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Recent Introduction of Industrial Products

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See Some of the Latest Products Introduced to the Industrial Network Market

Choose Industrial or Commercial Components Based on Your Needs

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When COTS Isn't Good Enough: Industrial-Class Network Components Can Be a Better Choice in Certain Applications

Industrial Quality Adds Up vs. Commercial

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Convergence of Enterprise Level with Factory Floor Invites More Combinations of Industrial and Commercial Components

Your Industrial Networking Profile. Do You See You?

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Meet Your Industrial Ethernet Inclinations. Here Are a Few Key Findings From the 2011 Market Study

Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Market Will Grow to Nearly $1 Billion by 2011

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The ARC Advisory Group reports that the market for hardened industrial Ethernet switches will grow to nearly $1 billion during the next 5 years.

Industrial Networking Devices

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See What's New in Industrial Networking Devices

Software for Industrial Environments

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Overview of Packages Available for Monitoring or Managing Industrial Networks

The Industrial Network Forecast

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Verhappen Predicts Where Industrial network Solutions are Going, Along With Hurdles That Need to Be Overcome to Make These Visions a Reality

Your Industrial Apps

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Today Industrial Apps for Your Machines Don't Offer the Same Social Features That Other Regular Apps Do, but These Apps Offer Solutions to Your Industrial Problems

Tips on industrial enclosure design options

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As machines today become more and more modular, the job of today's industrial enclosure has become more complex. Control system designer Jason Christopher has a few tips to give you more design options.

Network Management: It's a Must

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As Industrial Networks Grow and Do More, the Need for Uncomplicated Network Management Software Is Essential

Infographic: What Data Rate and Medium Do You Primarily Use?

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61% of Industrial Ethernet Specifiers Say the Nominal Data Rate Required Is 100 MBps on Cat6 Copper

Online industrial exhibition connects suppliers with buyers worldwide

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DirectIndustry.com, the virtual industrial exhibition, is a B2B site presenting all industrial equipment and components available worldwide.

Don't Over-Specify Ethernet Switches

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Industrial Ethernet Can Operate in Harsh Environments. But for Light Manufacturing and Assembly Operations, Industrially Hardened Ethernet Switches Can Be Overkill.

Survivor: IPC

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The Need for Industrial PCs That Can Operate Reliably in Harsh Environments Spawns Options, Choices

Industrial Sensors: Still Behind the Times (Part 2)

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Industrial Factory Automation: This is the second of three segments covering the Round-Up on Industrial Sensors, including flow meters, temperature sensors, and load cells.

Ethernet on Your Mind?

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Now Is a Good Time to Summarize Some Important Considerations When Installing This Operating System Technology in an Industrial Environment

The Network in Your Future

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In the Years Ahead, Users Will Expect Better, Faster, Cheaper Industrial Systems. Not Everything Is Possible, but Good Things Are Foreseen

Network Behemoth

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Does Ethernet Trample All Competitive Industrial Networking Alternatives?

Routers and Switches Get Serious About Security

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With Ethernet on its way to becoming a dominant industrial network, new compnents are being developed with not only a traditional focus on environmental hardening, but also security-enablement.

The Beauty of Single-Point Control Systems

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CMD Adopts Many Control System Technology Improvements, but None Have Been as Beneficial as Industrial Ethernet Networking

Wireless Security, Standards Are Still Hurdles to Potential Users

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Industrial Wireless Worries Delay Adoption and User Affinity

Don't Be Fooled During Wireless Network Selection

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Moxa Lists Six Misconceptions About Industrial Wireless Networks

A Less Clunky Network Infrastructure

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Industrial Networking Tools Are Continually Being Straightened, Graded and Smoothed to Reduce Network Hiccups

Do You Pay Too Much for Components?

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Industrial Components Cost More Than Their Commercial Counterparts, but You Get What You Pay for. The Trick Is Knowing What You Need

Wireless Standards Then and Now

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Industrial Networking Technologies Have Advanced, but the Industry is Still Dealing with Many of the Same Past Issues

Wider-Scope Security

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Security. What Does It Really Mean for You and Your Industrial Systems?

Square One

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Some End Users Finally Are Moving Applications From Point-to-Point Hardwiring to Their First Digital Industrial Networks

Going Mobile? Things You Should Know

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When Putting a Mobile Device on an Industrial Network, Focus on Security, and Have a Rugged, Reliable and Capable Network

Future Fieldbus Trends

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System Integrator P. Hunter Vegas Predicts Future Trends in Industrial Network Protocols

Wire, cable, and connectors are crucial

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As the use of wire and connectors increases with added networking functions and interoperability-–and decreases, as networks simplify-–cabling has become forever crucial in industrial networking applications.

Fiberoptic switch improves reliability

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In this Product Exclusive, a new line of industrial Ethernet switches that increase network reliability by providing an alternative path for message flow in the event of a network-segment failure is unveiled.

Wireless Gets More Convenient

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How Adding Wireless to Industrial Settings Is Getting to Be Just About as Easy as Adding Wireless to Your House

The Fieldbus Jungle

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Fieldbus Can Be Good. Fieldbus Can Be Bad. An Experienced Integrator Examines the Benefits Claimed and Their Relationship to Industrial Reality

Troubleshooting Machines

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How Do You Troubleshoot an Industrial Machine When the Device Thinks It Is in Trouble?

Pay Attention to Global Manufacturing Trends

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By Strategically Installing Smart Machines and Innovative Industrial Automation Solutions, Manufacturers of the World Over Realize They Can Stay Ahead of the Curve

Rockwell Automation Positions Itself at the Center of IoT

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'Internet of Things' Emerging to Be a Part of the Next Industrial Revolution

Tune out the network noise

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Editor in Chief Joe Feeley brushes aside the propaganda volley surrounding today’s networking environment as just another front in industrial automation’s version of the Hundred Years War.

Networking that floats all boats

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The swell of interest in Ethernet and wireless is raising the level of activity for other fieldbuses and networks, and driving cooperation among networking and bus standards groups in industrial automation.

Operator panel goes modular

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As the complexity of industrial machine operation increases, operator display panels are becoming far more than just a place to perform simple operations and observe machine and system behaviors.

Networking in the Sisterhood

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"What does this look like?” I ask that question a lot to help understand what I’m talking about in automation, control and industrial networking.

Integrated Computer Redesign

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Machine Builders and System Integrators Select Industrial Display Computers

Healthy Wireless Networking Outlook

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The Trend Continues. Users Demonstrate More Confidence to Embrace an Industrial Wireless Solution

Reflections

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Controversy With the Industrial Networking World. See What Readers Are Chatting About

Ins and outs of remote I/O deployment

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The March cover story for Industrial Networking summarizes data from the recently published Remote I/O study that indicates which market segments have the strongest growth in use of remote I/O.

On the same page

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Many plant-floor engineers and IT technicians report they’re coming to a new appreciation of the efficiencies and savings that can be generated by simply integrating their industrial and corporate networks.

Don't Forget Profinet

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Which Industrial Ethernet Makes connecting to Legacy Networks Part of the Specification?

EDDL and FDT Cooperate at Hannover Fair

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There are two primary technologies with overlapping and yet different philosophies in play within industrial device operation:Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and Field Device Tool (FDT).

Same ol’ song and no dance

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From a vendor’s perspective, legacy is innovation’s worst companion, and according to Industrial Networking columnist Jeremy Pollard, it’s very difficult to be innovative if it leaves the installed base behind.

Industrial PCs offer rugged display flexibility

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The Panel PC combines an industrial PC and display in one unit - a clear choice where installation of a computer and display is required in a limited space.

HMS Industrial Networks' Netbiter Makes Eaton's UPS Systems Truly ...

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HMS Industrial Networks highlights how remote management with Netbiter makes Eaton's UPS systems truly uninterruptible.

Belden Can Help You Optimize Your Plant Through Industrial Innovations

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Belden Presents an Infographic on Industrial innovations and How These Can Help Optimize Your Industrial Processes

Control Platforms: Network Strategies

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Given the state-of-the-art for industrial Ethernet, the future of its use over that of fiberoptic is bright as demand for industrial control LAN capacity grows. By Managing Editor Steve Kuehn.

Wireless Industrial Networking Expected to Take Off in 2011

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VDC Research Group Highlighted the Top 10 Trends for Industrial Networking Solutions, Including Significant Growth of Wireless Networking After Years of Hype. Also Cited Are Increased Real-Time Ethernet and M&A Activity

The Power to Compute

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Industrial Computers, PACs, PLCs, Embedded Systems All Compute

BEI Releases Second Edition of Industrial Encoders for Dummies

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Select and Install Encoders Correctly for Trouble-Free Performance with BEI Sensors' Industrial Encoder for Dummies 2nd Edition

Do industrial sensors measure up?

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It seems that industrial sensors are still awaiting innovation. Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt reports on who's dominating the sensor business in this Product Roundup of new sensing devices.

Three Variants Dominate Industrial Ethernet

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EtherNet/IP, Profinet and Modbus TCP/IP comprise 80% of most used industrial Ethernet variants worldwide, according to a study from IMS Research

HMS Industrial Networks Joins Mitsubishi Electric Europe's e-F@ctory Alliance

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Mitsubishi Electric Europe brings new member to the e-F@ctory Alliance: HMS Industrial Networks

Get on the network in 30 minutes

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A new family of products is aimed at giving its users an easy transition from the existing serial RS-232 connections to the wide open Industrial Ethernet world of Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP.

Drives Push Industrial Networking Expansion

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New Connected Nodes Are Growing Quickly for Servo and Inverter Drives, Pushing Strong Growth of Fieldbus- and Ethernet-Based Industrial Networking

Analysts Compute Solid Growth for Industrial PCs

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IMS Research Expects a 70% Rise in Industrial PC Revenues Over the Next Few Years as Factory Automation Increases in Developing Markets

Energy Management Solutions Star at Automation Fair

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Rockwell Automation's Industrial 'GreenPrint' Road Map Gives Users Insight into Energy Costs

Machine vision and industrial robots

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Industrial Factory Automation: While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology. When smart camera machine vision teams with industrial robots, however, the realm of possibility ...

Real choices for real-time networks

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Contributing Editor Wayne Labs scratches the surface of industrial networks for real-time control and finds that the selection process starts by first understanding network architecture differentiators.

Sensor market stays wired

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With the evolution of industry standards and the deployment of lightweight wireless networking hardware, wireless has begun to make inroads into the industrial sensing market, but at a slow pace.

Scared of Alarms?

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When It Comes to Industrial Environments, the Key to Conquering Alarms Is to Remain Calm, Follow Safety Procedures and Solve Problems Quickly

Striking Ideas

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Innovations That Industrial OEMs Bring to New Generations of Machine Automation Often Ignite Customer Expectations for Even More Performance

Control Your Programming Language

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IEC 61131-3 Is Intended to Create Commonality in the Programming of Industrial Controllers by 'Harmonizing' the Programming Interface

Safety Devices

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This Month, ControlDesign.com Gives You a List of Online Resources on Industrial Safety Devices

Take Care of Your Motor

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Don't Suffer From Total Motion Control Failure. Read Our Articles and Learn How You Can Take Care of Your Industrial Motors

Mesh networks on the factory floor

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Is mesh network technology gaining favor in real-world industrial applications or is the industry still holding back? Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt goes looking for evidence of its current state of deployment.

Our HMI heroes

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Embedded Intelligence writer Jeremy Pollard continues his series of columns on those influential few engineers who made enormous impacts on the shape of industrial automation.

Electrohydraulics deliver precision control

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Today's generation of hydraulic control systems often match the precision, accuracy and repeatability of electromechanical solutions. As a result, there are a host of industrial motion applications that favor hydraulics over electromechanical solutions.

No noise is good noise

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With the ever-increasing use of electronics for industrial machine control and information processing, machine builders must help enclosures handle electromagnetic interference (EMI) up front, at the design stage.

Ease of Programming Isn't the Only Benefit of PC-Based Control

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More Than Just a Rugged Face: Ruggedized Industrial PCs Offer a Variety of Advantages for Machine Control

Annual round-up of machine vision products

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Study findings reveal that if the industrial marketplace keeps its footing, the North American machine vision market for application-specific systems looks to be on solid ground.

Brighter, Greener, More Economical HMI

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EZ Durapanel, the First Industrial LCD Display HMI with White LED Backlight

Tips and Tricks for Legacy Hardware

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Finding Information on Old Industrial Hardware Isn't as Easy as Looking Up Technical Support on Your New Computer

What's protecting your AC motor controller?

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While many of today's industrial plants are using soft-starters and drives to reduce their operating costs, there is considerable confusion about how to properly protect these devices.

Be Rational With Machine Safety

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When it Comes to Industrial Safety Think Rational, Not Rationalized

Infographic: What Factors Limit Your Use of Industrial Ethernet?

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28% of Survey Respondents Say Legacy Equipment Limits Their Use of Ethernet

Infographic: What Group at Your Plant Has Primary Responsibility for ...

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Survey Respondents Report Their Plant's Control Engineers Maintain Primary Responsibility for Projects

Infrographic: What Type of Industrial Ethernet-Enabled Equipment Do You Plan ...

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84% of Survey Respondents Say They Plan to Install PLCs

Industrial Network Generations

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Ethernet Keeps Extending Its Reach, But There's a Lot of Legacy Connectivity Doing Important Work, So They Still Need to Talk

From Exotic to Everyday

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Industrial Networking Celebrates Its 10th Birthday. How Does the Industrial Networking Landscape Look Today Compared With When We First Launched in 2002?

Infographic: What 'Flavors' of Industrial Ethernet Do You Use?

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71% of Survey Respondents Indicate 'Standard' Ethernet or Ethernet TCP/IP IP as Their Most Commonly Deployed 'Flavor'

Editorial opportunity guidelines

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The editorial policy of CONTROL DESIGN and Industrial Networking magazines is to not accept vendor by-lined articles, but there are ample opportunities for suppliers to participate editorially. Click on a link below to view a summary of some of these opportunities beyond our standard supplier and...

CEOs Optimistic About Company Revenue Growth

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Despite Economic Uncertainties, Industrial Manufacturing CEOs Look to Change Course for a Brighter Future by Reevaluate Strategies

Industrial Computers Need a Variety of Features, Depending on the Use

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Features Depend on the Application: While Harsh-Environment Protection Is Critical, Other Elements Can Be Equally Important

PoE — The Evolution Continues

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The IEEE PoE Standards Continue to Evolve, so What's the Impact of These "New" IEEE Standards on Industrial Applications

Online Community Demonstrates Power of Industrial IP

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Rockwell Automation, Cisco and Panduit Partner to Educate Industry on IP Networking Technology

RFID Gaining Street Credibility?

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RFID technology has been in existence for 20 years, but it’s just starting to make its presence felt in mainstream, industrial applications.

The Invisible Threat

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Many Users Don’t Trust an Industrial Wireless Network Solution. Some Concerns Are Real. Most Are Ethereal. It’s Important to Know the Differences.

You've got to be flexible

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These days, industrial robot and production systems designers demand much more from cabling technology. Managing Editor Steve Kuehn takes a look at how far cabling quality and reliability have come.

Industrial Networking Boosts Builders and Users

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Machines and Production Lines are Being Divided into Separate Modular Elements but More Closely Tied Together by Networking Technologies

OEM collaboration aids machine control design

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Contributing Editor Wayne Labs focuses on how industrial machine builders benefit from long-term commitments with customers, system integrators and suppliers in the March issue of CONTROL DESIGN.

New trends and old friends in network choices

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Factory automation: Wireless and industrial Ethernet technologies are taking over today's trendy factory automation solutions, but don’t count out the classics like the fieldbuses, which remain old favorites that still are in high demand.

Motor Drive Market Recovering Quickly

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Industrial Factory Automation: ARC Advisory Group (www.arcweb.com) says small drives are getting so much capability that they will be able to replace smaller control systems used in industrial OEM machines. Applications for servo drives include CNC, robotics, and general motion control, says ARC.

Infographic: What Benefits of Industrial Ethernet Interest You the Most?

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Majority of Survey Respondents Indicate Open Standards as the Most Important Benefit

Deterministic Motion Required

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Integrated Industrial Technologies Lists Pros and Cons to Using PCs With Windows OS for a Machine Motion Controller

Industrial PCs or Thin Clients?

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Making a Good Decision. To Stay with Our Current Thin Client or Not to Stay?

ISA Report on Security Submitted to ANSI

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ISA-tr99.00.01, Security Technologies for Industrial Automation and Control Systems, has been submitted to ANSI for approval as an ANSI Technical Report.

Industrial PC Basics

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Failure and the Future: A Final Set of Selection Criteria for the Factory Floor

The Shift to Industrial Networks

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How the Progression of Internet and Networked Computing Is Revolutionizing the Automation Industry

Routers and Switches Continue Directing Industrial Network Traffic

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The Once and Future Network Traffic Cops: Routers and Switches Continue to Up the Toll on the Network Highway

Time for a New Level of Industrial Standardization

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Industrial Factory Automation: When does a manufacturer retool? When is it prudent to invest in R&D? The equation is different in every company's case. Some companies don't have a engineering research arm. Most of the engineering effort is spent putting out fires or trying to satisfy regulatory ...

Get Your Industrial Network Right

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More Than 25% of Terminals are Not at the Proper Torque

Industrial PCs and the Test of Time

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Over the Years, the Focus Has Remained on Making Them Rugged

Untangle industrial network selection

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There's no universal answer for figuring out the benefits and trade-offs that enter into network selection, but here are some observations that can help automation designers.

Algebraic solution beats Fuzzy Logic

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Industrial automation & controller logic: Find out how the computational efforts as well as the tuning efforts for a non-linear response are much reduced using a tunable algebraic equation versus the use of an inference engine with Fuzzy Logic.

Industrial Ethernet Cruises Powerfully Along

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Go With What Works: Are Simpler, Hard-Working Device-Level Networks a Better Choice?

What’s your taste in Ethernet?

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When planning a high-speed motion control application, you’ll want to consider the features you need, the deterministic nature of your application, and just how much industrial Ethernet compatibility your system requires.

Undergrad Prep for Future Industrial Jobs

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There Are Pre- and PostGgraduate Career Opportunities Out There to Give You the Experience Employers Look for in New Hires

Infographic: What Specifications Does Your Industrial PC Include?

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59.3% of Survey Respondents' PC Specs Include Panel Mount

Industrial PC: The Power of the PC Processor

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A Multicore PC Runs User Interface Applications and Machine Control on One Piece of Hardware That Can Sit Inside Harsh Environments

Industrial Sensor, Diagnose Thyself

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New Networking Technology Offers Self-Diagnostics, Increased Flexibility and Greater Ease of Configuration

Industrial Sensors Offer More Connectivity Options

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No Matter the Magnitude of the Amount of Machine or Process Data Needed in Manufacturing Operations These Days, Sensor Suppliers Are Providing More Network Connectivity Possibilities With Their Devices

Industrial PC Timeline Marches On

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How Automation Changed From Being a Tool to a Solution

Fence me in: Common-sense security

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Though cyber attacks are increasingly easy to launch, there are many practical methods for protecting against potentially destructive attacks on vulnerable networks.

Machine Builder Seeks Advice on Industrial-Strength OS for Embedded Control

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Will OTS OS Work for Embedded Control?: Semiconductor Processing Machinery Looks for Upgrade to Homegrown Operating System

Survivor: Industrial OEM style

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CONTROL DESIGN Columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, wonders what most of us would do if our businesses were interrupted -- seriously interrupted -- by something that stopped us from doing our daily work.

Call of Factory-Floor Duty

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Industrial PCs Require Performance Capabilities Beyond Their Office-Based Siblings for Operations in Tough Environments

Advanced genetics of Ethernet systems

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Ethernet solutions, both wireless and those wire-based real-time industrial hybrids, get lots of play in the Summer issue of Industrial Networking magazine.

Is PLC a Dirty Word Now?

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Controllers Now Are Called PACs, Industrial PCs, or Just About Anything Else Except What They Really Are

CAN solutions drive onto plant floor

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Semiconductor technologies and strategies are helping implement the Controller Area Network protocol in industrial applications, fueling the demand for integrated industrial CAN semiconductor devices.

HMI: Form vs. Function?

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Are Industrial Screens Beginning to Look More Like Smartphones?

Is PoE technology ready for prime time?

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Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology is expected to some day power all industrial sensors and controllers, but is it ready for use now? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt explains in this installment of Bandwith.

Heart of the Network

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Microprocessors and Software Are the Underlying Technologies Driving Advances in Industrial Networking. Here's How You Benefit From the Evolution

An Undeniable Impact

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Ethernet and Its Variants Shape the Terrain of the Industrial World

Fiber Optics in Manufacturing

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What to Consider When Using Fiber in the Industrial Environment

Vulnerability Tools - Hype or Help?

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Should They Be Used on Industrial Networks?

What's a Wireless Ethernet Standard?

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There Are Many "Standards" on the Wireless Side. What's Analogous to Wired Ethernet in Terms of Widespread Industrial Acceptance?

A Well-Connected World

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The Expanding Volume of Industrial Applications Keeps the Connector Market Stable

Beltway Bandits Slow Cybersecurity Progress

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Obama Administration's Executive Order Seems to Have Taken Industrial Control System Security Back Five Years

Five Trends U.S. Manufacturers Follow to Exceed Competition

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Learn How Cloud Computing, Data Access, Multi-Touch Interfaces, Remote Connectivity and Integrated Systems Are Influencing a New Industrial Era

Presentation is everything with operator panels

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Factory automation: Field Editor Kevin Russelburg reports on the tough decisions we face when choosing an industrial PC or an operator panel for a particular machine control application in this edition of Specmate.

More Than a Backbone

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Fiberoptic Media Offer Network Benefits Over Copper in Industrial Environments

Experience with Network Anomaly Detection on Industrial Networks

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Industrial networks are routinely described as smaller and more stable than typical enterprise networks and so should be good candidates for anomaly-based intrusion detection. This article describes simple network anomaly detectors attached to industrial networks. The anomaly detector looks only ...

Motion Industries Creates Industrial Solutions Video Channel

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Motion Industries Debuts MiHOW2 Industrial Solution Videdos Featuring Diamond Chain Company Featured in First Video

Industrial Robots: 50 Years and Going Strong

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The Industrial Federation of Robotics Looks Back on the 50-Year History of Industrial Robotics, Including Continued Growth Drivers in 2011's Record Year

Adapting Gigabit Ethernet for the Industrial Environment

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With the advancement of computer and data transmission technologies, systems formerly reserved for the office environment are now critical components of the manufacturing floor. The demands of factory automation, in addition to computer hardware and software, have brought the wire and cable ...

U.S. and China to Spur Industrial Automation Growth

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The Global Industrial Automation Market Is Expected to Grow 9.5% This Year, Largely Because of the Strength of Markets in the U.S. and China, IMS Research Says

Industrial controls indices highlight robust market conditions

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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1% between 2005’s fourth quarter (4Q05) and 2006’s first quarter (1Q06), marking the index’s 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.

Wireless reliability in industrial environments

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The focus of this paper is the reliability of spread spectrum radio for monitoring and control in industrial environments, and how its physics can be used to your advantage as you design and manufacture cordless wire technology for industrial applications.

Five Future Challenges for Industrial Ethernet Switches

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This paper will discuss how future industrial Ethernet networks can introduce new challenges for industrial switch reliability, bandwidth availability, switch security, switch manageability and network redundancy.

1 Gigabit Industrial Ethernet Field Network Delivers Determinism and ...

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The continuing drive to improve productivity will encourage more automation networking. The driving factors behind this expected growth include lean working, increased traceability legislation, product lifecycle management production (PLM), and improvements in manufacturing cycle times. This ...

Industrial Ethernet

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An electronic survey of Industrial Networking readers was conducted in August 2013 in order to identify usage and application trends of industrial Ethernet among the magazine's readership.

Implementing Ethernet Technology in Industrial Applications

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Manufacturers are faced with the constant demand to increase productivity and reduce operating costs. A powerful industrial tool being implemented today to streamline production is reliable, enterprise-wide connectivity, providing the highest level of visibility, control and flexibility. To ...

Power over Ethernet —: The Industrial Opportunity Today

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This white paper is devoted to the implications of PoE for industrial applications, and predictions for the adaptation time table; as well as briefly addressing the technology behind it.

Console Management - Better Network Protection for Industrial Ethernet

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This white paper presents how console management provides critical protection against network disruption in industrial Ethernet applications.

How to Build Industrial Computers That Resist Vibration and Shock

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This white paper provides the important physics behind vibration and shock in addition to exploring the specific mechanisms and technology used to build an industrial computer with high resilience.

Managed Ethernet Switches - Key Features for a Powerful Industrial Network

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Industrial Managed Switches: The Key to Improved Ethernet

An Application of IEEE 1588 to Industrial Automation

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This paper describes an application of the IEEE 1588 standard to Industrial Automation. Key application use cases are identified that can benefit from time-based control techniques to improve performance results over traditional control methods. This paper will also briefly discuss how the 1588 ...

AIA to Cooperate With Korean Machine Vision Industrial Assn.

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The Automated Imaging Assn. (AIA) Signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate With the Korean Machine Vision Industrial Assn.

HMI & Industrial PCs

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An electronic survey of Control Design readers was conducted in April 2013 in order to identify usage and application trends of HMI & industrial PCs among the industrial machine builders that comprise Control Design's readership.

CC-Link IE Industrial Ethernet Seminar

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This seminar describes CC-Link IE, the first gigabit industrial Ethernet network for automation control.

The 10 Commandments of Industrial Ethernet

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This white paper discusses hazards and solutions you should consider when designing and building an industrial Ethernet network.

Industrial Bus and Network Standards

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This white paper discusses the history of the industrial bus and all the network standards. Where did it start? Where is it going? Where do USB and Ethernet fit into the equation?

Troubleshooting Your Industrial Network

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This white paper explores some of the key troubleshooting causes and issues for industrial networks and what you can do to quickly recognize, locate and solve them.

TIA-1005 Industrial Ethernet Cabling Standard

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The Effect on the 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switch Performance.</p> <p>The Anixter Infrastructure Solutions Lab wanted to determine what effect the new TIA-1005 industrial cabling infrastructure standard would have on the data throughput performance of real Ethernet data packets running between ...

Designing a Cost-Effective, High-Performance and Highly Reliable Industrial ...

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Download this white paper to learn how to design a reliable industrial Ethernet network for manufacturing applications.

Cabling Requirements for Harsh, Industrial Applications

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This white paper explains the difference between traditional commercial controlled environments and harsh industrial environments, as well as the type of cabling and interconnectivity products to specify when designing networks. Additionally this white paper includes information on the two ...

PoE Switches for Industrial Networking

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This white paper presents a discussion on the required functions and benefits of adopting PoE switches for industrial networking.

Power over Ethernet: The industrial opportunity today

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Power over Ethernet (PoE) offers the potential for an economical standards-based, high-performance industrial network far beyond what is available today. This White Paper is devoted to the implications of PoE for industrial applications, and predictions for the adaptation timetable.

WiFi: The Key to Industrial Control and Safety

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What are the opportunities for wireless in the industrial plant? What is the future of wireless?

Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure: Key Selection Criteria

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Download this white paper to learn how you can form the foundation of a highly reliable industrial Ethernet network.

What's the Latest in Industrial PC Trends?

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This white paper talks about these industrial PC trends, including the new iDoor Technology introduced by Advantech.

Applying Power-Over-Ethernet in Industrial Networking

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With the development of a high-power specification, learn why PoE will be the most obvious solution for powering industrial networks due to cost savings, ease of implementation and versatility of plant design.

Embedded Computing for Industrial Applications

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In this white paper, learn how, when and why embedded computers can reduce cost and time, and provide an efficient environment for your industrial application.

eBook: Industrial Guide to the End of XP

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Download CCS-Inc.'s eBook to learn how industrial organizations can effectively prepare for the end of XP.

Security in Industrial Applications

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This paper explores the state of network security options today at the Ethernet switch level and offers an elementary roadmap for industrial operations to plan for and deploy secure communications systems.

Industrial Networking Security Best Practices

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In this white paper, Moxa discusses five major categories of hacking afflicting today’s industrial control systems and identifies some simple hardware devices and settings that can help protect against these threats.

Virtual Expo deepens product details

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DirectIndustry.com provides a virtual industrial exhibition accessible in five languages. This B2B site presents a large collection of industrial equipment and components available on the international market.

Industrial Automation Stays Bullish on Growth

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The Industrial Automation Market Is Pegged to Grow 6.2% This Year to About $170 Billion

ODVA Unveils Energy Optimization Strategy

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ODVA Helps Industrial Consumers Control Energy Consumption From the Plant Floor to the Grid

Single-node architecture benefits process OEMs

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ArchestrA provides the infrastructure of primary functional services that are common to virtually all industrial automation applications.

Staying power

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A roundup of new power supplies and associated devices for industrial machine applications shows how the trend toward distributed control systems and competition among vendors gives OEMs more choices.

‘Internet of Things’ Grows Out of Industrial Communications

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With Roots in the Industrial Machine-to-Machine System Space, the Consumer ‘Internet of Things’ Market Is Expected to Shoot Up to a Conservative Estimate of 16 billion Connectable Devices by 2020

What's New in May on Our Site?

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Find the reliable information you've come to expect from our editors, along with links to useful online articles and whitepapers from around the industrial OEM community for May 2007

European Industrial Ethernet Award

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European Industrial Ethernet Award. B&R Invites Students to Participate in the First Pan-European University Competition of Its Kind

Belden to acquire Hirschmann Automation and Control

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Belden is acquiring a company with wide-ranging competence and leading market positions in digital communication and connectivity for industrial automation and large-scale public infrastructure.

Plug in to standard solutions

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Most industrial facilities contain several types of industrial networks. Ethernet has become the most common industrial networking standard, and other specialized and more proprietary networks are used depending on particular applications.

Industrial Production Increases for Second Straight Month

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Federal Reserve reports the third rise in industrial production over the past four months.

WirelessHART Wins Standards Battle Against ISA100

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Industrial WSN Market Doubles Since 2010

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A couple of guys from Kuka Robotics came up with the idea to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Of course, they had to strap on a sword, too. ...

Heads up: NIST developing SCADA guide; seeks feedback

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NIST is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) to actively review and provide feedback on the content and organization of the "Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control System Security," scheduled for public release in June 2006.

Red Lion Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Launches New "Better. Together" Website and Expands Product Portfolio to Include Industrial Networking

Flow Sensor Ups Range, Accuracy and Reliability

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Industrial Factory Automation: Efficient operation of industrial machinery and equipment in modern materials processing and discrete manufacturing plants often depends on the accurate flow sensing and measurement of gases, liquids and slurries.

First ZigBee-certified products available

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The ZigBee Alliance, a global interest group of companies creating wireless solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications, announced the first group of ZigBee Certified Products, marking what it calls a major milestone in the alliance’s journey toward creating an open, ...

New Breed of Industrial PC

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The Push for Smaller, More-Reliable Components of All Shapes and Functions Is Relentless in Machine Control System Design

Industrial Machine Design: Leap of Faith?

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Technology trends don't always lead to better machine design, but CONTROL DESIGN's Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert found a few that could help you break away from the crowd.

Control Design Machine Builder Research and Buying Study

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Help Us Find Out How You, Industrial Machine Builders, Research, Specify and Prurchase Automation and Controls for Their Machines. Participate in Our Survey

CCS-Inc, FoxGuard Solutions Talk Merger

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Industrial Computing Business Combines With Cyber Security Business to Develop a Stronger Brand in the Critical Infrastructure Markets

Bosch Rexroth Increases Commitment to ODVA and EtherNet/IP Advancements

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Bosch Rexroth becomes principal member of ODVA, joining leading industrial suppliers Cisco Systems, Rockwell Automation, Omron and Schneider Electric

Spectris Continues Spending Spree With Sixnet Purchase

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Following Just Days After Its Completed Acquisition of Omega Engineering, Spectris Is Adding Sixnet to Its Industrial Controls Segment, Falling Under Red Lion Controls Along With N-Tron

Survey: Perceptions and realities of Ethernet use

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During 2004, Venture Development Corp. undertook a comprehensive survey of industrial machine builders, system integrators, and end users regarding their use of both wireless and wired Ethernet.

Q&A on PLC Controller Failure

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Business Industrial Network Lists Four Factors That Increase Failure Rates and Five Module Types That Should Be Considered Independently

Industrial I/O Gets on the Bus

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Product Roundup of I/O Systems, Modules and Terminal blocks

MCAA has customer wireless needs for breakfast

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Honeywell Industrial Measurement & Control’s general manager, Revathi Advaithi, and its business director, Dave Kaufman, discussed results of a customer input study aimed at helping instrumentation manufacturers address the needs of customers for wireless technology.

Protect your intellectual property

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Few things are more frustrating to OEM builders of industrial machines, skids, and robots than to sell a machine to a customer and discover that same customer later built 10 more copy cat machines on its own.

Safety Is Intrinsic

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Industrial Factory Automation: Intrinsically safe technology is widely seen as safer than explosion-proof enclosures or purge systems because the solution is prevention rather than containment, and because continued safe operation does not rely on maintenance of seals and/or purge systems.

Enhanced development environment quickens time to market

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Industrial automation: In this Product Exclusive for CONTROL DESIGN, GE Fanuc's Proficy Machine Edition helps OEMs configure, program, and commission tools all in an integrated development environment.

A standard reaction

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Industrial automation: Are standards fundamentally a good thing? Editor in Chief Joe Feeley doesn’t believe we’re likely to see an uprising of enthusiasm to return to the black-box era, but he'd like to hear what you think.

Beware corporate safety standards

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Industrial automation: Machine builders are often put in a tough situation by a dictated standard because they also must assume partial liability for something they didn’t engineer.

Sercos Moves Toward the Ethernet

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Industrial Factory Automation: Does the industrial world really need another Ethernet-based bus? The SERCOS vendor community thinks so, and has responded to the increasing market demands for industrial Ethernet by developing a third generation of the SERCOS interface, dubbed SERCOS-III, combining...

Users Get Out of Their COTS

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Industrial Components Draw Line in Sand Between Plant Network and IT

Industry Ready to Adopt Wireless Ethernet

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Industrial Factory Automation: Citing the inherent cost advantages Ethernet-based wireless networks can bring to processors, manufacturers and other industrial users, a recent industry study projects infrastructure spending on wireless network technology will more than double from the $75 million...

Wireless Networking Niches Grow

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Users Recognize the Ability to Measure Variables and Statuses in Places That Previously were Too Difficult or Costly

Reach for a Higher Standard

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Industrial Factory Automation: The Telecommunications Industry Assn. (TIA) Subcommittee TR42.9 on Industrial Telecommunications Infrastructure is tasked with publishing TIA1005, the standard for Industrial Ethernet. Manufacturers of voice and data communication devices are well-represented in ...

Monitor Your Network Health

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Learn What Your Network Does and How It Does It to Keep Your Processes Running at Optimal Levels

Toast of the Town: 2003 Readers' Choice Awards

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Industrial Factory Automation: Our Reader's Choice Awards, giving you the automation suppliers that provide the best instrumentation, controls, and automation technologies for the industrial machine builder community.

Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair 2006

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Industrial OEMs gathered Thursday for tailored presentations at the Global Machine Builders Forum, where presenters outlined a number of best practices that can make a market-penetration difference.

TechFlash: An Alarming Situation

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Industrial Factory Automation: Alarm systems of one type or another always have been part of industrial machine, robot, and skid control systems, but CONTROL DESIGN Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, notes that there's more to alarm technology than meets the eye ... or ear for that matter.

Unprotected Control Systems Are Easy Pickings

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Lagging IT Practices, Lack of Rigorous Testing Make SCADA, Industrial Control Systems and PLCs Low-Hanging Fruit for Hackers. Smart Phones and Tablets Could Be Next

Texas Radio

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High-Frequency Industrial Radio Networks Help Oil-Patch Producers Ride Herd Over Far-Flung SCADA Control Systems

Sensors and Hot Yoga

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Managing Temperatures Is Important Anywhere, In the Gym, at Home and Even More So In Industrial Facilities

Infographic: What Is Your Biggest Concern/Need for Wireless Connectivity?

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42% of Survey Respondents Indicate Reliability/Data Loss as Their Biggest Concern/Need

HMI Approaches Commodity Status (Part 3)

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Industrial Factory Automation: Final installment of our spotlight on HMI hardware and software, focusing on industrial flat-panel displays

Infographic: Most Common Uses or Intended Use of Wireless

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Survey Respondents Say They Mostly Use Wireless for Monitoring

Infographic: What Cycle Times Do You Need Wireless to Handle?

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52.8% of Survey Respondents Say They Need Wireless to Handle a Cycle Time of 1 Sec or More

Infographic: What Sensing Is Wireless Used For?

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76.9% of Survey Respondents Indicate Sensing Is Used for Process Variables

Q&A: Best Practices for Mobile Cloud Computing

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Common Fears About Security, Mobile Devices and the Cloud

Infographic: How Is the Majority of Your Connectivity Connected?

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February 2014 Survey Results Show Majority of Respondents Connect With 4-20 mA

Seek the power of harmony

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Any device that converts power creates electrical harmonics, but variable-frequency drives are responsible for most of the harmonic distortion in industrial factories, reports Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert.

Tolerate less redundancy

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Today, with Foundation fieldbus, the old redundancy paradigm no longer applies. Chances are, though, it isn’t free. So where should you apply it to achieve the fault tolerance you need?

Physical diagnostics - Part II

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Columnist John Rezabek says if you’re planning a new project, you’ll have some leverage to bundle the advanced diagnostics capabilities with your power conditioner, field termination and/or DCS.

Cast in Ethernet

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Industrial Factory Automation: As specialists in part-handling and mold-prep technologies related to die-casting metal, Rimrock Corp. makes machines that help manufacturers around the world make parts for a broad range of consumer and industrial products.

Industrial Networks Adopt Wireless

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More Than Less Wire: Wireless Networks Have Benefits Beyond Saving Money on Cabling Costs

The saviors of PLC programmer sanity

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Embedded Intelligence writer Jeremy Pollard continues his series of columns on those influential few who made enormous impacts on the shape of industrial factory automation.

OMAC Standards Help OEMs and Customers

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Industrial Factory Automation: With the ever-increasing use of electronics for industrial machine control and information processing, machine builders must help enclosures handle electromagnetic interference (EMI) up front, at the design stage.

Performance Demands Spur Motor Advances

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Smaller Size, More Power and Efficiency Mean Advantages for Machine Builders and Industrial Manufacturers

Automation and safety balanced in one motion control system

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New motion control products supply a complete motion control safety automation system by providing and extending the capability of PLCs and servo motors in industrial machines and systems.

Old and new devices unite under OPC

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In order to help its customers connect older machines with newer ones, this industrial controls OEM built a flexible, OPC-based network that provides turnkey solutions for factory and equipment monitoring.

Industrial Software Redefined by the Cloud

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If You Can Virtualize a Server, Why Can't You Virtualize a PLC or Control System?

Modules Combine Plug-And-Play I/O With IP67 Rating

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Factory Automation: It's been clear for a while now that there are advantages to be gained by installing Industrial I/O directly on the machine frame, close to the action, rather than in centrally located cabinets. The key is to have a rugged, properly rated modular family of I/O products to use.

Infographic: Ranked Importance of Operating Characteristics for Embedded or ...

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90.7% of Survey Respondents Rank Harsh/Dirty Environment Capability as 'Important' or 'Very Important'

Ready to 'Deorganize' Your Industrial Infrastructure?

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Thinking Differently About the Way We Do Business

Virtual computing in the industrial world

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Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard addresses the subject of accessing data from your server over the Internet, and asks how can we do better in both performance and cost?

Motion Control Revealed

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Factory Automation: There are several levels of sophistication in industrial motion control, some simple, some less so. From NC Controls to Multi-axis Algorithms and PC-Based Computations, We've Come a Long Way.

Automation Suite Adds Security

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The Competitive and Increasingly Global Landscape for Today’s Industrial Machine Builders Manifests Itself in Many Ways

Programmable Relay Gets an HMI

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Almost Every Industrial Manufacturer Faces Mounting Pressure to Increase Production While Reducing Waste and Maintenance Downtime and to Do It All with a Shrinking Workforce

Embed with machines

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Industrial Factory Automation: An embedded real-time operating system will control machines while it talks to the enterprise. Machine builders are making the transition to embedded RTOS. What's the RTOS in Your Future?

All the Right Connections

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Gateways and Protocol Adapters Help Users Resolve an Ever-Growing List of Network Options

How Can Integrated Automation Expand Your Functionality?

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Machine Builders are Finding It Easier to Expand Their Universe

What Do You Think?

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Industrial Factory Automation: I'd like to use this space for a highly unscientific ad hoc poll about what you think are the issues that factory machine builders need to watch out for in 2004. If the order book does begin to fatten up, what might be the industrial automation and control worries ...

More evidence of increased capital equipment spending foreseen

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Industrial Factory Automation: Major indices and order numbers point to a robust market for manufacturing equipment.

From the Classroom to Practical Industrial Application

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Control Global's Greg McMilland and Stan Weiner Host Alternating Discussion on the Future of Education for Automation Engineers

Plasma Tools Carve Out Place in High Tech

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Plasma-Therm Aims to Keep It Simple in Diverse Industries Like MEMS and LEDs

Industrial Game Changers in the Sociosphere

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New Organizational Structures Based on Self-Organizing Communities Are Emerging to Complement Traditional Hierarchies

Vital Signs of a Healthy Network

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Network Wellness Depends on How You Respond to Many Issues. Luckily, the Tools and Methods to Deal With Them Are Diverse and Growing in Number

Security Prevents Unauthorized Access

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It Begins With Password Control and Firewall Maintenance, but Requires Layers of Chores and Vigilance to Prevent Unauthorized Access

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

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A Comprehensive Look at All of the PoE-Related Content on Our Websites

How Machine OEMs Build Global Connections

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There Are Many Routes to International Machine Markets, So Bring Along a Navigator Who Knows the Fast Lanes

Network Devices Need Software Support

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Network Hardware Depends on Strong Software to Hold It All Together and Improve Machine Performance

Wireless Components Keep Expanding

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As the Market's Offerings Continue to Grow, Network Engineers See New Opportunities for Applications

Look for QoS, SNMP, VLAN and IGMP Snooping Features in Switches

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Who's Directing Traffic?: Ethernet Capabilities in Devices Warrant Better Switches and Routers

Energy Efficiency Not the Only Game

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Power Supplies Also Pack More Intelligence and Location Options

Adapting to Change

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The Number of Network Protocols Is Not Decreasing, Necessitating Gateways and Adapters That Can Help Devices Communicate With One Another

'Game-Changing' Advances Depend on Networking

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How Cloud Computing, Virtual Servers, Smart Phones, Tablet PCs, the Internet and Other Hip Technology are Taking Over Control and Automation

Networking's Future

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Our Industry Experts and Leaders Predict Industry-Related Issues and Provide Solutions for These

What Resources Do You Use to Get Industry News?

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Control Design Offers Readers Several Information Sources to Receive the Latest Updates. Check Out Our Social Media Pages, Online Forums, Blogs, White Papers and More

Books for success in the automation, instrumentation and controls industry

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Industrial Factory Automation: Covering the world of automation, instrumentation and control, these industry books available from ISA are authoritative, thorough, and written and reviewed by experts.

ElectronicaUSA and Embedded Systems Conference Join Forces for Design Show

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Industrial Factory Automation: Touted as the largest systems design event in North America, and featuring a comprehensive systems design educational forum, the trade show now known as electronicaUSA With the Embedded Systems Conference takes over the Moscone Center in San Francisco, March ...

A Sense of the Market

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Machine Builders Remain Consistent With Sensor Choices

Mobile Control Gets Groovy

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Opto 22 Develops New Platform for Building Simple, Web-Based Interfaces to Monitor and Control Equipment

To Use COTS Hardware or to Not?

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When It Comes to Cost vs. Safety Built-for-Purpose Hardware Is Worth the Premium

Many Faces of Ethernet Redundancy

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Open Protocols for Ethernet Switches are Interoperable but Slower. Proprietary Protocols are Fast but Not Interoperable. Efforts are Underway to Secure the Best of Both

A Taste for Troubleshooting

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You Dont Need to Have a Complicated Machine to Benefit From Machine Diagnostics via the Cloud

Machine OEMs and Vendors Working in Harmony?

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How Can You Protect Yourself Against the Sales-Oriented Vendor?

Friction-Free Networks

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The Factory Floor and IT Department Set Differences Aside for the Greater Good of Network Security

Don't Get Lost in Data Translation

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When You Move Data Between Differing Systems or Networks, Several Factors Influence the Decision to Use TraditionalHardware or Additional Software to Convert Protocols

Think Networks When You Think Safety

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Industrial Factory Automation: Adding programmable controller safety functionality is not a huge job. If you are currently using AS-i, the majority of the work is already done

It's Not Easy Being Blue

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Bluetooth Has a Straightforward Infrastructure, Adapts to Frequency-Hopping, Copes Well With Interference and Is More Agile Than ZigBee

Machine Builders Use Alternative Resources to Solve Problems

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Engineers Interact With Other Technical Professionals Through Social Media

Smart Technology Changes Operations

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Can Humans and Machines Peacefully Co-Exist In the Future?

The Benefits of Windows Embedded OS

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Microsoft Releases New Version of Software for Windows 8 Operating System

Why Not Wireless Sensors?

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Machine and Robot Builders Discuss Their Companies Reasons for Choosing Wireless

Network Noise

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A Cisco Whitepaper Uncovers Almost 20 Sources of Interference in Wi-Fi Networks

If Robots Do Our Jobs, What Will We Do?

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Technology Tipping Point? Where Is the Point at Which the Massive and Virtually Immeasurable Benefits of Technology Are Negated by Its Harmful Effects on Individuals, Economies and Societies?

Little Black Network Health Doctor Bag

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The Most Useful Cures From A to Z for Network Wellness

Star Trek-Like Operator Interface Devices

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Develop, Meet and Explore New Technological Advances of the Future

Link Machine Vision and SCADA

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How to Use Vision Systems to Monitor and Control Your Production Process

Remote Access: No Travel Required

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One of the Fastest-Growing and Most Quickly Accepted New Technologies to Hit Control Systems

Buckle Up With Built in Safety

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Machine Builders Include Preventive Safety Early in the Design — And Get Paid Back Sooner

Old Machine, New Life

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Graft New Automation and Controls to Sturdy but Aging Machine Stock and You'll Enhance Performance, Yield and Quality

Wireless Makes It Simple

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New Wireless Components and Methods Give Users the Support and Freedom to Optimize All Kinds of Applications

No-Nonsense Networking

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Machine Builders Must Expand Their Awareness Beyond Their Core Components to Embrace a Wider Circle of Related Equipment, Applications and Business Goals, and the Responsibility for Them

Wireless Use Grows

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More Suppliers Are Pushing the Advantages of a Technology That Is Slowly Earning Some User Confidence

Trees and Rings

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Tips For How to Keep Your Network Up and Running. Think Recundancy

Machine Builders Show Little Change in Product Buying Habits

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Some of the Web-Based Methods Available to Do Automation Product Research Still Hold Little Currency for Many Machine Builders

Robots Fuse Performance and Profitability

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Machine Builder Increases Throughput and Efficiency Using Embedded PC-Based Control

The Intrinsic Safety Alternative

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Of All Reasons to Consider IS for Your Operations, the First One is That These Installations Reduce Overall Risk of Explosion Through Human Error

Cooperation on Cybersecurity Standard

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Government, Trade Organizations and Corporate Team Up to Establish Uniform Best Practices for Network Security

A Hub Is Not a Router Is Not a Switch

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Network Performance Relies on a Thorough Understanding of the Capabilities of Hubs, Routers and Switches

Benefits of Remote Diagnostics and Monitoring

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In 2005, We Saw How the Benefits Gained By Remotely Troubleshooting Your Customers' Machine Controls Can Far Outweigh Costs Involved

Down Goes the Network

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Shouldn't a System Integrator or Automation Pro Be Keepign Pace With Cisco IOS or Configuring a Router and an Access Control List?

Parallels With Automation in India

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There Are Many Reasons as to Why There is a Lack of Automation in India, But at the Top of the List Are Attitude, Fear and Trust

Is There a Technology Learning Curve?

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The Causes of Unemployment, Lack of Manufacturing Jobs, and Robotics and Automation Replacing People

IPCs: New form factors for new jobs

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The nature and definition of PCs has evolved to the point they’re often unrecognizable from PCs of old, which makes it even more important for users to take care in selecting and implementing them.

Trouble-Free Fieldbus Tips

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The Most Important Measure to Take in Order to Prevent Difficulties With a Given Fieldbus, Digital Networking Project is Protocol Communication

Network Security To-Do List

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How to Minimize Existing Threats and Keep Ahead of New Ones

Consumer-Driven Obsolescence

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The Consumer Market Drives Advances, but Also a Shortened Life

Snapshot of EMEA Wireless Comes in Focus

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Industry Adoption of Wireless Technology in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Is Slightly Different From North American Path

Nothing but Growth for Ethernet

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Managed Switches Replace Hubs, Plain Vanilla Ethernet Remains a Favorite Flavor

Network Connectors Need to Be Tested for Harsh Environments

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Select and Test Connectors Wisely: Environment Is a Key Consideration When Choosing Connectors, but How and When Do You Validate Your System Once It’s Installed?

Legacy Networks Never Die

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You Can Connect an Old Network to Your Modern Control or IT System. It Might Not Be Easy

Control Buses and Safety Networks Speed Up, but Remain Divided

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When Will the Data Share the Same Highway?

Remote Diagnostics: Machine Support Takes to the Internet

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Machine Builders Have Difficulty Finding Competent Automation Support

Wireless Options and Standards

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How to Select the Right Wireless for Your Application

Remote Access Makes New Connections

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Connect Four.. or More Machines and Share the Data. With Internet and Cellular Technology, You Can Monitor and Manipulate Machines From Just About Anywhere

Back to the Drawing Board

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Pollard Fixes January Network Problem

Ethernet: The Ticket for High-Speed Motion Applications

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Get on Board With One of Ethernet's Many Variants That Works Best for You

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Sweet and Shiny Companies

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Machine Builders and System Integrators Vote on the Best Product Providers and Rate Them on Service and Support

'08 Makes an Impact

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Manufacturing-IT Convergence, Interoperability, Protocols and Standards Have Breakthrough Years

Copper and Fiber Convert and Connect

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Physical Distance Isn’t the Only Factor Impacting Media Switching

Square One Online Resources

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Access Our Expanded Coverage Resources, Videos, Other Digital Network Resources and an Updated Fieldbus Comparison Chart

Flexibility Pulls Cables to New Areas

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Ethernet Is Proliferating Everywhere... So They All Need More High-Flexibility, Longer-Life Cables

EDDL Decoded

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DD Technology Shared by Fieldbus Foundation, HART Foundation, Profibus Trade Organization Is the Most Widely Used Method to Describe Configuration Capabilities of Their Devices

The Great Data Link-Up

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Streams of Factory-Floor Information, Aided by Performance Monitoring Tools, Converge With Business-Level Data to Solve Problems, Enhance Decision-Making and Increase Profitability

Modular I/O &mdash; Solution or Headache

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Field Power, Standard Backhaul Control are Two of the Biggest Roadblocks Facing Modular I/O in North America

An Overlap of Interests

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The Complexity and Interdependency of Operating Data From Factory Floor and Business-Level Networks Give Users More Reasons Than Ever to Connect and Cooperate

PCs Are Losing Control

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PC-Based Control Loses Ground to PLCs and PACs

Are We Ready for Digital Safety?

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Safety Applications in Conjunction With Networks Will Be the Future in the Automation World

Control Design Looks Back on Last 15 Years

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Issues That Impact Machine Control, Operator Interface, Sensing, Measurement, I/O Systems, Drives, Motion, Machine Safety and More

Wynright Changes Outlook on Controls and Networking

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Change in Perspective, Consolidation and Growth Enable More Intelligent Material Handling Solutions

Can Automation Users Solve Social Media?

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Some Automation and Network Engineers Use Social Media to Ask Technical Questions and Secure Useful Answers From Experts. For Others, It's a Puzzling Environment That's Hard to Figure Out

Wireless Tethers Itself to Industry

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Beginning With Incremental Improvements, Wireless Technology Will Continue to Take More of a Hold on Process and Discrete Production

Monitor and Mend Network Health

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Design Issues, Operational Upsets and Potential Attacks Require Early Response

Seven Steps to Network Security

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Security Specialists Build a List of Safety Measures to Take

Are PLCs' Days Numbered?

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Machines With IP Addresses and Ethernet Links to PC-Based Controls May Simply Eliminate the Need for PLCs Altogether

Machine Builders and Users Share One Mindset

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Customers, System Integrators and Suppliers Get Inside Each Other's Heads to Reduce Costs

Computers: We, the Digital Immigrants

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Do You Remember When You Bought Your First Home Computer? Joe Feeley, Editor in Chief, Bought His First Home Computer in 1983. It Was an IBM XT Model

PCs and PLCs Have Grown Up

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Will PC-Based controls Replace PLCs, PACs or CNCs?

Networking for a New Age

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Evaluate Your Application and Its Needs, Test Potentially Useful Solutions in Non-Critical Areas and Then Implement the Network Solution that Works Best for You

Do Not Slip Up On Security

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When It Comes to Protecting Your Network Against Intruders, You Can't Afford to Fall Down on the Job

A delicate balance

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Industrial Factory Automation: Factory networks and enterprise networks seem like opposing forces in the industrial universe. There are ways, however, to find the Chi that reveals the harmony of a common business purpose.

Can Topology Reduce Costs?

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It’s a Good Idea to Try New Topologies on a Small Project Before Embarking on a 5,000-Point Job

Secure Embedded Wireless Can Be Practical

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Implementing Wireless Technology Securely

Shake Them Up

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A Black Box Won't Do It This Time. You and Many Others of Us Need to Get Up, Stand Up, Get Out and Push Some Buttons-On Some People

Fiberoptics Extend Ethernet's Empire

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Can Users Cut Fiberoptic Cabling and Properly Treat the Connections?

Wireless Topologies

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There Are a Number of Considerations to Be Made With Wired Networks, but When Working With Wireless Networks, There Are Even Larger Range of Variables Considered

Infographic: Do You Recommend, Specify or Purchase Ethernet Equipment?

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Survey Results Show 90% of Respondents Currently Do. Listed Here Are the Most Common Applications

Providing Top Notch Network Support

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Purvis Industries Use Device Networks to Control Its Systems and Support the Network in the Field

Caring for Network Caregivers

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Open-Source Software Tools Available for Communication Examination

Medicine Cabinet for Network Wellness

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How to Ensure the Basic Health of Your System

Remote Access Here or There

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Remote Monitoring, Diagnostics and Control Tools Enable Machine Builders and Integrators to Skip the Travel, but Offer More Services

Tips for Building a Network Security Strategy

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Practical Steps Companies Should Take to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats

Remove the Stack Lights

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Why Aren't More Machines "Aware" of Their Own Surroundings?

Unnecessary Software Complexity Part 2

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Setup, Programming, Troubleshooting, and Remote Access and Control Become Even More Difficult

Network Training, Tips and Techniques

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Without a Well-Planned Network Training Program the Prospect of Building a Dependable Data Network Is Just an Illusion

The EtherNet/IP Path to Integrated Architecture Success

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Rockwell Automation Touts EtherNet/IP as Key to Enabling Plant-Wide Control and Optimization

OIs Eye Tablets, Smart Phones

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All those iPads and Androids Have a Long Way to Go Before They Can Be Used in Many Dirty, Wet, Harsh and Hazardous Manufacturing Settings

Technology Roundups

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CONTROL DESIGN is the only industrial automation magazine dedicated to the automation information needs of industrial machine builders, those original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that build the machines that make industry work.

Ethernet? At What Cost?

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A Control System's Primary Objective is to Run the Process Efficiently, Reliably

Repair & Refurbish or Rip & Replace?

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Sending Mind-Numb Robots Out to Swap Out Failed Boxes is Unaffordable

Network Diagnostics or Spam &mdash; How Do You Get Rid of All the Noise?

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How Does One Decide Which Diagnostics are Useful, Actionable, and Which Can Be Suppressed, Forgotten Forever? Diagnostics should be specific, actionable and not redundan

Access Control for Productivity and Profit

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Whether Remotely or on the Factory Floor, Machine Builders Take Various Approaches to Provide the Right Access

Blended Sercos III and EtherNet/IP

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Machine Builders and Users Reduce the Cost and Complexity of Machine Integration Resulting in Easier and Faster Implementation, Making It a Safer Process

A Canadian Perspective on Jobs

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Technology Jobs are Still Here, but the Less-Technical, Less-Skilled Jobs are Not. Why?

Maintaining connections

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There are plenty of issues that cause network headaches, but never assume your electrical subcontractor is familiar with routing and terminating network connector cables, even if they do it all the time.

Accepting Freebies

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Many End Users, Integrators and Even Suppliers with Parallel or Competing Products Use Free Tools, to Provide Some Backup or Support for Their Own Solution

Keep Your Network Healthy

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Software Tools Monitor the Well-Being of Critical Components That Bring the Data From the Process

A Handle on Better Packaging

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Switch to PC-Based Control Gives Machine Builder Better, More Affordable Performance, Improved Efficiency, and Reduction in Control Panel Space

Fiber--Fit for Purpose

(Article)

When the Mission Is Critical, the Speed, Reliability and Durability of Fiberoptic Communications Are Hard to Beat

Website Gets a Face-Lift

(Article)

ControlDesign.com Has Gone Under the Knife, Improving Our Online Appearance

Zombie Survival Guide

(Article)

If Humanity Can Become Extinct, Couldn't Machines, Too?

Ethernet: You Don't Have to See Stars

(Article)

American Axle & Manufacturing Makes Its Networks More Flexible and Easier to Deploy By Increasing Topology Flexibility

Infographic: If Your Operator Interface Has Browser Capabilities, What Do You...

(Article)

55.9% of Survey Respondents Say They Mainly Use Browser Capabilities for Troubleshooting

P Is for Protocol

(Article)

A Few of the More Common Types That are Components of the Internet Protocol Suite

Arpac Group Builds Long-Term End-User Relationships

(Article)

Machine Builder Uses Online, Wireless and Cloud-Based Communications to Serve and Collaborate With Users

Sense When to Go Wireless

(Article)

What's the Point of Trying to Add Wireless Capabilities to Sensors and Related Components?

PoE Strives for Higher Power

(Article)

While Power Over Ethernet Is a Great Deal, There Are Drawbacks to Consider

Infographic: What Class of Operator Interface Hardware Do You Typically ...

(Article)

Majority of Survey Respondents Say Graphical Display With Touchscreen or With Input Devices, Text-Based Display With Integral Input Keys or Discrete Panel Switches

Wireless To-Do List

(Article)

How to Implement Wireless Networking In Discrete or Process Settings

CONTROL DESIGN's 2006 Buyers Guide

(Article)

CONTROL DESIGN's 2006 Buyers Guide offers up a complete reference to the key sources of control, instrumentation, software and services for industrial machine builders. Included is a Guide to Suppliers in more than 100 different product categories for the OEM Community, and an Alphabetical ...

Search for a Single Spine

(Article)

Integrating Controls, Power, Security, Environmental and Enterprise Systems Is a Pain. Some Network Designers Are Pursuing a Single Backbone Approach

Helping South America Develop

(Article)

South America's Employees Are Thirsty for Applied Knowledge. System Integration Could Be a Valuable Asset to Bring to This Community

Connectors in Unexpected Settings

(Article)

Connector Are Showing Up In So Many Applications Outside of Factory Automation

Use the Club, Not the Rotisserie

(Article)

How to Keep Vulnerability and the Chance of Any Problems as Small as Possible

Connector system harnesses machine flexibility

(Article)

Product Exclusive: The move to pluggable connections for I/O modules is underway.

Still Plugged In

(Article)

Terminal Block and Connector Solutions Take Sensors and I/O Points Out to More and Different Devices and Applications

To Protect and Condition

(Article)

Clean Signals Need Proper Shielding and Isolation, but that’s just the starting point for proper data communication

Wireless Control of Critical Applications Is Just a Leap Away

(Article)

To Reach the Unreachable: Examples of Successful Wireless Field Control May Pave the Way for Future Wireless Control of Critical Applications

Terminal Blocks, Connectors and Wire Continue to Evolve and Improve

(Article)

Better-Connected Networks: Manufacturing Improves Performance Characteristics or Terminal Blocks, Connectors and Wire

Multiple choices

(Article)

The many flavors of Ethernet and wireless are trendy, But it’s the underlying acceptance and adoption of fieldbuses that pushes users to find some tasty and unexpected applications.

Throw away the clipboard. Networks rule

(Article)

Network capability over the past 10 years has improved access time to what’s happening on the plant floor, moving from manual data collection to what today is called real-time data management.

New Routers Enable Remote Support

(Article)

eWon Cosy Aimed at Customers Who Need Fast, Cost-Effective Remote Access to Their PLCs

Machine Tools on the Internet

(Article)

Global Data Acquisition Is a Value-Add for Machine Builders and a Vital Operating Tool for Their Customers

Of Crowd Power and Manufacturing Intelligence

(Article)

Bringing Social and Computer Networks to Bear on New Classes of Problems

A Look at PLCs, Yesterday and Today

(Article)

The Art of Bit-Flipping: Although You Can Point to Many Changes in the PLC World Over the Past 25 Years, Much Is Still the Same

Time for a Sensor Network?

(Article)

Readers Ask: Is it Worth Upgrading From Hardwired to Networked Proximity Switches?

OI Consolidates PLC, I/O, Wiring

(Article)

Eaton Releases Its XV Series of Operator Interface and CoDeSys into the North American Market

Convert to Digital Safety

(Article)

Users Integrate Control and Safety Where Possible and Keep Them Separate When Necessary

Suddenly Impact?

(Article)

I = P x A x T. What Does This Mean? Today's Impact (I) of 28 Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide

Machine Design for Hazardous vs. Cleanroom Environments

(Article)

Key Differences One Should Look for to Supply OI. Can You Standardize on One for Both Types of Install?

Distance Resistance in Remote Monitoring

(Article)

There's Still a Big Gap in Understanding Between the Machine Control Camp and the IT Group That's Impeding Progress

Bad System Designs

(Article)

'Oops' Just Isn't Enough. It's Important to Sweat the Small Stuff

Where to Find Timeless Resources on Our Site

(Article)

Control Design Brings Readers a Collection of Hidden Treasures That Have Been Most Popular Throughout Its History

A Googolplex of Automation Resources

(Article)

How Young Engineers Find Answers to On-the-Job Problems

Infographic: Do You Have Approved Initiatives to Deploy Wireless During the ...

(Article)

Survey Results Show 47.5% of Respondents Have Approved Initiatives. Here's a List of the Following Initiatives Indicated

'Internet of Things' Becomes Internet of Everything

(Article)

Gigabytes? How Quaint. Cisco, NetworkWorld Predict Crazy Increases in Mobile Traffic, Internet Data

Network Infrastructure Gets Larger, but Less Protected

(Article)

How to Analyze 'Big Data' and Prevent Cybersecurity Threats From Adversaries

Safety Controllers: Yea or Nay?

(Article)

New Standards Makes Machine Builders Question Whether to Integrate Safety or Not

Infographic: Do You Deploy Wireless in Your System?

(Article)

Nearly 57% of Respondents Have Wireless; 43.2% Do Not Use Wireless

Infographic: What Type of Digital Bus Do You Use for Motion Control?

(Article)

36.7% Survey Respondents Indicate Using EtherNet/IP

OEM Excels at System Integration

(Article)

Common Challenges ARC Specialties Faces When Integrating Multiple Welding Systems

Is Wireless the Right Solution?

(Article)

What Are Readers' Experiences With Machine-Mount Wireless Controllers and I/O?

System Integration Break Through

(Article)

Technology and Unique Skills Enable Machine Builders to Provide System Integration Services That Were Once Off Limits to Them

Thermoforming Builder Cuts Support Costs in Half With Remote Access

(Article)

How Maac Machinery Employs eWon's VPN Router and Cloud-Based Talk2M Service for Automated Recordkeeping

Wireless Topology: You've Got Choices

(Article)

It's Not Complicated, but Make Your Choices Carefully to Get the Network Best-Suited to Your Needs

The value of real-time machine data

(Article)

Editor in Chief Joe Feeley disputes the value of the IT model that says you help your customer more by spending dollars on data manipulation capabilities rather than on improved machine performance.

Get going with Gigabit

(Article)

Synchronous protocols based on IEEE1588 can deliver workable determinism. But are they necessary given the faster Ethernets now available?

The only evil

(Article)

There are two kinds of network security. Real and imagined, and it can be hard to tell them apart, especially if you don't know how they work and the problems they're supposed to solve.

The Evolution of Redundancy

(Article)

Users Demand More Flexibility by Pushing for Open Standards. Don't Use Less Costly, Commercially Available Ethernet Components to Maximize System Availability

Controls Networks and IT Networks Need to Work Together for Effective ...

(Article)

Siblings Can Learn to Play Nicely: Companies Are Turning Clashes Into Cooperation Between IT and Manufacturing

No-Worry Wireless

(Article)

Robot Cell for Assembly of High-Quality Automotive Headlamps Solves Cable Damage Problem

Machine Tool Builder Reinvests in Technology Upgrades and Employee Training

(Article)

Cincinnati Builds What It Preaches: Build-to-Order Machine Tool Maker Gets Lean and Competitive

Operator Interface Customization

(Article)

If You Are an OIT Customer, Who Do You Call When You Need Immediate Assistance?

Signal Processing Drives Network Design

(Article)

Digital Networks Enable Remote Signal Processing and Control via Intelligent I/O

Vulnerability of Web Diagnostics?

(Article)

Isolating the Customer's Network and Allowing Only Limited Access, Protects the Network from External Threats Through VPN, Easing Customer Concerns About Vulnerability

Digital Network Reliability

(Article)

How Can You Increase Reliability and Network Availability?

I/O today, I/O tomorrow

(Article)

Based on the results of a recent survey, this article takes a look at how users implement I/O today, what they like, dislike, and expect to happen with the systems they’ll use tomorrow.

Ethernet: The Promised Land?

(Article)

Networking Nirvana Is Just Over the Horizon. Ethernet and Digital Fieldbus Are the Compass. Here's How to Make the Trip

What a Difference a Decade Makes

(Article)

Most Things Wear Out Their Welcomes Over Long Periods of Time, but Plant-Network Technology Takes Longer to Get a Foot on the Floor

The Other Information Network

(Article)

Use Your Contacts for the Data You Need: Harvest the Information in Your Network of Colleagues

Manage Your Network

(Article)

Ethernet, Security and Complexity Call for Managed Switches and Routers

SpecMate: Hit the Brakes

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: A common DC-bus configuration is a good alternative if the expected amount of regenerated energy doesn't exceed the energy absorption requirements of the other common drives.

CNC Enters the Stone Age

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: Park Industries of St. Cloud, Minn., designs and builds cutting, shaping and polishing machinery for its stone fabrication customers. There came a point when this 50-yr.-old company recognized that it needed to provide a machine control scheme that could be modified...

Fiberoptic Networking Powers Up Plant

(Article)

Power Company Uses Fiberoptic Cabling and Remote Control I/O Cards in Field Devices and Expects to Eliminate 54,000 ft. of Hardwiring

Secure Embedded Wireless—Part II

(Article)

How to Do It Securely

You Say, ‘F&#8211;knee&#8211;co,’ and I Say, ‘F&#8211;nye&#8211;co’

(Article)

FISCO, FNICO Are Like Two Clouds of Flammable Gases Passing in the Night

Canadian Mine Achieves Wireless Efficiency

(Article)

The Communications Vision Was Infrastructure to Enable Interconnectivity of PLCs, PCs, Video and Voice, as Well as Equipment and Resource Tracking

Quick! Get Connected

(Article)

Mini-Fast Pigtails Installed More than 10 Years Ago Are Still In Service. Not One Has Failed. This, Due to a Defect or Fault in the Pigtail or Its Device Receptacle Counterpart

The Do All and Be All of SCADA

(Article)

Physical Security Should Be Paramount. The Cost of a Seperate Network Could Be Nothing Compared With the Damages From a Malicious Attack

Wire and Cable: A No-Brainer?

(Article)

Most Noise Reduction and Rejection Comes Not From Shielding, But From the 'Lay of the Twist' of the Twisted-Pair Cable Itself

The Fieldbus Jungle -- Part II

(Article)

What Every Network Specifier Should Know About the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Major Process Control Networks

In search of better search engines

(Article)

Technical search engines for specifying and choosing automation components and systems for your machine control applications.

OPC: Not as bad as it seems

(Article)

Urban legends and rumors aside, OPC is becoming much easier to use. But experts suggest that, before you buy an OPC product, due diligence is in order. Always remember to try it before you buy it.

Control Logic's ValuRip Plus and TGW-Ermanco's Turbo Sorter Earn 2009 ...

(Article)

Breakthrough 2009: This Year's Recipients Employ New Technology to Make a Difference for Their Customers

New Wireless Application Boosts Safety at Harcros

(Article)

Wireless Washouts Make Chemical Plant Safer: Valve Position Monitors Offer Harcros Chemicals an Opportunity to Test the Waters of Wireless Applications and Improve Safety

Machine Builder Research and Buying Study 2011

(Article)

Sign of the Times: Wider Adoption of Web-Based, Digital Tools Usage Is Cruising Ahead

Social Media Pulse

(Article)

The Most Popular Content Checked Out This Month on Our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube Pages, and Our Blog and Forum

Off-Line vs. Integrated HART Connectivity

(Article)

Building a Closer Relationship Between the Plant and the Condition of Its Field Devices

Redundant Redundancy Revisited

(Article)

American Axle's Jeff Smith Discussion on New Features He'd Like to See for Ethernet/IP Device Suppliers Sparks Outage

Where's the Network Wizard for Wires?

(Article)

Steps to Take to Improve the Efficiency, Accuracy and Overall Quality of Our Termination Jobs

The 'Big Data' Drinking Binge

(Article)

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine Wonders If Some of Us Are Experiencing the Hangover

The 'Connected Factory': From Talk to Reality

(Article)

Learn How to Ensure Your Facilities Produce Information That Can Be Accessed, Monitored and Controlled From Anywhere

Control System Checks Need More Than Multimeter

(Article)

Increased Complexity Requires More Monitoring Tools to Verify Data Integrity in a Network

Wireless Wins the Measurement Race

(Article)

Finding the Quickest and Most Cost-Effective Way to Get a Handful of New Measurements

Next-Generation, Intelligent Networked Devices

(Article)

SMARC Combined With ARM SoCs Enables a New Class of Networked Devices to Be Developed

Cooling Tower Fans Driven by Less

(Article)

The technologies of permanent magnet rotors, finned laminated frames and specialized drives converged to produce the high power density at low rpm needed to fit the system into the available space

The Call of the Wild Consumer

(Article)

Dear Business Company. If You Want My Business, Meaning If You Want Me as Your Customer, What Will You Do for Me?

How Should Vendors Handle Service Issues With Machine Builders' Customers?

(Article)

Whom Should Vendors Serve?: When Vendors Sell Products to OEM Resellers, Service Issues Become Complex

PC Access Could Invite Hackers

(Article)

The Typical Hacker Might Have Trouble Getting into Your PLC or PAC, but Odds Are the Same Hacker Could Burrow into Your Internet-Connected PC with Ease

Analog I/O is discretely valuable

(Article)

Designing or specifying a device for A/D conversion consists of a series of tradeoffs. More resolution means more accurate conversion but more expensive hardware.

General motors standardizes on EtherNet/IP

(Article)

Suppliers given until Jan. 1 2007 to support standard or lose the business.

Connectivity for custom I/O

(Article)

This Product Exclusive introduces SQIO, a SynqNet I/O interface board that lets machine builders integrate custom analog and/or digital I/O hardware with motion into a network architecture.

Discrete and Process Safety Networks

(Article)

Right now, the needs are different and so are the means. Can one network eventually do it all?

What Goes Around Comes Around

(Article)

Today’s Complex Chips Can Be Used to Design More Complex Chips, Those Chips Are Finding Their Way Into More Automation, and Automation Advances the Machines that in Turn Advance Automation

Signal Processing at Warp Speed

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: FPGA chips allow industrial OEMs to eliminate signal processing speed as a design constraint.

Power consistency is control cornerstone

(Article)

Providing technical machines with high-quality power and protecting them from power surges and other disturbances is crucial when designing reliability into industrial automation systems.

Industrial Networking 2014 Q1 Issue Undergoes Physical Exam

(Blog)

In this issue of Industrial Networking, Executive Editor Jim Montague, talks "Vital Signs" and explores the best ways to take your network's pulse and maintain its overall health.

Network Integration Saves Costs

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: End Users, Member Companies, and Technical Team Participants Will Determine the Future Direction of Foundation Fieldbus Technology (Special from Industrial Networking)

Use your own head

(Article)

Executive Editor Jim Montague implores us to think and act like a reporter, don’t trust opinions (including mine and yours), remember to take all stories with a grain of salt, and of course, don't despair.

Open Standards Doesn't Always Mean Interoperable

(Article)

Whom Should You Blame the Next Time You Get Called in the Middle of the Night Because of a Problem That Involves an Open System?

The truth will set you free

(Article)

One part of a well-planned tactical assault on potential customers seems to include making your web site a place for customers to painlessly contribute to, comment and critique what you make, deliver, and support.

Wireless aids molding machine ERP

(Article)

due to product demand, any associated disconnection and reconnection of the ERP system—sometimes involving rewiring—can be daunting.

Bus War III: Process meets motion

(Article)

If you work in a process plant, you likely have a few motion applications. In this article, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides a general overview of the various motion networks competing today.

Come together

(Article)

Integration of plant-floor, building, physical security, and enterprise network means more changes for unathorized access and more need for intelligent security, cooperation, and training.

How to ease into using RSS feeds

(Article)

We came across a helpful explanation of RSS in one of our sibling publications, Plant Services, and thought we should pass it on as a little different piece of OEM Insight you can use to better gather information.

Are wireless sensors ready for me?

(Article)

A reader wants to know what his best options are for reliable, and easily connectable wireless sensors for vibration monitoring, temperature and presence sensing, and other monitoring and control applications.

Cabinet-free, field-mountable CPU

(Article)

In the past, OEMs and end users had no choice but to specify cabinet-mounted programmable controllers for their machine automation.

PCs point the way

(Article)

PLC or a PC? A turn to PC-based control is in the wind.

Fiberoptic, Wireless Connections Require Special Considerations

(Article)

Fiberoptic, Wireless Raise Hackles: Connecting Machines to Networks or In-Line Systems Can Be Tricky, Depending on the Media

How Fieldbus I/O Modules Simplify Wiring

(Article)

Murrelektronik Releases Impact20 for IP20-Rated Environments That Aims to Reduce Material in Control Wiring and Simplify Connections to Field Products

FISCO ic and FNICO Are Interchangeable...for Now

(Article)

FISCO, FNICO Are Like Two Clouds of Flammable Gases Passing in the Night

Is your HMI lying to your customers?

(Article)

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt writes in this month's SpecMate column that if your HMI doesn’t tell the truth about machine control conditions, trouble might be right around the corner.

Meat packers print and network via Ethernet

(Article)

Not content with merely adding printing functions to one machine, a bag dispenser builder sought to organize its printing and dispensing by combining up to four printer/roll units using EtherNet/IP.

Wireless system aids smelter process

(Article)

Wireless transmitters allow Eramet Marietta to install a cooling monitoring system at its large manganese ferro alloys smelter facility on the Ohio River at a fraction of the cost of a hard-wired equivalent.

OPC – A decade of success by any standard

(Article)

Over the past decade, OPC has proven itself to be a widely accepted standard. In this article, OPC specialist Eric Murphy reveals the latest in OPC technology and specifications, and provides his thoughts on where the technology is headed with the evolution of the OPC UA specification.

Cordsets survive a great flood

(Article)

This case history demonstrates how cabling and connectors simplified networking for engineers at an upstate N.Y. wastewater plant, and aided the plant's recovery following a devastating deluge.

Know your serials

(Article)

Created back in the 1960s, serial communication interfacing (SCI) today is a relatively standard method of communicating on the factory floor—particularly in legacy machine control systems.

What network works for you?

(Article)

Deciding on a machine control network isn't about all the marketing hype. It's about solving the problem.

Panel Build Technology Sets Pace

(Article)

Ethernet and Web-Page Functionality Have Found Their Ways into Control Panels, Further Advancing the Industry

Flat&#8211;World News

(Article)

Sourcing and Manufacturing in China Is Indeed Risky Business

Reader Feedback: Another Real Answer

(Article)

The Worst Part About Making the Upgrade Is Getting Rid of the Old Stuff

DART Targets Intrinsic Safety

(Article)

What If Live Working Never Created an arc in the first Place? Dynamic arc Recognition and Termination (DART) Detects a Developing arc and Removes the Power the Instant Before It Forms

Machine User Becomes Its Own Rebuilder

(Article)

Parts Manufacturer Rebuilds Its Machining Centers With New Automation, and Ties Them Together With a CC-Link Network To Reduce Wiring And simplify design

More on Cloud Computing: What Does It Really Do?

(Article)

Partly Cloudy: What's the Real Difference Between this Cloud Data Aggregation Solution vs. a Local Server, Local Runtimes, with Secure Remote Access?

In Redundancy We Trust

(Article)

Be Careful With Any Cloud Implementation. Make Sure You Know What You Are Getting and Get Proof of the Redundancy

Remote Access Down on the Farm

(Article)

Saving a Few Hours of Driving Time for a Service Call to Diagnose a Problem Can Be Massive. Using an App Is Much Better Than a Web Browser

Take E-CAD to the Cloud?

(Article)

What Has Been Your E-CAD Software as a Service Experience? Share With Us

Nation Building

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: Editor in Chief Joe Feeley wants to tell you about the next set of changes to ControlDesign.com and examples we might take from Red Sox Nation.

Who's Scotty on your Starship Enterprise?

(Article)

Factory Automation: Maybe the decisions and actions of an industrial machine builder don’t have galaxy-threatening implications if things go wrong, but it can have a profound impact on the viability of a customer and its employees.

OEM Insight

(Article)

OEM Insight provides a forum for industrial machine builders and system integrators to exchange ideas, best practices, or simply start a conversation about relevant machine automation, instrumentation and controls issues.

Sorting Out Survival

(Article)

Industrial Factory Automation: Lots of jobs have found their way to Mexico and elsewhere for the exact same reasons that they left the U.S. and many blame it on free trade and globalization. But, it's only natural to want to blame someone or something for the way things are going in the ...

Flexible monitoring aids skid builders

(Article)

Flexibility with a uniform set of capabilities is high on the hit list when industrial OEMs provide process monitoring and display functions with their equipment. Such products, ideally, should be available in one or two base units that can be embedded on the various equipment they build for ...

Minimizing Arc Flash Exposure in Industrial Applications

(Whitepaper)

Industrial environments present multiple safety challenges, including fire hazards that require proactive safety measures to minimize potential risk. Arc flash hazards cause thousands of injuries a year, resulting in serious burns and in some cases, even death. Electrical accidents can contribute...

Stainless Steel Enclosures in Industrial Applications

(Whitepaper)

Stainless steel is a versatile material known primarily for its strength and corrosion resistant properties and utilized in the construction of enclosure solutions that satisfy applications across a broad spectrum of industries. While a wide assortment of different components are housed within ...

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