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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 19, 2023

How TSN helps manufacturers enable edge computing capabilities

Edge computing is becoming increasingly more crucial to optimizing data-driven activities, supporting the implementation of innovative digital technologies and ultimately the creation of the smart factories of the future.

By Thomas Burke
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 15, 2023

How AI, ML and Industry 4.0 affect plant automation

Plant automation, combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) along with Industry 4.0 concepts, can help companies make many positive strides, but cultural and technological challenges persist.

By Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 29, 2023

When and how to leverage workforce dynamics when adopting technologies

How to keep the workforce engaged and developing as we continue to implement Industry 4.0.

By John Kan and Chase Wentzky
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 24, 2023

Six ways connected worker platforms benefit factory automation

Connected worker platforms can help make workers safer and more productive in the factory of the future by giving them better insights through real-time data.

By Eric Whitley
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2023

Outstanding applications in maintenance and quality 4.0

Think big, start small and secure return on investment for Industry 4.0 and predictive analytics.

By Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 27, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed industry 4.0 articles in 2023

Read the best articles about industry 4.0 including digital transformation, IT/OT convergence, control systems and more.

By Tyler Wall
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 27, 2023

Your questions answered: Get A Start on Industry 4.0 with an MES with Built-In Condition Monitoring Capabilities

Through the webcast and these responses, learn more about using a manufacturing execution system (MES) to get a head start on Industry 4.0

By Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 20, 2023

The IIoT’s role in decarbonizing industries

Effective decarbonization and environmental, societal and governance (ESG) measures, today, lack transparency of production information in supply chains.

By Gunter Beitinger, Andreas Kind, Maximilian Weinhold, Florian Ansgar Jaeger and Saad Bin Shams
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 8, 2023

Important considerations when sizing linear and direct-drive technologies

Linear motors and direct-drives can be overlooked due to a rotary servo motor, but manufacturers could miss out on the benefits a linear or direct-drive could provide

By Dulce Maria Varela
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 13, 2023

Improving network and IIoT security with advanced SD-WAN

To support digital transformation, plant leaders must modernize the network infrastructure, yet ensure it remains flexible and secure.

By Gabriel Gomane
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 4, 2023

Addressing current issues in predictive analytics

Webcast presentation highlights convergence of analytics with IIoT.

By Mohamed (Mo) Abuali
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 7, 2022

Control systems evolve to meet enterprise and operational needs

Develop and implement a holistic automation technology stack

By Claudio Fayad and Erik Lindhjem
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 30, 2022

Leveraging MQTT, industrial edge devices in automation projects

Message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) and industrial edge devices remove systemic limitations, communicate more data and improve system security for IIoT implementations.

By Benson Hougland
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 21, 2022

In tune with times, software application provider focuses on frontline workers

An interview with serial industrial IT/automation entrepreneur Augmentir’s Russ Fadel

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 18, 2022

Seamless data transparency prepares global building materials maker for future

At Pipelife, TwinCAT 3 IoT Data Agent and IPC edge devices feed a data lake

By Balazs Bezeczky
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 11, 2022

Unleash the power of smart manufacturing

What Industry 4.0 can mean to you

By CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2022

Digital twins, blockchain and IoT are powering the metaverse

The metaverse is evolving for industrial use, and the foundation, going forward, will be digital twins, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT).

By Gopikrishnan Konnanath
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 25, 2022

The ROI of IIoT: Safety and productivity benefits

The IIoT promises to reduce downtime and save money, especially when applied to legacy equipment.

By Nick Schiltz
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 22, 2022

How manufacturing departments benefit from smart factory applications

Smart factory applications are ways to apply smart factory solutions and can look different depending on the circumstance.

By Trent Maw
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 14, 2022

Digitalization, interoperability help with industrial sustainability

Think Again: Industrial challenges such as carbon emission reductions, increased capacity and skilled labor shortages require factory automation and process control users apply more digitalization and require interoperability.

By Mark T. Hoske
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 8, 2022

MES manufacturing benefits for the plant floor

Well-designed manufacturing execution systems (MES) have a few things to offer to a manufacturing process, despite their pitfalls.

By Trent Maw
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 25-31, 2022

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered cloud architecture, electric vehicles, geothermal energy, hydraulic cylinders and AI-as-a-service. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 23, 2022

The driving force behind Industry 4.0 success

Smart sensors play a key role in helping manufacturers achieve Industry 4.0 goals.

By Suzanne Gill
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 21, 2022

IT/OT convergence and Industry 4.0’s role in pharmaceutical manufacturing

To understand the modern life sciences manufacturing process, one must understand how the industry and IT/OT convergence has transformed.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 28, 2022

Choosing between open or proprietary IIoT solutions

Open and proprietary Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions have different emphases on data management and collection and benefits differ, depending on user goals.

By Ethan Chen
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 16, 2022

IT/OT convergence moves automation markets forward

Cloud-native data historian expedites data migration, insights

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 12, 2022

IIoT phases of planning, deployment, use

Five sets of questions serve as a checklist for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) planning, deployment and use for automation used for Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0.

By Alan Raveling
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 2, 2022

IIoT is reshaping the industrial sector in 2022

If you and your customers aren’t realizing the top 5 benefits of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in 2022, are your competitors? See how wireless connectivity and industrial 5G are among IIoT trends.

By Prasanna Shukla
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 19, 2022

Should the metaverse matter to me?

A simulated digital environment that harnesses digital twins, mixed reality and other platforms.

By Angie Sticher
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 18, 2022

Remote monitoring of temperature and vibration

How cloud-based predictive maintenance technology makes it easy

By Nick Schiltz
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 12, 2022

How IIoT, AI can help make future-proof manufacturing a reality

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers manufacturers greater productivity and better information insights through artificial intelligence (AI) as companies look toward the factory of the future.

By Tanya M. Anandan
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 7, 2022

Industrial IoT made fast and easy

With the tools available today, implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is not as hard as people think.

By Arlen Nipper
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 6, 2022

Strengthening the supply chain with IIoT technology

The IIoT enables new functionalities and more intelligent, predictive, and proactive processes that lead to enhanced efficiencies for the supply chain.

By Eric Wendt
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 3, 2022

Six ways IIoT expands manufacturing system capabilities

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is best used to expand process control and automation systems capabilities while letting them perform as designed. See six methods on how the IIoT enhances manufacturing.

By John Clemons and Garrett Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2022

Why IoT is the future of manufacturing

Key network tools, such as LPWAN, offer quick adoption, flexibility and affordable solutions

By Maria Hernandez
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 9, 2022

The IIoT’s role in smart manufacturing

Thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) companies are digitally transforming business strategies and processes to better serve customers and be more competitive in a global environment.

By John Clemons and Garrett Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 25, 2022

IoT-based integration supports predictive maintenance, production scheduling

In this webcast, two highly qualified speakers will discuss the use of predictive maintenance functionality, working in tandem with production scheduling, to optimize manufacturing operations.

By CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 9, 2022

What’s in store for Industry 4.0 in 2022?

A relentless pace of ongoing digitalization

By Mohamed (Mo) Abuali
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 9, 2022

Connectivity enables smart production lines

Before reaping the benefits of IIoT, operators need to gain visibility of the production floor

By Oliver Wang
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 30, 2021

NOV transforms upstream design process

Thinking big, proving small on digital twins pays off

By Valentijn de Leeuw
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 28, 2021

Automation designers select hardware, software from portfolio of coordinated products

Automation designers develop IIoT-ready automation solutions of all sizes

By Vibhoosh Gupta
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 19, 2021

Decoding OT data secrets

In the past, ensuring the reliable transmission of operational technology (OT) data was the only requirement; now, it is necessary to also ensure the data’s quality.

By Alvis Chen
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 16, 2021

The path toward digitalization and the future

Upgrading a plant at every level

By Brian McMinn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 13, 2021

Digital twin interoperability framework announced

The Digital Twin System Interoperability Framework is designed to characterize multiple facets of system interoperability. Seven key concepts are highlighted.

By Digital Twin Consortium (DTC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 4, 2021

Is this IoT, IIoT or Industry 4.0?

The fourth Industrial Revolution goes by many names, but the basic principle is the same: Connecting devices that previously couldn’t be connected to gather more information for industrial applications to make better decisions. See four IIoT considerations for hardware, application integration.

By Paul Hunt
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 22, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Nov. 15-21, 2021

Articles about how augmented reality and Industry 4.0 can improve worker safety productivity, difference between NEMA and IEC electric motors, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 19, 2021

How augmented reality, Industry 4.0 can improve worker safety, productivity

Technologies such as augmented reality (AR) can help close the skill and talent gap while enhancing worker and asset safety and productivity.

By Manish Chawla
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2021

Four benefits from aligning IT, OT

Converging information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) offers many benefits including lower risks, better decision-making and lower overall costs.

By Arnell Ignacio
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 2, 2021

IIoT networking framework published

The Industry IoT Consortium's (IIC) networking framework guides IIoT stakeholders on developing appropriate networking solutions to enable IIoT applications and stimulate industrial digital transformation.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 28, 2021

IIoT trustworthiness for cyber-physical systems defined

The Industry IoT Consortium (IIC) defined IIoT framework foundations to help governmental and commercial organizations for cyber-physical systems.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Sept. 6-12, 2021

Articles about the engineering leaders under 40, how to vitalize digital transformation, building secure energy and power grids for the future, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 6-12, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 9, 2021

Great smart manufacturing initiatives deserve great funding

Calculating financial benefits and proving the return on investment (ROI) is critical when developing a smart manufacturing project.

By Sam Russem
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 31, 2021

How do you break the trap of IIoT development?

Streamlined tools and industry knowledge can help with faster, more effective Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations.

By Stone Shi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 26, 2021

Can you improve ROI using Industry 4.0?

When using Industry 4.0, a positive return on investment (ROI) should always be front of mind for manufacturers. Three questions for considering potential ROI are highlighted.

By Terri Ghio
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 25, 2021

Secure device onboarding for manufacturing supply chain

Until now, there has been no broadly supported industry standard for automated secure device onboarding. The FIDO Alliance looks to change that.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 23, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Aug 16-22, 2021

Articles about five steps for jumpstarting a successful IIoT program, productivity increasing with cloud-connected IPC, how to achieve effective process safety, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug 16-22, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 18, 2021

Tapping predictive maintenance with mobile, IIoT

Organizations can improve asset reliability with predictive and condition-based maintenance based on asset health insights from operational data and analytics.

By Joe Berti
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 17, 2021

Five trends of Industry 4.0 outline the future of flexible factories

Eight years after Industry 4.0 began, have you answered three flexible factory problems? Five Industry 4.0 trends help create flexible factories.

By Stone Shi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 17, 2021

IoT group rebrands, shifting focusing toward marketplace maturity

The IIC has changed its name to the Industry IoT Consortium as the group's focus shifts to driving technology innovation and helping companies realize a return on their IIoT investments.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 16, 2021

Five steps for jumpstarting a successful IIoT program

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and condition-based maintenance (CBM) alter the way we identify, assign and complete work

By Brian Harrison
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 23, 2021

Access real-time data; avoid digital blind spots

Agile, resilient operations derive from tools that make real-time data visible and useful. See post COVID-19 pandemic advice, including from a manufacturer, Anchor Glass.

By Mark T. Hoske
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 21, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 14-20, 2021

Articles about predictive maintenance best practices, spare part inventory for maintenance organizations, five strategies for smashing silos, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 14-20, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 19, 2021

How dairy manufacturers can achieve results with Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 can help dairy manufacturers, particularly smaller ones, by improving analytics and general operations.

By Nick McCormick
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 8, 2021

How blockchain, IIoT and AI make the global supply chain more resilient

Safeguards could be established to develop warning signs and by creating thresholds that would automatically trigger contingency plans to avoid supply chain disruptions.

By Brad Blocker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 8, 2021

Smart manufacturing: Five strategies for smashing silos

'That’s the way we’ve always done it’ is not ‘smart manufacturing’

By Mo Abuali, PhD and Isaac Bennett
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 31, 2021

IIoT in the real world

Industrial Internet of Things serves as the backbone for other Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), digital twins, the digital thread, big data, analytics, and cloud and edge computing.

By John Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 21, 2021

The future of IoT: Collaborative solutions

The future of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity requires flexible solutions that address a wide variety of IoT applications, use cases and device types.

By Marc Pégulu
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 20, 2021

How to build scalable data models with MQTT Sparkplug

A key to bridging the OT/IT gap is enabling successful data modeling, which is how organizations define and organize their business processes.

By Arlen Nipper
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 13, 2021

Hannover Messe Digital Edition: Digital transformation, international collaboration, award winner

With industrial digital transformation as the theme, the 2021 Hannover Messe Digital Edition kicked off a week of more than 1,500 program activities with more than 500 speakers, April 12-16, covering trends in industry, energy and logistics with experts from business, science and industry. See the 2021 Hermes Award winner.

By Mark T. Hoske
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 8, 2021

The advantages of the IIoT

Industrial Internet of Things doesn’t replace, but works together with automation, human-machine interface (HMI), MES, ERP, enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI), and analytics, adding benefits.

By John Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 7, 2021

Let IIoT do the dirty work: automating sewage treatment

Sewage treatment case study tracks early success, including accuracy and reliability

By Caitlyn Caggia
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 31, 2021

Practical and value-based Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 might seem daunting and expensive, but manufacturers can make it practical without getting bogged down in details.

By Matt Ruth
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 27, 2021

The practical side of Smart Manufacturing

MESA is developing a Smart Manufacturing model from a neutral point of view and provide a practical angle for users that is easy to work with.

By John Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 20, 2021

Benefits of developing a Smart Manufacturing model

Smart Manufacturing is changing the overall economic landscape, but no one quite knows how it's all supposed to come together. A good Smart Manufacturing model can help change that.

By John Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 24, 2021

IIoT, AI and control engineering combine to create a human-type nervous system

An enterprise-wide digital nervous system is emerging thanks to more powerful machine learning algorithms and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Control Engineering Europe
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 19, 2021

Connected technology advances for workers after COVID-19

A connected workforce has become a necessity because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology advances will continue even after the worst of the pandemic subsides.

By Vijay Ujjain and Paul-Marc Schweitzer
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 10, 2021

Implementing Industry 4.0 in support organizations

Implementing Industry 4.0 can improve operational efficiency and management for manufacturers, but it is ultimately driven by people and they need to be at the forefront of the transformation.

By Amy Mele
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 5, 2021

IoT-enabled process validation system for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled global process validation system with advanced process control (APC) capabilities can accelerate manufacturing efficiency, production capacity and reduce production cycle time for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

By Ramya Mopidevi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 3, 2021

Organizations agree to digital transformation liaison

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII) have agreed to a liaison to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of IIoT technologies.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2021

How cybersecurity is affecting control and automation

Engineers working with industrial cybersecurity need to understand the increased risks as automation becomes interconnected. Build industrial systems that will operate securely throughout the lifecycle.

By Max Wandera
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 7, 2021

Manufacturing digital transformation may start with consulting

Help needed for digital transformation? Most Chinese manufacturing enterprises have a strategic plan for digitalization; for those slow to start, consulting services may help digital transformation.

By Stone Shi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 6, 2021

Industrial automation unites the best of OT and IT

As operational and information technology roles progressively overlap in the industrial automation space, a hybrid operational technology/information technology (OT/IT) solution becomes increasingly necessary.

By Rich Carpenter
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 16, 2020

The future of productivity gain is Industry 4.NOW

An Industry 4.0 (or as SAP refers to it, Industry 4.NOW) strategy goes beyond the plant floor to connect production with end-to-end process execution across the supply chain.

By CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 15, 2020

Rise of the digital twin

The digital twin is set to be a key technology for the success of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Steve Sands
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 14, 2020

How to acquire trained talent through new learning opportunities

A shift toward engineering design will require proficiency in new tools developed through the training of current workers as well as the attraction of digitally fit new hires

By Laura Mabikafola
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 16, 2020

IoT gateway devices market projected to reach $16 billion by 2026

IoT gateways key to edge access

By Global Market Insights
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 9, 2020

How integrators can help IIoT applications

End users may find the variety of IIoT devices and connectivity technology to be intimidating. A system integrator can minimize risks and costs by implementing proven specification and implementation methods and architectures.

By Maryam Afshar and Brian Gallogly
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 8, 2020

HMI, IIoT, and AR technologies: Parts of the Industry 4.0 revolution

Industry 4.0, the next industrial revolution is underway, and human-machine interface and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are helping. Here’s how they can help your applications.

By John Clemons and Justin Robinson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 18, 2020

Cybersecurity is the optimal route to smart manufacturing

Cybersecurity strategy in digital plants is critical for companies that want to achieve smart manufacturing.

By Emilie Lerche Fenger and Marco Zampolli
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 12, 2020

Evaluating IoT wireless protocols for industrial applications

Do IoT-based wireless technologies designed for municipal, building, and residential sensor networks offer anything for industrial users? How about 5G?

By Andrew Cureton
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 11, 2020

The world keeps turning

Manufacturing, in spite of world events, will continue on with new developments all over the world

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 10, 2020

Industrial Internet of Things vocabulary terms updated

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released updated definitions for terms such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing and more.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 4, 2020

What engineers must know about data science

Subject matter experts and enterprise analytics increasingly allied

By Ed Kuzemchak and Sam Fahnestock
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 27, 2020

COVID-19 accelerates the digitalization of enterprises

Facing pressure and uncertainty from COVID-19, manufacturing companies need to improve innovation, agility and adaptability as it applies to products, services, operations, and employee developments. 

By Stone Shi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 4, 2020

Engineer’s perspective of the future of engineering applications

What’s next for industrialization as the industry begins to prepare for Industry 5.0.

By Narayanan Ramanathan
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 31, 2020

Automation at the Industrial IoT edge

Leverage edge technologies in good times and bad by using remote visualization, monitoring, access and management as well as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytical applications.

By Chantal Polsonetti
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 27, 2020

IIoT platform built on battery-free sensors

Everactive has developed an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform and industrial sensors that eliminate batteries altogether.

By Zach Winn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 7, 2020

Augmented reality tools: A digital bridge for the skill gap

Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way manufacturers work in the field. See three benefits of augmented reality and three examples of how AR helps users.

By Anna Velena, Vineesh Kapoor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 4, 2020

COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation

Industrial organizations are realizing digital transformation value during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes rapid production changes, enterprise-wide connectivity, and a shift from proof of concept to proof of value for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations.

By Sean Callahan
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 31, 2020

Flare stack monitoring made easy with edge-enabled video analytics

Real-time remote monitoring of a pressing concern in oil & gas

By Ramya Ravichandar
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 10, 2020

FDT IIoT ecosystem built to connect, empower intelligent industrial enterprise

Easier digital transformation and innovative industrial automation business models are expected to result from the FDT Group’s platform independent FDT 3.0 – IIoT Server (FITS) platform to help with control system integration in automation supplier and end-user communities in the process, hybrid and discrete markets.

By FDT Group
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 6, 2020

Seven ways automation design software helps IIoT

Electrical and automation design software can help with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) automation implementations in seven ways. See product examples.

By Mark T. Hoske
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 5, 2020

Manage IIoT deployments before they become a three-ring circus

Data quality begins with device validation

By Bob Slevin
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 18, 2020

How we live now

How profound an impact will the coronavirus crisis have on the technology infrastructure? It's already happening with one-third of workers logging in from home.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 7, 2020

Data flow is no longer hierarchical

Can industrial edge computing fit into the Purdue model?

By Vatsal Shah
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 6, 2020

Introduce analytics into industrial environments

Put analytics in the hands of the process experts who understand the data best.

By Edwin van Dijk
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 3, 2020

Automation meets edge computing

Combining a scalable human-machine interface (HMI) system and supervisory control and data acquisition with additional edge functionality gives machine and plant designs a high degree of flexibility and adaptability to quickly react to changing market environments and maintain fast innovations cycles.

By Bernd Raithel
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 7, 2020

An overview of industrial IoT, from edge to cloud

Next generation distributed I/O brings users one step closer to seamless connectivity

By Josh Eastburn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 2, 2020

Deploy IIoT sensors and networks in remote locations

IIoT adds value within a plant, but also is a natural fit for field data gathering

By Ryan Williams
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 24 to March 1

Articles about IIoT improving OEE, digital transformation constraints, safety best practices, and improving operations and facility design were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 24 to March 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 29, 2020

The promise of a digital twin

Digital twins are being embraced by companies in many different ways as they realize its potential

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 26, 2020

How to make industrial data fit for purpose

Seven steps as a practical guide to data management

By John Harrington
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 25, 2020

Use IIoT to improve OEE, increasing ROI

Case-use examples illustrate the point

By Michael Risse
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 24, 2020

Small-to-midsize manufacturers face digital transformation constraints

IT and OT software and platform convergence moves forward

By Joe Brooker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 28, 2019

10 industrial Internet terms you should know

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released its Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V2.2. See 10 terms IIC thinks you should know and see a link for more definitions.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 9, 2019

Make the IT/OT data connection

From raw materials to finished goods, the data flowing between the information/operations technology (IT/OT) system layer is key to increased efficiency, quality and agility.

By Tim Gellner
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 3, 2019

Poised to go all-in on edge

Edge computing is a mesh network of micro-data centers that process or store critical data locally while also working in concert with a central data center or cloud-storage repository.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2019

Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2019

Digital engineering practices enhance technologies of tomorrow

Digitalization: By integrating digital, physical and virtual realities, digital engineering redefines product development and manufacturing. Digital engineering accelerates development of next-generation smart products, services and operations.

By Narayanan Ramanathan
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 9, 2019

Four trends changing manufacturing as we know it

Addressing manufacturing use cases that deal with unstructured inputs.

By Kevin Hall
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 19, 2019

Smart Factory Web Testbed: From concept to reality

The Smart Factory Web Testbed aims to set up a marketplace for industrial production that comprises a web-based platform to allow factories to offer production capabilities and share resources to improve order fulfillment in a more flexible way than is currently possible with available technology.

By Kym Watson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2019

Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2019

Company creates material service spinoff for IIoT, Industry 4.0

thyssenkrupp Materials IoT GmbH (tkMIoT) has been created to connect machinery and digitalize processes for other companies.

By thyssenkrupp Materials Services
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 10, 2019

Water and wastewater utilities leverage IIoT for energy management

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and strategies help water and wastewater utilities advance energy efficiency goals. See applications: 7 IIoT benefits below.

By Anil Gosine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 6, 2019

Ensuring IIoT security best practices

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has developed a white paper designed to bolster best practices related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and data security.

By Gregory Hale
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2019

Prophecy IoT by Godlan Inc.

Prophecy IoT collects important machine and operational data every second, minute, hourly or daily

By Godlan Inc
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 29, 2019

Control system connectivity update

Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0 implementations need communication hubs, a role well-suited to PLCs and HMIs.

By Don Pham and Linda Htay
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 14, 2019

Take baby steps on IIoT

Collect usable data as the first step toward effective analysis.

By Tim Faillo
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 10, 2019

Virtual reality’s benefits for machine maintenance in processing applications

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help maintenance engineers in process industries such as the food industry repair industry and reduce potential downtime.

By George Walker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 30, 2019

Making things work as part of the IIoT

Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process, which is vital for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Suzanne Gill
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

Digitizing reality is now possible for workers thanks to technology advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new reality allows workers to benefit from augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve old problems in new and better ways.

By Michael D. Thomas
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 6, 2019

Smart manufacturing opens the door to real-time data

Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technologies can use real-time data to optimize processes and reduce costs for manufacturers.

By John Clemons
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 26, 2019

Your questions answered: IIoT/Cloud series, Part 2: Edge, Fog and Cloud

Webinar participants outline evolving nature of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) elements and how users are applying the edge, fog and cloud in their manufacturing operations.

By Charles (Chuck) C. Byers, Ed Kuzemchak, and Steve Hilton
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 8, 2019

Retrofitting Industrie 4.0 for digital control systems

Ypsomed, a medical technology company, was able to retrofit Industrie 4.0 digital control systems onto its legacy plastic injection molding machines.

By Suzanne Gill
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 17, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric acquires Iconics to advance IIoT offerings

Manufacturing, building automation products strengthened by deal, company officials say.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 8, 2019

IIoT series, Part 1: Five ways to use cloud and IIoT to improve productivity: Your questions answered

Webcast presenters Alan Griffiths and Mohamed (Mo) Abuali, Ph.D. answered additional questions about topics such as augmented reality, 5G technology, and predictive analytics.

By Alan Griffiths, Mohamed (Mo) Abuali
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 28, 2019

Five ways location intelligence improves IIoT operations

Digital representations of factories and industrial spaces lead to opportunities.

By Charity Rumery
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 26, 2019

Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud?

Wireless sensors and specialized software deliver options for improved effectiveness.

By Brian Joe
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 25, 2019

Protecting the production line in the Industrie 4.0, IIoT age

Manufacturers are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 to make factories smarter, but they can't lose sight of basic cybersecurity best practices.

By Anne Klebsch
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 11, 2019

Use context with IIoT to provide automation value

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a lot of potential, but without context and a clear goal, value for companies will be less. See 8 ways to move from data to information.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 8, 2019

Industrie 4.0 challenges, and its potential

Meet the cultural changes head-on to derive benefits.

By Andrew Cannon
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 3, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 2: New partnerships, new Partner Country

Open Industry 4.0 alliance formed, Indonesia named Partner Country for 2020, TSN testbed released

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 30, 2019

High-speed engine monitoring IIoT-enhanced

Analytics improve performance of remote assets.

By Kevin Parker
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 25, 2019

Hannover Fairs USA will launch Digital Industry conference in September

CFE Media to present GAMS event at event’s executive conference.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 10, 2019

Rethink the organization’s structure

Cyber-physical environments will change what managers do.

By Jonathan Gross
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 13, 2019

The human factor of IoT in safety

Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants

By Susie Cumberland
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 6, 2019

Future plant design links data, operations

Manufacturers are ready to invest in next-gen digital production.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 5, 2019

AC drives emerge as entry point for industrial digitalization

While bearings wear out frequently, pump applications are forever.

By Steve Meyer and Kevin Parker
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
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 19, 2018

Identifying IIoT risks and rewards

Integrators provide a safe passage to smart factory technology

By Jason Baron
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 18, 2018

IIC, OpenFog groups to collaborate

Combined organization to focus on cloud computing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) research.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 11, 2018

Hannover Fairs USA launches new trade event

Digital Industry USA (DIG/IN USA) will highlight digital manufacturing Sept. 10-12 in Louisville.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 26, 2018

Three phases of industrial digital transformation

Manufacturing, packaging, and logistics companies are unlocking new potential through digital transformation with the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics.

By Daniel Repp
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2018

Digital journey begins with ‘What if?’

Manufacturers should always be asking questions as they begin their journey into digital manufacturing because it encompasses so much ground and can bring so many changes.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 29, 2018

Bring IIoT capabilities to refineries and process plants

The first step to bringing fieldbus networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into process manufacturing plants and refineries may be changing device-level networking practices.

By Dan Carlson, Emerson Automation Solutions
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2018

Create a buddy system for the IIoT

Finding the right Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vendor partner is crucial to success.

By Gal Shaul, Augury
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2018

Digital twin collaboration advances brownfield process operations management

Siemens and Bentley's collaboration of PlantSight links the design/build and operate/maintain aspects of oil and gas assets and other brownfield applications.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 20, 2018

A new-age approach to traditional manufacturing issues

The Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) event at IMTS 2018 highlighted the opportunities and pitfalls of the digital age with a focus on maintenance, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), robotics, and cybersecurity in an information-rich age.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 17, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 10-16

Articles about HMI, IMTS attendance, the 2018 GAMS conference, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 10-16. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Susie Bak, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2018

2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: Dr. Niranjan Kulkarni, 37

Director, Operations Improvement; CRB, Medford, MA, United States

By McKenzie Burns, Production Coordinator
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 18, 2017

Expansion to U.S. events important to Hannover Messe

As the trade show group also turns 70, it sizes up manufacturing’s future.

By Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 5, 2017

IIoT and condition monitoring turn data into decisions

Manufacturers can leverage IIoT data in nearly all stages of the manufacturing process, including monitoring product quality and performance.

By Cory Vanderpool, Magnum Energy
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 22, 2017

How IoT promises to enable better product maintenance for manufacturers

By staying continuously connected, manufacturers are transforming the way they support and maintain their products.

By Mrinal Gokhale
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 10, 2017

Doubling down on digital manufacturing

One company’s journey to IIoT started before the concept had a name.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 8, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 1-7: Electrical design, Product of the Year, maintenance tips, more

Articles about electrical design, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, maintenance tips, maintenance and the IIoT, and digital plant's value were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 1-7. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 24-30: Predictive and preventive maintenance, Product of the Year, IIoT and maintenance, more

Articles about predictive and preventive maintenance, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, maintenance and the IIoT, digital plant's value, and electrical design were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 24-30. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 24, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 17-23: Electrical design, maintenance and the IIoT, Product of the Year, more

Articles about electrical design, maintenance and the IIoT, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, IIoT's emergence, and predictive and preventive maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 17-23. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 13, 2014

Cloud systems can be one more link in your supply chain

Greater visibility seen as a key to smoothing out the process and reducing costs

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 6, 2014

Chinese market for industrial robots to grow

China’s market for industrial robots is estimated to rise to $1.3 billion in 2017.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 9, 2013

Koch Industries buys Molex for $7.2 billion

Deal called 'an exciting acquisiton' and a 'new platform for growth'

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 21, 2013

Additive technology carves a ‘path toward production’

Additive manufacturing has become a significant part of AMT’s long-term strategy.

By Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 13, 2013

Energy management is at the forefront for new Schneider Electric technology

PlantStruxure Process Expert System (PES) from Schneider Electric treats energy as a consumable, not a cost.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 22, 2013

Five ways manufacturers benefit from PLM

Finding the funding also can uncover ways to deliver improvements

By Chuck Cimalore, Omnify
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 20, 2012

Building a patch management program

Companies that move from legacy proprietary networks to open platforms often discover those new systems need more attention than they thought.

By Kevin Staggs, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 13, 2012

ARTPEC-4 and the industry

With a press release from Axis Communications announcing their latest generation ARTPEC-4 SoC, IMS Research ponders on what this means for the industry.

By Gary Wong, Senior Analyst, Video Surveillance and VCA, IMS Research
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 9, 2011

Manufacturing technology orders up more than 100%

According to the USMTO, manufacturing technology orders totaled more than $450 million in June 2011, which is up 100% from a year ago.

By United States Manufacturing Technology Orders
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 15, 2011

Manufacturing technology orders up 108% in 2011

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders have totaled $388.27 million, according to AMTDA and AMT, up 108% compared to 2010.

By Source: The Association for Manufacturing Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 12, 2011

Cloud confusion as breaches pile up

According to survey, security remains a top concern for a large portion of cloud users with almost half suffering breaches over the past year

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 7, 2011

Chinese SCADA software vulnerable

ISS Source reports that attackers could remotely exploit two vulnerabilities found in industrial control system software made in China but used worldwide.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 13, 2011

April 2011 manufacturing up from April 2010 nationally

AMT and AMTDA reports that manufacturing totaled almost $400 million nationwide, which is up almost 75 percent compared to 2010.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 13, 2011

Toyota awards President’s Manufacturing Excellence Award to Raymond Corp.

The Raymond Corp. in Muscatine, Iowa, has received the annual President’s Manufacturing Excellence Award given by Toyota Industries Corp.

By SOURCE: The Raymond Corporation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 11, 2011

Manufacturing technology consumption sees huge boost in March

Technology consumption was up 57.6% from February and almost twice as high as March 2010.

By Source: AMT
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 4, 2011

Maintenance planning, scheduling deliver to the bottom line

What are the savings if an organization moves from breakdown maintenance to more planned and scheduled maintenance?

By Tracy T. Strawn, Marshall Institute
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 7, 2011

MFG Meeting: Improve exports, business strategies

“A growing world still wants much of what we produce. ‘Made in America’ still is desired around the world. Government can’t guarantee, growth, but government can cut down barriers.”

By Bob Vavra Content Manager, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 2, 2011

Cloud computing breaks through as a useful data management tool

Manufacturers are turning to cloud computing to work more effectively while saving money in the process. The cloud has the power to change the way manufacturers conduct business.

By Craig Hodges, Microsoft Corp.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 10, 2011

‘Confidence is growing’ as technology consumption grows

AMT/AMTDA report shows 82.7% growth in manufacturing technology purchases in 2010; leaders point to 'continuing rebound of the U.S. manufacturing sector'

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 3, 2011

New study reveals interest in Enterprise 2.0, effect of trends on enterprise software

A study of more than 260 manufacturing executives by IFS North America indicates how trends in Enterprise 2.0 will affect enterprise software used by mid- to large-sized manufacturers and industrial companies.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 16, 2010

Successful Plant-to-Enterprise conference, Germany

MESA International’s European edition of the successful Plant-to-Enterprise conferences took place in Düsseldorf, Germany. 120 attendees from 17 countries attended the event where the elections for the 2010 MESA EMEA Board of Directors were held, as well as the announcements of MESA Awards.

By Source: MESA International
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 13, 2010

Manufacturing technology use jumps 83% in 2010

AMT/AMTDA survey shows October purchases more than doubled from 2009 period.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 11, 2010

The long, slow takeoff start to gain momentum

Those manufacturers committing to ride out the storms and endure the turbulence are coming to trade shows and going to Websites and picking up this month’s issue of Plant Engineering looking for solutions to the problems they have and to optimize their operations.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 11, 2010

AMT: Manufacturing technology consumption up 62% in 2010

Orders down against July data, but increased sharply over previous year reports

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2010

IMTS 2010: Virtual welding tool offers hands-on instruction

Lincoln Electric simulation tool allows training with instant feedback, no product waste

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 3, 2010

Manufacturing growth slows but remains strong: ISM

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 15th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 29, 2010

Preactor opens U.S. subsidiary

Planning and scheduling software company Preactor International has opened its first U.S. subsidiary, Preactor North America. Based in Dallas, Preactor North America will strengthen the existing North American network, including network partner Quinn & Associates. Andy Willis, COO of the North American operation, has more than 14 years of experience with Preactor.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 28, 2010

MESA launches new interactive Website

Organization to poll users on topics for inclusion on the site

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 8, 2010

In the recovery, keep it simple to succeed

What is the right framework for making 2010 investment decisions?

By Thomas Tan, SAP
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2010

MAPI report: “A recovery is clearly under way”

MAPI report shows manufacturing is bouncing back faster than expected. A recovery in the U.S. domestic manufacturing sector is under way that is stronger than the recovery in the general economy, largely due to industry taking the brunt of the decline in the downturn, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI U.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2010

Steps to success in supply chain management

In their recent report, “Supply Chain Intelligence: Adopt Role-Based Operational Business Intelligence and Improve Visibility” Aberdeen group researchers Nari Viswanathan and Viktoriya Sadlovska looked at the steps needed to improve supply chain performance, regardless of what the current plant situation might be.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2010

One last word on the Changing World…

If you started in the back of the magazine this month, thanks for coming here first. I appreciate it. But for this month, head to our cover story first (starting on page 35). Don’t worry. I’ll wait… (We’ll pause here while you read “The Changing World of the Plant Engineer” study and Bob whistles, “We Are the World” quietly to himself.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2010

Natural gas supply estimates growing

Not too many years ago, many North American energy planners saw the supply of natural gas as rapidly dwindling. As recently as a few years ago, some felt natural gas was a useful “bridge” to renewable energy resources in the future, but believed our known reserves were quite limited so we’d best plan on other energy sources for beyond 2050.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2010

New way to capture waste heat

In an energy-hungry world, industry looks for new methods of optimizing energy use. A few decades ago, many processes wasted energy and no one got very excited. With rising energy costs and a growing need to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions, it's different today. So when an entirely new technology for heat recovery becomes available to industry, smart operators pay attention.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 18, 2010

“A recovery is clearly under way”

MAPI report shows manufacturing is bouncing back faster than expected

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 5, 2010

MAPI report: Manufacturing recovery still a work in progress

A number of positive trends are emerging as the United States digs itself out of the recession, but there remain cautionary signals that growth will be muted and the rebound restrained, according to a new report.The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will experience 2.8% growth in 2010, followed by 3% growth in 2011. By supplying major assumptions for the economy and running simulations through the IHS Global Insight Macroeconomic Model, the Alliance generates unique macroeconomic and industry forecasts.A number of factors are in play during the recovery: the consumer, though still burdened by feeble income and job growth, will receive some relief via transfer payments and tax cuts that in turn will boost spending; parts of investment-most notably in transportation equipment, information technology, and residential housing-will increasingly provide the demand surge needed to sustain production growth; the swing in business inventories will provide growth momentum as firms reduce destocking and eventually rebuild inventories; and federally funded stimulus outlays will contribute to the government spending stream through 2011."The overall economy grew in the third and fourth quarters of 2009 and high frequency data point to moderate economic performance in the first quarter of 2010," said Daniel J. Meckstroth, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Chief Economist.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2010

Rethinking conventional wisdom on manufacturing

With the conventional wisdom about manufacturing blown to bits by the scope and depth of the 2009 recession, ARC Advisory Group president Andy Chatha said there needed to be a new paradigm as manufacturing tries to move forward. “Most of us have been doing a lot of rethinking in the last year or so,” said Chatha at the opening of ARC's World Industry Forum in February in Orlando.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2010

Prepare for manufacturing’s recovery

Combine an international group of manufacturing experts, three major awards presentations and one night of laughter and fun and you have the 2001 Manufacturing/Automation Summit, hosted by Plant Engineering and Control Engineering magazines. The 2010 event returns to its roots in Chicago on March 28 through March 30 at the Hotel Sofitel, 30 E.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2010

Energy-efficient motor series

The DR motor modular system offers customers a single series with millions of drive combinations. The modular system allows users to specify exactly those options needed for any given application. The DR motor meets and exceeds international energy standards and comes in three efficiency levels: DRS Standard Efficiency (IE1), DRE High Efficiency (IE2), and DRP Premium Efficiency (IE3), which me...

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 19, 2010

Webcast: Turn manufacturing risks around with better business insight

You and your counterparts need to track, analyze and make decisions against a multitude of business factors. Wouldn't it be ideal to understand your customer demand signals, commodity prices, supplier viability, inventory turnover, transport costs and operational performance in real time?

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 12, 2010

Plant Engineering editor to discuss global manufacturing in Webcast

Feb. 16 Webcast to discuss annual Hannover Messe event

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 4, 2010

Is "more training" the solution to human error?

Root cause analysis solves problems and makes training program more effective.

By Mike Resimius, Ameren UE Generation; and John Stiller, Apollo Associated Services
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2010

Invest in the people and the process

As the manufacturing process gets greater scrutiny in the search of enterprise cost savings, asset management is getting a great deal of attention – and not just from the corner office. The plant floor is engaged in both the search for the problems and solutions around asset management. Plant Engineering spoke with John Murphy, director of solution marketing in the EAM space for INFOR and...

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2010

Device asset management

GE Intelligent Platforms is collaborating with Metso Corp. to resell its Metso FieldCare Device Asset Management solution, which provides a single tool with which to manage all the process devices in a system throughout the process plant lifecycle. FieldCare uses Web-enabled interfaces and real-time information from process control devices to optimize operations and reduce maintenance expenses.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 2, 2010

UPDATE: Three shot to death at St. Louis plant

Gunman reportedly kills himself; five wounded

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 3, 2009

Gateway connects controllers, devices with PACs

This universal gateway enables more than 50 brands of plant floor controllers and devices to connect to ControlLogix and other Rockwell Automation PACs.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 3, 2009

Industrial wireless I/O network brochure

This 12-page brochure contains complete ordering information along with application examples for each of the SureCross product families.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2009

2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit

The issue of energy, sustainability, asset management and maintenance effectiveness are top of mind for every plant manager and manufacturing executive these days. In 2010, those issues and many more will be addressed in one Forum. The 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit, hosted by Plant Engineering and Control Engineering, will be held March 28-30 at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2009

Energy audits

Facilities of all sizes can benefit from energy audits. The rising cost and scarcity of fossil fuels, looming cap-and-trade limits on consumption, concerns about our dependence on foreign oil affecting national security and society’s growing commitment to sustainable behavior make a review of energy usage a valuable exercise that can factor into a company’s strategic business and su...

By Jerry Spaulding, Eaton Corp.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 18, 2009

Successful plant relocation: A checklist for success

Each relocation project comes with unique challenges. Detailed planning and communication in the beginning yields successful projects

By Reb Stivender, CH2M HILL
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 18, 2009

Assemble the right tools for an effective vision system

The right combination of smart cameras, lighting and software with sophisticated vision tools results in a comprehensive inspection solution that can solve many common applications with ease

By Bradley Weber, PPT Vision
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

Securing your industrial control network

Cyber security for industrial networks is rapidly becoming necessary. In recent years, there have been numerous attacks where critical infrastructure, private industry and public sector control networks have been compromised or taken down. Protecting a control network is often more challenging than protecting a traditional office network.

By Dan Schaffer, Phoenix Contact
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

Top-of-mind issues for manufacturing executives

I recently attended an executive roundtable at a user group's conference for controls and automation vendor Invensys. In addition to the executives from Invensys, there were executives from companies across a wide range of industries, including: The goal of the roundtable was to discuss issues that are top of mind for these executives.

By Bill Polk
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

Assemble the right combination of tools to construct an effective vision system

Seeing the advantages machine vision provides in automation environments isn’t difficult. Inspecting products on the line saves the costs and consequences of recalled items, and properly labeling items before shipping ensures customers receive the correct product – a critical concern in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

By Bradley Weber, PPT Vision
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

PAT enables process development, manufacturing

Most biopharmaceutical facilities today are based on batch processes and unit operations. The process is run through one unit operation until completed, based on the application to the FDA for the product/drug being manufactured. Once the unit operation is complete, typically a sample of the batch is taken to a lab for analysis to determine whether it has met the criteria for the specific unit ...

By Dennis McKinley, ABB Inc. and Alex Brindle, NNE PharmaPlan
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

A checklist for success:

In challenging economic times, some manufacturing companies are faced with difficult decisions regarding the location of their manufacturing facilities. Sometimes companies decide to consolidate facilities to reduce operational costs. Business growth and/or new product lines may be pressing companies to move their operations to larger facilities to keep up with increasing demand.

By Reb Stivender, CH2M HILL/Lockwood Greene
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2009

It’s ‘sluggish,’ but manufacturing’s global recovery moves forward

Recent data paint an unmistakable picture that a global economic recovery is in progress. Yet it does so with a caveat that the rebound could be unusually sluggish and disproportionately catalyzed by a number of select emerging market nations, notably China, India and Brazil, which were less affected than the industrialized countries by the global financial crisis, according to a new report.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 30, 2009

The bottom line on asset availability

Nov. 12 Webcast looks at how small improvements can drive productivity, profitability

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 27, 2009

It’s "sluggish" but global recovery moves forward

MAPI forecast shows slow steps as investors display caution

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 2009

HMI/SCADA upgrader

The Smart Generator is designed to seamlessly upgrade HMI/SCADA applications and reuse already configured graphics, tag databases and object libraries. The Smart Generator manages importing configuration data from several software packages in addition to FactoryLink such as AutoCAD, LonDB, Siemens Simatic Step7 and Schneider Unity.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 2, 2009

Manufacturing economy expands in August

ISM index tops 50 for first time in 18 months

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2009

Manufacturers can shape solution to mitigate global water crisis

Sustaining global water supplies and quality is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. One third of the world's population currently lives in countries with moderate to high water stress, with the poor bearing a disproportionate burden. The fact that so many lack access to potable water and adequate sanitation is a tragedy that has severe consequences for human health, education and economic development worldwide.As manufacturers, we have a responsibility to help shape the solutions that will mitigate this global water crisis.

By Patrick Decker President, Tyco Flow Control
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2009

A four-step process to energy control

For many, an energy audit seems like a logical place to start. An energy action plan takes that crucial next step.

By Jim Plourde and Carl Castellow, P.E., Schneider Electric
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2009

In these tough economic times…

Everywhere you turn these days, there is one prominent phrase dominating the news, the advertising, even the sports pages: "In these tough economic times..." It's an interesting phenomenon. The pressures and problems created by last year's economic downturn were severe. The pain inflicted on our economy and especially on our workers was profound.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2009

HMI/SCADA software

The OEM Solutions Pack for Proficy iFIX 5.0 is a compilation of pre-configured out-of-the-box graphic objects and screens specifically tailored to machine level HMI/SCADA applications. The components, along with an integrated workspace toolbar and screen templates, accelerate iFIX application development and make it easy to duplicate across many devices and/or machines for ease of integration, ...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2009

Rugged connectors

A new IP67-Rated Metal-Shell ODVA-Compliant connector allows industrial Ethernet to be applied in rugged environments. The Zamak zinc-alloy metal shell gives additional mechanical strength, while the IP67 sealing protects the interface from liquids, gases, and other contaminants. The connectors meet Category 5e performance requirements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 29, 2009

Process controller in 1/8 DIN package

This panel-mount controller is available in a 1/8 DIN size with choice of horizontal or vertical configuration allowing it to fit variable cabinet profiles. The controller features large characters and buttons, which improves usability.

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 14, 2009

July issue of Global Plant Engineering focuses on collaborative manufacturing

From the new wave of MES to tips on effective lubrication and from maintenance strategies to a recap of the 2009 Hannover Messe event, Global Plant Engineering reaches out to an international audience with news and practical ways to make your plant run more efficiently.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 7, 2009

Siemens launches safety tour

45-city event to highlight Web, wireless safety strategies, products

By PLE Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 6, 2009

Be Connected series offers online modeling seminars

Bentley Systems delivering best practices seminars on demand

By PLE Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2009

Modbus gateway

The Modbus TCP/IP-to-PROFIBUS SE Gateway is designed to better support and to easily integrate with Schneider Electric Modicon M340 processors. The ACL feature automatically generates Derived Function Blocks specific to the user’s application containing all logic required by the processor to manage cyclic and acyclic communication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2009

Mobilize your assets

Maintenance departments across all industries are facing a similar challenge: as management takes a slash and dash approach to save costs, maintenance must accomplish the same quality of service with only a fraction of the resources. Unlike some departments, maintenance’s workload doesn’t get any smaller when resources are cut.

By Kris Bagadia, PEAK Industrial Solutions, LLC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2009

DCS controllers

The PAC8000 controller is a flexible Distributed Control System (DCS) with a broad process control function block library; peer-to-peer communications between controllers; the ability to handle program and I/O changes on the fly; and redundancy. They can pass HART information from smart field devices to a computer running device asset management software.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 19, 2009

Sparking an interest in welding for girls

Summer camp in Alabama provides peer-to-peer mentoring experience for high school students

By PLE Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2009

Call it ‘Government Motors’

What GM's bankruptcy filing means for America's auto industry, and for America

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2009

Don’t separate production needs from maintenance strategy

Almost every facility has the age-old struggle between production and maintenance. This is very similar to the old adage “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” Which do you feel is more important to a facility: the production side or the maintenance side? Without production there would be no product and thus no revenue being generated.

By Bill Hillman and Mickey Hart
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2009

Industrial Ethernet switches – 2009-06-01

The Stride line includes industrial-grade unmanaged Ethernet switches and media converters with aluminum housings. Designed for wide-temperature applications (-40 C to 85 C), these plug-and-play devices automatically determine and remember devices connected to each port and route messages only through the appropriate ports, increasing speed and bandwidth.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2009

The recovery is coming – slowly

The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, which grew by a miniscule 1.1% in 2008, will decline 2.9% in 2009 before rebounding to 1.9% growth in 2010. The GDP forecast for 2009 in the current MAPI report is lower than the previously anticipated 2.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 7, 2009

Pressurized systems require greater attention to safety

Everyone who has direct, or indirect, contact with fluid power systems should take the proper steps to prevent injury to people and damage to equipment and property from fluid leakage and component failures in pressurized fluid systems.

By Gary Kleiner, Parker Hannifin Corporation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 4, 2009

Woods named new AMT president

Former association chairman takes reigns of organization

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 2009

Specifiers guide

Hoffman’s new Specifier’s Guide, Volume 22 is a free, comprehensive resource for Hoffman’s 11,000-plus products and accessories, and technical information. Changes in this 22nd volume include: Chapters reorganized by type of material for easy reference. updated product names with NEMA ratings included and corresponding Web references that indicate the online product catalog lo...

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 16, 2009

Invensys, Petrobas strike deal

Triconex, Avantis systems head to 11 refineries in South America

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 16, 2009

Survey: Manufacturers see savings paying off

But there is still pessimism over revenue growth in 2009

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2009

Automated ball valve

The Series 3BV2 automated ball valve incorporates a full port design for maximum flow rates with minimal pressure drop. The ANSI 150# flange comes in a variety of connection sizes, to suit many applications. It features a blow-out-proof stem and reinforced RTFE seats and seals. W.E. Anderson, a div. of Dwyer Instruments Inc.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 23, 2009

AMT chairman: Take a long-term view when looking at small business loans

Obama's proposal for SBA loans a good step, but more is needed

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2009

Sidney Hill, Jr.: Let’s fix our economic state of mind

These are tough times to be in manufacturing. All of the factors contributing to the current global recession have fallen right on top of this sector. The tightening of credit and consumers' fear of losing jobs has brought automobile production to a screeching halt. Manufacturers of other durable goods, such as household appliances, are booking fewer orders these days.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2009

Even robots are having trouble finding work

North American-based robotics companies report that new orders sold to North American manufacturing companies fell by 21% in units and 16% in dollars in 2008 compared to 2007. The sharp decline accelerated in the fourth quarter when orders fell by 26% in units and 33% in dollars compared with last year.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 28, 2009

AMT president resigns

Simpson spent less that six month at helm of organization

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 27, 2009

Economy contracts, but is it bad news?

One economist contends this recession isn't as bad as in the past

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 19, 2009

Autodesk launches new 2D, 3D engineering software

Autodesk unveiled the latest releases of its 2D and 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers. Significant enhancements and newly packaged suites of the company’s industry-leading products can help manufacturers build better products, ranging from mobile phones to bulldozers, in less time. The new 2010 product lineup for manufacturers includes Autodesk Inventor family of products, AutoCAD Mechanical , AutoCAD Electrical , Autodesk Alias family of products, Autodesk Moldflow , Autodesk Navisworks , Autodesk Showcase , Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Vault software—industry-leading applications that constitute the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping . The 2010 software releases introduce an even greater range of design, visualization and simulation capabilities, along with tighter interoperability than ever before with both Autodesk software applications and other CAD tools. “Putting powerful 2D and 3D software within the reach of mainstream manufacturers positions companies of all sizes—not just large enterprises—to compete on a global scale,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 9, 2009

Management toolbox: Equipment leasing is your ticket to upgrades in a down economy 

Many manufacturers may not realize it, but just about any type of equipment can be leased—everything from assembly line and plant operations machinery to technology infrastructure and software, commercial vehicles, and so much more. In a struggling economy, leasing allows manufacturers to upgrade existing equipment, acquire it new, or implement technological advances without a large outlay of cash.

By Ken Turner, senior vice president, Key Equipment Finance
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 2, 2009

Right people, right now: Fieldglass platform tackles daunting task of managing contingent labor

Fieldglass software helps companies acquire and manage contingent labor and service providers. That's both a tall order and an essential effort required to stay afloat in this struggling economy. Fieldglass says right now it is expanding internally while widening its international customer footprint.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2009

Cooper Crouse-Hinds enters wireless market

KEYWORD: WIRELESS Another company has entered the wireless condition monitoring market. Cooper Crouse-Hinds has announced the addition of an extensive line of wireless products designed to monitor and control processes in challenging or difficult industrial and hazardous applications. The system of transmitters, receivers, transceivers and interface gateways offer both one-and two-way wireless ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2009

Manufacturing Summit brings knowledge leaders together

Industry experts on workforce development, asset management, energy efficiency and digital manufacturing will converge on Charleston, SC next month for the 2009 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit. The 2009 Manufacturing Summit will be held March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2009

Signal conditioning delivers improved application results

New and simplified features and increased capabilities are offered in signal conditioners, helping improve accuracy and performance by optimizing transmitted signals from mission-critical devices.

By Jeff Thornton, Red Lion Controls
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2009

What’s happening in batch automation these days?

The big thing in batch automation is to go small and to go fast. Batch automation systems follow the ISA 88 standard with a lot of success, but there has always been a concern that systems built to the standard are too big, expensive and slow for small jobs. The latest trends are to implement smaller unit-controllers; better integration between the controller programming system and the batch sy...

By Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting, ISA 88
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2009

Mobile tool storage

Designed for heavy industrial use, the 460 series tool storage line upgrades previous models and includes three units that have been designed to meet the needs of technicians who need tools with them as they move around a facility.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 28, 2009

Engineering career doesn’t register with kids: ASQ poll

Students and parents lack understanding of career choices, but find value in math and science skills

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 22, 2009

Studies: Green building key to America’s economic future

Economic experts are calling for a recovery plan focused on green jobs and infrastructure. Businesses are striving to cut operating costs, and our national security needs depend on an end to reliance on foreign energy sources. The ability of green buildings to deliver solutions to these challenges promises plenty of opportunity to reduce costs for many, including manufacturers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 6, 2009

Configure this: MicroMain teams for Facilligence for Web-based maintenance management

Asset and facility management software provider MicroMain is partnering with enterprise asset management (EAM) specialist Facilligence LLC to deliver highly configurable maintenance management software to customers requiring Web-based systems with no client footprint.This software also meets the needs of organizations that require integration with building automation systems, accounting systems, and other business systems.MicroMain software also will be provided by Facilligence for customers who require capital planning, drawing-enabled space planning, and extensive mobile options.“Facilligence software is highly configurable, as is MicroMain software,” says Pat Conroy, President of MicroMain. “For example, security options in Facilligence—which were developed for government and corrections industries—can be set at a very granular level regarding rights and roles. With MicroMain, organizations can utilize specific functionality for different maintenance needs—such as wireless work orders, parts inventory using handhelds, and asset tracking with mobile PCs.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2009

Maintaining healthy levels of indirect MRO inventory

When it comes to stocking indirect maintenance, repair and operating materials, many organizations don’t apply the same rigor that they do with direct materials. And chances are that lack of concern is losing those organizations thousands of dollars.

By Don Scheibenreif, W.W. Grainger Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2009

Feeling the pinch

The 2008 Plant Engineering Salary Survey paints a vivid picture. The numbers are one story, but that story is not just about compensation. Manufacturing in America faces change coming in many forms – from a new federal administration to new challenges to grow in a tough economy. But Plant Engineering readers remain optimistic about their future and the future for their employees.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 16, 2008

Carrier connection: Cell phone recycler uses online auctioning solution to reach distant, fractured markets

ReCellular Inc., a cell phone recycling and refurbishing services supplier, has doubled the number of phones it sells to secondary markets. And that's just in the past year. That's why the company is turning to a Web-site enabled auctioning solution delivered by FreeFlow to reach even more buyers situated around the globe.

By Jean Thilmany, contributing editor (
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 12, 2008

Distance learning key to advancing technology, business: ASME president

In an address to attendees of World Engineers Conference 2008 last week in Brasilia, Brazil, ASME president Thomas Barlow discussed how the use of distance learning techniques – online-based training – can help manufacturers with the continually pressing issue of maintaining and training their workforces.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 9, 2008

Multinational assistance: Sterling Commerce expands global alliance with Infosys

In today’s volatile economy, manufacturers need partners who can solve a variety of problems. Further, multinational companies must gain greater information technology (IT) efficiencies. It all requires collaboration across business communities, processes, and people. An expanded alliance seeks to deliver the right capabilities and blend of technology and process expertise to the manufacturing industry, among others.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 5, 2008

Global Plant Engineering debuts

International e-book a partnership with Hannover Messe

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 2, 2008

Trading recipes: WBF combines standards for transporting production data

The Forum for Automation and Manufacturing Professionals—widely known as WBF—has combined two languages for transporting production-related data into a single standard that should prove useful to all companies in process industries.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2008

Prototyping makes production easier

Seeing is more than believing in manufacturing, particularly when you're considering new large, heavy and expensive machinery and parts. Yet, creating a full-scale model, just for demonstration and bids, can be prohibitively expensive. That's where prototyping offers a keen advantage.

By Corinne Dupuy, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 26, 2008

Bodine doubles the size of its Iowa plant

Bodine Electric announced that its plant in Peosta, Iowa is fully operational. More than 100 new CNC machining jobs were created and the size of the company’s facility was more than doubled to 140,000 square feet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 25, 2008

Obama economic team earns praise from NAM

'They are well qualified to contend with today’s economic challenges,' says Engler

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 20, 2008

The smart solution: Emerson wireless instruments quash equipment failures at chemical plant

Smart Wireless instruments from Emerson Process Management—mounted on a rotating reactor at Coogee Chemical Co., an Australian processer—are credited with delivering reliable pressure and temperature measurements to prevent frequent reactor breakdowns and lost production time.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 17, 2008

VW, Kia plants to create jobs

 Plant construction, production to create jobs, stimulate economy

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 11, 2008

AC systems leader links Servigistics with SAP for inventory accuracy

Daikin Europe NV , a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd .—a global provider of air conditioning systems for residential, commercial, and industrial use worldwide—is using the Servigistics Service Parts Management solution to optimize service parts inventory across a multi-echelon network in Europe, which consists of 45,000 part numbers.“We needed a solution that would easily integrate to our SAP ERP system already deployed, and one that would enable us to establish a distributed network model and achieve global visibility and control over our parts,” says Pieter Decloedt, European service manager. “We selected Servigistics for its ability to support our long-term vision for strategic service management.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2008

Being green and saving green both require better information

From our earliest years, we are taught that there is a straight choice between merit and money – that you can’t be righteous and rich. Most of us muddle along somehow – but when someone offers you the chance to do both at once, to do the right thing and the profitable thing at the same time, then it’s hard to turn it down.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2008

Power Transmission – 2008-11-01 – 2008-11-01

Mounted roller bearing Dodge large-bore ISAF pillow blocks feature integral, hydraulically assisted, adapter-mounted installation and removal systems. Factory assembled, sealed and lubricated, the blocks offer automatic clearance setting without feeler gauges. Full-shaft contact reduces fretting corrosion, and lockplates keep the locknuts tight.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2008

OPC Foundation, Kepware partner

Automation partnerships, integration move forward The OPC Foundation and Kepware Technologies have partnered to manage the next generation of OPC technology, OPC-UA. This approach is intended to foster rapid adoption through the licensing of proven technology, quality control of an industry-wide solution and guaranteed interoperability at the communications level.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2008

Employee misunderstanding: Use assessment technology to rate confidence and competence

Employee misunderstanding in the manufacturing industry comes in many forms, and can result in devastating consequences. For a line worker who misunderstands how to operate a piece of machinery, this unrealized knowledge gap can lead to wasted materials, degradation of product quality, and even serious injury.

By Frank O Smith (
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2008

Associations to lead workshops at AHR Expo

January event in Chicago to feature 29 educational sessions

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 21, 2008

Machine tool demand in China continues growth

Even as economic growth weakens, tool demand seen expanding

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 16, 2008

ICONICS launches next generation of GENESIS64

Plant visualization package is OPC/UA, Microsoft compatable

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2008

Forklift scale systems

The FLSC and WTLTSC forklift scale system feature a patented scale carriage design that consists of two metal plates paired with electronic weight sensors to ensure operation even while the forklift mast is tilted. The FLSC, designed for use with Class II forklifts and certified for weighing loads up to 5,000 pounds, allows users to monitor fork tips at all times. The QTLTSC, designed for Class III and IV forklifts, features a QuickTach scale carriage that attaches to existing forklift carriages, which facilitates weighing in new and retrofit applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2008

The world looks to U.S. for machine tool market growth

The focus was on an evolving and growing international market at the 2008 IMTS show in Chicago in September. Both China and Japan made presentations about their own machine tool shows, and both emphasized the strengths of the market in Asia. At the same time, there was a look toward the Americas – in particular the United States and Brazil – for continued strength in the market.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 10, 2008

European legislators back emissions rules

EU legislators voted in favor of laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 6, 2008

Solutions for water, wastewater SCADA

This software add-on is designed to help water and wastewater end users deploy SCADA systems at their sites.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 19, 2008

Rigorous rollout: BASF sites worldwide to deploy PAS alarm management software

PAS , a provider of alarm management software and consulting services for the process industries, says BASF has selected its alarm management software for its enterprisewide alarm management initiative. The agreement enables BASF to deploy PAS’ PlantState Suite (PSS) software throughout BASF operating facilities worldwide.PAS offers a comprehensive real-time alarm management software suite with capabilities for alarm & event data collection and analysis, performance metrics manager, documentation and rationalization, state-based alarm handling, flood suppression, alarm shelving, and alarm systems auditing.“BASF conducted a rigorous evaluation of available alarm management technologies and selected PAS as its partner because PAS offers currently the most valuable solution for BASF,” says Simon Kronemeier, Automation Technology, BASF Ludwigshafen, Germany. “As a corporate initiative, we plan to use PAS software to monitor and improve alarms within each of our operating plants.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 16, 2008

Foreign manufacturers look to U.S. for machine tool market growth

IMTS show brings industry leaders Japan, Germany, China to Chicago

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 5, 2008

Phase one: CDC Factory sets up $1M production costs savings for Pinnacle Foods

Mountain Lakes, N.J.-based Pinnacle Foods Group will use CDC Factory global manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution, offered by CDC Software , at three of Pinnacle’s largest plants in the U.S. during Phase One of the project, with an additional four plants during Phase Two.Pinnacle plans to save $1 million in annual production costs after Phase One, and a total of $4 million annually after completion of Phase Two.Based on a benchmark study conducted by CDC Factory consultants and the Pinnacle Foods project team, CDC Factory is expected to provide significant productivity improvements.Pinnacle, with net sales of $1.54 billion, makes some of the most venerable brands in the U.S., including Duncan Hines baking mixes, Hungry-Man and Swanson Dinners, Mrs. Paul’s frozen foods, Vlasic pickles, and Mrs.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 5, 2008

Custom plastic profiles

Fabricated to specification in small runs to eliminate the need for extrusion tooling and long lead times, custom plastic profiles are suitable for a range of processing, packaging and conveying applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 2, 2008

Automation games for students

The ISA International Student Games include practical, hands-on exercises related to the field of automation and control.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 26, 2008

Tips & Tricks

The collision of the creative and practical parts of the brain gives us the world's great inventions.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 15, 2008

Reaping the rewards of an integrated enterprise

A convergence of new business drivers, including compressed delivery schedules and ever-pressing regulatory demands, has intensified the focus on the critical value of information generated from the manufacturing environment.

By Kevin Roach, Rockwell Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 12, 2008

Portability gives welders an assist

Welding repairs that can’t be brought to the welder can present big challenges, not the least of which is hauling equipment to the job. Tri-City Mechanical in Chandler, AZ, found a better way when a welding job has to be completed on the production floor.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 8, 2008

Upcoming ISA Expo to provide automation and control knowledge

Keynotes, other briefings available to all attendees

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2008

Open innovation: NineSigma uncovers solutions to the tough engineering problems

As a research & development executive in the fabric care unit of Procter & Gamble (P&G), Paul Stiros grew weary trying to create a product that would prevent cotton clothing from wrinkling while being worn. He turned to NineSigma, a start-up that promised to link manufacturers facing product development dilemmas with t...

By Sidney Hill, Executive Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 28, 2008

Beyond CRM: Cincom releases new quotation and proposal management solution

Worldwide software provider Cincom Systems announcesCincom Acquire is designed for companies that sell complex products and services, and seeks to fill the gaps in traditional CRM- and ERP-based systems such as guided selling, channel and distributor collaboration, sales and product configuration, quotation and proposal management, project and bid management, and contract and order management. TheSpecifically the Cincom Acquire Quotation and Proposal Management solution provides:• A centralized quotation database• Customer and contact information• Knowledge-based document configuration• Automated generation of complex proposals based on document templates• Integration of product and configuration data• Proposal revision control• Knowledge-based workflow automation• Complex costing and pricing• Multi-language/multi-currency support• Automated sales-order generation Cincom Acquire has helped manufacturers selling industrial engineer-to-order or configure-to-order products successfully streamline their sales, design, and proposal processes by delivering critical product and sales knowledge to the point of sale, while significantly reducing “quote to cash” time. Cincom has helped manufacturers reduce proposal generation time from five days to 15 minutes, decrease time to close a sale by 80 percent, and cut lead times from 14 weeks to six weeks.Built on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server architecture, Cincom Acquire makes use of the Microsoft tools that employees use every day such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Project.Cincom Acquire includes “out-of-the-box” integration with SAP,, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and other systems.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 15, 2008

GM announces more job cuts, restructuring

CEO Wagoner says auto manufacturer has 'a plan to win'

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 17, 2008

Improving customer service in volatile market

Automotive and industrial manufacturers turn to integrated IT platforms.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2008

Not all integration is created equal

To be a plant engineer is to realize the wonderful benefits of a well-automated production system – and to suffer the problems caused by a poorly designed control system. So, what makes one automation system better than another?

By Ray Bachelor, PE, Bachelor Controls Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2008

Moore Industries looks for a few old products

Moore Industries is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and is trying to find the oldest of its products that are still in service.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 15, 2008

Integration software

Visiprise ERP Shop Floor Integration 2.0 is a composite application designed for use with the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence application.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 12, 2008

Are ‘green initiatives a competitive weapon for manufacturers?

ARC researcher discusses how sustainabile supply chains can be a game-changer for manufacturers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 9, 2008

Raymond VP retires after four decades in material handling

Long-time member of the material handling community and former MHIA and IMMS executive James Bennett calls it a career after 43 years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 29, 2008

GM to slash jobs

General Motors said Monday that it would slash production of big trucks and sport utility vehicles by nearly 140,000 units this year, a move that would eliminate assembly shifts at four plants and cause about 3,550 workers to be laid off.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 18, 2008

Obama, Clinton take stand on China at manufacturing forum

Candidates address growing concerns about the swelling U.S.-China trade deficit that has cost the U.S. almost 2 million jobs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 15, 2008

‘Are we there yet?’

Anyone who has been a parent, or for that matter anyone who has been a child, knows the phrase, “Are we there yet?” very well. Impatience is a behavior rooted in youth, and reflects a general lack of knowledge or concern for time.

By Bob Call, Life Cycle Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 11, 2008

AHRI becomes accredited for standards development

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute announced this week that it has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standards Institute as a standards developing organization.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 4, 2008

Grainger gets new CEO

President since 2006, Jim Ryan will add the title of CEO of the MRO supplier to his resume this summer.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 26, 2008

Software adds value to HMI, MES, ERP

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms launched Proficy Workflow, powered by the new Proficy SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). The industrial Business Process Management (BPM) software helps make human-machine interface, manufacturing execution systems, and enterprise resource planning systems more efficient.

By Control Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2008

Letters to the Editor – 2008-03-15

Cooperative program will attract new workers to manufacturing jobs Our industry needs to effectively attract more young people to plant maintenance careers. As many older maintenance professionals retire, this is imperative. Plant engineers and managers must work with local high schools and community colleges to promote this career.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2008

Which way do you LEAN?

At its core, Lean manufacturing is about taking waste out of the manufacturing process. It means finding the hidden barriers to productivity through a systematic, system-wide approach to how everything on the plant floor gets done. It is measured, precise and unyielding.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2008

Data collector

The vb5 single-channel, route-based data collector is designed specifically for industrial machinery and operator-based data collection and comes equipped with Ascent software. Vb series instruments allow users to monitor the conditions of equipment and analyze vibrations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 7, 2008

Mini dryers

Model MD-35 mini dryers are designed for indoor or outdoor applications requiring small volumes of extremely dry compressed air.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 7, 2008

ASQ partners for Six Sigma training in Malaysia

Partnering with Genaxis marks the first time ASQ Six Sigma training will be available in Malaysia.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2008

Julie Fraser: Addressing specific demand challenges

The path to becoming demand-driven starts with getting a firm grasp on demand. Without this foundation, all of the work to align other aspects of the operation around demand is ineffective. Beyond statistical forecasting, demand planning must be collaborative and analytical to ensure the realities of supply, demand, production, logistics, financial forecasts, and internal and external activiti...

By Julie Fraser
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 15, 2008

Wireless infrastructure gets an upgrade

Focusing on integration and management of a facility’s wireless infrastructure, Moffett Field CA-based Apprion, has released R3 of its ION system. The release allows facilities to improve management of users, devices and systems across a large network and plant area, while enhancing plant communications, increasing productivity and satisfying regulatory mandates.

By Jack Smith
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2008

Pharmaceutical industry shows progress with demand-driven model; more work to be done

By adopting B2B technologies such as EDI, the pharmaceutical industry is making significant progress toward enabling a demand-driven model. In many cases, inventory has decreased both at the manufacturer and wholesale levels. “Manufacturers no longer find themselves out of stock because a wholesaler has ordered too much, so they are able to manage production more effectively, as well as ...

By Carolyn Heinze, contributing editor (
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 23, 2008

BP, Honeywell pen MAC agreement

Honeywell announced a six-year agreement with BP Exploration to provide main automation contractor services at its new and existing facilities. Honeywell will help BP Exploration & Production accelerate production schedules and improve efficiency in these facilities by integrating all levels of plant operations and automating critical processes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2008

AHR Expo Innovation Awards honor top new products

Innovative products in the HVAC&R marketplace will be honored as winners of the 2008 AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition this month in New York. The honorees represent the best submissions from the thousands of products on display at the 2008 AHR Expo, January 22-24, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2008

ARC sees global growth in automation market

Discrete industry automation continues to experience solid worldwide growth as manufacturing plants and OEM machine builders continue to invest in automation to improve agility and flexibility of operations to meet market demands. The worldwide market for discrete automation systems is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 6.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 8, 2008


* German factory orders up  * Korean sees productivity spike  * AAM : Chinese steel, energy subsidies hurt market  * Middle East manufacturing event shows market growth  * Coatings company invests in China

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2008

GE Fanuc gets new name; backs new ARC manufacturing model

Dedham, Mass.-based ARC Advisory Group is offering up what it calls “Collaborative Production Systems” (CPS) as a new manufacturing model that views operations management and automation control as a single collaborative space. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms—which combines the former GE Fanuc Automation and GE Fanuc Embedded Systems—has been quick to say it sees the effi...

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 21, 2007

Fuel cell research findings released

Early findings indicate that, in comparison with battery-powered lift trucks, hydrogen fuel cell lift trucks maintain comparable performance while significantly reducing refueling time.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 15, 2007

Sustainability, data management, workforce development on the agenda

Returning to the site of last year’s successful inaugural event, the 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit opens with lead sponsor IBM March 31 and continues through April 1, 2008, at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. “We are obviously thrilled to continue our relationship with IBM,” said PLANT ENGINEERING publisher Jim Langhenry.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 13, 2007

Robotic Industries Association elects president

Richard Litt, founder, chairman and CEO of Genesis Systems Group, LLC, has been a member of the RIA board of directors since 2000 and succeeds Trevor Jones, who has served as president since 2006.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 11, 2007

China versus the U.S.: A battle over pipe tariffs

A tariff battle is being waged over steel pipe imported from China.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 5, 2007

Summit Schedule

  home register schedule bios sponsors hotel contact This event is sponsored by:     Sunday, March 29 12 p.m. Golf event at Charleston area golf course 1 p.m. Concurrent guided historical tour of Charleston 6 p.m. Cocktail reception at Charleston Place Monday, March 30 7:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration 9 a.m. Manufacturing Summit opening and welcome 9:30 a.m. SESSION: Plant-to-Enterprise Connectivity Driving plant-floor information throughout the enterprise has never been more important. Thanks to an array of new tools and strategies, it's also never been easier. But how do you change not just your technology but also your culture to meet the challenges of collaborative manufacturing? Our experts will look at how to change the way your organization interacts, in person and online.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 4, 2007

Eaton acquires MGE small systems division from Schneider

Eaton has acquired MGE Office Protection Systems from Schneider. The acquired division manufactures single-phase UPS and surge suppression systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 3, 2007

Credit index: Manufacturing, service sectors showing signs of contraction

In his monthly commentary regarding a national survey of credit managers in the manufacturing and service sectors, Euler Hermes ACI Chief Economist Daniel C. North says survey data showed a decline for the third straight month in the manufacturing and service sectors.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2007

Solution monitors IT systems for strict regulatory compliance

Regulations are there for a purpose, but that doesn't change the fact that complying with them can be a real pain. Compliance management capabilities help companies execute a regulatory process by ensuring that IT applications, systems, and security measures meet specifications. By integrating compliance management with the overall enterprise architecture, companies can determine how IT changes...

By Karen Dilger, contributing editor (
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 20, 2007

Frito-Lay goes green with crunch

The Frito-Lay factory in Casa Grande, Ariz., slices, fries, seasons and portions more than 500,000 lbs. of potatoes on a daily basis.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Summit tackles sustainability, aging workforce, handling data

Returning to the site of last year’s successful inaugural event, the 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit opens with lead sponsor IBM March 31 and continues through April 1, 2008, at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Polyethylene shelf

The Pig Drum filling shelf is made of a polyethylene material that attaches to the side of a drum and supports containers while being filled from drum pumps. The shelf fits 30-gallon steel drums and most 55-gallon poly drums. It can catch up to 32 ounces of spilled material. Its orange color contrasts with the typical drum colors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Physical, functional design software

AutoPLANT P&ID Version 8.9.3 enables users to stay informed about the latest versions of AutoCAD and facilitates compatibility with ISO 15926. The software also supports the export of data in ISO 15926-compatitble format. It features the ability to create reports and lists, checks data consistency, maintains drawing quality and integrates with external relational project database.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Process control system

Proficy Process Systems is an integrated system for process control with scalable architecture and an open fieldbus approach. The hardware and software infrastructure offers the benefits of both traditional DCS and PLC/HMI systems for handling process, discrete and motion control applications, while the software provides visibility, analytics and connectivity throughout the enterprise.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Business productivity software

Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8 software is an upgrade to the desktop application for driving document-based 3D design collaboration and CAD data interoperability. The software allows the PDF file to maintain precise geometry or be compressed over 100 times smaller than the original file, and it allows three-dimensional CAD data to be combined with other project information, such as product specific...

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Carbon-fiber belt

The Poly Chain GT carbon belt features a carbon-fiber tensile cord to provide strength and length stability while reducing stretch on drive systems used in high-torque applications. The belt drive system is available in more than 118,000 drive combinations and offers equivalent horsepower capacities to roller chain drives of the same width.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Content management solution

The InnoCielo 2007 product suite features advanced document workflow, which allows the user the options of configurable workflow, parallel review, logging and e-mail notification for complex workflow implementations with the need to program. The product suite also features an open briefcase, upgraded CAD support, security on navigation views, searchable memo properties and Microsoft Vista support.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

Work platform

Compliant with the requirements of ANSI/ITSDF B56.6-2005, the personnel work platform is a fork-mounted unit that is designed for quick installation. The 32-square-foot platform has a capacity of 1,000 pounds and can accommodate two people. It's equipped with a swing-gate entry with a removable front panel for easy access and a steel mesh floor.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2007

As manufacturing changes ingenuity, skill are constant

My first trip to Europe three years ago included a visit to Florence. There have been few experiences in my life as awe-inspiring as seeing this great, historic city, largely unchanged in 600 years. I was privileged to walk the streets, stand in the city’s great piazza and view the renovated statue of Michaelangelo’s David.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2007

Cooper Bussmann “invisions” a solution to pinpoint open circuits, minimize downtime

One minute of downtime in the automotive industry can cost nearly $350,000. Even though unscheduled downtime is a common and costly problem for many manufacturers, actual numbers like these can be startling. Many plants are shocked to discover just how much short-circuits and overloads actually cost.

By Karen Abramic-Dilger, contributing editor (
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 26, 2007

Separator filter

The Model SF1 stainless-steel separator-filter is designed to remove condensate, particulates, dirt and scale. It features a built-in cyclone separator that has a one-piece design, a five-layer sintered wire mesh filter for a cleaner surface and a body made of CF8-stainless steel. It’s suitable for applications in the food manufacturing, brewery, hospital sterilization, cosmetic, pharmace...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 24, 2007

ICONICS takes GENESIS to 64 bits

At ISA Expo 2007, ICONICS officially introduced GENESIS64, its 64-bit-based OPC Web-enabled HMI/SCADA suite. ICONICS president and CEO, Russ Agrusa, said that this “next generation” is based on 64-bit computing and designed from the ground up to take advantage of Windows Vista, .NET and SharePoint technology.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 24, 2007

Powder and bulk protection system

The IQR System is designed to protect powder and bulk solid process plants and personnel from explosions and flames. The system traps dust within its mesh lining and absorbs heat from flames and hot gases. The mesh lining serves as a heat sink, which interrupts the explosion mid-stream and absorbs pressure waves and dust.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 19, 2007

Aluminum mig wire

The SuperGlaze aluminum MIG wire is designed to minimize control problems associated with aluminum wire feeding.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 5, 2007

LIVE HELP features added to Sierra Instruments site

Sierra Instruments has added a LIVE HELP online instant messaging service. The program is designed to give customers access to trained personnel who can answer application questions. The Website is

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 5, 2007

Manufacturing and shipping software

The Open MFG data recorder uses a wireless application to process outbound shipments and inbound order in a single step. The recorder can access sales orders when handling outbound shipments, scan or key in each item as it is pulled, send a print command for the packing list, view a prompt indicating the quantity ordered and inform the ERP system when the order has been fulfilled.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 21, 2007

Heat exchanger leak detector

QwikDetector-HE comes in a 3-ounce aerosol can with 4-inch-long nozzle extension.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 21, 2007

Industrial Ethernet infrastructure market to grow to nearly $1 billion by 2011

Study finds market untethered over next five years

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 20, 2007

OMAC working group to meet at Pack Expo

Packing line integration to be covered at demo

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 20, 2007

Tales from the front: MESA conference attendees share business transformation stories

This year's MESA International conference was highlighted by real-world stories of manufacturers using plant-level information to transform their businesses.

By Marc Moschetto, Editorial Director, Control Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 15, 2007

Load cells

LCR series S-beam load cells feature five-point, NIST-traceable calibration. Available in ranges from 25 to 10,000 pounds, the load cells are constructed of lightweight aluminum for ranges as high as 1,000 pounds; stainless steel versions can handle ranges greater than 1,000 pounds; and both versions are protected to IP55.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2007

High-profile recalls prompt a hard look at supply chain risk management tactics

When an earthquake badly damaged the main production plant of Japanese piston ring manufacturer Rikon Corp.—a supplier to all eight of Japan's automakers—suspended production caused widespread customer disruption. Just days later, El Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel was hit by the first of several product recalls involving lead paint.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 24, 2007

Training center to serve power industry customers

The new center will provide expertise to power industry customers world-wide in the solution areas of alarm management and automation configuration management.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 23, 2007

Sterling lends suite support for Inquiry-to-Cash; Rheem taps into total enterprise integration platform

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T subsidiary, says its new Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite removes the barriers to successful customer and supplier interactions by providing a single end-to-end view of marketing, lead management, selling, orders, inventory, delivery and supply — plus returns, repairs, and settlement across the supply chain.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 15, 2007

Controller – 2007-08-15

Native communications capability for integration of wireless field networks has been added to the ROC-800 Series remote operations controller. The enhancement of the controller adds wireless functionality to the company’s Smart Remote Automation Solutions, which further extends the predictive intelligence of PlantWeb digital architecture into remote locations.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 15, 2007

Act, don’t react, for greater asset optimization

How does your maintenance department stack up? You’ll know if it’s an industry leader if no more than 10% of total maintenance hours are spent responding to unexpected equipment failures. That’s the benchmark of leading organizations. The rest of maintenance time is devoted to activities that have been planned, such as preventive maintenance (25% to 35%), predictive maintenanc...

By Bill Broussard, Emerson Process Management
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 7, 2007

Upcoming Webcast: Using Wireless as a Maintenance Advantage

A diverse panel of experts joins PLANT ENGINEERING in this discussion on how wireless technology can streamline maintenance practices to improve efficiency and the bottom line.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 27, 2007

While one report expects less manufacturing growth in coming months…

As manufacturers lower their average revenue growth projections for the next 12 months, executives are only expecting a 3% revenue growth rate for the industrial manufacturing sector as a whole in the 2007 calendar year.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 18, 2007

MESA International returns to Orlando

Leading manufacturers, solution providers, industry analysts, and application vendors will come together in Orlando Sept. 16-18 for the annual Conference sessions address industries such as: oil and gas, chemical, food, aerospace, pharmaceutical, automotive, medical device, and durable goods. Breakout tracks will be tailored towards each experience level in the manufacturing system experience. Plant Engineering is a media sponsor of MESA International. For information about the conference, click here .

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 15, 2007

Gates Roundtable: Helping plant managers fix the break-fix mentality

At a recent supplier group meeting in Louisville sponsored by Gates Corp., PLANT ENGINEERING editor Bob Vavra moderated a Roundtable discussion on the role suppliers play in helping plant managers achieve optimal performance. The Roundtable panelists included: The full text of the discussion is now available at www.

By Bob Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 29, 2007

Process gauge

The Ashcroft 1200 Series pressure gauges monitor pressures in most processes.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2007

Management comes first for alarm management success

Petrochemical plant managers have a difficult task: how do they maintain safety within the plant while optimizing plant operations, maintaining profitability and remaining environmentally friendly? One answer is a reliable alarm management system. The essence of alarm management is to supply operators with enough information to prevent abnormal situations, and to prevent abnormal situations fro...

By Ana Bonfante, Staff Writer
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2007

Energy audits, monitoring drive data toward a solution

With more than one-third of the energy used in the United States consumed by the industrial sector, manufacturing facilities constantly seek new ways to reduce energy costs without compromising production. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, implementing plant-wide energy audit recommendations can reduce a plant’s annual energy costs by 10% to 15%.

By David Bovankovich, E-Mon, LLC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2007

What are you going to do with all the available data?

In the classic film, “It's a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey was able to keep the Building and Loan open for another day simply by having two dollars on hand at the end of the day. He and his staff gleefully put the bills aside, suggesting that they might mate overnight. Thus the idea of compound interest was born.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 15, 2007

AAM study, video details problems of dumping

A study released May 22 by the Alliance for American Manufacturing gives a first-of-its-kind look at the consequences of predatory trade practices on workers, manufacturers and their communities, and emphasizes the economic benefit of enforcing U.S. trade laws. The study, “Enforcing the Rules,” provides an analysis of 10 recent cases in which anti-dumping or countervailing duties ha...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 13, 2007

A few stories on work attitudes

SKF @ptitude Exchange Website offers stories about how cultural issues in the workplace can contribute -- or get in the way of -- increased productivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 23, 2007

Touch panel computer

The TPC-120H Intel XScale PXA 12.1-inch SVGA TFT touch panel computer supports two 10/100 Base-T Ethernet ports and comes bundled with Windows CE operating system to support thin-clients. It has a resolution of 800 x 600, a fanless cooling system, one CompactFlash expansion slot, 64-MB SDRAM, two RS-232 and one RS-232/485 serial ports, two USB 1.1 ports and one VGA port. Advantech Corporation, eAutomation Group Advantech Corporation is a CSIA member as of 2/26/2015.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 15, 2007

In-line ultrasonic flowmeter

The FDT100 Series of water flowmeters uses transit-time ultrasonic technology. The signal is transmitted and received alternately between two flow sensors. Time-of-flight determines flow rate. The battery-powered transmitter comes with either an integrally mounted display or a remote-mount version. Applications include commercial and consumable water measurement.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 14, 2007

Brandl, Emerson receive Thomas G. Fisher award

Dennis Brandl and Dave Emerson honored at WBF for work on ISA-88 and ISA-95.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 16, 2007

Integrate to find success with MES implementation

A new Aberdeen Group study finds successful implementation of manufacturing execution systems require full integration with other systems, especially ERP

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 15, 2007

Storage cases

The dual SCBA wall case is designed to meet the storage demand for two SCBAs or one SCBA and one cylinder with additional masks. The unit is made of corrosion-resistant ABS and has low-profile, easy access doors. Windows allow visibility of SCBA gauges. Inside, Velcro straps allow for quick release of cylinders; hooks for masks and optional shelves offer convenient storage.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 8, 2007

Continuous improvement more than just maintenance practices

Cut the clutter and skip the small stuff. Grow your people. Provide them with leadership.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 27, 2007

Sensors Expo & Conference

The Sensors Expo & Conference comes to Rosemont, IL June 11-13. The conference focuses exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. Featuring an information-rich conference program as well as an exhibit hall showcasing state-of-the-art sensing technologies, this year’s event is designed to help attendees understand and use the latest advances in measurement, monitoring, detection and control.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 21, 2007

Advanced Automation expands global services

Exton, PA-based Advanced Automation has completed a joint venture with EIAL Ltd., a South Asia-based global provider of industrial automation and engineering support products and services. “Fueled by customer demand for expertise capable of integrating technologies all of the way to the back office,” said Robert Zeigenfuse, Advanced Automation president and CEO, “we will aggressively offer our highly respected manufacturing execution systems to firms throughout the world.” Confirming its commitment to use its recently completed joint venture as a springboard to become a global provider of manufacturing technology solutions, Advanced Automation today announced the expansion of its MES consulting group.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 21, 2007

Showing young people why manufacturing is cool

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has developed a new Website, Manufacturing is Cool, to provide young people with an inside look at how and why a career in educations is fulfilling and profitable. “If we are going to inspire enough young people to pursue careers in engineering in the coming decades, we have to show our kids how fascinating math and science can be,“ said Glen Pearson, president of the SME Education Foundation, which developed the site. “With this Website, we’re showing kids all the cool things they could do if they pursue a career in manufacturing.” Manufacturing is Cool provides an inside look at how kid favorites — such as snacks, fashion, cars and cell phones — are designed and produced by engineers. It also features video clips of peers creating radio-controlled air planes and building computers at the Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) programs. Parents, teachers and students also can use the Manufacturing Is Cool Web site as a resource for information on the Foundation, such as its available grants and scholarships.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 21, 2007

Final week to register for PLANT ENGINEERING Summit

A track on MES with experts from Rockwell, G.E. Fanuc, Advanced Automation and Symbol Technologies will open the PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit. The Summit, held in Chicago April 2 and 3, will honor the magazine’s Top Plant and Product of the Year Award, and will include other educational tracks on wireless monitoring and energy efficiency and MES.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2007

The Blog is Back! Five Fast Things for March 1, 2007

1. Back and better than ever — with your help! We’re in the process of creating a new Website, which will debut in about 45 days. March 1 seemed to be a good day to get back into the swing of Five Fast Things.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2007

Siemens Energy & Automation Summit slated for June 12-15

“Automation, Innovation, Inspiration” is the theme of the 2007 Siemens Energy & Automation Users Conference, to be held June 12–15, 2007 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. “The Siemens Automation Summit is an important event for Siemens’ customers and partners to directly engage company management, inspire and be inspired by the people th...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 21, 2007

New MES player gets funding

Performix Inc. has closed on the first round of venture financing from two early-stage funds, and will bring its xMES for SAP on the market. Company officials called it a move to deliver an 'out of the box' MES product.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 21, 2007

Blogging on integration

Jim Cahill of Emerson Process Management takes a look at MES and its relationship with systems such as SAP. Integrating transaction processes can be a key factor in getting the most from your MES system.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2007


The 9000 series ring manager features N-Ring technology and offers expanded ring-size capacity, a detailed fault diagnostic and a standard heal time of 30 milliseconds. For managing, detecting and restoring ring breaks, the ring manager sends out self health and ring control periodically around the ring.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2007

MHIA provides outlook on industry at ProMat

It was a steadying message coming from the Material Handling Industry of America during its press conference, held during the ProMat 2007 trade show at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Brian McNamara, executive chairman, Material Handling Industry and president of Southworth International Group, detailed where the material handling industry has been over the past year and where it’s heade...

By Kevin Campbell
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 18, 2007

Blog! Five Fast Things for January 18, 2007

1. AHR Expo shapes up to be a big event : We get a lot of calls here to visit suppliers at trade shows. It’s part of the job — kind of like being the prize pig at the State Fair.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 17, 2007


MESA will have its annual event in September in Orlando, but there are many member benefits of MESA that can be gained before then. To find out more about MESA membership, go to .

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 17, 2007

An interview with MESA president Matt Bauer

Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra took time out with MESA president Matt Bauer of Rockwell Automation at the recent MESA conference in Orlando. Here’s an audio clip of that interview .

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 17, 2007

Welcome to the first issue

This is the inaugural issue of Hot Wire on MES. Manufacturing execution system is a general term for a much broader concept of connecting systems and operations between the plant floor and the enterprise. It is our hope that in the coming months we’ll be able to share best practices, new products and fresh ideas on MES and its related disciplines.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 12, 2007

Blog! Five Fast Things for January 12, 2007

Five Fast Things for Jan. 12, 2007 1. Build demand, build plants: Want to see how fast you can make manufacturing take off in America? Find the right product and build it close to your end users.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 2, 2007

Open historian with SQL

CitectSCADA Reports v4 combines the openness of an embedded MS SQL Server with a historian an report generator. It is an off-the-shelf solution that collects, archives and delivers reporting data from multiple, disparate plant control systems. Users can visualize data from multiple SCADA systems in a Web browser; analyze this data with MS Excel; transfer data between control systems and MS SQL or Oracle databases, archive all control system data into MS SQL Server 2005 and report using industry standard reporting tools. Open standards; familiar technology and user interface; and secure reporting make doing business easier and more cost effective.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2007

Abrasive wheel

The Sigma Screen is an all-purpose flexible mesh depressed center Type 27 abrasive wheel for removing light welds, burrs, rust and paint. The wheel features a blend of zirconia-ceramic abrasive grains bonded to a flexible mesh for grinding, blending and finishing applications. Much more flexible than resin-fiber discs, these mesh wheels are cool-running, chatter-free and do not clog.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2007

Harvest hidden HVAC opportunities

Efficiency is finally being expected and even mandated for the HVAC industry. The new energy requirements, which went into effect Jan. 23, 2006, require an efficiency of 13 SEER. This means that a new or replacement HVAC unit will be markedly more efficient than its predecessors. While this is a nice benefit, it is not nearly as significant a driving factor as high utility costs.

By Timothy B. Janos, Association of Energy Engineers
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2007

Plant Engineering names Jack Smith managing editor

Effective with the January issue, Jack Smith has been named managing editor of Plant Engineering magazine. Smith has been the magazine’s senior editor for the past six years. “The respect Jack has from his peers and contacts in the industry is a testimony to his hard work and industry knowledge,” said Jim Langhenry, publisher of Plant Engineering.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 22, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 22, 2006

1. Tools for Tomorrow: We’ve talked a lot about educational challenges into the next two decades, both for America as a whole and manufacturing in particular. Grainger has developed its Tools for Tomorrow program to help students interested in technical careers get the education they need and deserve.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 20, 2006

Plant Engineering blog provides information, fun fast

In 32 years in the publishing business, Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra has been a columnist, a commentator and a reporter. Now he’s adds blogger to his resume with the addition of the Five Fast Things Weblog, featured on . The world of blogging is one way to get information out to you faster, and the staff of Plant Engineering is excited to add it to its mix of information-delivering products. Vavra posts around noon Central each day.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 15, 2006

Toyota, BMW and Square D named 2006 Top Plant recipients

OAK BROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Plant Engineering magazine has named Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky, BMW of South Carolina, and Square D of Nebraska as recipients of the 2006 Top Plant award, which recognizes U.S. industrial manufacturing facilities for their commitment to productivity, safety and innovation. The winners are featured in the December issue of Plant Engineering. “There are many differences in these facilities, but they all have one thing in common — an unwavering commitment to their employees and to the markets they serve,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. For example: Toyota’s Continuous Improvement Program empowers workers to drive change. “We have the same equipment, basically, as our competitors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 5, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 5, 2006

Five Fast Things for December 5, 2006: 1. Invensys in Dallas: The annual Invensys user group meeting has kicked off in the LoneStarState. It’s been a dynamic year for Invensys with the full launch of its InFusion enterprise control system, and the company is announcements of both system enhancements (condition management) and its installations ( South Carolina electrical distribution systems ) at the show. One of Monday’s more interesting presentations was from Invensys wireless guru Hesh Kagan and Apprion marketing manager Ian McPherson on the future of wireless.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2006

Coating thickness gauge

The DTG-500 coating thickness gauge facilitates convenient, one-handed coating thickness measurement. It features a backlit, three-digit LCD with a maximum readout of 1,999 counts, and units are user-selectable between micrometers and mils. The gauge provides auto-hold and shut-off functions. It comes with a calibration kit, a 9-v battery, an operator’s manual and a carrying case.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2006

ASME names Zamrik president

Sam Y. Zamrik, a technical consultant and professor emeritus of engineering mechanics at Penn State was named president-elect of ASME during the 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Chicago. His one-year term as president begins in June, 2007. A member of ASME for more than 34 years, Zamrik is a society fellow and served as a member of the board of governors from 2002 to 2...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 17, 2006

Industrial Ethernet switches – 2006-11-17

The EDS-316 Series of unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches includes 16-ports and provides an economical solution for industrial Ethernet connection, the company reports. A built-in relay warning function alerts maintenance personnel when power failures or port breaks occur. The switches are designed for use in harsh industrial environments, particularly in locations that comply with FCC, TÜV, UL and CE standards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2006

3D design software

Acrobat 3D allows design and manufacturing teams to securely share and collaborate on 3D designs without requiring CAD or specialty viewers. It allows users to convert 3D models from a variety of CAD formats and embed them in PDF files, regardless of whether or not they have CAD software. Acrobat 3D includes the full functionality of Acrobat 7.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2006

Proportional proximity sensor

AccuProx high-performance analog inductive proximity sensor generates an electrical signal that varies in proportion to the position to the metal target within its sensing range, as opposed to sending an open or closed signal upon target presence or absence characteristic of traditional inductive prox sensors.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2006

Media mill feed pump

The abrasive-duty SPX media mill feed pump is suitable for the transfer and handling of corrosive solids and particle-laden liquids used in media mill applications. Pump life is unaffected by abrasive products because the pump has no moving parts in the product zone and the pump rotor never comes in contact with the slurry.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2006

Enterprise control system

InFusion Enterprise Control System brings operations, maintenance and business functions together in a common collaboration environment. Features include real-time visibility; strategic modeling; integration across existing plant floor systems such as DCS, PLCs, subsystems and intelligent field devices; and standards-based information interoperability between plant floor, MES and enterprise sys...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 24, 2006

Grainger names Carruthers president of Acklands-Grainger

North American industrial distributor Grainger announced Thursday that Court Carruthers has been named president of its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-Grainger, Inc. Carruthers' new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger's business operations in Canada, which had sales of $428 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2006. "We have a tremendous opportunity to improve our branch network and supply chain network so that we enhance service to customers across the provinces," said Y.C.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 5, 2006

DOE plan to address energy challenges

Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman Monday released a five-year strategic plan that focuses on the Department of Energy’s role in powering and securing America’s future.h’s Advanced Energy and American Competitiveness Initiatives.  “The Department of Energy’s strategic plan outlines a path forward to enhance our clean energy options and advance national security interests while protecting the health and safety of our workers and the public,” Bodman said. “Building on the Department’s rich and diverse history and the President’s initiatives, this plan details the steps necessary to keep our commitments, embrace innovation, and work together to ensure safe, secure, and environmentally responsible operations.” The department’s strategic plan seeks to deliver results along five strategic themes that include promoting America’s energy security through reliable, clean and affordable sources; ensuring America’s nuclear security by transforming the nuclear weapons stockpile through development of reliable replacement warheads that are safer and more secure; strengthening U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 2006

Cote honored by AFSA

Arthur E. Cote, executive vice president and chief engineer of the National Fire Protection Association and vice-chairman of the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute, has been honored with the Henry S. Parmelee Award – the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s most prestigious mark of distinction.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 2006

Humidity control improves productivity, cuts waste

Dirt, dust and debris cling to plastic sheets. Previously-inspected electronic components don’t work. Wood parts twist and warp. Paper and cardboard shrink and warp, jamming equipment. Glue doesn’t cure properly. What do these problems have in common? All are commonly caused by low relative humidity.

By Pierre Husson, Husson, Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 29, 2006

Magnetic grates

The company’s single-skinned tube design helps remove iron with a stainless steel split ring sandwiched between two floating wipers. As the individual banks cycle tramp iron, it is stripped from the tubes outside the product zone. The tramp metal is then discharged through a small chute at the front of the housing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2006

Wireless standards committee work intended to benefit end users

More than 20 companies from around the world have responded to a call for proposals from ISA's Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee. The ISA-SP100 committee is establishing standards, recommended practices, technical reports and related information to define procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment, with a focus on the field level.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2006

ISA committee to revise batch control standards

ISA’s SP88 batch control standards development committee has formed a working group to update the first two standards in the ISA-88 series. The update project will focus primarily on ANSI/ISA-88.01, Batch Control Part 1: Models and Terminology, but will also consider revisions to ANSI/ISA88.00.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2006

Smart chips to cut energy costs

Welsh scientists are part of a consortium that has been awarded a grant of almost $1.9 million to drive forward smart microchip technology – the next generation of power electronics with the potential to radically reduce the world’s energy consumption, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers reported.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2006

SCMEP receives energy grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership a third grant as part of the USDOE’s Industries of the Future Program. The grant will be used to assist the state’s large energy users through a targeted deployment of energy assistance. The grant is being administered in cooperation with the South Carolina Energy Office over the next t...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2006

Pressure transducers – 2006-09-01

Built using bonded-foil strain gage technology, the company’s line of pressure transducers is suitable for industrial and military applications. The transducers feature a pressure-overload protection capability for the diaphragm called the Over Travel Stop, which enables the sensing element to handle a minimum of five-times full scale over-range pressure spikes.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 23, 2006

Strut nuts

The nuts’ one-piece design toggles into place and eliminates the need for a washer, reducing installation time. An integrated plastic strip provides tension to grip the strut, yet allows for easy repositioning or removal. A threaded rod can be pre-assembled to the nuts, providing one-handed installation to the strut without tools.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 18, 2006

ICONICS registration deadline is Aug. 30

Registration has been extended to Aug. 30 for the 2006 ICONICS Worldwide Customer Summit. The event, at Boston’s Seaport Hotel and WorldTradeCenter Sept.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 4, 2006

Life Cycle Engineering launches the Life Cycle Institute

After delivering training and education solutions to industry and government for more than three decades, Life Cycle Engineering opened its new, expanded flagship educational facility in Charleston, SC, as part of the Life Cycle Institute. With annual student attendance tripling over the last three years, LCE's new Charleston campus “The Life Cycle Institute further demonstrates LCE's commitment to supporting growing and evolving customer training requirements, both at the client site and in an open enrollment environment,” said Jim Fei, chairman and CEO of LCE. As a learning source for reliability excellence, the Life Cycle Institute offers a venue to further professional development. The institute uses adult learning methods that emphasize hands-on learning. Current course offerings include LCE’s two flagship courses, Reliability Excellence for Managers and Maintenance Planning & Scheduling.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2006

Rotating message board

Rotating kiosk bulletin towers are the latest workplace solution product, the company said. The free-standing rotating four-sided organizational system allows large amounts of information to be displayed, viewed and processed virtually anywhere in a factory or business. The RotoCube’s four panels contain 24 square feet of display space, as much as a 4 foot x 6 foot white board.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2006

Oxygen transmitter

The SPECTRACAP sensor measures oxygen concentration optically by measuring the absorption of light from a tunable diode laser. The device can be flange-mounted directly into a process without sampling or sample conditioning equipment. This provides the user real-time measurement data without sampling or sample switching delays.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2006

Reader Feedback – 2006-08-01

Clearing up the controversy over CO2 use as refrigerant Boy-oh-boy am I confused. In the July issue of PLANT ENGINEERING on Page 16 you have a article concerning CO2 and its use as a refrigerant. I quote: “Because of its good environmental properties and relative safety, there is renewed interest in carbon dioxide as a refrigerant … But it is now coming back as a natural refrigerant...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2006

The revolution is coming to a laptop near you

We just installed a new editorial production system here at PLANT ENGINEERING. As with most technology launches, there were meetings and seminars and demos and training, all leading up to the final changeover. I only had one question as we started the implementation: “Will it work?” You got your issue this month, so the answer was, “Yes.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 25, 2006

Parker and fluid power industry stakeholders collaborate with the National Science Foundation to establish research center

Parker Hannifin has collaborated with the National Science Foundation (NSF), several universities, and other industrial companies to establish a new, $21 million Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. The center will be based at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. "Fluid power is a key component of our product portfolio," said Don Washkewicz, Parker chairman and CEO. "The new research center will help expand the range of fluid power applications possible, ensuring real growth for our industry for years to come." Major funding for the new research center comes from the NSF, which recently announced a $15 million, five-year grant for the project.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 18, 2006

Manufacturing’s slowing, solid growth continues

Growth in the U.S. economy is expected to decelerate in the next two years, but the manufacturing sector should continue its solid climb through 2006 before experiencing some retrenchment in 2007, according to a new report. The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) growth will be 3.3% in 2006 and 2.7% in 2007, nearly consistent with the February 2006 projections of 3.2% and 2.8%, respectively. Overall U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 5, 2006

NAM remembers Alexander B. “Sandy” Trowbridge, former president and former head of U.S. Department of Commerce

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler honored the memory of Alexander B. “Sandy”. Trowbridge for his decade of leadership at NAM and his contributions to the United States in business and public service. Trowbridge served as NAM president from 1979-89.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 5, 2006

Survey indicates optimism about manufacturing growth

A survey commissioned by industrial heat and control systems manufacturer Chromalox, Inc. indicated that the participants were optimistic about manufacturing and employment growth in 2006 and beyond. Chromalox surveyed manufacturing engineers and engineering management, with one-third of the 85 respondents working outside the United States. Of the respondents, 76% expect plant production volumes to continue to increase this year, while only 17% forecast little or no this year, with 40% claiming there will be no change, and 49% planning to increase staff.  Respondents said the ability of manufacturers to customize products for a particular application was of the utmost importance, with 39% saying that up to 20% of the products they buy are customized. Only 5% of those surveyed last year had temperature control systems that included diagnostic or predictive maintenance capabilities, compared to 25% currently. Of those surveyed, 27% currently have some form of remote equipment monitoring technology, and another 10% expect to add remote control technology between now and 2008.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 3, 2006

ASHRAE proposes lighting changes

Proposals from ASHRAE would “light the way” for the International Energy Conservation Code to be more consistent with the Society’s energy efficiency standard. ASHRAE has proposed that portions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, dealing with lighting be adopted in the International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council. “Electric lighting consumes 20 to 25 percent of electricity used in buildings,” said Eric Richman, chair of the 90.1 Lighting Subcommittee. “Lighting also produces additional heat in buildings, with the heat from lighting accounting for 15—20% of a building’s cooling load. The lighting provisions in Standard 90.1 are a significant efficiency improvement over past versions, so ASHRAE encourages the ICC to adopt these lighting improvements for the IECC.” Specifically, the proposals address reasonable alternatives to showing compliance with line-voltage lighting track and plug-in busway lighting requirements; and provide additional control options for exterior lighting.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 2006

ARC conference to focus on enterprise performance

Top industry visionaries will share their experiences and best practices for driving manufacturer enterprise performance at ARC Advisory Group's Fourteenth Annual Forum, “Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts”. This event will bring together over 400 top industry executives to explore best practices for driving top performance from all plant ...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2006

Redefining what ‘better’ means in manufacturing

There are two fundamental principles guiding manufacturing at the plant level today. They are reflected in the technology PLANT ENGINEERING celebrated March 20 at the 2005 Product of the Year dinner. You can see this year's winners starting on page 70. One major effort is innovation. Innovation led the United States through the Industrial Revolution, through the Depression, through World War II...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 31, 2006

PLANT ENGINEERING honors Top Plant, Product of the Year winners at gala dinner

Honorees at the 18thannual PLANT ENGINEERING March 20 in Rosemont, IL got a glimpse at the present and future of manufacturing. To view winners click here. The awards dinner drew more than 120 award winners in 16 categories to Rosemont, where winners were honored for their outstanding new product launches during 2005. PLANT ENGINEERING readers voted on the outstanding products.

By Bob Vavra: Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 24, 2006

CMMS seminar is April 26-28

The three-day seminar, “Evaluating, Implementing and Optimizing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems” will be held April 26-28, at the University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison, WI. The attendees will learn how to use CMMS to gain control of maintenance costs, increase equipment up-time, maintain production schedules and improve customer service. Through practical demonstrations attendees learn how to use their system to improve the bottom line by:• Utilizing your system for equipment/asset and spare parts identification• Making timely purchasing decisions• Improving work order scheduling and control• Making more efficient use of personnel Instructor: Kris Bagadia, president of PEAK industrial Solutions, Brookfield, WI, has more than 20 years of experience in CMMS For details, please visit:

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2006

IEST scholarships

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) announces that two scholarships will be offered to two full-time students in the educational programs of science or engineering. The winners will be announced at the 52nd annual technical meeting and exposition of IEST, to be held May 7-10, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. The Eugene Borson Scholarship, in the amount of $500, is offered annually by IEST for the best original technical paper(s) written by a student in a topic related to the environmental sciences in connection with controlled environments, particularly through contamination control and nanotechnologies, in which products and equipment are manufactured, processed, or tested. Eugene (Gene) Borson was a Fellow of IEST, and was a leader in the field of aerospace environmental and contamination control engineering until his death in 2005. The Park Espenschade Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $500, is awarded offered by IEST for the best original technical paper(s) written by a student in a topic related to the environmental sciences.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2006

Cooper Industries acquires Wheelock, Inc

Cooper Industries, Ltd. announced the acquisition of Wheelock, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of fire safety and emergency incident communications systems and devices.Based in Long Branch, N.J., Wheelock is a privately held company with 2005 annual revenues of approximately $46 million.Financial terms were not disclosed. Wheelock manufactures a comprehensive fire notification product line that includes electronic strobe horns, mini-horns, strobes, speakers and speaker strobes, and power supplies.The company also manufactures communication systems that combine background music, messaging, and emergency voice evacuation and telephone zone paging for military bases, retail establishments, factory and warehouse operations, and campus environments. Wheelock becomes part of Cooper Menvier, which is based in the United Kingdom.With the acquisition, Cooper Menvier gains complementary capabilities to enhance its core product offerings in fire safety and security detectors, panels and signaling devices, including strobes, sounders, call points and bells.Additionally, Wheelock provides Cooper Menvier with UL-approved products. “With its strong history of innovation, Wheelock provides a strategic extension to our European portfolio with products specifically designed and manufactured for the U.S. market,” said Cooper Industries Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kirk S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2006

Weather monitor

The iBTHX transmitter monitors and records barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity and dew point over an Ethernet network or the Internet using a Web browser. No special software is required. The iBTHX serves active Web pages to display real-time readings: charts of barometric pressure, temperature and humidity; and logged data in standard formats for use in a data acquisition progr...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 24, 2006

Four major shows coming in March

Four major manufacturing events will make March a busy month for those wanting to stay up to date with the latest in trends and products. Rosemont , IL : National Manufacturing Week kicks off a four day run on March 20 at its new venue, the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, which is adjacent to O’Hare International Airport. The show features 1,200 exhibitors, more than 250 education sessions and has been a must-see event for plant engineers for decades. New York City : INTERPHEX is held every other year, and this year’s event at the Javits Convention Center on March 21 to March 23 will cover such issues as pharmaceutical globalization, contamination control, and RFID. As one of the fastest-growing areas of manufacturing, pharmaceutical companies and the technologies that help them grow will both be on display. Los Angeles: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers will have its annual meeting, “The Total Manufacturing Experience” on March 27 to March 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 3, 2006

NEMA sees robust industrial control business growth

Sales of industrial control products and systems, as measured in NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index, increased 3% during the third quarter of 2005. The index jumped by 5.5% compared to the same period a year ago, according to NEMA. With its eighth consecutive quarterly gain, NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index is now 24% above the market’s recessionary low point.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 22, 2005

Product of the Year — Tips for a better entry

Overview | Entry form (PDF) | Rules for entering 2007 Product of the Year / Tips for a better entry Here are a few pointers to help you make sure your entry has the best possible chance of becoming a finalist -- and a winner. These will help you avoid some of the problems we've seen in many years of competition.1. Enter early.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 14, 2005

News from Plant Engineering: Week of Dec. 12

Manufacturing growth strong, but slowing The manufacturing expansion should continue, but decelerate, through 2007, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. The Alliance expects some deceleration in manufacturing industrial production, retrenching somewhat from 4.8% growth in 2004 and an anticipated 3.4% in 2005. “A high level of energy and commodity prices increases costs in the industrial sector and hurts U.S. competitiveness.%% ability to tap their home equity and continue driving growth in big-ticket consumer items like houses and motor vehicles.  Most industries—consumer, equipment, materials and construction—will experience slower growth but the weight of these factors are not enough to slow growth, only the pace of growth.” “Energy, medical, and high-tech industries are leading growth this year,” Meckstroth added. “The capital equipment markets are generally strong but decelerating.” The report also offers economic forecasts for 24 of the 27 industries for 2006 and 2007, and a longer term forecast through 2010 for these same industries. Two industries are expected to enjoy double-digit growth in 2006 -- mining and oil and gas field machinery should rise 49% with a profit incentive to expand due in part to the high levels of petroleum and metal prices and computer equipment by 13%.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 12, 2005

Advantech becomes IMS member

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech is now a member of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS). IMS was established in 2001 as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan. Its vision is to enable products and systems to achieve, and sustain, near-zero breakdown performance, and ultimately transform the traditional maintenance practices of “fail and fix” to a “predict and prevent” methodology.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2005

AMT names new chairman

The Association for Manufacturing Technology elected its 2005-2006 officers and directors today at its 2005 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Douglas K. Woods, president and CEO of Liberty Precision Industries, Rochester, NY, was named chairman. Woods succeeds David J. Burns, president and COO of The Ex One Company, Irwin, PA.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2005

Create a checklist for air compressor rental

There are many reasons to rent air compressors and compressed air equipment. They range from the need for temporary air while on-site units receive maintenance to fulfilling extra demand for compressed air due to a special project. Whatever the reason for renting, once the decision has been made the creation and use of a detailed checklist can save time, money and a lot of aggravation.

By Kurt White, Aggreko LLC, Houston
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2005

Site-Specific Targeting focuses on high-injury work sites

The Site-Specific Targeting program is OSHA's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction worksites that have 40 or more employees. The SST directs enforcement resources to those worksites with the highest rate of injuries and illnesses as shown by the OSHA Data Initiative survey. The ODI survey collects calendar year injury and illness data annually.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2005

Power quality Webcast now online

If you missed PLANT ENGINEERING's important Webcast on power quality on Nov. 15, the archived version is now available on the Web at The Webcast featured a discussion of what plant engineers and managers can do to ensure the quality of power in their plants, how they can recognize and measure the source of the problems and how they can protect their plant from power qu...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 3, 2005

Top Business leaders headline expanded conference

Intensified focus on global insights and learning at 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference The 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference, to be held March 20—23 in Rosemont, IL, has become the place for small and mid-size manufacturers to go to better understand and foresee global manufacturing trends and opportunities, their impact on U.S. companies, and to develop solutions to help small and mid-sized manufacturers improve their manufacturing processes. With an intensified emphasis on education, seminars, training and networking opportunities, the 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference promises to deliver unmatched business building opportunities for U.S. manufacturers by bringing together more global manufacturing leaders than ever before.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

Coil cleaner works on ac, battery

CC-120 CoilPro is the solution for coil cleaning operations. Many coil cleaner chemicals can damage coils or create noxious fumes. The unit operates on ac power or an integrated, rechargeable battery. Features include durable stainless steel wands, flexible extensions to clean hard-to-reach places, four nozzles to match the application, an integral water tank to eliminate hoses and an integral ...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

Water-injected oil-free air compressor

DH-Series single-stage, water-injected rotary screw air compressors are the most efficient oil-free units available. They offer reduced energy and maintenance costs and a lower lifetime cost than any other compressor in its size range. They use a switched reluctance variable speed drive. The unit is designed for applications where there is a need for high quality air — air that comes in d...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

Solderless pipe connection means no fumes

PermaLynx permanent push-to-connect piping system includes valves and fittings. Flame-free installation means no noxious fumes that can pollute the working environment. Installers can align joints fast and rotate them before pressurization. After pressure is introduced, the system stiffens and prevents rotation.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

NAM Board elects Berges chairman

The National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors elected James G. Berges, president of St. Louis-based Emerson, as its chairman for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2006, at its semi-annual meeting this week. The board also elected Charles E. Bunch, chairman and CEO of PPG Industries, Inc.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

Tough dock shelter eliminates damage

Survivor dock shelter features an innovative, impactable side frame design specifically engineered to eliminate costly damage that often occurs when semi-trailers make contact with loading dock shelters. Virtually indestructible Neotec, high molecular weight polyethylene, side frames allow these shelters to be struck by trailers from any angle without suffering permanent damage.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2005

Gypsumboard makers could cut prices sharply

Producers of construction supplies have pushed through some solid price hikes. These price hikes in 2005 contrast sharply with price cuts and modest price increases that populated the buying environment last year. For example, in the 12 months ending August 2004, tags for gypsum products and Fiberglass increased by a meager 1.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 18, 2005

Digital Edition FAQ

Plant Engineering is using new technology to convert its print edition into a digital format. The digital edition is an interactive format that will be delivered via the internet and can be read on your desktop or laptop computer. There is no software installation required and the download time is just seconds.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 2005

Letters to the editor – 2005-09-01

Manufacturing's past meltdowns don't offer hope for the future I read Bob Vavra's July 2005 Comment with first dismay and then repulsion. I was part of the last great U.S. automotive attrition movement. Describing the difference between sustaining a multi-decade long career and finding oneself suddenly unemployed, eventually finding another lesser job and starting over as "splitting hairs" is v...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 3, 2005

WEBCAST Dollars and Sense — Powering your bottom line with motor management

This Webcast has been postponed until December 2005Program originally scheduled to air October 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Reserve your "seat" now for this Webcast! Chief Editor, Bob Vavra, moderates a panel of leading industry experts through a A follow-up to the successful Motor Management Webcast (which aired April 2005, a CDrom Pat Mustari ), “Dollars and Sense -- Powering your bottom line with motor management" will explore how making motors energy efficientLANT ENGINEERING Webcast on the topic takes a look at the dollars involved in making motor management decisions, and the sense it takes to turn those actions into a more efficient power program. Our panel of industry experts will look at such issues as: Buying energy efficient motors Building an effective parts inventory Working with suppliers to meet motor management needs How to know when it's time to buy, and how to measure the effectiveness of that purchase Don't delay, register today ! Panelists: Thomas R. Theising, Manager, Energy Systems BASF Corporation Tom earned a B.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2005

CAGI offers “SmartSite” learning center

The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) activated its "SmartSite," on-line center for learning and technical information. A key feature of SmartSite is its E-Learning courseware. Titled Introduction to Compressed Air Systems, this courseware offers users industry-standard training, available 24/7, that is manufacturer and product neutral.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2005

Plant Engineering named co-sponsor of safety award

PLANT ENGINEERING magazine has been selected as one of the Outreach Collaborators for the international Robert W. Campbell Award, which honors companies that successfully integrate safety, health and environmental management principles into their business operations. The award is hosted by the National Safety Council and underwritten by Exxon Mobil Corporation.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 2005

Avoid information ‘silos’ with effective data management

Today, operation and maintenance margins in process plants are razor-thin. Capital projects have increasingly shorter timelines to get product to market faster at the lowest cost. Managers must look for and exploit every opportunity to cut costs and increase efficiency. On the business side, programs such as SAP have consolidated enterprise information into unified resource systems that deliver...

By Dr. Jeff Hollings, Senior Vice President, Bentley Plant, Bentley Systems, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2005

Bringing better IT security to the plant floor

Excerpted from the white paper, "Increasing Plant Floor Security Today" by Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI. Our needs and capabilities for sharing information with others are expanding exponentially. From e-commerce drivers, to communications with the supply chain and other partners, our intellectual property is getting more exposure, while at the same time being more and more core to our co...

By Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2005

World process automation market heading to $64B

A new study finds the process automation market is showing signs of recovery, and could grow at a rate above 5% a year in the next three years. A report by the ARC Advisory Group in Dedham, MA found the worldwide market for total process automation is expected to grow by 5.1% thought 2008, and the market will grow from $50 billion in 2003 to $64 billion by 2008.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 10, 2005

Choosing the right vehicle restraint

The question used to be: Do we need vehicle restraints on our docks? Today, the more likely question is: Which kind should we choose? Dock safety has become top-of-mind. Company personnel now look at vehicle restraints as necessary safety devices. Vehicle restraints help prevent serious accidents that can happen when trucks or trailers separate from the loading dock while lift truck drivers are...

By Walt Swietlik, Rite-Hite Corp., Milwaukee, WI
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 10, 2005

Solutions – 2005-03-10

Doctoring the problem Problem : A very small amount of adhesive or sealant must be applied to a precise spot. Is there an easy way to do this? Solution : Become a doctor. Get a syringe for accurate placement.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 10, 2005


New LED offering Luxeon high-power LED family is being expanded. The new emitters offer up to 65 lumens in white at 350 mA, 185 C allowable junction temperature, and a JEDEC moisture sensitivity level of 2a, which allows extended unsealed life before final packaging. The redesigned Luxeon package reduces heat sink requirements, delivers more light at comparable ambient conditions, expands use in higher temperature conditions, and allows higher current operation. Lumileds Lighting Write 315 on PE card DALI ballasts DaliPro is a user-friendly, dimmable ballast designed for use with DALI controls.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 10, 2005

Succession, and success

Thomas Jefferson came to France in 1785 to take over as ambassador from Benjamin Franklin. No minor statesman himself, Jefferson knew Franklin's reputation with the French when he assumed his new duties. At a reception, the French Foreign Minister asked Jefferson, "It is you who replace Dr. Franklin?" "No one can replace him, Sir," Jefferson replied.

By Bob Vavra, Chief Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 10, 2004

Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning

Stainless heat exchanger endures extremes AlfaNova claims to be the world's first 100% stainless steel fusion heat exchanger. It can handle pressures to 650 psi, temperatures up to 1020 F, and pressure fatigue cycling that would destroy conventional brazed units. The totally stainless steel construction offers corrosion resistance to media that would attack copper.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 10, 2004

Basics of testing flame detectors: Part 2

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series on how to test and troubleshoot various types of industrial flame detectors. The first part appeared in the September issue. Most older flame combustion controls (except CAD cells) incorporate a flame signal jack on the amplifier or on the control housing.

By George Allen
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 10, 2004

Using PCs for machine condition monitoring: Part 3

Questions to ask when selecting your data acquisition system

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 10, 2004

Identifying problems from transients in power systems

Utility industry experts estimate that problems resulting from transient overvoltage costs U.S. companies $26 billion annually due to direct damage to electrical distribution systems, electronic equipment, software, tools, and the cost of lost productivity. Electrical transient voltages can originate inside your plant or on the utility grid.

By Jon Bickel, Square D/Schneider Electric, LaVergne, TN
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 10, 2004

Solutions – 2004-06-10

Get teed off Problem : Wood screws in hinges and other hardware work loose and strip out holes. Is there a quick and easy way to repair the damaged holes in doors and other wood pieces? Solution : Remove the loose screw. Drive a wooden golf tee into the stripped out frame.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 10, 2004

Now there are two

For much of my career, I didn't put much stock in awards — especially not journalistic awards. Most awards programs, I argued, were more about impressing a small group of judges than about doing your job, day in and day out, in an exemplary manner. For example, I've seen journalists win awards for articles that were of little or no interest to their readers.

By Richard L. Dunn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 10, 2003

Maintenance Tips & Tricks Winners

Winner of the 2003 'Maintenance Tip of the Year' is Mark Coomes, Ferro Corp., Evansville, IN. He received $1000 for his suggestion on how to lock out an airline under repair.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2003

That illusive innovation

Innovation is one of the key criteria for judging the products that are selected as our 150 Product of the Year Finalists. Each year, our screening judges are asked to evaluate the products submitted primarily on the basis of usefulness in plant engineering work and innovation. The dictionary defines innovation simply as "1.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2003

How one plant survived the blackout

At 3 a.m. on Friday, August 15, Joe Torr knew he was in for a tough day. Arriving long before dawn at Delphi Corp.'s massive Flint East manufacturing complex in Michigan, where he is site facility engineer and energy coordinator, Torr and his team faced the aftermath of the biggest power failure in the nation's history.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2003

Construction, Buildings and Grounds

Door guard prevents untimely passage Roll-Up Door Guard is a unique collision prevention system that provides a physical barrier to prevent a vehicle operator from driving through an overhead door before it is fully opened. Easily installed on both manual and automatic overhead doors, it remains down until the door is safely out of the way, then opens to allow traffic. Guard is mechanically linked to door, so no power is required.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 6, 2003

Outdoor lighting considerations

Whether lighting the front office facade, employee parking lot, storage yard, or flagpole, outdoor lighting requires that plant engineers follow certain guidelines. Outdoor lighting should be more than just decorative. Safety, security, functionality, and efficiency should be considered when designing and specifying lighting systems for a plant's exterior.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 6, 2003

Story time

The other day, I found myself reminiscing and story telling with a business associate. After he left I thought, "Well, that was fun for me, but he was probably bored silly with all those stories about the old days." But then I decided it wasn't a waste of time, and he most likely did learn something from some of the stories —perhaps some perspective, if nothing else.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 12, 2003

Help with various styles of couplings

Why settle for stick figures when you can have a DaVinci? Configurator, an online tool at translates raw data into usable CAD drawings and dimensional data for various styles of flexible couplings used in power transmission applications including pumps, compressors, and gear boxes. The web site includes access to a database of more than 20,000 couplings with selections suitable...

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 12, 2003

How to be a champion for tagless assets in your plant

Our company has been involved in numerous deployments where first-time mobile CMMS implementations were embraced by upper management and enthusiastically adopted by end users as well, because of the work of an internal champion that promoted new technology. The role of the internal champion cannot be understated.

By Richard Padula, President CEO, Syclo LLC, Barrington, IL
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 6, 2003

Reader Feedback – 2003-05-06 – 2003-05-06

What is a fahrenheit? I read your article on IR thermography in the March issue and would like to point out a common mistake. On page 41 the temperature difference between 1563 F and 1600 F is called 37 deg F. It should read 37 F deg, which is a temperature difference. 1563 F is a point on the temperature scale.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 6, 2003

Tracking Trends in CMMS/EAM

Although CMMS has been around for more than two decades, the marketplace is relatively stable, despite high industry vendor turnover in its early days. Only a few new faces appear each year; only a few disappear. EAM is no longer a topic restricted to the plant floor or maintenance organization. It is available to all of the enterprise, regardless of geographic boundaries.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 28, 2003

Book offerings: A look inside

Written by Daryl Mather, CMMS: A Timesaving Implementation Process is a broad and structured guide to CMMS implementation regardless of which system you choose. The book contains pragmatic advice for effective maintenance management, with specific emphasis on getting the best performance from a CMMS.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2003

Solutions – 2003-03-15 – 2003-03-15

More band control • Problem: Packages and bundles arrive in the shipping department banded with steel. When it is cut, the banding can harm nearby personnel. How can banding, up to 1-in.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 15, 2003

Hydraulic torque wrenches improve bolting

The simplest components to maintain on equipment and machinery are nuts and bolts. However, the incorrect installation of these basic components can lead to maintenance headaches at best and disasters at worst. Through most of the industrial revolution, as machinery and the structures that housed them grew more complex, the technology of bolting stayed the same.

By James Eckenrod, Enerpac, Butler, WI
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-01-15

Optimizing compressor selection Designing Your Compressed Air System is a guide that takes you through the process of selecting and determining a compressed air system. Five elements are considered: demand, supply requirements, storage, distribution system, and layout considerations. References include a compressed air glossary and conversion formulas.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2003

Building reliable, practically leak-free thermal fluid systems

Thermal fluid systems using synthetic organic and silicone-based heat transfer fluids are used in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical production, petrochemicals, and environmental test chambers. Regardless of the type of heat transfer fluid, application, or operating temperature, operators of these systems share one common desire: that the systems be as reliable and leak-free as possible.

By L.W. (Budd) Lee, Development Leader, Thermal Fluids Technical Service and Development, The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2002

Value of change in maintenance: Altering routines is a worthwhile investment

It was late Wednesday night. The hot midday sun was just a memory for the two men as they waited to hear something, anything, from their companion. The air around them was heavy with anticipation as they looked over their shoulders, across the vast expanse, back toward the shack. Then, in unison, their gaze shifted down to peer at the ugly sight just inches from their feet.

By Bob Call, Maintenance Engineering Implementation Specialist, Life Cycle Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 11, 2002

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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 8, 2002

About PE magazine

About PE | Editorial Staff | Sales Staff PLANT ENGINEERING magazine depends on people like you to share their knowledge and insights for ensuring production capacity. Since its first issue in 1947, PLANT ENGINEERING has stood as the leading problem-solving information source for America's industrial plant engineers. It has won virtually every readership study in its field over the past 20 years and well over 100 studies in all.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2002

Solutions – 2002-10-15 – 2002-10-15

Gaskets made easy • Problem: Many times when equipment is being repaired the gaskets are damaged and must be replaced. Often they are complicated and it is difficult to get an accurate outline. Is there a way to make gaskets that will fit as well as the original? • Solution: One way to make exact copies of gaskets is to photocopy the face of the equipment that must be gasketed.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 15, 2002

Keeping dried compressed air dry

Ever wonder why there is moisture in compressed air lines even though a dryer is installed after the compressor? This moisture often shows up at any point-of-use, typically first thing in the morning. Liquid collects in drip legs and is expelled along with compressed air as it first begins to flow into a machine or process.

By Ken Overby, La-Man Corp., Port Orange, FL
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 8, 2002

It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity

Most industrial processes can handle high heat conditions, but many require some control over the amount of moisture in the air. Whether manufacturing musical instruments, semiconductors, processed foods, or simply heating a warehouse, the amount of moisture in the air impacts product quality and worker comfort.

By Daniel M. Cicero, Ondeo Nalco Co., Naperville, IL
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 15, 2002


Identify crane capacity Problem: Many times it is difficult to see the capacity of hoists and cranes. Load capacities can be posted on the bridge, hoist, or block. Occasionally, there are two different load capacity hoists on the same bridge.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2002

Reader Forum – 2002-03-11

Auto body filler works better than paintI very much enjoy your magazine and always read the Simple Solutions article. I noticed a reader submitted an article about sealing electrical enclosures. While the idea is basically a good one, it is not without fault. Paint will not stick to RTV. A better solution would be auto body filler.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2002

What went right?

Thirty-four years ago, when Playboy magazine was in its heyday, I had the opportunity to spend a day with one of Playboy's marketing managers. We toured the impressive headquarters and had lunch at the Playboy Club in the next block. It was a heady experience for a young man not yet into the world of publishing.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2002

How Computer Viruses Work

Computer viruses are called viruses because they share some of the traits of biological viruses. A computer virus passes from computer to computer like a biological virus passes from person to person.A biological virus is a fragment of DNA inside a protective jacket. Unlike a cell, a virus has no way to do anything or to reproduce by itself.

By Marshall Brain
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2002

Simple Solutions – 2002-03-11

Belt check on the run Problem: Belts should periodically be inspected. However, many times the equipment can't be shut down or your schedule keeps you away when the equipment is not running. How can belts be inspected while the equipment is running? Solution: Find an area where the belt can be viewed through the guard.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2002

New rules emerging in manufacturing

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column begins a series of columns based on the book, Future Capable Company: What Manufacturing Leaders Need To Do Today To Succeed Tomorrow, by Dr. Tompkins. These excerpts are provided through special arrangement with the publisher, Tompkins Press. Copyright c 2001 Tompkins Press.

By James A. Tompkins, Ph.D., President, Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, NC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 15, 2002

Using refrigerants

Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, in the past, has relied on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants to operate. After evidence began mounting that CFCs were harming the earth's ozone layer, their production in the U.S. was banned under the Montreal Protocol, effective December 31, 1995.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2002

Portals lower cost and increase productivity

Portals are hard to avoid in a world that is rapidly embracing the web as the primary vehicle for information services. As the name implies, portals are doorways to web-based services. People gain access to these gateways by typing a single web address or URL into a browser. While its name implies something mystical, a portal is simply a web page that displays links to other web addresses...

By Tom Singer Contributing Editor, Principal, Tompkins Associates, Oak Brook, IL
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 15, 2002

Five themes for progress

There seems to be consensus among the pundits that the September terrorist attacks and the ensuing war against terrorism have brought a sea change in American attitudes.Certainly, we are hearing talk of a sort we have not heard in a long time. No less than the Democratic political strategists James Carville and Stanley Greenberg are talking about themes of "unity, coming together in commu...

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2001

Human Side of Engineering – 2001-12-01

Quits without notice: Is he entitled to vacation pay? Maintenance Supervisor Bill Cosgrove took the call from Charley Maguire at his desk. "Hey Bill, how come I still didn't receive the check for my vacation pay. I left three weeks ago. I'm entitled to a week's accrued vacation, $416.85.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2001

Reader Forum – 2001-12-01

Joining in the pipe joining discussionAs a product development engineer at Ridge Tool, a leading producer of tools for pipe joining, I read with interest your article on pipe joining in the October 2001 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING. I would like to offer the following comments on the article. First, you list grooved fittings as being a permanent type of joint.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2001

Back to better

The turning of a year typically brings a flood of observations about the year past and the year to come. The looks ahead more often than not bring messages of hope and optimism. This time around, both of those seem hard to come by.A look back on 2001 reveals a year of such turmoil it's hard to adequately describe.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2001

Electrical Power – 2001-11-01

Click on the above link to see Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 2001

Comparing major manufacturing improvement methods — Part 2

EDITOR'S NOTE: The past decade has seen the development of a number of manufacturing management concepts. Chief among them are: lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, supply chain management, total productive maintenance (TPM), and reliability centered maintenance (RCM). While these names are well known, they are not well understood.

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2001

Examining machinery floor anchors

There are six basic principles by which an anchor develops its holding power in concrete: friction, keying, threading, adhesion, welding to rebar, and embedding in concrete. Friction: The tensile load is transferred to concrete by friction, with an expansion force necessary for this action to take place.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, PE/CPE, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2001

Some costs of savings

Recently, it seems that hardly a day goes by without reading or hearing about job cuts. If it's not a reduction that makes the news, then it's a friend, or acquaintance, or fellow employee who has been let go in the name of saving money. And in the majority of cases, the cuts are probably "necessary.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2001

Plant Engineering Software – 2001-06-01

Enhancement includes OPC interface VisualMEM software has been enhanced to include an OPC (OLE for process control) interface and FOCAS Ethernet communications for GE Fanuc and Fanuc controls. It can now talk to I/O systems, such as Genius, Profibus, Device Net, or other OPC server networks. Data are collected from PLCs, CNCs, and other OPC-enabled equipment.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2001

Partners at last

The signs are encouraging. After several decades, it's finally happening. Maintenance is taking its rightful place as a true business partner in the industrial enterprise. I've come to this conclusion by what I've witnessed over the past few years.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2001

Conference provides insights into the 21st century

The two-day technical conference presented during National Manufacturing Week provides professional and development opportunities that give insights into the technologies and solutions of the 21st century.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2001

Simple Solutions – 2001-02-01

Mounting blueprints Problem: Blueprints tend to be large and bulky, while many plant maintenance offices are small and cramped. In our case, we had ten 24-in. 3 34-in.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2001

2001 Media Kit – Circulation

Plant Engineering has 114,244 (98.4%) subscribers at manufacturing plants with 100 or more employees.Source: June 2000 BPA statement Reach more Buyers with Plant Engineering Plant Engineering has more audited buyers at large plants than any other magazine in industry -- thousands more! Get your advertising message to the people that matter -- the plant engineers and managers that will buy your product. No other magazine can come close to delivering you as many audited buyers and specifiers of the products that keep the large plants running. Buy/Specify - Total Subscribers Electrical Equipment & Systems 76,045 Electic Motors & Motor Controls 72,276 Power Transmission Equipment & Systems 59,756 AC, Ventilating & Refigeration Equipment & Systems 51,075 Heating Equipment & Systems 50,013 Piping, Valves & Fittings 68,700 Pumps & Compressors 70,413 Material Handling Equipment 74,761 Building Materials & Systems 57,799 Maintenance Equipment, Materials & Supplies 70,228 Instrumentation 74,737 Paints & Protective Coatings 51,780 Safety & Fire Protection Equipment 59,566 Pollution Control Equipment & Systems 50,464 Lubricants & Lubrication Equipment & Systems 57,579 Industrial Control Equipment & Systems 54,460 Plant Engineering Software 41,392 Other 2,887 Total Specifiers 110,101 Source: June 2000 BPA statement Plant Engineering Puts YourMessage in Front of Large Plantswith Purchasing Authority # of employees in plant subscribers Under 100 736 100 - 249 39,589 250 - 499 28,048 500 - 999 20,456 1000 or more 27,271 Total Subscribers 116,100 Source: June 2000 BPA statement Plant Engineering Reaches More Large Plant Buyers Large industrial plants purchase almost 90% of all plant engineering products sold! Large plants consist of manufacturing units (SICs 20-39) with 100+ employees. If you want to wisely invest your advertising dollars, you need proof you are reaching the most plant engineers, at the largest manufacturing locations, with the most buying power. Plant Engineering goes the furthest to prove your sales message reaches the largest manufacturing locations. Advertisers choose Plant Engineering as the #1 advertising buy because of our proof in covering the most buyers/specifiers in large plants. Large Industrial Plants Purchase90% of all Plant Engineering Products Sold! Plant Population Small Plants 354,967 Large Plants 38,093 All Industrial Plants 393,060 Plant Engineering Purchases Small Plants 12% Large Plants 88% Source: 1997 Census Bureau, County Business Patterns Reach large plants with 100+ employees.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 2000


Compressed air concerns I have serious problems with some of the content of the article, "Recovery and reheat process simplifies compressed air drying" (PE, July 2000, p 82, File 4020).

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 2000

Instruments – 2000-11-01

Pressure regulator minimizes contamination IR4000 Series pressure regulator has no internal threads, minimizing the risk of particulate contamination. A dual screen/filter further enhances performance.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #1

Wiping greaseProblem: Cleaning/repairing a grease encrusted item might take hours of soaking in a solvent to soften the mess before the work can begin. Is there a quick fix? Solution: Squirt on a commercial oven cleaner. After a few minutes, the grease mess can be wiped away.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2000

Using storage systems to increase productivity

Key concepts Storage systems are a simple and relatively inexpensive way to improve efficiency and the bottom line.

By Dan Lynn and Greg Benton, Stanley Storage Systems, Stanley Mechanics Tools Div., The Stanley Works, Allentown, PA
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2000

Heat exchanger basics

Heat exchangers are commonly used in a variety of plant processes to transfer energy from one fluid or gas to another without mixing the two substances.

By Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 2000

Forum – 2000-04-01

Meet the winners The 10 winners in the 1999 Product of the Year ballot drawing are listed below. Each winner received a $100 check as part of a random drawing from all of the ballots received in the contest.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

1999 Maintenance Tips & Tricks Winners

Winner of the 1999 "Maintenance Tip of the Year was Vince Goodnough, Tennant Co., Minneapolis, MN. He received $1000 for his suggestion on using a bottle corkscrew to pull ceiling tiles into place.

By Ron Holzhauer
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

Fundamentals of grounding and bonding

Key concepts Conductors should be bonded at the service enclosure and connected to a grounded electrode. Grounded and equipment grounding conductors should never be interchanged.

By Benjamin D. Miller, PE
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

CMMS internet software

DirectLine Service offers internet access to maintenance management software from a central data center for a monthly fee.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

Take-up frames simplify conveyor bearing mount

Top-Mount Telescoper take-up frames mount the bearing over the tube. They replace conventional take-ups that are mounted within the side frame of the conveyor.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

Valves and actuators are certified

MatchMaker certified automation program assumes single source responsibility for the combination of valve packages assembled by its certified distributors and service centers.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 2000

Case study reference guide tackles indoor air quality problems

Learning lessons from others is the thrust of this book that provides the benefit of both good and bad experiences in indoor air quality (IAQ) over the past decade.

By Jeanine Katzel
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2000

Thermometer survives wet conditions

Handheld thermometer is designed for rough duty in wet and messy applications, such as processing plants. The meter housing is sealed to meet IP-65 standards.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2000

Statistical process control

A 6-p brochure describes Synergy 2000 statistical process control software. The product is designed for facilities that want an enterprise-wide approach to quality management.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2000

IR thermometry boosts safety and accuracy of HVAC maintenance

Determining the efficiency of an HVAC system is often tedious and time consuming. It can lead to injuries when a technician on a ladder must overreach to attach a thermocouple or accidentally brushes against a hot surface.

By Sarah Evans
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2000


Revised web site from Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., (www.sbt. offers information on the company's building management solutions.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2000

Wrench combines ratchet and box end

Geared Box Wrench allows maintenance and repair professionals to replace standard ratcheting-type box wrenches with a stronger, more durable tool. The handy tool combines a standard box end wrench and a ratcheting box end wrench.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2000

Driving ground rods by hand

Problem: Is there a way to drive a ground rod without using a hammering device? Solution: Start the hole for the ground rod and add water. Start probing the rod into the hole, and put in more water as the surface becomes dry.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2000

Liquid level indicator handles process extremes

SureSite externally-mounted, magnetic, visual liquid level indicators are built in accordance with the requirements of the ANSI/ASME boiler and pressure vessel codes. They are designed to handle pressures to 420 psi and temperatures to 750 F.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 2000

Chiseling rusted bolts

Problem: Cutting off rusted bolts or cover screws is usually difficult. The positioning is such that a cold chisel is the most feasible tool to accomplish this task. However, it is often difficult to use the tool without damaging the cover or part.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 1999

Explore the new millennium of manufacturing at the National Show and Conference

As the world waits for the new century to begin, plant engineers are grappling with the fast-paced changes occurring in industry -- and what the result will be for American manufacturing.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Document management system works over the internet

W/Edge document management system operates via the internet to make it easy to distribute technical documents throughout an organization. The program lets users check documents in and out of a vault or start a change order from the web browser.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Laser-based system aligns rollers

Fixturlaser Roll 200 is used for accurate positioning of rolls in web handing operations, such as paper mills, steel or aluminum, and plastic film plants.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Software expedites communication to employees

Lancom software plugs into any LAN and can instantly send communications to an LED display board. Data can pulled from any spread sheet software to be displayed in real time to employees on the plant floor, or wherever the display board is mounted.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Web browser interface gives users CMMS access

ProLink remote access extension to an existing line of software (Proteus CMMS) allows users to access a work request module using a standard web browser.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Exhausters efficiently use compressed air

Super Air Amplifiers offer a simple, low cost way to move air, smoke, fumes, and light materials.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1999

Credit where credit is due…

James S. Borbas, PE, Senior Applications Engineer, The Torrington Co., was inadvertenly omitted from the byline on the article, "Maintaining bearing integrity in hostile environments" (PE, September 1999, p 98, File 2060/5540/ 8

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 1999

Schematic wiring toolbox AutoCAD 2000 ready

Toolbox/WD for schematic controls wiring diagram design and drafting now includes a new source/destination signals list that eliminates the need to sort through long lists.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #7

Avoid bent lids Problem : After repeatedly opening and closing a can that has a pry-off lid (such as plumber’s putty or wood putty), the lid becomes dented and deformed and allows air to dry out the contents. Solution : After use, don’t hammer the lid shut. Press the lid onto the can by hand, and then turn the can upside down and hit a flat surface such as a workbench, floor, or lumber. The lid is evenly sealed with one hit.

By Plant Engineering Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 1999

Containers lighten the load

Reusable rigid wire mesh containers have weight capacities up to 6000 lb. They are stackable four-high while loaded and feature low tare weight to cargo load. A full perimeter base frame understructure is made of 2-in. U-channel.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 1999

Sweeper handles 19,000 sq ft/hr

Model 91WS walk-behind sweeper is ideal for all inside and outside debris removal applications. Sweeping a 36-in. path, the unit sweeps over 19,000 sq ft/hr -- five times faster than a person can sweep the same area manually.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 1999

Boost shop air pressure without a compressor

Model 5A-DA-2 boosts shop air to two times input up to 300 psi, while Model 5A-DS-5 boosts shop air to five times input up to 1250 psi. The air amplifier systems consist of a high-pressure receiver, controls, relief valve, gauges, and regulator.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 1999

Ergonomic analysis software improves workplace safety

Workplace injuries from repetitive tasks are being reduced at General Motors' Small Car Group thanks to the use of ROBCAD/Man ergonomic analysis software from Tecnomatix Technologies.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 1999

Sealed for life

Series 1.900 sealed-for-life precision bearing rollers deliver four times the life of conventional products.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 1, 1999

Battery collection meets regulations

Battery collection service includes proper handling, labeling, and transportation of spent units and completion of related paperwork.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 1999

Battery powered cart handles heavy loads

PartsCaddy walk behind, battery powered material handling cart carries equipment, materials, and parts that weigh up to 2500 lb; and has a push and pull capacity of other equipment up to 50,000 lb.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1999

Amplifiers minimize compressed air use and noise

Super Air Amplifiers offer a simple, low-cost way to move air, smoke, fumes, and light materials. The unit minimizes compressed air consumption and noise while producing high volume airflows up to 250 mph.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1999

Eliminating vapor lock

A single-piece piston in an air operated PurgeX injector pump provides the ultimate in liquid adjustability and output accuracy. The design completely ejects all air vapor and impurities with each stroke, making it impossible for vapor lock to occur.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1999

If you spill it, report it

Spill Reporting Procedures Guide is a timesaving reference addressing requirements of the federal government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 1999

Noise monitor conforms to OSHA regulations

The db-3060 noise monitor comes ready to use, with all settings conforming to OSHA regulations. The monitor measures Lav, Leq, Lmax, Lpeak, TWA, dose, projected dose, and time above ceiling. Metrosonics, Inc. www.metrosonics.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 1999

Training makes scaffolds safe

Supported Scaffold Safety video training program covers creating a level and stable foundation, platforms and planking, ramps and walkways, dangers of power lines, platform hazards, and fall arrest systems.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 1999

TPO roofing: Latest advancement in single-ply technology

Whether reroofing an existing plant or constructing a new facility, it is important to choose the roofing system that best fits the company's long-term needs.

By David Bailie
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1999

CMMS – 1999-04-01

A 12-p brochure highlights features and benefits of a CMMS system designed to help midsized companies control the cost of maintenance work.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1999

Payment options for construction management services

Construction management (CM) takes many forms, and various practitioners have probably promised everything imaginable to potential clients.

By Jay Winn and Fred Liebi
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1999

Many dimensions of project management

Project management is a complex field with many variables. Although needs and solutions vary, six elements are recommended as attributes to consider as companies evaluate software for successful project management. 1.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1999

Asset management software

Enterprise Asset Management software system allows the user to define how the software will operate. This function allows user-defined terminology, company-specific procedures, and departmental specifics.Ivara Corp.www.ivara.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1999

Detector determines leak size

RX-1 leak detector uses MPC circuitry with advanced digital signal processing to monitor the sensing tip 2000 times/sec. This feature, combined with a progressive visual leak intensity indicator, diagnoses leak sizes to prioritize repairs.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1999

Epoxy putty

Epoxy-Stik multipurpose putty comes in a convenient stick form that allows users to tear off the exact amount needed for a job.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1999

High-speed security door

Spiral high-speed security door opens at 5-ft/sec, improving traffic flow and efficiency. The door comes with two thru-beam photo eyes mounted within the sideframes, and an electrical edge that reverses the door upon contacting an object.Rytec Corp.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 1999

Hard-working walkies

Class 3 walkies are battery-powered alternatives to hand trucks and manual pallet jacks.

By Ron Holzhauer
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 1999

Click the mouse, get the info

Software on CD has Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape Communicator 4.04. The program is user friendly and provides technical information at the click of a mouse.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Welcome to the new Plant Engineering Online

That's right! We listened. We learned. And now we have put that knowledge to work to provide you a new Plant Engineering Online.

By Len O'Neal
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Belt tooth design reduces noise and friction

ARC shaped timing belt tooth design incorporates numerous performance advantages for conventional and custom applications.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Bless the small units

Over the past several decades we've watched a lot of trends, some big and some not so big, some that produced permanent change, and some that just passed on by.

By Richard L. Dunn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Take time for detailed instrumentation and control engineering

Engineering activities in general exist to provide safe, cost-effective, quality technical services to the user. Tasks specifically for instrumentation and control projects can be divided into two parts: front end and detailed services.

By N. E. (Bill) Battikha
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Put new zip in the turbo

A 4-p color brochure describes the services available to customers worldwide for turbochargers. Engineering services include retrofits, upgrades, air quality compliance solutions, and CAD/CAM engineering.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1999

Corporate profits weaken; modest growth expected for 1999

Although economic growth was encouragingly -- and surprisingly -- strong during the third quarter of 1998, trends in corporate profits would suggest that the long- anticipated slowdown is likely to materialize in coming quarters.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 1998

Clamp down on safety violations

One employee's response to safety rules affects every employee, either directly or indirectly. A person's carelessness can result in injury to coworkers, as well as to himself.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 1998

Solutions to tomorrow’s problems

I greatly enjoyed reading Thomas J. Malott's article, "Creating your own workforce: When you need skilled workers, will you be able to find them?" in the Management Side of Engineering section of the July 1998 issue. Mr.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 1, 1998

Economic growth accelerates during third quarter

According to preliminary estimates from the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic product (GDP) -- the total output of goods and services produced in the United States -- increased at a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 3.3% during the third quarter of this year. This figure was a much stronger rate of growth than most economic forecasters had been looking for, particularly following the subdued 1.8% gain in the nation's GDP during the second quarter of the year. However, the numbers weren't quite as strong as they appeared on the surface. When an unexpected surge in the amount of new product that was added to business inventories during the quarter is subtracted out, the "final sales" measure of GDP rose by a solid, but more restrained, 2.3%.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1998

Indicator light looks as good as it performs

MicroStat NEMA 4X status indicator comes preassembled in heights of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5-high light units. Special O-rings between each segment of this stackable light provide a watertight and dusttight seal.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1998

Home page

Hello... Welcome to another edition of Plant Engineering magazine's Software Update.

By Richard L. Dunn; Jeanine Katzel
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1998

It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

So just what is Java? One way to characterize Java technology is with a set of buzzwords: simple, object-oriented, network-savvy, interpreted, robust, secure, architecture-neutral, portable, high-performance, and multithreaded.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1998

Management system integrates with other applications

Avantis.Pro Version 2.3 integrates easily with other applications and plant-based systems to seamlessly participate in an enterprise asset management strategy.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 1, 1998

Flexible doors used for interior/exterior duty

DuraRoll high-speed, flexible rolling doors feature a patented automatic panel reinsertion system, dual safety photo cells, soft bottom edge, and self-supporting side frames. The doors operate at 47 in.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 1, 1998

Testing for promotion? Make sure the test is specific for the job

Three aspirants applied for a Carpenter Grade I vacancy. When Mal Roth was selected by Maintenance Supervisor Harry Greer, Bill Parker protested. "I do just as good a job as Roth, and I certainly have longer seniority here.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 1998

Catching the dust

Problem: Drilling holes into drywall, concrete, or other wall materials makes a big mess. How can I catch generated dust and cut cleanup time. Solution: After marking the hole locations, take a 3 X 5-in.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 1, 1998

Guards keep doors on track

Warden series guards protect power, sectional, and roll-up doors from fork trucks and other material handling impacts. A swing-back design and single point release pin allow access to door side frames. Rite-Hite Corp.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 1998

Stainless replaces asbestos

The 4.2-in. pitch panels that used to be made from asbestos are now available in stainless steel as a direct replacement. The panels are made in transite gray to provide a color match. The 4.2 panels are used for roofs, floor decks, and siding.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 1998

When disaster strikes

Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages is based on nearly two decades of planning experience. The 320-p source book helps locate scores of crucial, but hard-to-find, recovery services in the United States and Canada.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1998

Detection lamp locates refrigeration leaks

Titan TL-100/12 UV/Blue lamp uses filter technology that produces up to 30 times more usable light for fast, reliable refrigerant leak detection. The lamp works with all fluorescent dyes so they make leaks easier to see. Spectronics Corp. www.spectroline.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1998

Partnerships for $500

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network has a center in every one of the 50 states (and Puerto Rico) and over 2000 manufacturing and business specialists to help you assess your company, develop solutions, create partnerships, and continue learning through seminars and training programs. Some examples of where MEP has helped organizations are process improvement, materials engineering, plant layout, energy audits, and CAD/CAM/CAE. In addition to having helpful information on how to start a partnership and whether a partnership is right for you, the MEP web site also includes success stories, hot industry topics, breaking news, and industry trends information.

By Len O'Neal
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1998

Bulk container matches manufacturing needs

BulkPak 4845 knockdown container offers durability, repairability, and decorating options. It comes in a 48 X 45-in.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1998

Noise control

A modular acoustic panel system is the subject of a 6-p brochure. Features described include a patented panel connector system, adjustable door frames, and free-standing roof. Panels are available in 2 and 4-in. wall thicknesses. Tamer Industries, Inc.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 1998

Economy continues to shine, despite the looming clouds

Let's face it: The economy is a ball of fire right now. The Commerce Dept.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 1998

Dumper discharges load without losing pallet

Chain actuated Pallet Dumper is an easy way to discharge loads into hoppers or dumpsters. The product slides into a loaded pallet and out the opposite side. Retainers at the ends of the forks then grip the pallet edge.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

Cimplicity HMI

Cimplicity HMI offers solutions from standalone, single-node HMIs to enterprise-wide SCADA systems.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

Pump has three lives

Universal series pumps are a rotary design without primary bearing in the fluid being pumped, sliding or rolling contact, and rotor-to-rotor contact. The pumps are designed to be remanufactured two times, with a new warranty issued for each.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

You can have it hot or cold

ASHRAE HandbookCD features fully searchable text and enhanced graphics. The CD combines 2300 pg from the Fundamentals, HVAC Applications, and HVAC Systems and Equipment volumes. Member cost is $129. ASHRAE

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

CMMS – 1998-04-01

The new 4Site Version 2 that provides multiple, intuitive ways to track an item from inventory or supplier is described in a 4-p brochure. Detailed text and screen shots explain the CMMS software. Fleming Systems Corp.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

Business confidence remains high among U.S. manufacturers

The latest survey of business confidence shows U.S. manufacturers believe that the economic expansion will extend through at least this year.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 1, 1998

Glovia 4.0

Glovia 4.0 is a next-generation enterprise resource planning solution that provides extensive capabilities to meet the changing needs of discrete manufacturing and service operations of every type. Glovia International LLC;

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1998

Uncommon side: Unfriendly times at UPS — part II

Part I of this case was presented in the October 1997 issue of Plant Engineering. Our UPS case raises a number of questions.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1998

Should a professional tolerate mediocrity?

The answer may be yes or no. Yes, because we sometimes have no choice. And no, because mediocrity always lowers the high standards the company is trying to develop and sustain.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1998

Maintenance software – 1998-03-01

New ultiMAINT for Windows Millenium Ver. 11 offers 100% Year 2000 compliance. The CMMS program makes it easy to schedule daily, weekly, and monthly PMs. Pearl Computer Systems, Inc.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 1, 1998

CMMS – 1998-03-01

Proteus Client/Server maintenance management program is Year 2000 compliant, and fully supports Windows 95 or NT. The software combines an easy-to-use graphical interface with cutting edge technology to create a user-friendly program.

By Staff
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 1998

Critical thinking: harnessing brainpower to achieve bottom-line results

A high IQ, academic credentials, or technical knowledge doesn't always guarantee success on the job.

By Doug Wilson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 1998

Can you fire a steward for overstepping his authority?

Electrician Grade I Larry Todd was a tough worker for management to live with under normal conditions. When he was elected plant steward, he became more obnoxious than ever. Todd was carried away by his new-found power.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1998

Don’t take duplication of your brilliance for granted

No question about it. Engineering Project Supervisor Fred Bailik's savvy was second-to-none in the plant engineering department. And that was exactly the problem.

By Raymond Dreyfack
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1998

When The Millennium Arrives, Will Your Control Systems Be Ready?

Any instrument or control system that has a computer chip and software may be affected by what has come to be known as the "Year 2000 Problem.

By N.E. (Bill) Battikha
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1998

Logic and plant engineering: become a more effective problem-solver by avoiding these common fallacies

Troubleshooting problems in plant equipment and systems requires a flawlessly logical thought process.

By James M. Vinoski
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 1, 1998

Slower manufacturing production expected in 1998

Growth in the manufacturing sector will slow in 1998, but most industries will still record solid output gains. As the year progresses, inventories will accumulate a bit more as growth in new orders and export demand weakens.

By Staff

A Letter From The Editor

Since 1947, plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to Plant Engineering for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better. Plant Engineering's editors stay on top of the latest trends in manufacturing at every corner of the plant floor. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering and maintenance and management.

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