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  • Are New Products Driving Your Company?

    This five-step guide takes a theory of constraints (TOC)-based approach to systematically attacking the bottlenecks limiting innovation. By refocusing and redeploying existing staff and resources, you could improve growth while creating a lasting culture of continuous innovation improvement. Read how the general manger of a mid-sized industrial equipment company identified the bottleneck constraint in the engineering and development group where they had far too many projects underway. With new visibility into each project, the teams had a new sense of purpose. They took a new technology project that had a three-year development horizon and using a combination of already available technologies began production of a new line of energy savings products with 95% of the benefits in less than six months.

    Michael A. Dalton
  • Wireless Devices Deliver Great Benefits for Temperature Monitoring

    Temperature is certainly among the most commonly measured parameters in industry, science, and academia. Recently, the growth of wireless instrumentation technology, along with some clever innovations, has provided new ways to apply temperature measurement sensors combined with personal computers to collect, tabulate, and analyze the data obtained. For complex, multi-sensor applications, wireless devices provide a means to eliminate the nuisance of running multiple leads over long distances through harnesses or conduit to a control room, instrument panel, or equipment rack, while keeping track of which leads are which. For simpler one or two sensor applications, it means installing the wireless sensor, setting up the receiver, and being done. There are now so many wireless transmitting and receiving devices available for temperature measurement that nearly any application can benefit from their use. In any case, it is certainly worth a closer look. As a bonus, most of the devices discussed below also work with humidity and barometric pressure sensors.

  • Introduction to PID Control

    All in all, PIDs play a pivotal role in many aspects of our lives, by making it much easier to regulate and control things. By breaking down the concept behind the P, the I, and the D, and taking a look at what they do and how they work, it gives one a much better understanding, perspective and appreciation of their importance. Each part of PID functions as a tool of regulation, with each having a specific purpose. Sometimes only one is necessary for proper regulation and sometimes only all three will properly provide the functionality necessary for a successful application.

  • Finding and Eliminating the Weak Link

    Improving Operational Efficiency with Distributed Motion Networks.
    This paper describes a machine control topology that can improve the speed of unexpected repairs by automatically configuring replacement servo amplifiers. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users can both realize resource optimization benefits from the reduced commissioning times achievable with a digital, distributed motion network.

  • Electronic Circuit Protection Technology Minimizes Factory Downtime

    This white paper describes switch-mode power supplies and traditional circuit breakers, and it explains the technology behind a new solid-state technology. It later explains how it solved a long-standing problem affecting the uptime of switch-mode power-controlled manufacturing equipment.

  • A Holistic Approach to Safety Automation

    How technology, global standards and open systems help increase productivity and overall equipment effectiveness

    Dan Hornbeck, Manager Safety Business Development, Rockwell Automation
  • Installing Fieldbus

    Many automation engineers are coming face to face with real fieldbus applications for the first time. Fieldbus (the use of digital communications networks for distributed instrumentation and control) is a wonderful technology with many benefits, but fieldbus installation requires some additional considerations over and above normal 4-20mA projects. In this article, we will discuss some of those issues, and show you how to deal with them.

  • DNP3 Security

    How to keep a SCADA network open and maintain security from cyber-attacks.

    Paul Gibson, R&D Manager, MultiTrode
  • Internet Access in a Process Control Environment

    Industrial automation is no longer limited by the walls of a production facility. More and more automation is being handled via remote communication, whether it’s from the office or from the comfort of your own home. Today’s PLCs give you the ability to access your control system to handle such tasks as monitoring via a website to determine the condition of a machine or check other statistics. With the latest PLC technology, almost anything that can be accomplished next to the machine can be accomplished wherever there is an Internet connection.

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