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  • The Advantages of Fanless PCs in Industrial Environments

    While this approach creates a variety of challenges in design, this white paper discusses how a fanless PC can prevent many of the common stresses a traditional computer may experience and help decrease the downtime of an average system.

    Ian Bacon, computer design engineer and Anderson Peeples associate design engineer, CCS
  • RFID: Knowing the Difference Between HF and UHF

    Industrial manufacturing is constantly adapting to meet the ever-increasing productivity and efficiency demands on the factory floor, and track and trace technologies play an important role in satisfying these goals. Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been providing manufacturers with high-quality monitoring systems to deliver unparalleled control and visibility over automated operations for increased efficiency gains and improved production.

    When selecting the ideal track and trace technology, options are no longer limited to the debate between the capabilities and advantages of radio frequency identification over optical identification methods. Now, manufacturers should examine the difference in performance capacity between the various RFID frequencies in order to ensure the correct solution is implemented to meet corresponding application requirements.

    With each industrial application presenting a unique set of challenges and demands, it is important to know the speed, range and number of tags individual operation requires to achieve the necessary level of control. This white paper will explain how RFID technology operates, and will further break down high-frequency and ultrahigh frequency RFID. The white paper will also highlight the distinct strengths and weaknesses of each frequency, along with identifying the industries and applications that suit each technology best.

  • Wireless Networking: Usage and Application Trends

    An electronic survey of our readers was conducted in February, 2013, in order to identify usage and application trends of wireless networking among our readership.

  • Motion, Drives and Motors: Usage and Application Trends

    An electronic survey of our readers was conducted in February 2013 in order to identify usage and application trends of motion, drives and motors among the industrial machine builders that comprise our readership.

  • Distributed I/O and Remote I/O Solution Improves Performance and Reliability

    In Central New York State, recent upgrades at a municipal water plant have provided the means for operators to enhance their process for meeting the water quality needs of customers. As part of the upgrades, the facility modernized its control system utilizing a distributed I/O and remote I/O solution. This white paper discusses how this technology reduced wiring costs for field instrumentation while improving operational readiness and reliability.

    Jim McConahay, P.E., senior field applications engineer for Moore Industries and Geoffrey G. Miller, P.E., executive engineer for Onondaga County Water Authority
  • Implementing Foundation Fieldbus H1 Networks in Hazardous Areas

    Many engineers today find themselves questioning which bus technology to implement in their facility. As if that topic isn't difficult enough to resolve, the subject is further complication by implementing your chosen bus in a hazardous area. This classification alone adds a layer of complexity to the design and implementation of your control system. If you choose to implement networks such as Foundation fieldbus in your control system, the task may seem overwhelming. We were challenged with that task when we decided to implement Foundation fieldbus at Hoehinger Ingelheim Chemical. The purpose of this white paper is to provide some insight into the process for safety implementing Foundation fieldbus in a classified area of you facility.

  • Energy Monitoring for Profit: Introducing Demand Response

    You've heard about the Smart Grid, the interconnected infrastructure that will embed digital intelligence into the whole process of producing, distributing, pricing and consuming electrical energy in the U.S.?

    Opto 22's earlier white paper "Automation and the Smart Grid: Energy Management Today," introduced you to the United States electrical grid and then proposed practical ways in which small- and medium-sized commercial and industrial businesses can reduce energy costs now, without waiting for the Smart Grid.

    This white paper introduces demand response (DR), a concept that goes beyond reducing energy costs. DR can transform electrical energy usage from the fixed cost it traditionally has been to a future source of revenue for your business. And DR is a program you, as an automation professional, can inaugurate to significantly improve your company's bottom line.

    Opto 22
  • RFID: Beyond the Supply Chain

    Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is commonly considered for asset identification and tracking-type applications. These are customary and effective uses of this technology, yet potential also exists for increasing the use of RFID in process control, discrete manufacturing, utility operations, and many other industrial settings.

    Like any other technology, RFID cannot exist in a vacuum. This white paper discusses how retail or industrial — an RFID system communicate and work effectively with other hardware devices and software systems.

    Opto 22
  • HDBaseT Signals Over Bundled Cables

    Belden Presents the Results of Controlled Tests That Were Performed to Determine Under What Conditions a Link Failure Can Occur

    Paul Kish, director of systems and standards, Belden
  • 3D Imaging With NI LabVIEW

    The LabVIEW 2012 Vision Development Module makes 3D vision accessible to engineers through seamless integration of software and hardware tools for 3D within one graphical development environment.

    National Instruments
  • Building an NI Motion Control System

    This white paper provides a guide to NI's Motion Control platform and offers some suggestions on selecting the right hardware setup for your application.

    National Instruments
  • Machine Vision on NI CompactRIO

    Learn how this functionality makes CompactRIO one of the first PACs to have vision capabilities and provide a fully integrated and efficient design for shorter time to market and reduced physical footprint in this white paper.

    National Instruments
  • Vision Development Module Evaluation

    The module features a license for NI Vision Acquisition Software that you can use to acquire, display, save, and monitor images from GigE Vision, IEEE 1394, and DirectShow USB devices, in addition to Camera Link, analog, parallel digital cameras, and NI Smart Cameras.

    National Instruments
  • Vision Builder for Automated Inspection Evaluation Software

    Learn how Vision Builder AI simplifies the development and maintenance process by replacing the complexities of programming with an interactive menu-driven development environment, without sacrificing performance or range of functionality.

    National Instruments
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