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    Secure Remote Access: Protect Your Plant Floor

    December 4, 2019

    Secure remote access policies and procedures can help manufacturers protect against cyber threats and human errors that result in unplanned downtime.

    Before We Talk Pay, Let’s Talk About Opportunity

    December 2, 2019

    Statistics will tell you that women are closing the gender pay gap. But for women of color, the move forward is slower.

    Experience Bold Conversations at Automation Fair

    November 18, 2019

    An interactive space where people tell stories, invite questions and encourage authentic dialog around the challenges of creating a culture that differentiates a company.

    Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

    November 14, 2019

    The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

    Workforce Enablement and the New Age of OEM Value

    November 13, 2019

    Equipment and machine builders are rethinking design, machine intelligence and services to address their customer’s workforce challenges.

    LOTO OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

    November 11, 2019

    Is your lockout/tagout program compliant with OSHA regulations? LOTO OSHA violations are incredibly common for manufacturers. How to avoid fines and stay in compliance.

    Digital Transformation and Mining Workforce Shifts

    November 8, 2019

    Technology is changing the way mining companies do business and one of the most impacted areas is the workforce. Learn how digital transformation is changing mining roles for the future.

    Add Emulation to your Speed to Market Toolbox

    November 6, 2019

    CPG companies are gaining significant launch-time advantages with emulation technology. Recent advances are making it easier than ever to employ.

    Inclusion and diversity

    November 6, 2019

    Join us at the top of every hour to hear from a variety of thought-leaders on how culture, community outreach, supplier diversity and a focus on talent can impact your business.

    Surviving the Skills Gap

    November 6, 2019

    Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

    Paper Mill Migrates to Modern DCS

    October 30, 2019

    For this paper mill, migrating its batch digester to a modern DCS offered significant improvements in yield, quality and operator efficiency.

    The Benefits of Remote Support for Manufacturers

    October 21, 2019

    Plant managers can’t be everywhere, all the time. But in many ways, they need to be. Remote support can provide valuable expertise and backup whenever it’s needed.

    Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

    October 16, 2019

    A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

    Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

    October 11, 2019

    Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

    Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

    October 4, 2019

    We are here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

    September 30, 2019

    Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

    Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

    September 30, 2019

    With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

    Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

    September 20, 2019

    Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

    LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

    September 18, 2019

    Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

    The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

    September 16, 2019

    By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

    How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

    September 13, 2019

    Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

    Veteran Hiring Fills High-Tech Skills Gap

    September 11, 2019

    While veterans make great employees, moving from military to civilian employment can be tough. One veteran offers advice on creating a smooth transition.

    How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

    September 9, 2019

    Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

    One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

    September 9, 2019

    With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

    Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

    September 6, 2019

    The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

    Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

    September 2, 2019

    Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

    Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

    August 30, 2019

    Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

    Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

    August 28, 2019

    Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

    Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

    August 16, 2019

    Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

    OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

    August 14, 2019

    Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

    When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

    August 12, 2019

    Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

    Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

    August 9, 2019

    Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

    Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

    August 7, 2019

    Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

    Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

    August 5, 2019

    Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

    Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

    August 2, 2019

    It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

    Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

    July 31, 2019

    ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

    Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

    July 29, 2019

    Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

    Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

    July 26, 2019

    The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

    Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

    July 22, 2019

    For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

    Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

    July 19, 2019

    When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

    Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

    July 17, 2019

    Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

    Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

    July 15, 2019

    Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

    Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

    July 15, 2019

    There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

    Beyond Data Integrity

    July 8, 2019

    Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

    Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

    July 5, 2019

    To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

    Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

    July 3, 2019

    Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

    Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

    July 1, 2019

    Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

    Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

    July 1, 2019

    The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

    People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

    July 1, 2019

    We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

    The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

    July 1, 2019

    Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

    Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

    June 26, 2019

    In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

    AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

    June 21, 2019

    New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

    Let’s Transform the Future

    June 19, 2019

    Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

    Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

    June 17, 2019

    A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.

    A Unified Solution for Measurement and Control

    June 14, 2019

    Improve measurement and control with a unified solution for multi-well pad operations.

    Smart Data Replaces Big Data

    June 12, 2019

    Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

    Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

    June 10, 2019

    The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

    E-learning: Evolving to Bridge the Skills Gap

    June 5, 2019

    As jobs have become more advanced and technological, the industrial skills gap has widened. But a game-changer has arrived: e-learning.

    Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

    June 3, 2019

    A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

    From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

    June 2, 2019

    Collaboration between CPG manufacturers and OEMs helps unify processing and packaging applications – and eases the way to compliance.

    AngloGold Modernizes with a New DCS

    May 29, 2019

    AngloGold chose a modern DCS for its activated carbon process facility. Their operators quickly transitioned to simpler ISA 101 compliant grayscale displays with increased visibility.

    How to Reduce Lead Time, Build Efficiency

    May 27, 2019

    Custom machine builders are improving time to market with smarter machine engineering. See how you can build efficiency with a single control platform.

    Weighing Your Options for Simple Motor Control

    May 26, 2019

    Every motor control application is different, so what method provides the best fit and function? Push button or PLC control?

    The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

    May 24, 2019

    Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

    Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

    May 22, 2019

    The utilization of a modern batch control systems helps chemical producers achieve more flexible, productive and efficient operations.

    A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

    May 20, 2019

    Innovations that paved the way for smart manufacturing took root decades ago. This pioneer helped focus a thousand points of light to what we know today.

    Serving Up Value By Controlling F&B Processes

    May 19, 2019

    Food and beverage manufacturers can use model predictive control to create a standard model for production, optimizing capacity while maintaining or improving quality.

    5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

    May 17, 2019

    Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

    Outdated Multimodal Port Modernizes with a New DCS

    May 15, 2019

    The largest port in central Chile, Los Ventanas, is now also its most modern after a new CEO helped to automate all processes using a modern DCS.

    Modernize Your Power System, Boost Productivity

    May 13, 2019

    Oil and gas producers are feeling the pain of relying on aging systems. The use of intelligent packaged power cuts risk and costs, while unleashing information for performance improvement.

    Eight Tips To Crush Your Internship

    May 12, 2019

    How do you get what you need from your internship (and impress your employer)? 8 tips to make the most of the experience.

    Gain Better Visibility of Your Plant Operations

    May 10, 2019

    Digital technology can transform your maintenance, repair and operations asset data into something you can use.

    What Every OEM Should Know About Skid Integration

    May 8, 2019

    How to sidestep common roadblocks, minimize engineering time and speed deployment.

    Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

    May 6, 2019

    To understand customer expectations, you have to think like a consumer. What impresses you about a company’s service? What drives you away?

    21st Century Services: From Expense to Asset

    May 5, 2019

    What is ‘now’ for industrial services in the 21st Century, and what’s next as industry and its people develop and reinvent themselves?

    Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

    May 3, 2019

    Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

    Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

    May 1, 2019

    Instead of choosing business and leadership books that reinforce your beliefs, consider reading a few that challenge your assumptions.

    Cybersecurity Assessments: Improve Your Posture

    April 29, 2019

    The journey to improve your industrial security posture may seem complex. Determine your target security posture with security assessments.

    Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

    April 26, 2019

    Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

    Digital Transformation of Mining

    April 22, 2019

    Technology is changing the way mining companies do business. Here are five tools you can easily bring online at your mine and quickly see tangible results.

    E-learning: Make Time for Your Skills Development

    April 19, 2019

    Prioritizing continued learning and training is in your best interest as an employee. With e-learning, making time for professional growth is easy.

    Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

    April 15, 2019

    MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

    Things To Consider If You Mentor Interns

    April 12, 2019

    Internships can be a powerful learning and development tool. Or they can distance a learner from a field of study, company or industry. 3 tips for success.

    AC Drives Lessen the Harm of Mechanical Resonance

    April 10, 2019

    Low-voltage AC drives with adaptive tuning can detect and easily mitigate mechanical-resonance issues, so your machines can run better and you can save more.

    Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

    April 8, 2019

    How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

    Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

    April 5, 2019

    Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

    Refinery Proves It’s Too Costly to Not Modernize

    April 3, 2019

    A large producer of zinc was facing costly unplanned downtime, exposing them to operational and financial risk. Learn how they overcame these challenges with a modern DCS.

    Diversification: the Future of Irish Industry?

    April 1, 2019

    Looking beyond the pharmaceutical and food and beverages industries, where is the potential for rapid growth?

    Emulate3D: Welcome to The Family!

    April 1, 2019

    The UK has always been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit – as recent acquisitions show.

    Industrial Digitisation in South Africa

    April 1, 2019

    South Africa can’t afford to be left behind in the worldwide migration to Industry 4.0. What are the changes facing key industries in 2019?

    What Can Film Directors Teach About Industry 4.0?

    April 1, 2019

    Visionary directors come in many forms, whether they are making films or deploying Industry 4.0.

    Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

    March 29, 2019

    This is how we use dashboards to present data and analytics in useful ways, so you can view what information matters most.

    Gain Brewhouse Efficiency with Process Analytics

    March 25, 2019

    Harnessing the power of process analytics is the next frontier in brewhouse efficiency. Reveal hidden efficiencies that are easily attainable for any size operation.

    Build a Competitive Edge with Data

    March 24, 2019

    Manufacturers can build a competitive edge with insights and action fueled by robust analytics environments from Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.

    FIRST Made Me A Better Engineer

    March 22, 2019

    Mentoring FIRST students takes time and commitment. What you get in return is a new view of the world, and a better way to do your job.

    Three Tips for Elevating Your Career

    March 22, 2019

    You have many choices in your career path. I did. Here are some of the reasons the EMEA graduate programme was right for me.

    Examining the Value of Cybersecurity

    March 20, 2019

    The right cybersecurity policies put comprehensive protections in place for a company’s assets before, during and after an event.

    Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Inclusion

    March 18, 2019

    On our inclusion journey, every step forward is a chance to look back and realize who is not with us yet. Our path forward must be intentional and strategic.

    An Assembly Line for Organs? It’s Possible.

    March 15, 2019

    Automating regenerative medicine will do for organs what Detroit did for cars and Silicon Valley did for semiconductors.

    Exploring Data Can Feed Your Next Process Change

    March 13, 2019

    Model predictive control works hand in hand with data exploration. Learn how these technologies optimize production and end-product quality.