System Integration
The smart factory timeline consists of four phases: Geospatial mapping and factory information, plug and work, data and service integration, and collaboration, which can be improved with mixed reality (MR) technologies. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
System Integration 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
System Integration June 25, 2019

12 benefits of using standards in design, implementation for iMOM projects

Integrated manufacturing operations management (iMOM) is designed to increase and sustain business benefits for users such as improved accuracy and thorough implementation.

By Stan DeVries
Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E., is senior automation engineer, GlaxoSmithKline, and among winners of Engineering Leaders Under 40 in 2018. Previously she worked at Applied Control Engineering Inc. Courtesy: Devon MacNeill Guglietta
System Integration April 24, 2019

Career advice for engineers: Work with the quirks

Engineers can excel by working with what makes them unique, rather than fighting against personality traits others might consider quirky.

By Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E.
Ford Motor Company’s 10-year process to modernize its Livonia, Michigan manufacturing plant began with standardizing its controls system. Courtesy: Ford Motor Company
System Integration April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
The new method for designing solid-state batteries starts with liquid electrolytes inside the electrochemical cell. Special molecules then initiate polymerization, improving contact between the electrolyte and electrodes. Courtesy: Qing Zhao/Cornell University
System Integration April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
This photo shows a wastewater treatment plant and the anaerobic digesters that exist onsite to process the treatment plant’s sludge and turn it into a usable product—biogas—which can be cleaned to become RNG. Courtesy: Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
System Integration March 26, 2019

Integrating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be used in any existing infrastructure or process that currently uses conventional natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integration March 21, 2019

Steps to take for a successful integration project

A successful system integration project should have clear goals and solve problems that will benefit companies in the short- and long-term, but not every project applies. See tips for when integration does and doesn’t make sense for a project.

By Tyler Whitaker
Inductive Automation Don Pearson, chief strategy officer, and Carl Gould, co-director of software development, previewed the latest version of Ignition 8, Inductive Automation’s industrial automation platform, at ARC Forum 2019. The new release includes expanded functionality, web technologies, enterprise-empowering features, and a next-generation visualization system called the Ignition Perspective Module, which the company designed to empower users to create appealing, mobile-responsive industrial applications that run natively on any mobile device and any web browser. Tag editing is 190 times faster. Tag moving is 90 times faster; tag browsing 18 times faster; tag importing 15 times faster. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
System Integration March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Optimization

Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integration December 15, 2018

CSIA Best Practices provide business value

Best practices for integrators can create a great deal of improvement for a company's business performance and their clients' satisfaction.

By Jeff Miller, PMP
Courtesy: CSIA
System Integration December 14, 2018

It’s busy today, but don’t lose sight of tomorrow

While the economy for system integrators is good, the future remains unclear as companies struggle to hire and retain young talent.

By Jose Rivera