Why U.S. Manufacturing Is Outpacing China

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The increased competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing has been talked about for some time; but now a number of studies are adding the weight of research to the conversation….

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Maintenance Training Gets a Tune-up

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“There must be a better way to help us learn how to maintain our PLCs.” When faced with that question from a major customer, we took a hard…

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Intel and Siemens Execs Address Smart Manufacturing Risk

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leading executives discuss the scope and strategy for opening industrial facilities to IIoT and Industry 4.0 connectivity…without the cyber-risk.  The transformation that connectivity has brought throughout the industrial…

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New Technology Gives Gantry Market a Lift

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

When OEM Harry Major Machine converted its gantry systems from CNCs to a PLC-based platform, fault recovery was improved by 35% and plant uptime by 25%. Gantry systems…

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Competitive Advantage Today, Competitive Imperative Tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stranded. Most people can imagine it—stuck in the middle of nowhere, out of gas, with no wallet or phone. Not coincidentally, that word also describes factory production assets…

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Improving Information Flow Improves Production Flow

Monday, March 28, 2016

With field devices getting smarter and controllers more sophisticated, the operational networking layers that keep plants running have more things to do. This is where SCADA systems function;…

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Six Steps to a Successful RFID Asset Tracking

Monday, March 28, 2016

While advanced automation has helped to vastly streamline industrial production in past years, RFID asset-tracking systems have done the same with inventory management and logistics. Here’s how to…

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Where PROFINET Fits Into the IIoT and Industrie 4.0

Monday, March 28, 2016

By providing deterministic control, data access, and uptime in an open platform, PROFINET is foundational to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. What is the…

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What’s Under the Hood of an Automotive Supplier’s Wireless Upgrade?

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How Trutegra’s intelligent bridge crane controls, with SCALANCE wireless broadband technology, save an automotive supplier hundreds of thousands of dollars. Automakers are buying huge volumes of high-strength steel…

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Coolant Cleaning at Chrysler Reduces TCO

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Henry Filters’ installation of a Sirius Innovations Infeed Bus System dramatically cuts material and labor costs, saves cabinet space and increases uptime. Machining an aluminum engine block doesn’t…

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Industry Experts Converge at Manufacturing in America 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Convening in Detroit on March 23rd and 24th, Manufacturing in America brings together the world’s leading experts on the digitization in manufacturing—engineers, business leaders, educators, and policymakers—to discuss…

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From PLC to IoT and Everything in Between

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Strategic advice for investing in data analytics, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT), and how a holistic strategy can even improve your PLC programming What is…

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Competitive Advantage through Smart Identification

Thursday, January 28, 2016

How can companies face the global competition? The digitization along the entire industrial value chain promises large optimizations for the processes in production and logistics. Ultimately, this concept fundamentally…

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With Automotive Leading the Way, U.S. Manufacturing Reinvents Itself to Transform the Sector

Thursday, January 28, 2016

While some see 2010 as a signpost of American manufacturing decline (it was the year that China supplanted the U.S. as the world’s largest manufacturing nation in terms…

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Controlling an AGV-Based Amusement Ride

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How Prism Systems leverages a fast-processing WinAC soft PLC and the TIA Portal to keep amusement park operators—and their guests—safely enjoying the ride. OEMs typically build automated guided…

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The 10 Key Steps for Functional Safety

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Follow these steps for validation of subsystems and components to reduce implementation-level complexity in your control systems. As we consider machine safety risk reduction and validation, here are…

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New Tool Speeds Machine Safety Compliance Reporting

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Learn how the online TÜV-tested Safety Evaluation Tool (SET) speeds users step-by-step through preparation of standard-compliant machine documentation. The Safety Evaluation Tool for IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1…

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Henry Filters Finds Savings with Siemens Sirius Innovations Infeed System

Friday, November 13, 2015

by: Marc Gelinas, Controls Engineering Manager, Henry Filters Henry Filters, a division of Barnes International, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of custom industrial liquid filtration systems and chip/swarf…

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With Automotive Leading the Way, U.S. Manufacturing Reinvents Itself to Transform the Sector

Friday, November 13, 2015

While some see 2010 as a signpost of American manufacturing decline (it was the year that China supplanted the U.S. as the world’s largest manufacturing nation in terms…

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How ‘Automated Ozone’ Enhances Our Food Safety

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ozone International, maker of automated equipment using ozone gas to inhibit microbial growth in processed foods, bumps-up reliability, efficiency and maintenance with Siemens PLC and HMI solutions. Ozone…

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PLCs Do Heavy Lifting For Better, Safer Cranes

Thursday, October 29, 2015

PaR Systems and CAMotion cranes gained new safety and efficiency using Siemens PLC-based platforms to reduce vibration, sway and other hard-to-control parameters. Cranes do the heavy lifting in…

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Tips for Technical Workforce Excellence

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Best practices for a high-performing workforce, from skills development, and employee engagement to the secrets of retaining the best and brightest. The difference between companies with an engaged…

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Five Key Points toward Cybersecurity “Defense in Depth”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Best practices for mitigating cybersecurity threats, and how Security Integrated products can help you protect your systems, networks, and plants Globally, the number of network connections is exploding….

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The Secret to Digital Manufacturing, From PLCs to IoT

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Strategic advice for investing in data analytics, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT), and how a holistic strategy can even improve your PLC programming What is…

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The Tech Beneath Underground Power Generation

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A bright idea from Lucid Energy, with help from Siemens motors and regenerative drives with natural water flow, will produce 1.1GWh per year or 1100 MWh, enough to…

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Straight Talk on Safety Standards

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A leading machine safety expert from TUV Rheinland explains how ISO 12100 and ANSI B11.0 reduces risk and prevents mishaps, from machine design to plant operation. Safety has…

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PLCs in the Particle Accelerator

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A new, third-gen safety PLC architecture is key to upgrades at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Danger is inherent in equipment that often spans distances of a mile or…

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Robot Standard Improves Safety, Permits Collaboration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Updated ANSI/RIA R15.06 aids in regulatory compliance and helps create a new class of robots The role of standards is often to help create the infrastructure for innovative…

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Digital Manufacturing

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A holistic approach to the complete product lifecycle What is digital manufacturing, and how can it connect product design and the manufacturing environment into one streamlined process? Experts…

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Industry 4.0: Industrial Computers and the Industrial Internet of Things

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The next level of industrial evolution is already here. How will you put the capabilities of new-generation SIMATIC Open Controllers to work? Major advances in manufacturing are getting faster:…

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