Factory Automation

Edge-located HMIs drive new wave of Industry 4.0

December 4, 2020

Unified HMIs installed at the automation edge effectively connect users to their data by bridging OT plant data with workflows and IT tools. Advances will improve machine performance, reduce downtime, enable greater profitability, and fuel connected enterprises through the Industry 4.0 revolution.

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Autonomous forklift guided by swarm intelligence

November 4, 2020

By using swarm intelligence, new forklifts are able to navigate a production facility or warehouse in a truly autonomous fashion. Programming or “teaching” the vehicles is easier, while central software programs including maintenance and updates are rendered obsolete using advanced communications technology.

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Improving industrial security in large brownfield plants

September 1, 2020

In industrial plants, PLCs run the show. Chemical giant BASF had a large number of PLCs and they wanted to update automatically. But with multiple firewalls to navigate and many third-party devices involved, integrating them on a single network would be a challenge.

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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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Industrie 4.0: smart electronics production via PC-based control

September 1, 2020

Advancing the smart factory with PC-based control technology, electronics companies are developing platforms with unified interfaces as part of a flexible manufacturing strategy. Intelligent networks combine multiple users and machines with a range of advanced services.

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Numerous tools on one platform save time and money

July 7, 2020

A manufacturer of precision machined aluminum die castings and subassemblies reduced costs and raised efficiency by implementing an industrial application platform. New tools enabled building solutions in human-machine interfaces, SCADA and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Scalable automation solution for heat exchanger manufacturing

July 1, 2020

PC-based automation, drive networking and Ethernet I/O reduces control technology cost and cycle times for OEM machinery builder. Use of EtherCAT technology improved PLC cycle times by 30% and reduced control system costs by approximately 30% when compared with equipment from previous vendors.

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IoT-capable press lines harness open control technology

March 9, 2020

Implementing Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) concepts is leading to a huge increase in the volumes of data in manufacturing plants. PC-based control technology forms a potent solution for processing this data, as manufacturers seek to meet the demands of optimizing manufacturing quality and efficiency.

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Durable cables aid in production of biscuits and breads

March 9, 2020

A leading manufacturer of furnaces for biscuit and bread production designed new cabling systems and connections for its newest production lines. These systems are capable of producing around 4,000 kilograms of biscuits per hour: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Enabling robust condition-based monitoring for Industry 4.0

January 9, 2020

To meet the demands of Industry 4.0, condition-based monitoring (CbM) of robotics and rotating machines, such as turbines, fans, pumps, and motors, offers a method for record real-time data related to the health and performance of machines to enable targeted predictive maintenance, as well as optimized control.

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