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.