, 2017

Contemporary safety systems and machinery design techniques must be considered to mitigate risk and enhance worker productivity.

5 Steps for Improving Food Safety

June 23, 2017

Digitizing your food and beverage safety program with information-enabled technology can boost productivity and help increase consumer confidence.

Smart Machines Bring Plants to Life

June 9, 2017

Learn how smart, secure, Ethernet-enabled machines increase productivity, improve flexibility, reduce design complexity, and address workforce challenges.

Let Smart Machines Help You

June 8, 2017

Managing Editor Amanda Joshi describes the June issue’s cover story on how smart, connected machines help improve operational and workforce challenges.

Batch System Upgrade Expands Process Flexibility

June 7, 2017

Learn how a scalable, standardized batch system helped bread maker increase production, improve batch consistency and reduce cycle times more than 20%.

How Automation Keeps “Craft” in a Craft Brewery

June 7, 2017

Learn how Mother Earth Brew Co.’s new facility and automated control system maintains flexible, consistent production and boosts clean-in-place efficiency.

NFPA 70E Sparks New Approaches to Electric Safety

June 7, 2017

Standard drives technology developments and strategies for reducing arc flash hazards and improving workplace safety and productivity.

Use Warning Devices in Motor-Driven Processes

June 7, 2017

Prevent equipment damage and unplanned downtime with current transducers that can provide advance warning that a motor might fail.

Which Temperature Control Device Should You Use?

June 7, 2017

Compare the operation of SCR power controllers to electromechanical contactors and solid-state relays for temperature control.

AMF Addresses Bakery Equipment Safety, Sanitation

June 6, 2017

OEM’s sanitary direct-drive mixer reduces mixing time, provides safer operation and facilitates more efficient washdowns.

June 2017 Full Issue

June 5, 2017

Download the full PDF version of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

4 Tips for Building Compliant Electrical Equipment

May 15, 2017

OEMS can meet North American compliance requirements by following the standards, confirming and documenting project details and working with automation vendors.

Arc-Flash Mitigation: How to Comply with NEC 2017

May 15, 2017

The newest edition of the National Electric Code standard includes important changes that will affect how electrical equipment is designed, installed and maintained.

What You Need to Know About Harmonic Distortion

May 15, 2017

Prevent unplanned downtime, reduced productivity and equipment damage by learning how to protect your motors from electrical pollution.

Orchestrate Your Information

April 7, 2017

It’s one thing to want a Connected Enterprise, but how exactly do you implement it? Rockwell Automation shares its experience integrating OT and IT for its own operations.

How a DCS/MES Combo Streamlined Drug Production

April 6, 2017

Coordinating a modern distributed control system with manufacturing execution system gives pharma manufacturer data for faster changeovers and new product design flexibility.

Learn from Pfizer’s Cybersecurity Practices

April 6, 2017

Faced with the same cybersecurity risks all industrial firms now battle, the pharmaceutical company addresses both technical and cultural challenges.

NJM Packaging Speeds Capping Process

April 6, 2017

OEM’s redesigned in-line capper with integrated servo-driven elevator-feeder handles a variety of bottle cap designs while improving process speed and energy efficiency.

Rogers Centre Retractable Roof Gets Modernized

April 6, 2017

OT network and control systems retrofit of the major-league baseball stadium’s dome roof shines light on modern technologies for Blue Jays and their fans.

Use Electric Rod or Hydraulic Cylinder?

April 6, 2017

Consider a variety of factors that affect the performance and cost of each technology when determining the best choice for the application.

What Does a Connected Enterprise Really Involve?

April 6, 2017

Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes the April issue’s covers story that describes how Rockwell Automation implemented a Connected Enterprise.

Free Webinar: Using Video to Minimize Downtime

April 5, 2017

Learn how EtherNet/IP event video recording can minimize downtime and associated losses by identifying performance problems.

VIDEO: VFD Power Cable Ideal for High Frequencies

April 5, 2017

Southwire's Steve Wetzel demonstrates its VFD power cable. It runs from the drive to the motor and solves problems caused by high frequencies with drive applications.

VIDEO: Wireless Sensor Helps with Compliance

April 5, 2017

Dan McGrath from Panduit explains the company’s fiber optics, copper cabling, and its new industrial wireless sensing for gathering data to help with compliance.

April 2017 Full Issue

April 3, 2017

Download the full PDF of the April 2017 issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

What We Believe: FactoryTalk TeamONE

March 9, 2017

Improve worker productivity instantly. Learn what we believe and how we as a team came up with a zero friction app platform approach for your digital transformation.

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