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Step-by-Step to Wireless Benefits in Machine and Production Processes

Performing a Comprehensive Site Survey is Crucial. No Wireless System Should Be Installed Without One

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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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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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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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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

The Fieldbus Foundation recently distributed a “Hot off the Wire” Press Release to inform everyone that one of the manufacturers of an approved chip set on which the FF Stack is built is to be discontinued in March 2015. What this means for manufacturers that rely on the Yamaha chip is that they will have to recertify any devices they manufacture on whichever replacement chip they choose to use. The good news for End Users is that because of the ITK test that provides the ‘FF check mark’ any replacement device will be fully compliant with all other FF devices. The added benefit is that these new devices will also have to be certified against the latest ITK 6.2 which includes many new user friendly features as well.

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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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High-End Protection for Low Power
Traditional Breakers Can Monitor for Short Circuits or Over-Current Conditions, But Not Both.

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In With SSR? Out With EMR?
Are There Applications for Which There Are Justifiable Reasons not to Make This Change?

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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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Manufacturing Companies, How Do You Sell Against Spam?
Since the Intent of the Legislation is to Remove the Spam Lists so You Simply Can't Fire Out Thousands of Emails to Unknown Entities, Any Small Business That Might Rely on Email Address Lists from Accredited Sources Could Find Itself in Hot Water

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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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Lightened Loads for Diverse Automation Users
Fori Automation's AGVs and Integrated Systems Meet Automotive, Aerospace and Other Requirements With Care and Global Planning

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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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High-End Protection for Low Power
Traditional Breakers Can Monitor for Short Circuits or Over-Current Conditions, But Not Both.

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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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