View All Mobility
Enterprise data mobility, circulation and protection is not only achievable, but also a necessity for today’s businesses.
Information flow and control on the factory floor can improve automation and help manufacturers make better decisions.
Adoption of industrial automation mobile access continues to increase, as technologies improve, and user concerns are addressed.
FDT Group's updated FDT 3.0 standard is designed to meet demands for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications in the process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturing sectors.
Mature engineering information management can save millions in operational costs.
Customized applications can help industrial organizations manage field devices and reduce overall operating and maintenance costs.
Training methods address loss of human resources and personal contact during pandemic, improve operations
Companies are working on developing a private 5G network to allow industrial applications, such as machines, controls and other equipment to be connected to a private network to better control behavior and usage.
In automation, many software and hardware technologies have been developed that allow companies the means to remotely monitor and control business processes from anywhere, via any device, at any time
Researchers at Duke University are helping establish a more comprehensive method of early-symptom detection. Data collection, analysis, and alarms parallel industrial human-machine interface (HMI) mobile software applications.
The use of intrinsically safe smart devices can help improve productivity and the safety of employees while providing data efficiently.
International: Move from vision to reality: It’s time to embrace digital twins for manufacturing. Benefits include more efficient digital transformations and more effective asset monitoring and performance.
Digital STO provides managers with real-time visibility, dramatically improved manageability and enhanced decision-making capabilities.
Integrating controls: It is critical to understand differing operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) priorities to achieve collaboration and integration. Without this, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and control projects will fail.
To create plant mobility, take a new approach with portable cell towers.
Orlando event Feb. 12-15 to focus on a more connected plant
IoT is making predictive maintenance and condition-based monitoring easier than ever. Prashant Kumar from Motors@Work walks through how developments in IoT technology can help better your maintenance program.
IFS report finds devices deliver useful information to the field, even if a majority aren’t yet using it.
Solutions such as Secure Media Exchange (SMX) are designed to protect facilities against USB threats without the need for procedures or restrictions that impact operations or industrial personnel.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 10-16: Build a maintenance schedule, vending program management, Product of the Year, more
Articles about building a maintenance schedule, managing materials with vending programs, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mobility's competitive advantage in plants, and mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 10-16. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Mobile devices enable technicians to complete tasks and record notes directly at the machines they are maintaining and repairing.
Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2017 Maintenance Study identified six important, high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today; access full report.
The Commander XT1000 is a handheld production control system designed as an assembly aide while collecting critical hydraulic bolting data.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 14-20: Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, IoT control systems, more
Articles about 2016 Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, IoT control systems, electricity safety tips, and Apps for Engineers were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 14-20. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Mobile apps are becoming a part of the manufacturing experience by providing users with a natural extension of the browser-based CMMS that workers on the plant floor use on a day-by-day basis.
The benefits of total predictive maintenance (TPM) and mobile CMMS can enhance a plant's efficiency and optimize the use of existing labor such as labor, capital, and materials.
Leverage artificial intelligence and mobile technology to make sense of plant data.
The EDV mini electric hoist is a single phase, single speed hoist that features Smart Speed Technology which allows users to change the factory set speed to a higher speed by making a simple adjustment inside the hoist when necessary.
Triflex RSE system prevents looping of the cable carrier, allowing power, data, and media to be safely supplied to the end of a robotic arm.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 27 to August 2: Energy management apps, predictive maintenance analysis, zero-net energy, more
Articles about energy management apps, predictive maintenance analysis, a zero-net case study, global engineering, and achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 27 to August 2. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
The UWBT Series of Bluetooth transmitters measure different sensor inputs and transmits the data to your smart phone or tablet via wireless communication from the free UWBT app running on an iOS or Android smart phone/tablet.
Discovering faults before they cause damage can save an estimated $55 million.
Virtual machines are computers running on software designed to imitate physical hardware.
For infrared camera, proper training and use can reduce downtime and protect your assets.
Siemens discusses more issues around VFDs, motor efficiency and over-sizing motors
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among keynotes at MHI event March 23-26.
As manufacturers, our place in the market is only secure if we continue to expand and grow our product lines, our production volume, and our quality. The Internet of Things makes all of this possible—but only if we invest in the technology.
Robotics are being used increasingly in the food and beverage processing industry. Here are five things to consider when using robotics in your food manufacturing facility.
Ultrasonic cleaners use environmentally friendly, nontoxic and nonflammable, water-based cleaning soaps and ultrasound waves to break up and methodically remove support material from 3D prototyped parts.
The 3200 Series platform is used to move medium to heavy sized parts, precision applications, bulk handling, and flexible layouts.
ALMEMO 2590-A allows any sensor to be easily connected.
Used in wireless communications, sensors and test instrumentation
The BYR series of steel yard ramps enable workers to load and unload trucks, trailers and rails cars from ground level.
The iPAC-9X25 industrial strength ARM embedded single-board computer is based on the Atmel AT91SAM9X25 Processor.
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, March 30 to April 5, including articles about Microsoft Windows XP, Mobius iVibe, Apps for Engineers, air compressor maintenance and leveraging 5S tools for Lean.
The diagnostics you need may already be built into your PLC software
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 3-9, 2014, including articles about PLCs, VFDs, big data, the rebirth of manufacturing, and CFE Media’s Apps for Engineers mobile application.
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, Feb. 24 – March 2, 2014, including articles about high-voltage fault, apps for engineers, military veterans entering the manufacturing industry, the 2013 Salary Survey, and new Rockwell software.
InduSoft study notes data readability is an issue when dealing with hand-held devices
The Altivar 212 mobile app contains menu-driven parameter sets that walk users through the drive configuration process
Finalists in the Apps for Engineers category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Version 3.0 of the GoTo Products app for the iPhone and iPad gives users more functionality and better search capabilities for selecting drive and control products
Readers can now subscribe to the quarterly Steam News magazine app on all iOS tablet devices.
Breathe easy—there are solutions for air quality issues
The FuseFinder app features a comprehensive database of more than 130,000 fuse and fuse block cross reference part numbers
the groov View app is available for Android and iOS interfaces and is designed for OEMs and system integrators
Infor product manager looks at how the cloud will benefit manufacturers
T&B Mobile is an iPad app that provides company apps and also has links to BIM objects and CAD models
Report finds low adoption of handheld for data sharing
Award winners in the Apps for Engineers category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
SCADA security will continue to face potential developements such as a merging of SCADA and ICS security standards and certifications and a potential security threat to networks in Europe and the United States.
A lack of security from network carriers for millions of Android users is becoming a serious security risk, especially for those who use their mobile devices in the workplace.
IT workers are concerned about losing the ability to bring their own devices into the workplace, according to a survey.
Utilizing battery-operated tugs for intra-facility material mobility of wheeled loads is an effective and safe alternative to manpower, forklifts, and pallet jacks.
So often prospects and clients ask me how to “go mobile” with CMMS. Their question typically starts off in the middle of the mobile process: “I want to use barcode scanning. Where do I begin?”
Apple CEO Tim Cook tells interviewers the company will invest $100 million in Mac manufacturing line
Frost and Sullivan study finds implementation has evolved with more robust systems
Recognize the limitations, then plan for redundancy.
With 6 weeks still left in 2012, it has already been a year to remember for in-flight connectivity.
Steve Forbes will discuss the impact of the recent Presidential election on the economy and business growth.
Finalists in the Apps for Engineers category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Finalists in the Compressed Air category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Finalists in the Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Finalists in the Productivity Training Software category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Finalists in the Power Transmission category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Conference tops 100,000 visitors as new manufacturing concepts take center stage
LNS Research has released its Enterprise Quality Management Software Selection Guide, which looks at 18 major vendors in the spaces and offers comparisons on performance and applicability to individual industries.
In this third installment of this series, Jack Creamer addresses three common myths regarding the impact of pumps in a facility, energy efficiency, and ROI.
Focus of acquisition to improve information mobility across broad base of assets.
Growth in the merchant power supply market was curtailed in the second half of 2011 by continuing economic problems.
November event to bring together top metalforming experts
Products to improve productivity are just a click away.
Collaboration to plant floor on the increase as tools get more robust.
One of the major issues facing the electric vehicle (EV) charging station market is how to generate revenue profitably and sustainably.
Daily Insight: Enterprise mobility is more than just an app
Several lighting manufactures have demonstrated or released products that offer full lighting control for the residential space.
Service providers, technology developers, telcos and stray tourists gathered for the Digital Home World Summit 2012 in Marble Arch, London.
As innovative ideas continue to multiply at an ever-increasing pace, it’s good to reflect on how we innovate, and how we use our innovative tools to further innovate.
Apple announced its own mapping solution at its worldwide developer’s conference on Monday, June 9, 2012, ending its partnership with Google.
To date, the two most interesting developments in the market for in-home displays – or ‘IHDs’ – have involved not only a dramatic change in the product itself, but also in the supply model.
IMS Research forecasts that global revenue from aftermarket car radio sales will decline from $6.1 billion in 2011 to $3.2 billion in 2018.
The new Wi-Fi Alliance initiative of Passpoint will allow users to connect to hotspots seamlessly without having to go through the laborious authentication process.
IFS has acquired 100% of Metrix LLC’s membership interests, strengthening IFS’s market position in the high-growth global Mobilty and Serive Management application market.
IMS Research forecasts that more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years, with a smaller number being used in managed telehealth systems.
The highlight of any industry analyst’s calendar is visiting the major tradeshows of their respective technology areas. Embedded World 2012 did not disappoint.
A number of companies are looking to create a watch with Bluetooth capabilities, but with it comes a variety of challenges like battery life and reliability.
The recent 2012 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition will be remembered for beautiful models, enthusiastic audiences, new car model launches; as well as several eye-catching in-vehicle telematics systems.
CFE Media, Hannover Messe to produce IANA conference, Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit
Titan Tool Supply Inc. introduces the Titan Scopepad new ScopePad-200 camera and tablet computer to convert any microscope into a video microscope.
TVs with Internet connections is expected to reach more than $100 billion in revenues by 2016 as the feature becomes more and more standard.
U.S. manufacturing has been making a comeback in the last 12 months, so the demand for qualified maintenance professionals is quickly surpassing supply.
ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart are forecast to become the most utilized wireless technology in sports and fitness monitoring devices.
Move expected to deliver an ‘integrated mobile platform,’ company officials say.
Engineering Awards in Manufacturing Agenda, Monday, March 26, 2012: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT: How to Run a Successful Integrated Marketing Program Presentation and Roundtable Speakers/Panelists:Michael J.
The Cold air pistol for cooling on demand.
IMS Research projected that the volume of SIM cards shipped into cellular modules used for machine to machine comms would be more that 350 million per year by the end of the decade. However, TV whitespace communications could present a threat to this nascent market.
Syclo's SMART Mobile Suite for Maximo is now available for Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Android smartphone, and Android tablets.
The PS Vita is the closest facsimile yet to a full-size console experience in the palm of your hand. This review gives my assessment of the PS Vita’s capabilities and potential, separated into good and bad.
Throughout the conference there were many discussions around analytics, PSIM, the cloud, and other technology; with pretty much every current industry buzzword raised at some point.
AME contest deadline is April 2, 2012.
Alastair Hayfield provides some insights on the latest developments in the automotive industry from the North American Industrial Auto Show in Detroit
Truth be told, security for mobile platforms is weak at best, and while Android and Apple have been taking the largest amount of hits these days, BlackBerry has its issues also.
Nobody would argue that the process of getting premium content to viewers is an incredibly complex business. Between content security, Hollywood’s revenue management creativity, and just the sheer scale of producing top-quality content and then distributing it to hundreds of millions of TVs, the TV value chain is likely second only to healthcare in its complexity.
At the 2012 International CES, the major consumer electronics vendors were hard at work pre-emptively making the case against a product which thus far only exists in rumor – Apple’s connected TV set.
The Consumer Electronics Show has come to a close once again and the major TV manufacturers had a chance to showcase their best products and what will be setting the trend for televisions this year.
ZigBee Alliance has started work on an open standard called ZigBee Light Link, which is designed for LED lighting control. Several other companies, however, are also looking to create their own standards.
Paul Erickson, senior analyst with the Consumer Electronics Group of IMS Research, gave a presentation of findings from the recently published study Next Generation User Interfaces: Touch, Gesture, Motion and Voice. Top level findings included a total available market opportunity for devices utilizing advanced user interface technology growing from less than 1 billion devices shipped in 2011 to nearly 9.1 billion in 2015.
TV gateways are officially the Next Big Thing in set-top box design, with two major deployments in 2011 and another half a dozen planned or pending.
Factory automation increases will drive worldwide growth rate of 75% by 2015
Electric vehicles that depend on a battery face a tough slog, but recent developments and innovations by Nanosys and Leyden Energy may help develop battery technology and make future developments more commercially viable.
This year’s SCTE Cable-Tec expo wasn’t exactly full of surprises. Instead it was one of those years when real work happens because real products are coming out. While those products are disruptive, their arrival is not unexpected but is instead welcome.
Though many devices continue to advance forward in capability, refinement, and processing power, the ability to all work together to give you what you want, when you want, with minimal hassles, doesn’t quite exist yet.
With market at saturation, new “megatrends” are emerging, report finds.
BeInspired conference in Amsterdam features outstanding design and construction projects worldwide
The explosion of over-the-top onto the scene, coupled with the proliferation of tablets and consumer demand to stream video to such devices, has led to a quasi-renaissance in the telco sector.
Finalists in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Ceremony in Dallas also honors former AME leader Barbara Jacklin.
Toyota's latest edition of the Touch Life is able to use several core features and functions for the iPhone including navigation and hands-free calling, but the Android remains absent, though the absence isn't significant.
While Apple did not release the first dual-core applications processor for a handset, the upgrade to the dual-core 800MHz A5 in the iPhone 4S makes it a market leader in applications performance.
In terms of innovation, the video surveillance industry appears to have been treading water for the last 18 months, possibily as a side effect of the turbulent economic climate. At the recent ASIS trade show, the two buzzwords were VSaaS and PSIM and whilst both trends are important to the future of the industry, neither are particularly new. So what will be the next big innovation in the video surveillance industry?
Ludwig to head operations; Dulaney to oversee Industry and new Infrastructure + Cities group
Bluetooth technology has been included with the iPhone 4S and is emblematic of the technology's reach. It is expected that 370 million cellular handsets will have dual-mode Bluetooth by the end of 2012.
LTE, for mission-critical communications, as well as other solutions, is the best overall solution for the future because of its wide use in the U.S. and because of its wide projected use.
Microsoft's new OS, Windows 8, will allow users a greater freedom of wireless connectivity compared to past Windows programs, but will other companies follow their lead?
Data breaches and cyber attacks are on the rise and one thing is clear: Developing a strong security posture is mission critical. But what about speed?
Director, AutoLean Inc.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and proprietary devices are expected to show the highest adoption among RF technologies.
Green technology and developments are to be the main focus at the fair, scheduled for April 2012
SIM shipment volumes grew by a whopping 30% in 2010, more than four out every five SIM cards in use were replaced over the last 12 months, and the SIM card installed base recently broke the five billion barrier. Things are looking pretty good, but could the party come to an abrupt end if the removable SIM model was replaced with an embedded model?
Wireless combination IC shipments are expected to grow 24% in 2011 thanks to smartphones and tablet PC's.
Mobile broadband networks are something mission critical users would like to have, according to a survey, but less than a fifth of those polled view it as an essential feature.
Manufacturing leaders share their challenges within their operations that needed to be addressed in order to grow as a company.
Google acquisition of Motorola, implications for mobile handsets, set-top boxes and the OTT video market
Google was considered a great enemy of US cable operators, threatening to take away a large share of TV advertising revenues and flirting with a pay over-the-top TV service of its own. This acquisition also has ramifications beyond the mobile device market.
"Get ahead of the curve," Syclo's Kleban suggests at Mobile Conference.
Bill Morelli discusses Apple's future in the smartphone market along with competition from Google and Nokia.
Terrible second quarter sales in 2011 for Nokia, coupled with a strong performance by Apple, marks a fall from grace for Nokia, which has been the industry leader for more than a decade.
Chinese officials urge companies to reevaluate safety measures in plants across country
Apple and Nordic Semi will be joining the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors thanks to their recent successes in the market.
The grand opening of Volkswagen’s new plant was the culmination of years of planning and plenty of intense lobbying.
Pioneer's App Radio could be a major game changer because of its potential to reach out to savvy smartphone users in the U.S. and Europe with an app that can give them greater freedom in their cars.
The intrusion industry is making strides forward, appealing to the masses on multiple levels not just security. The intrusion industry is beginning to model itself around convenience and interaction, a message that was also communicated at this year’s ISC West event.
The whole flying experience is evolving, and there is a thin line between security and convenience. Passengers want to feel safe and secure but, at the same time, prefer a simplified process when checking-in, passing security and boarding the plane.
Product line of wireless and battery-free push buttons from Schneider Electric offer freedom and mobility for plant personnel.
Whatever the causes of seemingly disparate catastrophes might be, it is clear that they are not going away any time soon. The question then becomes, what can be done to mitigate the detrimental effects of these disasters?
Impact M500 Series of GigE compatible line scan cameras includes 12 new cameras ranging from a 1024 pixel, 18.7 Khz model to a 2048 pixel, 29.2 Khz model; each with C or F mount lensing options and supporting multiple encoder configurations with direct digital inputs.
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today outlined its strategy for empowering the cloud- and app-based mobile workforce. The strategy involves two interrelated strands: deployment of IFS Touch Apps and the IFS Cloud.
Mobile lubrication system provides storage and dispensing of lubricants, cutting oils, bearing oils, hydraulic fluids, transmission fluids and engine oils for plants requiring lubrication maintenance at multiple locations over a large area.
Will the loss of one of its star generals signal Intel’s retreat in the battle for the mobile market?
Intel recently bid adieu to one of its brightest executives, Senior Vice President of the Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher. Regardless of the many rumors behind Mr. Chandrasekher’s exit, Intel Architecture Group’s Executive Vice President David Perlmutter, has assured us that Intel will continue “to make the investments needed to ensure that the best user experience on smartphones and handhelds runs on Intel architecture, and to ship a phone this year.”
The AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recognizes North American manufacturing plants (or sites) that have demonstrated excellence in their operations at the annual AME International Excellence Inside Conference
Honeywell’s new business is focused on providing advanced open software and services to the process industries by utilizing the acquisition of Matrikon’s platform capability
IMS Research reviews its quarterly eBook/iPad report and give the financial analysis of their effects.
IMS Research expects global sales of embedded computer boards and modules to grow strongly between now and 2014.
Device protocol kit, remote module allow for expanded use of controllers
As cleanroom applications grow in manufacturing, finding the right fit is important
Officials call new standard a ‘liberating application’ to put data in the hands of smartphone users
Process optimization covers a lot of ground these days. There is a growing range of tools and techniques for optimizing labor, materials, production, the supply chain and perspectives, as well as many other things. But how can anyone bring it all together?
Innovative lift truck applications involving unmanned operation are being increasingly explored for high-risk work environments such as those in the military. Over two days this June, the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) hosted demonstrations at Fort Lee in Virginia of an MIT-developed prototype unmanned robotic from Toyota Material Handling capable of locating, lifting, moving and placing palletized supplies within an existing outdoor supply depot.
On June 21, Barnes and Noble lowered the Nook 3G/Wi-Fi price from $259 to $199 and introduced a WiFi only version for $149. The same day, Amazon lowered the price of its Kindle 2 from $259 to $189. Many in the media asked if this was the beginning of a price war. Without question, it is. Some have assumed that the highly successful Apple iPad is driving this. It is, but not in the way you may think.
The new BE$T application for iPhones can easily and accurately calculate an existing motor's annual electricity usage based on its nominal efficiency and compare it to the annual electricity usage of premium efficiency motors.
The BE$T application for iPhones can easily and accurately calculate an existing motor’s annual electricity usage based on its nominal efficiency and compare it to the annual electricity usage of Premium Efficient motors. It then recommends by catalog number, the appropriate motor for the application, and notes the payback period, in months, for replacing the existing motor.
As the international gateway to world markets for industrial producers, Hannover Messe will be hosting many special presentations at the 2010 event, scheduled for April 19 to 23 in Hannover, Germany. Lectures, conferences and forums, seminars and workshops generate global synergies and enable the participants to make new contacts and share knowledge.
An aggressive manufacturing excellence program at Huntsman, manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, required “one of the largest and most ambitious industrial wireless application networks to date,” according to those involved. Wireless technologies are helping Huntsman in its goal of zero product defects, zero safety incidents and injuries, zero environmental releas...
Similar to the 1970s with announcements surrounding distributed control systems, wireless is the new hot topic in the process control industry. Many companies are turning to wireless systems to help them save money by eliminating wiring costs. Consequently, wireless devices are gaining recognition for improving operations in areas such as critical life-safety reporting needs, chemical spills a...
Tuesday event looks at how productivity improvements drive revenue savings
New division combines energy, automation and building technology businesses
A new modular hydraulic mobile sectional valve offers absolute flexibility for a broad range of mobile applications. The new CM 120 valve combines proven modular design features with the ability to use Screw-In Cartridge Valve (SICV) technology to give users a wide choice of configuration options. CM120 valves are an open center, parallel circuit architecture and available in configurations wit...
Handheld, wireless devices gaining visibility and saving time
IT Security professionals admit that they are suffering from password fatigue when it comes to using their mobile devices, which leaves their data exposed to personal and corporate identity theft if these devices were to fall into the wrong hands. That's according to a survey of 227 IT professionals released by Credant Technologies.
They talked of a manufacturing world without boundaries or trade restrictions, where innovation, skill and initiative would solve both the economic crisis and the global energy crisis. Cynics might contend that could happen about the same time penguins fly. Well, they've solved that problem, too. The opening of the 62nd Hannover Messe in Germany in April came with a firm acknowledgement of the ...
OEM agreement will expand wireless offerings
With embedded Web servers, manufacturers can gain the remote access and control capabilities needed to enable collaboration between end-user engineering support and OEM suppliers.
Frost & Sullivan report looks at how technology improves production traceability
Despite the requirements for real-time data, workforce mobility, remote access and operational flexibility, the adoption trends for wireless devices in factory automation are moderate at best, according to a study by Khadambari Shanbagaraman, a research analyst in the Industrial Automation & Process Control group at Frost & Sullivan.
Safety I/O module CompactBlock Guard I/O is a safety I/O module with EtherNet/IP connectivity. The I/O module allows companies to use the EtherNet/IP protocol in conjunction with Allen-Bradley GuardLogix controllers or other safety PLCs that incorporate CIP safety protocol over EtherNet/IP. The I/O module detects failures at the I/O and field-device level while enhancing operator protection in applications such as robotics, point-of-operation, guard monitoring and remote control.
Portable lift The LiftPod is a personal and portable lift platform designed to provide the stability of a work platform and the portability of a ladder. It features an enclosed platform to accommodate a 360-degree range of motion, a work tray for tools and materials and a 14-foot working height. Wheels allow one person to move it between sites.
When vibration equipment is purchased and brought into a plant, it is usually applied in one of two methods. Either machines that rotate or reciprocate are placed into vibration routes for testing, or machines are listed by criticality, and the ones deemed most critical to plant operations are monitored.
Although wireless is heralded as the next big thing in automation and the production operations world, it certainly isn’t brand new.
Plant Engineering and Syclo will discuss mobile solutions to gather productivity data in a June 19 webcast.
What do former Michigan Governor John Engler, today president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and SAS, the provider of analytic tools, have in common? At the recent SAS manufacturing executive conference, where Engler was featured speaker, both wanted the same things. SAS provides both “summary and predictive” analytic tools packaged as applications for ...
The MK26 workstation achieves low net vertical stiffness without affecting its capability to support static loads with the help of the Minus K stiff spring and negative-stiffness mechanism. When adjusted to ½ Hz natural frequency, the workstation achieves 93% isolation efficiency at 2 Hz, whereas at 5 Hz, it reaches 99% efficiency and at 10 Hz, it achieves 99.
ISA100, the Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee, recently formed an interest group for wireless networks in factory and discrete automation.
The Sensaphone 2000, an eight-channel, data-logging remote monitor and alarm notification system, has been updated to offer a programmable relay output that allows users to turn local, programmed devices on and off or adjust settings remotely using automatic or manual controls.
By every measure, manufacturing leaders continue to deliver high productivity even as total jobs in manufacturing continue to decline. Delivering that productivity is the daily job of the plant manager, and his compensation continues to be tied directly to meeting those productivity benchmarks. Those are the clear findings of the 2007 Plant Engineering Salary Survey.
The focus on Engineers Week 2008 is to call attention to the importance of engineering as a career and its impact on everyday life. As part of the programs scheduled for February 17-23, sponsors have created a number of online tools engineers and employers can use in their own community to reach out to prospective engineering students.
* Global growth in automation market * ISA 88 Part 5 discussion * Schneider opens automation and controls center * Invensys, Integralis focus on system security * ClickMobile gets an upgrade
The verifier checks the quality of Data Matrix codes to ensure only well-marked parts enter the manufacturing and supply chains. Automotive, aerospace, packaging, electronics, healthcare and defense companies need verification to comply with contracts. Others minimize scrap and downtime in their manufacturing processes.
Plant Engineering magazine has announced its three winners of the 2007 Top Plant award.
Through the tight coupling of Scalance with the IONosphere industrial wireless application system, the companies will work together to deliver wireless applications that enhance the mobility, productivity, security and safety of industrial or manufacturing operations.
The EDS-P308 Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) unmanaged eight-port smart Ethernet switch supplies up to 15.4 W of power per port (ports 1-4) at 48 Vdc. PoE technology eliminates the need for power outlets when deploying Ethernet-enabled devices. The switch includes four 10/100BaseT(X)/PoE combination ports; four 10/100BaseT(X) ports; and an auto-sensing algorithm that enables the switch to provide pow...
Emerson Process Management is collaborating with Cisco to offer open-standard solutions for wireless process and plant management applications for the process manufacturing environment. The companies are combining their expertise and technology to deliver a complete solution designed to improve productivity, safety and operational efficiency for manufacturing customers.
Dr. Bernard Amadei, founder of the humanitarian group Engineers Without Borders-USA, will speak on the topic of engineering innovation, particularly as it relates to building a better world for needy populations in developing and underdeveloped countries of the world.
The subject was mobility at Syclo’s annual user-group meeting in Rosemont, IL on June 11. The topics went beyond how plant floor devices were moving, but how manufacturers needed to think about using technology on the plant floor. “Technology needs to be blended within an organization, and within a community” said Rich Padula, founder and CEO of Syclo.
The company’s line of eyewear cleaning products includes a variety designs.
The idea of wireless technologies isn’t new, as panelists at the Manufacturing Summit noted.
The DataMan 7500V verifies the quality of direct-marked and printed 2D codes. Suituable for use in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, healthcare and defense industries, DataMan verifiers enable compliance to the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility’s DPM1-2006 guideline. Cognex Corp.
VisionPro PC-vision systems now feature color capabilities, including dedicated tools for color sorting, color identification and color monitoring. The tools provide color detection in automated inspection and quality assurance applications. Applications include use in the food industry to detect spoilage, to determine fat content of meat products or to sort fruits and vegetables by type or ripeness.
Motorola, Inc. and Symbol Technologies, Inc. completed Tuesday the merger of the two companies that was originally announced last September.
Measurement Studio 8.1 is a comprehensive suite of class libraries and user interface controls for test, measurement and automation applications built using Microsoft Visual Studio. Measurement Studio 8.1 simplifies and accelerates remote monitoring and control with new network variables that help users communicate between Microsoft Windows or Web-based applications and remote test machines.
The Maximo Enterprise Suite Mobile Suite is a family of applications that allows field technicians, inspectors and managers to remotely work with Maximo's asset, work and parts information via handheld devices. Applications include Maximo Mobile for Work Management, which provides real-time, remote access to work and asset data and Mobile for Inventory Management, which provides paperless inven...
Motorola’s $3.9 billion purchase of Symbol Technologies announced on Sept. 19 jump-starts what Motorola chairman and CEO Ed Zander calls its “enterprise mobility strategy.” What that could mean is a cell phone in every hand on the manufacturing floor, conducting mobile monitoring and data capture in every part of the plant. Motorola has been best known in recent years as a cell phone company, and its Razr phone has been the darling of the teen set. In acquiring Symbol, Motorola gets a client base looking to incorporate mobile and wireless monitoring, as is the rest of manufacturing.
Symbol Technologies, Inc . announced it has filed a lawsuit against Harvard Battery, Inc. and Global Technology Systems, Inc.
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the keynote speakers for its 2006 General Assembly, to be held at the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai, China, from Feb. 28 to March 1.This year The Fieldbus Foundation.Throughout the event, foundation member companies will present tabletop exhibits displaying their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, tools and host systems. Register to attend the General Assembly by visiting www.fieldbus.org . Register early, space is limited.
MicroMain Corp. and Socket Communications, Inc. announced a partnership to offer advanced mobile capabilities for maintenance professionals.
The Stealth' VU SV-1700-HB high brightness LCD monitor is a sunlight readable display designed to operate in extreme ambient light conditions. The 17-inch diagonal monitor has a brightness rating of 1300 Nits, roughly 5 times the brightness of a commercially available desktop monitor. It meets the NEMA 4/IP 66 standards intended for indoor or outdoor use primarily to provide a degree of protect...
The Fieldbus Foundation announced that its annual General Assembly will be held in Shanghai, China, Feb. 28 to March 1, 2006. The event will address the needs of the expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific, and will feature an end user-oriented agenda that includes user case study presentations, technical training workshops and tabletop exhibitions. Shanghai was selected for the 2006 General Assembly because of the high level of fieldbus technology adoption by Chinag the SECCO and Nanhai petrochemical complexes. According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the 2006 General Assembly will highlight the strong demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control solutions across the developing Pacific Rim.
SKF revealed that it intends to expand its image as a leader in bearing technology to the “knowledge engineering company.” In addition to this statement, the company also announced several new services and product lines including its e-maintenance initiative and made-to-order bearings. The e-maintenance, SKF’s Web-enabled monitoring system and maintenance processes, is a solution for companies seeking to establish a world-class and cost-effective condition-based machine monitoring program. According to Scott Brady, SKF’s Director of Product marketing, users can realize increased machine reliability, uptime and overall profitability without large infrastructure investments. The e-maintenance process integrates Internet technology with SKF Machine Analyst data management and analysis software; the @ptitude Industrial Decision Support system; and any of the SKF portable online condition monitoring systems. The system allows for data on machinery conditions at one or more facilities to be collected by a company’s designated technician or by an automated system and then uploaded easily and accurately to a remote Web server for trending and analysis by SKF reliability engineers. Reports and/or work order requests are generated for recommended action and dispatched to all relevant sites. Benefits of e-maintenance include the 24/7 capability to monitor equipment and upload data for analysis to the SKF Diagnostics Center around-the-clock; the centralized data repository accessible to management and staff regardless of their locations; more timely data on machine conditions; and minimized investment further eliminating any need for typically redundant hardware, software, and manpower. The technology is ideal for mobile applications, such as the railway, mining and shipping industries and for unmanned, remote locations such as wind farms and pumping stations. SKF also announced its Made-To-Order (MTO) program, which is available through MRC Bearing Services.
Movitrans contactless energy transfer system causes no electromagnetic interference and is not affected by outside influences. The system can be used in mobile applications such as transport systems in logistics centers, floor conveyors, automatic guided vehicle systems and conveyor trolleys. Because there is no contact, there is no wear and tear and the system is virtually maintenance-free.
The lightweight spray manifold, used in tablet coating applications, is comprised of Teflon spacer blocks that can be easily cleaned and maintained. It features no external tubing connections that routinely entrap capsules as they are processed in a drum, leading to product waste and increased maintenance.
Revolution Harness uses a unique rotary designed to provide greater comfort in bending and mobility and a better ergonomic fit with a unique hip rotation point. The harness has independent adjustment of the upper and lower torso belts and provides attachment points for belts, tools and accessories. Bacou-Dalloz: www.
If time means money, then an inverter-based welder and plasma cutter may provide the best return on investment using inhouse plant maintenance and repair personnel. If experiencing any of the following problems, inverter-based technology can likely reduce wasted time and lower costs: Inverter-based welders and plasma cutters can solve all of these problems because their advanced technology dram...
The underlying technology that enables traditional supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) functionality has changed dramatically. ARC's definition of SCADA encompasses hardware, software, and services used for the control of geographically dispersed assets such as oil and gas pipelines and water distribution networks.
The following readers won a $100 gift cheque from American Express in a random drawing of Product of the Year ballots received on or before Dec. 15, 2004
For decades, the ac induction motor has been recognized as a highly reliable and cost-effective power source for stationary equipment and machine tool applications such as pumps, compressors, fans, electric doors and conveyors.
Keyless ignition automates checklist Model 501 LCD programmable keyless ignition is a vehicle management and comprehensive safety system for forklifts and other moving equipment. System prevents untrained operators from starting the vehicle, schedules maintenance by date or hour-meter reading, makes abusive operators accountable for speeding and damage, monitors engine conditions, shuts down vehicle as programmed, and provides code expiration when recurrent training is due. Keytroller, Inc. : keytroller.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 3 ON BALLOT For more information, write 3 on card AGV guided by laser Odyssey is a line of laser-guided automated guided vehicles (AGV).
IR camera software RTools software suite was developed to acquire, radiometrically calibrate, process, analyze, and archive data from advanced digital infrared (IR) imaging systems. The software kit provides users with the ability to process and analyze spatial, temporal, and spectral radiometric data in units of absolute or contrast radiance, irradiance, radiant intensity, and temperature. The accompanying RDac module is a real-time data acquisition program for image capture, viewing, analysis, storage, and radiometric output. Indigo Systems Corp.
The future of the CMMS/EAM industry: A look at the National Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show
Last year yielded mixed results for the CMMS/EAM industry. Some vendors had a respectable year despite uncertain economic times, while others struggled. The same can be said for their customers. I wasn't surprised by the continuing downward trend in vendor participation and attendance at the National Plant Engineering & Facilities Maintenance Show (NPEFM) last March in Chicago.
Project management MVP Project is a browser-based, XML-enabled project management tool. Data are transferred to the application, reducing network traffic. A copy of the data resides in the user's computer, enabling users to sort, search, and scan complex interrelated data quickly without draining server resources.
About PE | Editorial Staff | Sales Staff Home Office 2000 Clearwater DriveOak Brook, IL 60523Fax: 630-288-8781 Sales Offices Jim Langhenry, Publisher Phone: 630-288-8789 ARozgus@cfemedia.com Sylvia Lauer, Publisher's Assistant Phone: 630-288-8780 firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Offices Northeast | Mideast | Southeast | North Central | South Central | West | Account Managers Northeast: MA-RI-NH-ME-VT-CT-NJ-NY(100-119 & 124-127)-PA(168-196)-DE-MD-VA(33--333)Diane Andrews 275 WashingtonNewton, MA 02458Phone: 617-558-4403Fax: 617-928-4800 email@example.com Mideast: NY(001-123 & 128-149)-PA(150-167)-WV-OHJeff Mell 216 Beck RoadAvon Lake, OH 44012Phone: 440-930-2111Fax: 440-930-2027 firstname.lastname@example.org Southeast: NC-SC-GA-FL-AL-TN-MS-VA(222-246)Karen Cira 879 Autumn Rain LaneCharlotte, NC 28209Phone: 704-523-5466Fax: 704-523-5472 KCira@cfemedia.com North Central: ND-SD-WY-IA-NE-IL-AR-OK-WI-MN-KSKerry Gottlieb 2000 Clearwater DriveOak Brook, IL 60523Phone: 630-288-8788Fax: 630-320-7145 KGottlieb@cfemedia.com West: CA-ID-UT-AZ-NM-NV-OR-WA-MT-COJack Stuckey 5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 120Los Angeles, CA 90036Phone: 323-965-2012Fax: 323-549-4117 email@example.com Literature Digest/Postcards/Classified Sales:Kelly Jay 2000 Clearwater DriveOak Brook, IL 60523Phone: 630-288-8463Fax: 630-288-8475 firstname.lastname@example.org About PE | Editorial Staff | Sales Staff.
Since the invention of the cellular mobile network by AT&T Bell Labs in the 1970s, the demand to provide voice communications to anyone, anywhere, at anytime has increased, with an explosion in consumer-level products during the past decade. The installed mobile phone base is approaching 1 billion, and soon the number of mobile phones will exceed hard-wired ones.
Web-based architectures — why should you care? There is a not-so-quiet revolution blazing its way across the IT world. It is a concept called web services, and it involves constructing applications that are designed to operate on the internet. This transformation shouldn't be confused with enhancing or enabling existing applications so users can access them via a web browser.
There are some commonly asked questions relative to water quality within a plant. Jerome Kovach, of Kinetico, Inc., asks and answers them. He defines how water quality can be improved and outlines some of the benefits of such improvement. Benefits include reduced maintenance and improved equipment reliability and product quality.
Click the above link to see Product of the Year finalists in this category.
This article offers several tips on how to update the crane bridge system by replacing components such as the hoist, controls, and electrification.
Whether you like it or not, information systems are a pervasive element of today's workplace. From e-mail to parcel shipping, there is a plethora of applications ready to meet most business needs.
Key concepts Wireless solutions are experiencing unprecedented growth.
Key concepts Cleanrooms and clean manufacturing areas require special maintenance considerations. Sources of contamination are environment, process, tools, and people.
When it comes to compressed air systems, equipment performance is only as good as the quality of the air itself. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that air compressors produce high-pressure air that is both wet and dirty.
A recent Plant Engineering editorial on today's skills shortage (July 1999, p 10) prompted a reader to respond with the question: "As parents, why would you encourage your children to join the 'skilled workforce?'" Together, the editorial and the question prompted Author Tom Huey to give the matter of skills shortages some serious consideration. His thought-provoking remarks on this issue are presented here. Why would a parent encourage his children to join the skilled workforce ? I can give four good reasons: job security, earnings potential, quality of life, and job satisfaction. Growing roots Job security may not now be at the top of the hit parade for every 20-yr-old entering the workforce, but eventually it will be for many. In a recent poll by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 72% of the respondents said that they would like the security of long-term employment with one company.
There is something about January 1, 2000, that makes us want to peer into the future. When it comes to information systems, 5-10 yr is about as far ahead as mere mortals can see.
Research into and experience with air plasma cutting has led many companies to the conclusion that it offers a reliable, efficient, high-quality, low-cost method of metal cutting.
Miller MiniLite Fall Limiter arrests free falls within inches, reducing the risk of injury and making rescue easier. The product is less restrictive than lanyards, furnishing 11 ft of webbing capacity for greater mobility and no trip hazard.
Wall Crane Welding Machine with pushbutton control can be positioned with a wire feed assembly anywhere -- both horizontally and vertically -- along a fabrication bay. All welding controls are at the wire feed, which is within easy reach.
Explosion-Proof Vacuum consists of four models based on a 55-gal. capacity tank. Mobility coupled with high capacity make these units well suited for large area cleanups. A 1.7-hp motor is UL listed explosionproof. All models can be used wet or dry.
Pumps are one of the oldest machines used by man for transporting energy from one form to another. It is not surprising that the there are many designs, resulting in some confusion when generic identification of a specific pump is attempted.
Hydraulically operated scissor lift features two units combined into one longer one with eight supporting points for uniform and level lifting and lowering of long loads.
Expanded line of Guardian enclosures protect personal computers and other sensitive electronic equipment in hostile environments.