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Infographic: Minorities in STEM

One in five STEM workers is foreign-born.

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Inside Industrial Automation North America 2014

One of the Top Concerns for This Year's Show Visitor is Resource Efficient, Cost-Effective Manufacturing.

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A Fast, Laser-Sharp Distance Scanner For Automation Technology

The Scanner Has a Fast Ethernet Interface Capable of Transmitting Data at 100 Mbps

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Happier Together: Process Meets Discrete Networking

Process and Discrete Applications and Their Traditionally Distinct Networks Come Together With the Help of Distributed Intelligence, Ethernet and Related Tools

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Britain's Newest Aircaft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Takes Her First Dip

HMS Queen Elizabeth's 65,000 ton aircraft carrier takes her first dip at the dock she was assembled at in Rosyth, Britain.

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AME Announces Its Sponsorship of Manufacturing Day

A number of different national events will take place on Manufacturing Day to highlight manufacturing's impact on the world as well as give a sneak peak into different organizations.  Manufacturing companies and schools will open the door the public and offer tours of their facilities.

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The Great Kanduski

All of us are conscious that international standards play an important role in the design and implementation of automation and control systems as these are the areas in which we are most closely aligned. However in addition to automation standards the IEC and ISO also develop a wide range of documents across the full spectrum of engineering and in many cases it is useful to know what they are. Fortunately, both organizations publish regular newsletters to share new developments, trends and successes.

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Walk the Talk: Automation Suppliers Improve Their Own Manufacturing Capabilities
As Part of a Five-Year Plan to Overhaul the Supply Chain and ERP Puzzle, Rockwell Formed an APOS (advanced process operations support) Group With Subject Matter Experts

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Presence Sensors Travel into New Automation Applications
Even though new markets and applications are emerging, Will Healy, strategic marketing manager at Balluff, reports that new and existing users still share something in common—they all want lower-cost sensors with more features in smaller sizes.

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Any Termination Data on Field Connectors?
We Have Customers With Varying Preferences for the Method of Terminating Field Connections Outside the Panel. We Even Have Our Own Internal Disagreements. We Wanted to Simplify. See What Vendors Said:

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Reader Feedback: R.I.P. PLC?
The PLC May Be On the Verge of Extinction as a Hardware Proposition

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Interface Interference in the Machine Operating World
The Responsibility of Control Can be so Easily Given to Those Who Have Trouble Remembering What They Had for Breakfast. These New Phones and Tablets Give us the Interface We Need for Remote Access and Mobility With the Interface of Web-Based Commonality. Really?

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From Touch to Feel Sensors
Contact-Sensing Technologies Bring Human-Like Sensitivities to the Machine/Work Interface

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Motion Control Top Tips–Part II
What Kind of Controller Will You Need? The Answer to That Depends on the Kind of Motion Control You Need, and if There Already is Some Kind of Overall Machine Controller

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Inside Industrial Automation North America 2014
One of the Top Concerns for This Year's Show Visitor is Resource Efficient, Cost-Effective Manufacturing.

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Servos Are Fun to Say and Are Useful For Most Automation Applications
Using Servos Enabled Maplan to Adapt its Pump Activity and Motor Speed to How Much Power was Actually Required to Perform its Rubber Injection Molding and Save that 70% on its Drive-Side Power, Change Oil Less Often, Reduce Water Consumption and Cut its Overall Energy Costs in Half

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Process the Analog Variables: Skid Builders Have Many Measurement and Control Options
Selecting the Right Sensor or Instrument to Measure Each Process Variable Can Be a Daunting Task Because There Are Hundreds, if Not Thousands, of Options on the Market. As With Many Applications, the Key is to Fit the Right Component to the Task.

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Network Infrastructure Gets Larger, but Less Protected
How to Analyze 'Big Data' and Prevent Cybersecurity Threats From Adversaries

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How Technology Has Influenced Engineers
Work in Harmony: Despite Differences in Their Approach to Problem-Solving, Older and Younger Engineers Begin to Appreciate Each Others’ Skill Sets and Methods

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Future Machines
How Technology Pushes Machine Builders and Integrators to Design Smarter Machines, and Why Processes Have Become Better and More Efficient

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Safety Relays or Better Diagnostics?
Where Do Machine Builders Draw the Line Between Diagnostic Needs and Safety?

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