The Five Easy Pieces of Network Installation

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Breaking network installation into segments makes the job easier to manage Setting up an industrial network and getting it running is one of the most critical aspects of…

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Realizing the Potential of Automation Integration

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Integrating control systems used to be an ongoing exercise in jury-rigging bridges between islands of automation. Different processes would have disparate controllers, often with disparate control logic packages…

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IP Ratings – What are they and what do they mean?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Electrical cabinets are one of those ubiquitous elements in industrial environments. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in – whether it’s discrete, process , utility, building and…

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Building a Cyber Secure Plant

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Despite what many automation professionals believe, the Stuxnet malware attacks on Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA and PCS7 DCS systems that came to light this past July were not…

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New Tools Help Reduce Energy Consumption

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The benefits can be significant when meters, software and other equipment are employed to trim power consumption – both on and off the plant floor. The potential for…

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Analyzing Competing Controller Platforms

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Webinar will examine Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 and Allen Bradley MicroLogix platforms. Electronic system architectures provide different benefits, giving customers alternatives that suit their requirements. Getting an independent analysis of the…

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Safeguarding Wireless Communications

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Protecting wireless nets isn’t difficult, but it takes additional security steps. Over the past few years, wireless communication systems have proven they can be reliable in harsh industrial…

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Three Approaches to Small System Motion Control

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Compact, powerful systems can handle many motion control functions. Motion control is a complex task that has often been limited to larger controllers, or more expensive specialty hardware….

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Integrated Control Solutions with Power Dense Circuit Breakers Cut Commissioning Time

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Self-contained engine control room modules from Siemens Solutions Partner EPD help ship builders chart cost-effective course. Specialty vessels are everywhere. From dredges, oil platform supply boats, anchor tugs…

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Worker Training Key to Where VW Opens New Plant

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Developing a skilled workforce is a major challenge for manufacturers. Volkswagen partnered with the city of Chattanooga, Tenn., as well as a technical college and major suppliers, such…

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Five Ways Companies can Reduce their Energy Costs Today

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Much has been made of the Smart Grid and how it will revolutionize energy management. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the Smart Grid…

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Safeguard Networks from Cyber Security Breaches

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Standards provide framework for preventing intrusions. As industrial systems have evolved and become more open, that openness has brought many of the same security concerns found in business…

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Remote Connectivity: The Right Approach Delivers Big Payoffs

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The need for remote access to industrial equipment is growing rapidly, driven by a multitude of factors. But before plant managers open factories to outside control, they need…

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Smart Grid: Is Your Business Poised to Reap the Benefits?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How much energy do you use? And, more to the point, how much energy do you waste and how much does that cost? Not too long ago the…

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New Controllers Extend Integration to Small Systems

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

In an ideal world every widget and system in an automation environment would be fully integrated into your control system. The value of even the smallest piece of…

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Crown Valley Brewery Delivers Quality Craft Beer While Lowering Costs Through Automation

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Alexander Graham Bell said that the existence of beer “is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Although renowned for his innovations and inventions,…

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It’s Time to Upgrade Those 10-Year-Old HMIs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Web-based tools make it easy to modernize HMI/SCADA systems and gain many new benefits. Many systems and components have been upgraded over the past decade, but it’s common…

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Safety Systems: To Integrate or Not to Integrate

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Combining safety and production can save money, space in many applications. Safety has always been an important aspect for industrial facilities, but tighter regulations have pushed it even…

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Protecting Your Plant’s Data Against Viruses and Hackers

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Security for production network is now a critical issue. Over the past few years, security for industrial facilities has expanded from simple physical protection to include safeguards for…

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In from the Cold: Geothermal Energy is Making a Comeback

Friday, April 2, 2010

Well-read science fiction fans are pretty familiar with geothermal energy production concepts. Geothermal is one of the most popular forms of energy production in sci-fi novels and stories,…

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Delivering Plant Intelligence with Smart Motor Starters

Friday, April 2, 2010

The automated motor starter is quite possibly the most integral single piece of any automated manufacturing set up. Nothing moves without being turned on. This ubiquity makes it…

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Why PROFINET? And, Why Now?

Friday, April 2, 2010

“Bandwidth.” When asked what the major advantage of PROFINET over traditional Fieldbus technologies is for industrial automation, Carl Henning says it starts with bandwidth. Henning is the Deputy…

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The Many Benefits of Biomass Energy

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

As the fastest growing renewable energy industry, biofuels offer manufacturers a low-cost, sustainable and proven energy source. As political and social pressure mounts to adopt more sustainable energy…

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Reducing Energy Consumption Offers Huge Potential Savings

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Equipment makers help in the drive to cut energy usage. A number of factors are pressuring companies into going green and conserving energy. Uncertainty about spiking prices and…

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Pepsi Bottling Reaps Immediate Benefits from Optimized Packaging Plant (OPP)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Optimized Packaging Plant brings Pepsi Bottling Group immediate improvements in training, diagnostics, maintenance and productivity. Siemens technology is helping Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) increase quality and reliability in…

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Tips for a Successful Plantwide Network Deployment

Friday, January 29, 2010

It wasn’t that long ago that industrial operations like factories had at least two separate networks and most often many more than that. Not only were these networks…

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The Changing Winds of Sustainable Manufacturing

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wind can play crucial role in driving energy efficiency and pricing stability while saving money in companies’ sustainability plans. Having some kind of environmental sustainability plan is rapidly…

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Increasing Solar Power Yield by 20 to 40%

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Software positioning solar panels for utmost efficiency. Reliance on foreign energy sources and the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are combining to make solar energy a viable,…

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Wireless Networks: Self Healing Capabilities Offer Edge

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The self healing capabilities of wireless networks offer an edge over traditional wired technology. In the wired versus wireless debate, network cables have always been touted as the…

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Honing in on New Money

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sunnen uses Motion Control to design a low-cost honing system. Designing new product lines in the complex industrial automation world is a complex challenge, one that’s increasingly being…

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