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Modernizing the Industrial Ethernet Network with Increased Visibility
This article explains how organizations in the industrial automation industry can achieve increased visibility into the Ethernet connectivity to proactively detect, diagnose and resolve potential disruptions, while ultimately reducing cost, increasing productivity and ensuring continuous uptime.

Increasing Plant Level Awareness of the Industrial Plant Floor
This white paper discusses the need for manufacturing facilities to increase real-time visibility of the industrial network to determine and resolve connectivity issues while increasing time and cost savings.

A Manufacturing Network Fabric Maturity Model White Paper
This white paper discusses the importance of the network fabric in today?s information-enabled manufacturing environments, outlines the steps that proactive manufacturers can take to capture its full value for years to come and describes a four-stage methodology for improving an existing network to a higher maturity level.

IIoT- Tactical Brief
Featuring five IIoT topics: "Research Advances on The Internet of Things", "From Smart Manufacturing to Manufacturing Smart", "Network of the Future", "Top 3 Reasons You Need Industrial Network Training" and "The Internet of Things and the Importance of Modeling and Simulation"

Building an Infrastructure that Enables IoT - Tactical Brief
Featuring five important IoT topics: "Constructive Disruption: A Vision of Smart Manufacturing", "Improve Industrial Ethernet Network Uptime", "How to be Sure Your Network is Futureproof", "The Plant of the Future: Seven Key Elements Industrial IP Advantage", and "The Evolving Automation Architecture"

The Industrial Internet of Things
Should industrial users embrace IP networking? It promises convergence of many technologies, but is it necessary or even beneficial? An examination of why and why not, what, and how.

One Network for Full Enterprise Connectivity
Industrial networking goes beyond connecting the back office to the plant floor. Today’s networking technology delivers fast, secure, and reliable data transfer factory-wide, so users can proactively improve efficiency and productivity.

Motion Control and Robotics Integration
Controls for line-based motion control can be separate or integrated with robotics, depending on technologies used, connected networks, and sophistication of those involved.

Modernizing Automation for Competitive Advantage
Technology Update: Modernizing equipment and facilities to take advantage of the newest trends that optimize efficiency is called intelligent modernization. Big data access and analysis from the plant to the enterprise are key to any automation and controls modernization. See 3 steps to intelligent modernization.

Integrating Wireless with Wastewater
Cover story: Industrial wireless network with new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is part of a five-year, $47 million capital improvement plan formed and approved by the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (SWPCA) of Stamford, Conn. Selection criteria include equipment reliability and capabilities, availability, ease of management, and conformance to open standards. Wireless network installation and setup took fewer than two days. See tables and related webcast on wireless and Ethernet, "Integrating wireless into an industrial Ethernet application."

Visions of Manufacturing Automation 25 Years From Now
Digital Edition Exclusive: Manufacturing automation 20-25 years into the future will be devoid of a paper trail. Great strides in automation, environmentally cleaner production plants, and energy efficiency in manufacturing will have been implemented. Simulation techniques will have matured from years of experience with numerous reference models and feedback from real-life applications. Lifecycle costing and total cost of ownership will be the real measure of project costs. Robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence will be widely used.

Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things Tools Help Streamline Factory Automation
Factories can become smarter through the application of tools used for Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things initiatives, according to Aurelio Banda, Beckhoff Automation. Banda, named president of North American operations (Beckhoff Automation LLC) effective Jan. 1, 2015, spoke to Control Engineering and Plant Engineering recently about manufacturing automation trends and tips.

Augmented Reality Enables Smarter Maintenance Using Smartphones and Glasses
Visualizing in-situ services will make diagnosis and repair actions more intelligent and effective during industrial processing. A plant maintenance technician in the future could be led to the exact location of a mechanical component in need of maintenance, for example, a valve or a field transmitter, by a smartphone handset or "smart" glasses.

Six Predictions for Manufacturing 2015
Manufacturing is predicted to grow in 2015 thanks to an improved economy and the lower costs of reshoring; an increase in big data and predictive maintenance technologies are also expected. See 6 key manufacturing trends for 2015.

What Does the Internet of Things Mean to People Who Make Things?
Think: The connected machine. Industrie 4.0 and IoT in manufacturing are about connecting machines (to each other, to expert systems, and to management execution systems) to get more actionable information using intelligent devices at lower levels of the system architecture.

Automation Zone - The Evolving Automation Architecture
Equipment assets need to be connected to the plantwide enterprise to unlock data and allow for wider scale and more innovative analytic approaches. This plantwide network fabric is critical for advancing IoT.

Next Level Network Integration Tactical Brief
Featuring five topics: "The Challenge of IT/OT Convergence in Manufacturing", "Is Integrated Safety Acceptable Now?", "4 Reasons Why Time Sensitive Networking Matters", "Secure and Stable Networks for Connected Automation", "Industrial Ethernet Diagnostics"

Reduce Network Complexity Tactical Brief
Will your existing, reliable, proprietary network configurations be degraded in a network update? Find out how to prepare your system integration project for the accelerating IoT transition, and see how other automation companies are developing Ethernet network upgrades.

Physical Infrastructure for a Resilient CPwE Architecture
This paper specifically focuses on the physical infrastructure deployment for CPwE using best practices and a building block approach from Panduit. The methodology is reflected in the physical infrastructure details that complement A Resilient Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture, a white paper by Rockwell Automation and Cisco.

Decrease downtime to speed production and control costs, while increasing network reliability and performance – Case Study
Learn how Marcegaglia standardized connectivity solutions to speed communications, decrease downtime, and control costs, while promoting integration and interoperability between IT and OT.

Using EtherNet/IP in Process Automation Instead of Fieldbus
Should industrial users embrace IP networking? It promises convergence of many technologies, but is it necessary or even beneficial? An examination of why and why not, what, and how.

7 Reasons to a Consider a Non-Ethernet Industrial Network
Here are seven reasons non-Ethernet networks might be specified for an industrial project, to help determine if an Ethernet, fieldbus, or a device or sensor-level network should be considered.

Real-Time Data Integration in the Digital Oil Field
Real-time data integration is a crucial aspect of the digital oil field, but to make its integration successful, production engineers must implement a data infrastructure based on four key elements.

Identify Machine Safety Standards for Your Business
Why is it important in the United States to identify machine safety standards for your business? See 6 ways standards help with machine safety.

Improve Availability and Decrease Maintenance in Your Industrial Network
Industrial Ethernet networks have changed the manufacturing landscape in the past several years and will continue to do so, but companies should also be prepared for when the network fails and have safeguards in place.

Smart Manufacturing Technologies Build Intelligent Processes
Software enables predictive planning, performance monitoring, big data analytics, virtual modeling, and more informed-decision making.

Isolate Your Automated Ethernet Network for Improved Efficiency and Security
By isolating automation Ethernet networks, companies will see improvements and benefits in the following three areas: Network speed, simplified data, and network security.

Cyber Security Essentials: Part II
The second installment of the Cyber Security Essentials series looks at what a robust network security system looks like, with insights from an ethical, professional hacker.

Down to the Wire – Building a Resilient Network Infrastructure
Enterprise applications, plant floor software, asset management and quality control applications, predictive analytics, and virus protection systems need a reliable network to work effectively.

Important Considerations for Scaling Your Plant Network
Understand the network topology and physical infrastructure needed to converge your information and control systems for better network visibility beyond the plant floor.

Optimizing Control Panel Layouts for Noise Mitigation
The electrical noise emmited form sources such as Pulse Width Modulation drives, power supplies, and hard switched inductive loads can adversely affect system efficiency and uptime by interfering with analog signals, Industrial Ethernet transmissions, and programmable logic controller programs.

Reduced Downtime and Improved Reliability for Oil and Gas Processing - Case Study
An upgraded network system is critical to a company's overall business operations to alleviate loss in profitability, meet customer agreements, and to maintain compliance with industry regulations.

Reduced Downtime, Increased Network Uptime for a Major Metal Processor - Case Study
Case Studies highlights how an Integrated Network Zone System provides a secure network environment with high availability, scalability for future changes and upgrades, and adherence to budget constraints.

Factory Floor Network Reliability - Tactical Brief
The trend across the manufacturing and process industries is clear: Network users expect higher reliability, faster speeds and wireless connectivity.

How to Enhance Cabling Infrastructure - Tactical Brief
A structured approach to designing, simplifying and improving the industrial network.

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety
This white paper highlights the changes to the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E, defining the risks associated with arc flash hazards and identifying Panduit solutions available to help reduce arc flash incidents and optimize worker safety.

Physical Infrastructure Solutions for Grounding and Bonding
Ensure a Reliable Connection with the Panduit® StructuredGround Direct Burial Compression Grounding System

Scaling the Plant Network: An Approach to Industrial Network Convergence
This white paper describes how Panduit Industrial Network Deployment Solutions can improve reliability, security, and safety of Industrial Automation systems and offer up to 30% reduction in deployment costs and 75% savings in deployment time.

Space Optimization for Control Panels
This white paper explores solutions from Panduit and Pentair that can help save up to 40% of control panel space in comparison to conventional approaches. It presents options for reducing enclosure size by fitting more equipment into existing enclosures, which provides greater design flexibility and cost savings to the equipment and panel builder.

Structured and Point to Point Network Cabling for Industrial Automation
Identifying the considerations associated with structured and point to point cabling methods for Ethernet deployments.

10 Steps to a Smoother Automation System Upgrade
When migrating or upgrading your automation system, don’t forget to examine this group of areas outside of the HMI, controllers, and I/O. These suggestions will help you identify and deal with lurking problems early in the process.

EtherNet IP for Automation
In deploying industrial Ethernet, plant engineers and IT departments should use an Ethernet solution designed and established to connect across applications and from the end customer’s IT infrastructure down to assets on the factory floor. EtherNet/IP delivers the real-time performance, resiliency, and security of proven, but technically mature, fieldbus solutions, with the bandwidth, open connectivity, and future-proof adaptability of standard Ethernet, ODVA explains.

Can the Legacy of Fieldbus Ever Be Replaced by Industrial Ethernet?
While the fieldbus war may be over, the battle for industrial Ethernet vs. traditional fieldbus technologies is coming. The future looks strong for industrial Ethernet, but we probably aren't going to see the last of fieldbus for many years.

Factory Floor Network Deployment - Tactical Brief
Deploying Fiber Optic Networks: As industrial networks get larger and the equipment on these networks perform more complex tasks at higher speeds, there's a growing need for more bandwidth.

Advances in Robust, Easy to Install Fiber Cabling Systems to Support EtherNet/IP
Recently, fiber manufacturers have introduced Hard Clad Silica (HCS®) fibers with improved bandwidth. These fibers are environmentally and mechanically robust and address difficult installation challenges.

3 Steps to Effectively Manage the Plant Floor Network
This white paper explores three best practices for determining what to measure so management and operations can effectively and efficiently run the entire industrial network.

Plant Floor Traffic - Tactical Brief
Tactical brief includes articles and solutions to help manage plant floor traffic.

Industrial Networking Expands PLC Functionality
Combining real-time Ethernet with visualization, control, and communication capabilities allows PLCs to open the door to a new level of visibility and control for manufacturers.

Connecting Sensors and Automation to the Internet of Things
The medical, manufacturing and food industries rely on automation and sensors, and their interconnectivity may result in big changes in a short amount of time.

Optimizing Your HMI on the Plant Floor
The benefits of optimizing a human-machine interface (HMI) include increased worker safety, improved production, and reduced time needed to make critical decisions if the data presented on the screen is clear, concise, and easy to interpret in real-time.

Wireless: The Future of Communication Across Global IndustryIndustrial wireless has the potential to revolutionize industries by adding flexibility and capability. It will not be far into the future when wireless becomes as widely adopted as more traditional wired networks.

Inspecting Instruments Installed in Hazardous LocationsA difficult, time-consuming, and expensive task is made much simpler with wireless instruments to relay information from flow, pressure, temperature, level, and other field transmitters.

Optimizing Control Panel Layouts for Noise Mitigation
The electrical noise emmited form sources such as Pulse Width Modulation drives, power supplies, and hard switched inductive loads can adversely affect system efficiency and uptime by interfering with analog signals, Industrial Ethernet transmissions, and programmable logic controller programs.

Control Panel Optimization - Tactical Brief
Key areas to focus on to help you optimize your control panels are space optimization, noise mitigation, environmental protection, security and safety.

A Zone Approach for Energy and Physical Infrastructure Management
This white paper focuses on the interdependencies between distinct operational "zones" within facilities, data centers and enterprise operations using DCIM solutions.

Solutions for Industrial Automation: Introduction to the Micro Data Center
The Micro Data Center is designed to provide the link between the Corporate and the Industrial Networks. The industrial network is the fundamental backbone for data collection and transmission to points of use.

Control Panel Optimization: Five Key Elements to Consider
Five Key Elements to Consider when designing control panels are space optimization, noise mitigation, environmental protection, security and safety.

Control Panel Security: Identifying and Mitigating Security Risks
Businesses rely on data streams from electrical and electronic enclosures, networking cabinets, and human machine interface (HMI) systems to run their operations, so network managers are increasingly concerned about equipment access and network security.

Environmental Protection of Control Panels: Overview and Standards Compliance - White Paper
End users rely on a control panel enclosure to protect vital controls and the control panel infrastructure, and eliminate unnecessary risks of downtime or personnel injury. Several environmental factors such as corrosive environments, substance infiltration (e.g., water, dust and oil), electrical noise, and temperature, can have a harmful effect on a control panel.

Neutralizing Control Panel Hazards: Energizing Employee Safety - White Paper
Balancing workers' safety, productivity and equipment optimization requires a disciplined approach that starts with a strong safety infrastructure.

Noise Mitigation for Control Panels: Managing Electromagnetic Interference Risks
EMI risks increase as a result of competing needs to add more networked components and power devices while attempting to minimize the control panel footprint to reduce panel costs.

Protecting Control Panels in Indoor and Washdown Environments
This white paper addresses the environmental protection of control panels. The intent is to provide guidance on the risks involving environmental applications, and offer solutions for indoor and washdown environmental issues.

Protecting Control Panels in Outdoor Environments
Determining whether an enclosure needs a cooling system, corrosion resistance, and a water or dust-tight seal will allow design/controls engineers to select the proper enclosure and material to provide the appropriate level of equipment protection against the outdoor elements.

Increase Operational Efficiency Tactical Brief
Featuring 5 topics "Maintenance Isn't and Expense: It's and Investment", "Increasing Plant-Level Awareness of the Industrial Network", "3 Steps to Effectively Manage the Plant Floor Network", "Manufacturing Data as a Motivation and Empowerment Tool", and "The Value of Looking Within"

Process Risk Assessment Uses Big Data
Technology Update: Predictive, process risk assessment can use big data to assess risks dynamically and report automatically, empowering plant personnel to identify issues, taking necessary preventive measures to address them, avoiding a related shutdown incident or accident.
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