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Is Your Machine Safety ‘On’ or ‘Off?’

May 28, 2019

Learn 5 steps that can help you mitigate risk, protect workers and stay in compliance with safety regulations.

Use Predictive Analytics to Avoid Downtime

May 28, 2019

Predictive models allow users to reduce maintenance costs and minimized unplanned downtime in high-power variable-frequency drive applications.

VIDEO: Magnetic Kit Encoders are Easy to Install

May 27, 2019

Patrick Maxwell, POSITAL FRABA Inc., demonstrates the new kit encoder, a rugged, accurate rotary position measurement sensor ideal for servo-motor manufacturers.

Download the Motors & Electrical Systems eBook

May 26, 2019

Learn how to get more out of VFDs; control multiple motors with just 1 VFD; convert to soft starters economically; create smarter electrical control systems; and optimize linear actuators.

VIDEO: Position Sensor Uses Smart Diagnostics

May 25, 2019

MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division, shows its powerful, Industry 4.0-ready magnetostrictive linear position sensing technology, with high resistance to vibration and high temperatures.

VIDEO: Smart Devices from Rockwell Automation

May 22, 2019

See how Rockwell Automation smart devices enable users’ Connected Enterprise by providing seamless integration and raw data to help enhance productivity.

Information is Power

April 7, 2019

Manufacturing execution systems help firms get better production visibility and plant-ERP connectivity to optimize the workforce, equipment and materials.

Cargill Achieves Sustainable Process Optimization

April 6, 2019

Agricultural firm boosts efficiencies, throughput and yield with global rollout of control loop performance-monitoring and advanced diagnostics solution.

How a Steel Producer Improved Yield by 3%

April 6, 2019

Railway track accessories company improved uptime and processes by using manufacturing intelligence software to eliminate manual data handling.

Search Your Industrial Plant Like Google

April 6, 2019

Explore volumes of production data with easy, search-engine-like abilities to monitor and improve operations in ways you haven’t even thought of yet.

Download the 2019 Oil & Gas eBook

April 5, 2019

New report offers unique perspective on how industrial process automation professionals can improve equipment performance and safety.

The Journal Celebrates 25 Years

April 4, 2019

Publication continues its mission, sharing the top industrial automation trends and best practices to help you maximize plant efficiency, profitability and productivity.

Prepare to get Savvy at TechED

April 4, 2019

Week-long event shares the latest technologies, applications and best practices and solutions for attendees to use in their own operations.

VIDEO: Spectrum Controls Expands Offerings

April 4, 2019

Spectrum Controls has announced four new or expanded offerings for its family of analog cards, InView displays, Webport solution and Universal Industrial Gateway.

Why Metals Matter to Me

April 3, 2019

Editor Theresa Houck describes her personal experience with welding, and how it relates to how an MES helps firms get better production management.

April 2019 Full Issue of The Journal

April 2, 2019

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The Basics of Digital Twins

March 26, 2019

Every digital twin is different, so you can achieve improved efficiency by understanding how they work and appropriate applications.

Where to Start with Industrial Analytics

March 25, 2019

Use these tips to learn how to create useful information and drive real results in your operations.

Webinar: How Digital Twins Aid Machine Design

March 24, 2019

Digital twins help designers create safer, more cost-effective machines. In this short webinar, see how they can help you accurately size motors, gearboxes and other machine components.

VIDEO: Electronics Built into Transmitter’s Cable

March 19, 2019

Endress+Hauser shows its extended Liquiline transmitter family with the new CM82 compact transmitter that has electronics built into the cable, for Endress+Hauser Memosens sensors.

VIDEO: Router Communicates Regardless of Protocol

March 18, 2019

HMS Networks demonstrates its eWON Flexy, the first industrial modular M2M router and data gateway for OEMs, system integrators. It allows universal communication regardless of protocol.

Video: Optimizing Remanufacturing Services

March 13, 2019

In this facility walk-through, learn how the Rockwell Automation remanufacturing process extends equipment life and gets your Allen-Bradley® product back to you functioning like new.

Video: VFD Cables Help Prevent Motor Failure

March 12, 2019

Southwire Co. describes its line of VFD cables, which run from the drive to the motor to supply power and solves problems such as motor failure and issues with PLCs.

Video: Flame/Gas Safety System Globally Certified

March 11, 2019

In this video, Det-Tronics shows the Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) control flame and gas safety controller with DLR outputs, a SIL-2 capable, fault-tolerant, addressable system.

Today’s Smart Devices Teach Us Lessons

March 3, 2019

Smart machines now can be connected from contactors and sensors to a plant’s CMMS and to the engineers, technicians, operators and managers.

EPCs Can Reduce Risk in E-house Design

March 2, 2019

An intelligent packaged power system can help you deliver smarter e-houses at a lower cost with benefits for your customers.

Cloud Solution Lets Panel Builders Produce Faster

March 1, 2019

EPLAN Software & Service shows its engineering and design workflow software that helps panel builders slash manufacturing time by publishing user data to the cloud.

Webinar: Smart Motor Control for Smarter Machines

February 28, 2019

This webinar on Smart Devices discusses how you can use an integrated, data-driven approach to improve productivity avoid motor failures.

Transformers are Designed for Hazardous Locations

February 26, 2019

Hammond Power Solutions shows its Sentinel Series of transformers with an IR window and a surge protective device that complements the transformer’s ability to attenuate voltage spikes.

The Smart Food Revolution

February 7, 2019

For food and beverage companies wondering about smart machines, ask your OEM about these three factors to find out if smart machines can help you.

Brewery Increases Capacity by 50% in 2 Weeks

February 5, 2019

Process automation system upgrade and integrated software help craft beer maker meet growing consumer demand, improve quality and avoid high capital costs.

February 2019 Full Issue

February 5, 2019

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How OEMs Use Smart-Machine Services to Help Users

February 5, 2019

Machine and equipment builders can use remote monitoring, consumables and other scalable services to remain competitive and help customers prosper.

2018 Automation Fair Taps into IIoT

February 4, 2019

Annual event showcased to attendees from around the world the ongoing adaption of the Industrial Internet of Things and convergence of IT and operations technology.

Are You Ready for the New Gas Safety Standards?

February 4, 2019

These proposed changes to IEC standards for hazardous gas detection expected to take effect in 2020 will impact process manufacturers.

How to Increase Industrial Control Panel SCCR

February 4, 2019

Using control-panel components designed to perform in the worst-case scenario will help keep people and equipment safe should an incident occur.

Mondeléz Rolls Out its Integrated Digital Factory

February 4, 2019

Mondeléz's Bob Pegher describes how the company has begun to roll out a standardized data-enablement methodology across its global fleet of production facilities.

VIDEO: Edge Computing Solution Helps Operators, IT

February 4, 2019

In this video, Stratus Technologies introduces ztC Edge, an industrial computing platform that helps understaffed manufacturers boost operator efficiency, reduce IT burden and cut downtime.

9 Industrial Automation Trends You Must Understand

February 2, 2019

Free report shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers of all sizes.

Excellence Abounds in Our Industry

February 2, 2019

Executive Editor Theresa Houck invites you to submit nominations for the 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing (IWIM) awards.

Ambassador Observes WITTENSTEIN’s Apprenticeships

February 1, 2019

Rare emissary visit is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support manufacturers’ programs advancing workforce development.

Steps to Optimize Your Machine Safety Systems

January 16, 2019

Safety-system design, standard and technology changes now allow OEMs and end users to boost efficiencies and compliance and be more profitable.

Tips for Developing a Safer Chemical Operation

January 15, 2019

A proactive, standards-based approach that addresses a plant’s process safety throughout its life cycle can help reduce both risk and costs.

VIDEO: Predictive Maintenance System Uses IIoT

January 15, 2019

Grace Engineered Products shows its predictive maintenance system of smart devices that combine low-power wireless smart-sensor technology with advanced data analytics.

Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

January 14, 2019

Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor is Liquid Cooled

January 13, 2019

In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

Survey: Manufacturers Use Safety to Boost Profits

January 12, 2019

EHS, operations and engineering functions are collaborating to improve all aspects of safety, and thus efficiency and profits.

Security & Safety Work in Concert

December 6, 2018

Increasingly, network security breaches are creating safety risks for connected, smart manufacturing, so safety and security must be managed together.

Cybersecurity: A Process, Not a Project

December 5, 2018

Protect production, workers and intellectual property by maintaining cybersecurity with these best practices.

Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

December 5, 2018

Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

Cyber Safety & Security: A Shared Responsibility

December 4, 2018

The emergence of physical and digital convergence requires an innovative fusion of once disparate disciplines: cybersecurity and physical safety.

Modern DCS Helps Convert Wastewater to Safe Water

December 4, 2018

Pollution control agency improves control over process and data, helps water treatment facility save millions and supply recycled water for crops.

VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor has Liquid Cooling

December 4, 2018

In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

What is Edge Computing, and Why Should You Care?

December 4, 2018

Not all smart devices must use the cloud. See how edge performs hosting, storage, computing and analysis and pushes aggregate data to a centralized plant.

14 Years and I’m Still Fascinated

December 3, 2018

In her December 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says she’s still excited about our industry’s evolving technology after 14 years, and is sharing an Industry Trends Report.

Blind Spots in the Industrial Revolution of Things

December 3, 2018

When modernizing your network cybersecurity infrastructure and virtualized digital assets with processes and technology, don’t ignore the people factor.

Machine Vision Explained

December 3, 2018

Vision systems are used for manufacturing line inspection and non-inspection tasks, so here’s what you need to know about what’s right for your operation.

December 2018 Full Issue

December 2, 2018

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How to Create Smarter Electrical Control Systems

November 26, 2018

System integrators can bring intelligent packaged power that integrate better with smart manufacturing operations than traditional electrical control.

Optimize Your Electrical Control System Upgrade

November 25, 2018

Unifying your electrical and process control systems into one digital infrastructure can provide greater plantwide visibility and boost productivity.

Poor Power Quality Costs You Time and Money

November 24, 2018

Ongoing testing and monitoring using tools to measure waste caused by harmonics and unbalance can determine waste and prevent work stoppages.

Designing a Panel? Contactors Can Help Cut Costs

November 23, 2018

Three features are engineered into modern contactors to optimize your budget through an improved coil, smaller size and expanded certification.

Is Your Machine Built for Thin Clients?

November 5, 2018

More manufacturers are adopting a simpler centralized information management paradigm based on thin client technology and expect machines to conform.

The New Norm for Operational Security

November 5, 2018

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

Safely Use Mobile Devices in Hazardous Areas

November 4, 2018

Understanding ignition sources and levels of device protection are crucial to reducing risk.

Insights from TÜV-Certified Machine Safety Experts

October 15, 2018

Safety professionals with respected accreditations answer questions about functional safety and productivity, operational excellence and worker morale.

Improve Energy Management in Food & Bev Production

October 14, 2018

In four steps, manufacturers can use data and control to create an effective energy-management strategy: monitor, analyze, control and sustain gains.

Rockwell Automation, PTC Bring Next Step in IIoT

October 14, 2018

Strategic partnership provides integrated IIoT platform that gives users manufacturing analytics that matter to them and drive results.

3 Steps to Strong Cybersecurity

October 13, 2018

Benefitting from smart manufacturing requires a security strategy to help secure your infrastructure, protect assets and maintain network availability.

Data Mixed Just Right

October 4, 2018

See how modern batch systems can use The Connected Enterprise to deliver secure, data-driven control for flexible, optimized production performance.

Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

October 3, 2018

See for yourself the digital technologies, converged networks and other smart technologies driving industrial automation trends.

Report: 9 Top Industrial Automation Trends in 2018

October 2, 2018

New eBook shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers, and highlights supporting technologies displayed at the 2018 Automation Fair® event.

4 Ways to Optimize Electric Actuator Performance

October 1, 2018

Use these tips to help get the most efficiency and reliability from your electric rod-style actuators in high-speed or high-accuracy applications.

How to Get a Connected Chemical Plant

September 30, 2018

Use of smarter, integrated technologies can help monitor and boost asset performance, enhance flexibility, reduce risk and improve maintenance.

Control System Drives New Polymer Plant

September 29, 2018

Learn how Mitsubishi Chemical sped up its polymer production site deployment for automotive airbags and used remote access to reduce start-up challenges.

NEC Code Changes That Affect SCCRs

September 28, 2018

Learn about some of the most significant new and updated 2017 NEC and how they impact you regarding available Short-Circuit Current Ratings.

2018 Digital Manufacturing eBook Now Available

August 26, 2018

Digital manufacturing is here and growing. This free resource dives into the nitty gritty of how smart manufacturing affects you.

Get More from VFDs with Predictive Maintenance

August 25, 2018

Variable-frequency drives run integral production operations, and predictive maintenance can help avoid unplanned downtime and unneeded replacements.

Learn About Temp Control in Thermal Processes

August 25, 2018

New white paper explains electromechanical contactors, solid-state relays and SCR power controllers.

Convert Traditional Starters to Soft Starters

August 24, 2018

Soft starters help boost efficiency, reduce motor wear and tear, and cut preventive maintenance costs.

When Did You Last Think About Your MCCs?

August 22, 2018

Motor control centers are the unsung heroes of almost every manufacturing facility, yet often don’t enough attention. What is the cost of their failure?

As Time Advances, So Will Your Operations

August 15, 2018

Take a look into the future to see how current control, analytics and safety technologies will reshape industries in the coming decades.

Automation Fair Event Returns to Philadelphia

August 14, 2018

The 2018 event boasts the latest information in control, power and IT/OT technologies and trends for industrial automation that are driving innovation.

Control Upgrade Helps Optimize Well Pad

August 14, 2018

Well-manager solution integrating a modern control system and HMI enhances flexibility, production visibility and safety in large oil and gas operation.

Reimagine Your Motion System

August 14, 2018

Smart motion control speeds up changeovers and boosts productivity with a flexible approach instead of conventional, complex mechanical systems.

Connected Enterprises Embrace Serialization

August 13, 2018

Integrating serialization and traceability systems with the enterprise helps manufacturers minimize risk while boosting effectiveness and productivity.

Security for Industrial Remote Access

August 13, 2018

How can you help keep your remote equipment network remains secure? These tips about protecting your infrastructure can help.

Ways to Merge Legacy Equipment with IIoT

August 12, 2018

You can implement Internet-based connectivity on older equipment to get smart manufacturing’s benefits of increased visibility, uptime and profitability.

What are Data Diodes?

August 12, 2018

Learn how and why these one-way devices are increasingly being used to help protect industrial networks against common cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Editor's Viewpoint: One Question I Despise

August 11, 2018

In her August 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says it’s easier to predict the future of industrial automation than to tell a job interviewer where you see yourself in five years.

August 2018 Full Issue

August 10, 2018

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Improve Cybersecurity with Network Segmentation

July 2, 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.

How to Design a Network Infrastructure

July 1, 2018

Industrial network switches range from unmanaged, to lightly managed, and even fully managed switching solutions. This guide helps determine the best choice for your application.

Oil and Gas Operation Gains New Visibility

July 1, 2018

Crude oil refinery reduces downtime and improves diagnostics and network security with control system upgrades and integrated asset management software.

10 Worker Safety and Productivity Tips

June 26, 2018

These insights can help you deal with challenges of finding skilled workers, globalization, automating, and safety and security worries.

Is It OK to Bypass a Machine Safety Function?

June 25, 2018

Find out why overriding a safety function still can allow a safe workplace and standards compliance — and why you need to assess how it might happen.

Design Your Safety System for Better Uptime

June 24, 2018

Familiarity with LOTO standards can yield significant cost savings.

Is Your Safety System’s Life Cycle Healthy?

June 24, 2018

Right-sizing your solution helps prevent the extra costs of over protection and the risks that come from too little protection.

More Data Than Meets the Eye

June 6, 2018

Smart machines can give OEMs new asset visibility to help reduce end-user downtime, meet performance guarantees and improve machine designs.

OEMs Aim for Speed and Agility

June 6, 2018

CPG and food packaging equipment makers are helping end users meet needs for personalization, ever-changing consumer expectations, food safety and more.