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Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

October 11, 2019

Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

October 4, 2019

We're here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

September 30, 2019

Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

September 30, 2019

With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

September 20, 2019

Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

September 18, 2019

Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

September 16, 2019

By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

September 13, 2019

Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

Veteran Hiring Fills High-Tech Skills Gap

September 11, 2019

While veterans make great employees, moving from military to civilian employment can be tough. One veteran offers advice on creating a smooth transition.

How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

September 9, 2019

Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

September 9, 2019

With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

September 6, 2019

The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

September 2, 2019

Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

August 30, 2019

Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

August 28, 2019

Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

August 16, 2019

Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

August 14, 2019

Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

August 12, 2019

Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

August 9, 2019

Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

August 7, 2019

Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

August 5, 2019

Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

August 2, 2019

It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

July 31, 2019

ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

July 29, 2019

Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

July 26, 2019

The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

July 22, 2019

For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

July 19, 2019

When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

July 17, 2019

Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

July 15, 2019

Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

July 15, 2019

There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

Beyond Data Integrity

July 8, 2019

Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

July 5, 2019

To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

July 3, 2019

Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

July 1, 2019

Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

July 1, 2019

The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

July 1, 2019

We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

July 1, 2019

Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

June 26, 2019

In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

June 21, 2019

New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

Let’s Transform the Future

June 19, 2019

Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

June 17, 2019

A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.

A Unified Solution for Measurement and Control

June 14, 2019

Improve measurement and control with a unified solution for multi-well pad operations.

Smart Data Replaces Big Data

June 12, 2019

Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

June 10, 2019

The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

E-learning: Evolving to Bridge the Skills Gap

June 5, 2019

As jobs have become more advanced and technological, the industrial skills gap has widened. But a game-changer has arrived: e-learning.

Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

June 3, 2019

A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

June 2, 2019

Collaboration between CPG manufacturers and OEMs helps unify processing and packaging applications – and eases the way to compliance.

AngloGold Modernizes with a New DCS

May 29, 2019

AngloGold chose a modern DCS for its activated carbon process facility. Their operators quickly transitioned to simpler ISA 101 compliant grayscale displays with increased visibility.

How to Reduce Lead Time, Build Efficiency

May 27, 2019

Custom machine builders are improving time to market with smarter machine engineering. See how you can build efficiency with a single control platform.

Weighing Your Options for Simple Motor Control

May 26, 2019

Every motor control application is different, so what method provides the best fit and function? Push button or PLC control?

The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

May 24, 2019

Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

May 22, 2019

The utilization of a modern batch control systems helps chemical producers achieve more flexible, productive and efficient operations.

A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

May 20, 2019

Innovations that paved the way for smart manufacturing took root decades ago. This pioneer helped focus a thousand points of light to what we know today.

Serving Up Value By Controlling F&B Processes

May 19, 2019

Food and beverage manufacturers can use model predictive control to create a standard model for production, optimizing capacity while maintaining or improving quality.

5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

May 17, 2019

Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

Outdated Multimodal Port Modernizes with a New DCS

May 15, 2019

The largest port in central Chile, Los Ventanas, is now also its most modern after a new CEO helped to automate all processes using a modern DCS.

Modernize Your Power System, Boost Productivity

May 13, 2019

Oil and gas producers are feeling the pain of relying on aging systems. The use of intelligent packaged power cuts risk and costs, while unleashing information for performance improvement.

Eight Tips To Crush Your Internship

May 12, 2019

How do you get what you need from your internship (and impress your employer)? 8 tips to make the most of the experience.

Gain Better Visibility of Your Plant Operations

May 10, 2019

Digital technology can transform your maintenance, repair and operations asset data into something you can use.

What Every OEM Should Know About Skid Integration

May 8, 2019

How to sidestep common roadblocks, minimize engineering time and speed deployment.

Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

May 6, 2019

To understand customer expectations, you have to think like a consumer. What impresses you about a company’s service? What drives you away?

21st Century Services: From Expense to Asset

May 5, 2019

What is ‘now’ for industrial services in the 21st Century, and what’s next as industry and its people develop and reinvent themselves?

Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

May 3, 2019

Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

May 1, 2019

Instead of choosing business and leadership books that reinforce your beliefs, consider reading a few that challenge your assumptions.

Cybersecurity Assessments: Improve Your Posture

April 29, 2019

The journey to improve your industrial security posture may seem complex. Determine your target security posture with security assessments.

Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

April 26, 2019

Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

Digital Transformation of Mining

April 22, 2019

Technology is changing the way mining companies do business. Here are five tools you can easily bring online at your mine and quickly see tangible results.

E-learning: Make Time for Your Skills Development

April 19, 2019

Prioritizing continued learning and training is in your best interest as an employee. With e-learning, making time for professional growth is easy.

Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

April 15, 2019

MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

Things To Consider If You Mentor Interns

April 12, 2019

Internships can be a powerful learning and development tool. Or they can distance a learner from a field of study, company or industry. 3 tips for success.

AC Drives Lessen the Harm of Mechanical Resonance

April 10, 2019

Low-voltage AC drives with adaptive tuning can detect and easily mitigate mechanical-resonance issues, so your machines can run better and you can save more.

Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

April 8, 2019

How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

April 5, 2019

Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

Refinery Proves It’s Too Costly to Not Modernize

April 3, 2019

A large producer of zinc was facing costly unplanned downtime, exposing them to operational and financial risk. Learn how they overcame these challenges with a modern DCS.

Diversification: the Future of Irish Industry?

April 1, 2019

Looking beyond the pharmaceutical and food and beverages industries, where is the potential for rapid growth?

Emulate3D: Welcome to The Family!

April 1, 2019

The UK has always been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit – as recent acquisitions show.

Industrial Digitisation in South Africa

April 1, 2019

South Africa can’t afford to be left behind in the worldwide migration to Industry 4.0. What are the changes facing key industries in 2019?

What Can Film Directors Teach About Industry 4.0?

April 1, 2019

Visionary directors come in many forms, whether they are making films or deploying Industry 4.0.

Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

March 29, 2019

This is how we use dashboards to present data and analytics in useful ways, so you can view what information matters most.

Gain Brewhouse Efficiency with Process Analytics

March 25, 2019

Harnessing the power of process analytics is the next frontier in brewhouse efficiency. Reveal hidden efficiencies that are easily attainable for any size operation.

Build a Competitive Edge with Data

March 24, 2019

Manufacturers can build a competitive edge with insights and action fueled by robust analytics environments from Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.

FIRST Made Me A Better Engineer

March 22, 2019

Mentoring FIRST students takes time and commitment. What you get in return is a new view of the world, and a better way to do your job.

Three Tips for Elevating Your Career

March 22, 2019

You have many choices in your career path. I did. Here are some of the reasons the EMEA graduate programme was right for me.

Examining the Value of Cybersecurity

March 20, 2019

The right cybersecurity policies put comprehensive protections in place for a company’s assets before, during and after an event.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Inclusion

March 18, 2019

On our inclusion journey, every step forward is a chance to look back and realize who is not with us yet. Our path forward must be intentional and strategic.

An Assembly Line for Organs? It’s Possible.

March 15, 2019

Automating regenerative medicine will do for organs what Detroit did for cars and Silicon Valley did for semiconductors.

Exploring Data Can Feed Your Next Process Change

March 13, 2019

Model predictive control works hand in hand with data exploration. Learn how these technologies optimize production and end-product quality.

Cement a Competitive Edge with Machine Learning

March 11, 2019

Cement companies can implement predictive strategies and improve operational performance with machine learning techniques.

Five Steps to Success: DCS Modernization

March 6, 2019

This approach mitigates project risk – and helps make a more innovative future a reality.

Women: It’s Time To Be Bold With Your Career

March 4, 2019

As a woman in a technical career, I am accustomed to being in a minority. And I have advice for women in STEM who want to lead.

Converting OEMs Speed Development Increase Revenue

February 25, 2019

Web converting machine builders turn to scalable, flexible IIoT solutions for smart machines that help customers avoid downtime and improve cycle times.

Four Priorities For Aspiring Women Leaders

February 22, 2019

Becoming a leader is not an exact science. My path required tough questions and decisions.

Do You Have a Backup Plan for Avoiding Downtime?

February 20, 2019

Unexpected headaches in your production environment? Many companies need some outside help to support day to day operations.

Cut Mine Costs with Intelligent Packaged Power

February 18, 2019

Joining electrical and process control into a smart packaged power system can reduce costs and provide new data insights.

It’s a Whole New (Virtual) World

February 11, 2019

Single-use facilities have revolutionized biopharma manufacturing. Now new technologies promise to minimize inherent risk and improve quality.

Four Reasons to Do a Hackathon

February 6, 2019

Hackathons are one of the best ways to introduce your company, culture and brand to candidates. And job seekers, there’s something in it for you, too.

Diverse Talent Should Participate, Not Assimilate

February 4, 2019

Diverse talent offers different ideas. Hiring for differences and then compelling assimilation negates potential contributions to innovation. The goal is participation, not assimilation.

Improve Operator Effectiveness with a Modern DCS

January 30, 2019

A modern DCS can help novice oil and gas operators perform like your best operators with actionable alarming, predictive insights and a high-performance HMI.

Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

January 28, 2019

Learn about five technologies you can easily adopt at your mine to increase productivity, enhance worker safety, and gain visibility into your operations.

Managing Risk in a Connected Enterprise

January 21, 2019

A Connected Enterprise offers tremendous value, but also has inherent risks - which must be managed as part of digital transformation.