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Remote Access Is a Big Problem for Target Corp. and Fazio

Find Out Why Corporations Have a Problem With Remote Access and Cybersecurity

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Gain the Upper Hand on Energy Through Automation Solutions

Energy as a Direct Machine Operating Cost Variable Can't Be Ignored. Take a Disciplined Approach to Reducing Its Impact

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Flexibility Is Key to Automated Welding

Change in I/O and Control Architecture Supports Drive for Versatile, Flexible Welding Machinery

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Reader Feedback: Readers Remember When They Bought Their First Home Computer

A Reader Recalls First Encounter With a Burroughs B3500

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How to Design Better-Performing and More Reliable Machines?

Are data acquisition capabilities of PACs and newer PLCs a better path to use when designing better machines than standalone DAQ systems?

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AME Leads the STEM Charge to Inspire Students to a Career in Manufacturing

Despite the recession, manufacturing industries continue to grow and the demand for highly skilled workers is on the rise. In order to inspire the next generation to meet this demand, AME is reaching out to schools across the U.S. to promote student growth and rewarding careers in manufacturing.

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The Great Kanduski

Functional Safety standards continue to generate significant interest and in many cases questions in the automation industry. The Functional Safety standards are more commonly known as IEC 61508, IEC 61511, and ISA-84. The IEC has a web site to support questions on these documents.

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Energy-Saving Mechanicals for Machine Automation
A New Analysis From Frost & Sullivan is a Reminder That There Are Lots of Other Ways to Affect Energy Consumption

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Machine Design Tools Make Data Friends
Machine Design Used to Mean Reading Selection Guides, Researching And Going Through Manuals, but Toolkit Libraries Make it Easier for Someone to Pick the Right Components Needed for Designs

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Is BYOD Inevitable in the Manufacturing Space?
Is it Inevitable that an RFQ Will Include Tablet or Smartphone Wireless HMI Requirements Some Day?

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Reader Feedback: Readers Remember When They Bought Their First Home Computer
A Reader Recalls First Encounter With a Burroughs B3500

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Remote Access Is a Big Problem for Target Corp. and Fazio
Find Out Why Corporations Have a Problem With Remote Access and Cybersecurity

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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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Software at the Core of AB Controls
AB Controls Uses Its Software Expertise to Develop Automation and Robotic Solutions

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Painless Project Rollouts for Machine Builders and Installers
The Main Defense Against a Disastrous Installation is Testing Before Machinery is Released for Shipment. But an Army of People Will Be Yelling for Short Cuts

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Machine Design Tools Make Data Friends
Machine Design Used to Mean Reading Selection Guides, Researching And Going Through Manuals, but Toolkit Libraries Make it Easier for Someone to Pick the Right Components Needed for Designs

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How to Get High Precision and Accuracy for OEMs and System Integrators
Ken Brey Says Accuracy is the Degree to Which a Measurement Agrees with an Established Reference Value, and Precision is the Degree to Which a Measurement System's Results Agree With its Own Repeated Measurements

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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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