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2010 Webcasts

Solar Power - Manufacturing Opportunities and Engineering Insights
April 8, 2010 12:00pm CDT
In this webcast we'll explore control and automation engineering lessons from the solar energy industry as well as the business opportunities available to solar industry suppliers. more>>

Device Networking: Lessons in Cost-Effective Connectivity
March 31, 2010 12:00pm CDT
Among the many lessons this most recent recession taught manufacturers is that no expenditure on capital equipment is above scrutiny. Nowhere are such expenditures more evident than on equipment facets-such as cables or connectors-that are often overlooked or left to others to decide during the purchase of capital equipment. more>>

2009 Webcasts

Wind Energy: Control Engineering Lessons and Opportunities
December 15, 2009 12:00pm CST
Alternative energy initiatives, such as wind power, have been getting a lot of attention based on their potential to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and for the new jobs created for engineers as these industries continue to grow. more>>

Engineering with Ethernet
October 28, 2009 12:00pm CDT
The debate about Ethernet's viability on the plant floor is no longer an issue for most engineers. Their concerns now focus on the variety of specifications and possibilities for industrial Ethernet-ranging from protocols, switch architectures, and Power over Ethernet to safety concerns, legacy network connection issues and wireless possibilities. more>>

Technologies for Regulatory Compliance
September 16, 2009 12:00pm CDT
Regulatory compliance is an issue which is becoming increasingly critical for manufacturers of all types as federal agencies clamp down on violations of all types. more>>

Troubleshooting Industrial Networks
August 20, 2009 12:00pm CDT
Over the past two decades, industrial networks have grown dramatically from simple communication structures designed to send messages from controllers to machines and back to the controller or HMI. more>>

Efficient Use of Materials
May 28, 2009 7:08pm CDT
While most industrial sustainability efforts are focused on energy, the other major cost for manufacturers' "materials" should not go unnoticed. In this webcast we'll look at 3 materials-related processes that can make your operations more sustainable and save a lot of money. more>>

Energy Efficiency Strategy & Tactics
February 25, 2009 4:50pm CST
When it comes to sustainability, it's not about where you stand on climate change, it's about where you stand on efficiency. This Webcast will get to the heart of three core approaches to efficiency improvement in manufacturing operations. more>>

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