Ethernet Technology

Secure collaboration spaces in manufacturing workflows

December 4, 2020

The combination of security and collaboration platforms paves the way to accelerate engagement of a “community of experts” to address anomalies in industrial control networks. These communities can react rapidly to security and operational issues within the manufacturing environments.

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Connectivity in the changing robot industry

December 4, 2020

Changes in the robotic industry, especially trends toward connectivity, miniaturization and Industry 4.0, led to a partnership between HARTING and Kuka. Responding to these megatrends put the focus on detailed application knowledge, a common view of holistic customer benefits and concrete new product solutions.

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PC and EtherCAT-based control for Magellan telescope

December 4, 2020

Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) combines site-wide, real-time connectivity with 3,000 precisely controlled servo axes. The telescope design boasts a resolution 10 times greater than that afforded by the Hubble Space Telescope, and moved away from building the automation solution using custom control components.

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Lean PLC and HMI system offers facility automation solution

September 1, 2020

Small and medium facility operators can obtain a comprehensive facility automation system delivering the capabilities they need by choosing the right hardware and software solution. Standard PLCs and HMIs can meet the needs of the facility without complex and expensive server hardware, or a datacenter environment.

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Cobots maximise return on investment

July 4, 2020

Cobots hold the promise of increasing the efficiency and quality of human work, bringing greater reliability, consistency and precision to a variety of manufacturing and assembly operations. However, do these potential benefits and trends hold true for all users and end user application requirements.

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How to optimize networks for extreme conditions

March 9, 2020

From remote oil rigs to electrical substations, industry runs on data. Interruptions to flow of information can create unexpected downtime and result in costly outages. This article explores ways to optimize networks for maximum uptime in the face of challenging and varied environmental operating conditions.

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Overcoming an ineffective wireless radio infrastructure

November 12, 2019

A new remote communications system provides pipeline flow control and monitoring of municipal water supply and four pump stations. A combination of 4G LTE cellular communications, along with a multi-carrier cellular RTU with GPS and control, seamlessly monitors each RTU cabinet remotely.

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One communication standard: OPC UA for AutoID devices

September 22, 2019

AutoID devices continue to differ depending on the manufacturer, with all devices having sufficient differentiation options. Only the data exchange is standard across all of them, which simplifies integration of AutoID technology and built-in security is now accelerating the expansion of automation to Industry 4.0.

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TwinCAT OPC UA connects research to innovation

September 22, 2019

Flexible communication across building and mobility applications at Empa rely on the OPC UA standard to interconnect its research infrastructure. Data communication, from control traffic between devices to data analysis in the cloud, is handled by embedded PCs running TwinCAT 3 OPC UA software.

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Palm oil tank farms ready for digitalization

July 27, 2019

Direct integration of Profibus PA field level into Ethernet control systems has created transparency and consistency for a provider of palm oil tank farms. An integrated platform handles reporting and offers real-time transparency for total inventory management of both raw materials and finished goods.

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