2011

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  • Smart Machine Webcast Series

    Learn more about the next generation of machines and how you can integrate them into your control systems with these on-demand webcasts. Revew the series, and view on demand.

    National Instruments
    11/27/2011
  • Design Tools Help Water/Wastewater Equipment Manufacturer Enhance Machine Performance and Reduce Engineering Costs

    Since 1978, Meurer Research Inc. in Golden, Colo., has researched, developed and manufactured water and wastewater treatment systems used by municipalities around the world. Among MRI's most successful products are plate settlers, which are used in water and wastewater treatment plants as a method of pretreatment before the water enters the membrane filtration system. By separating and removing heavy solids that can clog filters, the plate settlers help extend membrane life, minimize cleaning requirements and reduce operating costs. To help ensure these systems deliver maximum reliability, MRI sought to redesign and upgrade the control equipment on one of its 10 pilot units. The control system previously employed on the pilot unit included a mix of control products from multiple vendors, which hindered interoperability and limited connectivity between all of the automation equipment on a given machine. MRI worked with Rockwell Automation to ease the integration of components by working with a single-source supplier that could provide a control system easily integrated as a unified and more reliable system. In addition to improving reliability, performance and ease of use, MRI also wanted to equip the system with remote-monitoring capabilities. This would allow MRI to evaluate system performance and troubleshoot problems without traveling to the test site.

    Rockwell Automation
    04/12/2011
  • R&B Plastics: Plastics Blow-Molding OEM Uses Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture to Achieve Parison Control System

    Serving customers in a variety of plastics industries, including consumer packaged goods, chemical, automotive and dairy, R&B Plastics Machinery in Saline, Mich., provides customers with solutions for machine, mold, trimming and tooling systems. This machine builder focuses on continuous extrusion blow-molding and offers a wide selection of custom options that help its customers secure a competitive advantage.

    R&B Plastics sought flexibility for its blow-molding machines via programmable automation controllers to accommodate quick product changeovers, ease of use -- from a single integrated control and information platform, and reliable and ongoing support from global distributors to help customers reduce the risk of downtime. R&B Plastics also works with Rockwell Automation to offer users scalable solutions for parison-control retrofits. This approach leaves all other machine control systems in place.

    Rockwell Automation
    04/12/2011
  • Smart Grid Webcast Series

    This series will provide an inside perspective on green design, prototyping and commercialization from a variety of green engineers around the world working hard to speed the adoption and proliferation of grid-scale, cost-effective clean energy systems.

    National Instruments
    04/11/2011
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