Robotics January 15, 2019

Cybersecurity required for safe IIoT robots

For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure from cyberattacks in the age of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Everyone in the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) departments are responsible for ensuring this happens.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Safety January 15, 2019

Seven ways to increase security at a food and beverage facility

Food and beverage plants can improve overall safety with preventive measures such as an increased physical security presence, an open floorplan, and controlled facility access.

By Manny Valdivieso, AIA
Business of Engineering January 3, 2019

PMI plunges in December over manufacturing slowdown concerns

Index drops almost 10% to 2-year low as production, new orders slump.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Efficiency January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 19, 2018

Identifying IIoT risks and rewards

Integrators provide a safe passage to smart factory technology

By Jason Baron
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Hydraulics January 17, 2019

Application and environment’s impact on choosing the correct hose

An application's environment and conditions can have a major impact on choosing the correct type of hose.

By Kevin Olmstead
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Robotics January 16, 2019

Vacuum gripper benefits for collaborative robots

Vacuum grippers can be beneficial for collaborative robots, but the type of application and the potential costs associated with them need to be considered.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Chart 1: Predictive maintenance market share 2017-2022. Courtesy: Cyient
Energy Efficiency January 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, predictive maintenance growth, the PMI's December drop, and IIoT risks and rewards were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Asset Management January 12, 2019

Reasons to stick with or develop an ERP business plan

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a must for any business looking to improve their overall operations, particularly as the economic outlook becomes more uncertain.

By Ultra Consultants
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 11, 2019

Four areas where the IIoT is revolutionizing the food and beverage industry

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing how food and beverage manufacturers approach safety, product quality, packaging, and how personnel work in their day-to-day operations.

By Rao Kolla
Figure 3: The IIC’s Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) is the industry’s most comprehensive analysis of connectivity technologies. It includes detailed assessments for the most common IIoT technologies, including OPC UA and DDS. It also proposes an architecture for using them together. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Other Networks January 11, 2019

The future of IIoT software in manufacturing

A guide to understanding and using data distribution service (DDS), time-sensitive networking (TSN), and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) for advanced manufacturing applications.

By Stan Schneider, PhD