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Smarter Automation Today for a Better Smart Grid Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UniEnergy Technologies’ next-generation energy-storage solution evens electrical loads with integrated I/O, PLCs, and higher-level automation system functions to streamline engineering, procurement and support. As the smart grid quickly…

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How to Ensure Control System Security in Treacherous Times

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Segmenting control sub-networks is just part of a new ‘defense-in-depth’ strategy to keep your PLCs, DCS and SCADA systems safe. For most people, April 8, 2014, came and…

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Lessons Learned from Big Oil’s Recovery from Economic Upsets

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How lessons learned from the volatility of world oil markets translate into cost reductions up to 30% with targeted improvements. In the last half of 2014, world oil…

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Conducting a Successful Risk Assessment

Friday, May 29, 2015

What It Takes to Perform an Effective Risk Assessment Expert advice to master the process of keeping your plant safe, from identifying hazards to assigning risk levels, meeting…

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How Suppliers Can Meet the Needs of End Users Requiring Functional Safety

Friday, May 29, 2015

Machinery and technology design are subject to a dizzying array of industry-specific functional safety standards under IEC 61508, but these step-by-step tips will help.       Functional safety is the…

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Easy Safety Implementation in Today’s Complex Application Environment

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lessons are being learned with safety applications that are being successfully implemented across a multitude of industries, like automotive, aerospace, material handling, food and beverage, solar and more….

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Automation Alley: Preparing the Workforce for Emerging Technologies

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Small and medium-sized manufacturers across Southeast Michigan are struggling to keep their employees’ skill sets up to date, particularly when it comes to training in the latest digital…

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Best Practices for Legacy PLC Migration

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Siemens partner Patti Engineering shows how it successfully upgraded equipment with Siemens S5 PLCs to the new S7 PLCs at Oetiker’s Marlette, Michigan automotive manufacturing plant. Manufacturers with older PLCs controlling their equipment…

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The Mobile HMI: Greater Access, Greater Security

Friday, May 1, 2015

The latest implementations of HTML5-empowered HMI technology offer users — from workstation to smartphone — a new level of secure, full-time remote monitoring and control. Smart phones and tablets…

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Automation Makes Craft Brewing More Profitable 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Solvere starts with compact Siemens PLCs, HMI and wireless solutions to help brewers scale controls from small to full-size systems. Craft brewing has become a huge business in…

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Codes and Regulations for Panel Builders: Hitting a Moving Target

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The last two years have brought many changes to this complex world. Keeping current with the latest releases from many sources requires careful attention. Control panels are a…

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Automating the New Oil & Gas Value Chain

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U.S. oil and gas fields are evolving with more wells and multi-well pads. PLC-based instrumentation, RTUs and HMIs are evolving, too, to meet new data management and wireless…

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Connected Manufacturing: Better Data, Better Decisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Leveraging powerful network technologies such as Profinet with existing infrastructure eliminates complexity, enhances decision making and speeds response to plant events. In today’s increasingly competitive global manufacturing marketplace,…

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How a California Quarry Doubles Production, Lowers Costs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Canyon Rock turned to Siemens Totally Integrated Automation, TIA Portal engineering software and Profinet communications for rapid expansion and increased profitability. Faced with completing one of the largest…

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How to Answer the Door when OSHA Knocks!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

An official with the U.S. workplace safety regulatory body explains how to survive on-site inspections and prevent fines and penalties.  In the United States, the Occupational Safety and…

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Expert Helps OEMs Choose Between ISO and IEC Safety Standards

Thursday, February 26, 2015

While ISO and IEC pledge to unify their functional safety standards in the future, a TUV engineer has advice, helping OEMs make knowledgeable decisions when using ISO 13849 and IEC…

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Siemens vs. Rockwell…from a Safety Perspective

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More than hardware or software, it’s their approach to safety and redundancy that differentiates vendors’ from protocols, controllers, I/O and networks. Choosing an industrial equipment supplier is a…

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ISE Department Works with R&E Automated Systems and Siemens to Enhance Sharf CIM Lab’s Conveyor System

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

After nine months of hard work by R&E Automated Systems, the S. & R. Sharf Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Laboratory’s conveyor system has been returned to Oakland University’s Industrial…

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Comau and Siemens Collaborate to Develop a Revolutionary “Digital Factory” for Automobile Manufacturing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Game-changing modular, automated design enables time-saving parallel production, reduces work-in-process, improves material logistics, saves energy and reduces floor space up to 50%. Comau is a multinational company based…

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Why March’s Manufacturing in America Symposium (MiAS) is a “Must Attend”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Held the 11th and 12th of March in Detroit, this event will present the latest technology and automotive know-how—and bring engineers, business leaders, educators, and policy-makers together to…

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How TIA Enables Skid-Based Applications for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In oil and gas fields, skid-based applications for upstream production can be as diverse as the many distillates and specialty end products coming out of downstream refineries. Oilfield…

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Codes and Regulations for Panel Builders: Hitting a Moving Target

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The last two years have brought many changes to this complex world. Keeping current with the latest releases from many sources requires careful attention. Control panels are a…

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Automotive Stamping’s ‘Fatal Five’ — and How to Prevent Them

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A leading Siemens solutions partner explains how PROFIsafe and ASI-safe in press safety upgrades can easily prevent accidents, and simultaneously remove system complexity to reduce costs. The regulatory impetus for safety in stamping applications…

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Changes to the 2015 Edition of NFPA 79, Pertaining to Electrical Safety

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Understanding the latest requirements for electrical safety to industrial machinery is critical to prevent accidents and unplanned shutdowns. This summary provides an explanation of key changes made in…

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Global Functional Safety Standards: How to Resolve ANSI and ISO Conflicts Reconciling Differences and Boosting Efficiency

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to perform risk assessments, reconcile key differences between ISO safety and ANSI machinery safety standards and arrive at a practical method for global compliance. Companies that implement safety…

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Innovations in Learning – Online Platforms Provide Cost Savings Potential

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As skills gaps and workforce turnover in the automotive industry continue to drive demand for skilled labor, OEM manufacturers often battle between allocating time for training and making…

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How a Leading Automaker Achieved a Major Controls Upgrade in Three Months

Monday, November 17, 2014

Siemens Solution Partner A&E Engineering executed the design, installation, and commissioning of two new paint-shop conveyor control systems for a major automaker, from control room and operator interfaces to motors, sensors, and machine interlocks. According to…

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Changing Machinery, Changing Software

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When making changes to machinery and lines, you’ll need to consider these three paths to control and software changes. A range of business demands often force companies to…

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Which Industrial Wireless Architecture to Choose?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beyond knowing differences between office and industrial wireless technologies, you also need to know the ins & outs of industrial architectures such as iPCF, iPCF-MC and iREF. Wireless…

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Four Keys to Efficient Oil & Gas Automation

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From sensor to PLC to boardroom, these automation design tips will help upstream producers speed integration and capitalize on the U.S. shale boom. To fully capitalize on the…

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