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Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project
January 09, 2020

Skkynet software networks OPC A&E data in Turkish pipeline project

DataHub middleware from Skkynet was used by ABB to support redundant, secure networking of OPC A&E and real-time data on the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project in Turkey.

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era
January 07, 2020

ISA95 In the IoT & Digitalization Era

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The ANSI/ISA95 standard, generally referred to as ISA95, is an important tool for digitalization. It provides the framework, modeling, and vendor independent common information models which can be applied in any manufacturing or process industry production architecture.

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?
December 20, 2019

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK and Ireland
As with most manufacturers, much of the success comes from choosing the right tools for the job. So, what will be on your industrial wish list this Christmas?

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services
December 18, 2019

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services

By Ken Lynch, Senet
Whether it is delivering propane for residential heat, optimizing industrial operations, reducing energy consumption in cities or reducing water loss through smart metering and water management solutions, an entire ecosystem of partners has the opportunity to provide limitless societal and economic benefit, delivering on the ultimate promise of the Internet of Things.

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software
December 17, 2019

Rockwell Automation Fair 2019 – Expanding System Integration/Services & Leveraging PTC Software

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Integration was the heavy emphasis for Rockwell Automation at Automation Fair 2019, th a particular focus on expanding the system integration business and launching Rockwell Automation Lifecycle Services, as well as greater PTC software integration

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

Litum IoT helps Ferrero Group enhance worker tracking
December 11, 2019

Litum IoT helps Ferrero Group enhance worker tracking

Ferrero needed a way to confirm that all its employees could be safely accounted when an emergency evacuation was underway.

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment
December 11, 2019

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
It is vital to understand how cleanrooms truly operate if you are to get the best out of yours. This article explains the key considerations when specifying a cleanroom.

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Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking
December 10, 2019

Inside the Rise of 5G Industrial Automation Networking

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
5G is starting to make the goal of wireless industrial automation a reality. Companies are already starting to deploy private 5G networks within plants and are seeing increases in performance, determinism, low latency, and reliability.

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing
December 09, 2019

The Push and Pull of Composite Manufacturing

By Robert Glass, Exel Composites
From window and door manufacturers to the professional tree surgeon, weighing up material options usually comes down to cost —but there are a variety of factors to consider before making a purchase.

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ABB uses swimming robots to help Australian silicon company enhance transformer inspections
December 09, 2019

ABB uses swimming robots to help Australian silicon company enhance transformer inspections

Simcoa Operations sought the expertise of the local ABB Transformer Service team in Australia to perform an internal inspection for one of their power transformers that handles 50% of the facility’s production capacity.

Inside Augmented Intelligence
December 06, 2019

Inside Augmented Intelligence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Augmented intelligence is one of the few technologies named on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2019 that are predicted to reach expectations, over the next two-to-five years. This article explains how augmented intelligence could assist with human and machine collaboration.

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?
December 02, 2019

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Today’s plant managers are faced with a dearth of automation technologies but it’s not always obvious what will work best. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach. This article discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

A Closer Look at Composites
November 25, 2019

A Closer Look at Composites

By Robert Glass, Exel Composites
Composites have transformed the technologies of many industries —although the materials used to manufacture them have evolved. This article examines the progress of composites and their advantages over traditional materials like steel.

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How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
November 22, 2019

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry

By Ripal Vyas, Softweb Solutions
The arrival of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming the way industries have been operated from decades. These technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations that are impacting industries at large.

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain
November 21, 2019

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, director, EU Automation
Errors in the pharmaceutical supply chain can lead to late delivery, increased costs and poor-quality products, which can have a detrimental impact on consumers. This article explains how organizations can use digital technologies to improve the pharmaceutical supplychain and minimize the risk of errors.

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference
November 19, 2019

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference was another high energy, creative, and stimulating leadership event. With the company illustrating the power of the next level of software technology and leveraging this with a new business model, Inductive Automation illuminated their progression to be more responsive to industry and customer requirements.

Reducing the Risk of Recalls
November 18, 2019

Reducing the Risk of Recalls

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
With research showing that only 21 per cent of all product recalls over the last decade were detected by the company themselves, it is more important than ever that food and beverage manufacturers review and prevent contamination and mislabeling. This article explores the rise of recalls and what food companies can do to mitigate this alarming trend.

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