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Wireless instrumentation communication propels plant processes
Using Bluetooth, WirelessHART and cloud connections, plants and facilities are leveraging increased process and diagnostic data to enhance operational efficiency and decrease downtime.
Choosing the best communication device for your manufacturing plant
The common forms of communication in manufacturing plants are cell phones and two-way radio systems.
Leave the two-way radio in the past
Modern team communication technologies boost productivity and safety
Wireless technology benefits for manufacturing
There are many potential benefits to using wireless technology in manufacturing, but users need to be aware of standards and potential challenges.
How power and wireless limitations thwart IIoT potential
The scale of projected deployments is staggering
Four best practices for industrial wireless LANs
Deployments and optimal operation of industrial wireless local area networks (LANs) require attention to site survey, lifecycle management, cybersecurity and collaboration. Need to optimize existing industrial wireless networks?
Indoor cell site trials to extend 5G coverage completed
Indoor cell sites are a critical step in developing private 5G networks.
Choose the right industrial wireless technologies for condition monitoring
Wireless sensors can help discover maintenance issues with machines before they happen and give users access to real-time information. See four methods and four steps.
GraceSense Panel-Mount/CloudGate by Grace Engineered Products
The GraceSense Panel-Mount/CloudGate collects data wirelessly from the nodes and transmits to the remote cloud using either an LTE or plant Wi-Fi connection
The network the oil & gas industry needs
The case for private wireless, mission-critical communications networks.
Wireless monitoring saves hours on each well workover
Requirement for I&E tech to be onsite for well workovers reduced from five hours to 15 minutes.
Wireless low-power IIoT sensor networks differentiated
Mesh networks and low-power WANs are for different IIoT use cases and installation settings.
The oilfield of the future will include a mobile wireless network
Take a new approach to connectivity with wireless mesh.
Software importance increasing among plant engineers
Today's plant engineer is transcending the longstanding stereotype. The plant engineering function is no longer just nuts and bolts. Today's plant engineer is mature, educated, and tends to stay in his or her job. And the job requires an increasing amount of software.Software is a fact of life on the plant floor of today and tomorrow.
Segment Checker is a powerful software design tool that easily designs FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA networks, check operational parameters to validate fieldbus segment architecture and evaluate potential problems with a fieldbus segment configuration. It also allows users to display, archive and print an entire design and import field devices from a library or create new devices with the...
How to manage IoT implementations
Evaluating the current state of the organization is key to understanding where and how to start implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution.
Six IoT benefits for an organization
There are many benefits to implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to maximize productivity and enhance an organization’s workflow.
Beyond collaboration: Old, new manufacturing companies cooperate on solutions
How an enclosures company, a computer maker, and a device supplier worked together to provide a plant-floor data center.
Hannover Messe brand extended to U.S. for IMTS Show
Illinois Gov. Rauner part of press event to tout 2018 show In Chicago in September.
Robots on the rise: 3 million in global manufacturing by 2020
Global report finds IIoT, competitiveness driving growth in robotics market with China leading the way.
Next generation of RCM: A more rigorous tool
Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) must be seen as a strategy, not a software solution.
Artificial intelligence can produce tangible process improvements
Sudip Singh, senior vice president and global business unit head of engineering services at Infosys, discussed the future uses of artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing and the state of the digital transformation.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 29 to June 4: Predictive or preventive maintenance, IIoT’s potential, prescriptive maintenance, more
Articles about predictive vs. preventive maintenance, IIoT's potential, prescriptive maintenance, maintenance and the IIoT, and five positive IIoT benefits were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 29 to June 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Serial console model
The Avocent ACS800 serial console models have two, four, or eight serial ports and a digital output port.
Get your maintenance program ready for IIoT
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides many benefits for maintenance programs and companies looking to take advantage should take some proactive steps to make the transition seamless.
Embracing IIoT’s potential for maintenance
Companies can and should embrace and apply critical aspects of IIoT, including machine learning, analytics, and mobility.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 20-26: Maintenance study findings, LED upgrade mistakes, more
Articles about 2017 Maintenance Survey findings, LED upgrade mistakes to avoid, maintenance and the IIoT, and improved productivity were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 20-26. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Hannover Messe: Building on U.S. momentum, IIoT technology
‘Integrated Industry’ is the theme for 2017 global trade event.
Industrial Ethernet switches – 2017-02-03
The Stride Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches are designed with 16 ports and provide reliable connectivity in applications too tough for commercial grade switches in the industrial environment.
Measurement technology modules
The ELM series is designed to lower the use of raw materials and energy in machine and plants while forming the basis for advanced condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Six ways to lower IIoT network costs
One consequence of the IIoT trend is that purchasing devices for your network isn’t the end of your expenditure.
IIoT arrives; It’s time to get started
Implementation is not only practical, but now is a competitive necessity.
Plant Engineering names three to Editorial Advisory Board
Billy Taylor, David Skelton and Dr. Shi-Wan Lin will advise on content for readers.
The future of the digital plant
The IIoT has helped to pave the way for Industrie 4.0, which refers to the next wave of the industrial revolution.
IIoT Webcast poll: Cybersecurity a significant issue
Archive version of Webcast now available, which highlights cybersecurity as a major concern for many plant and IT managers.
Gateway for industrial Ethernet networks
The netTAP 151 is a four-port device that exchanges I/O data between different industrial Ethernet networks by acting as a protocol converter.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 3-9: IIoT success, Ethernet and the IIoT, Leaders Under 40, more
Articles about IIoT success, Ethernet and the IIoT, Engineering Leaders Under 40, wireless remote monitoring advances, and motor efficiency standards were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 3-9. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Is Ethernet the key to IIoT?
Applications demand a sensible migration path, a robust network.
IIoT success requires a change of mindset
Speakers at the 2016 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) event at IMTS 2016 discussed the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) from a variety of perspectives, which are highlighted.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 26 to October 2: Leaders Under 40, electrical distribution, IIoT success, more
Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, electrical distribution, 5 steps to IIoT success, wireless remote monitoring advances, and appealing to the next generation of manufacturing workers were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 26 to October 2. Were you out? You can catch up here.
GAMS preview: The limitations of Big Data
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
GAMS preview: Using IIoT to unlock knowledge
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
GAMS preview: IIoT and the state of manufacturing
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of issues.
GAMS preview: IIoT and the promise of better maintenance
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
GAMS preview: Navigating the cloud
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of issues.
Manufacturing convergence on display at 2016 GAMS
CFE Media Conference at IMTS 2016 to focus on IIoT, robotics.
Webcast: Industrial Internet of Things Webcast Series 2016, Part Two: Information Management for IIoT
The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the ability to use modern data management and storage tools to deliver actionable data to workers at all levels of the plant when they need it.
28 AWG Ethernet cables for high-density patching applications.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 2-8: IoT to IoAT, three ways to leverage IIoT, Microsoft partnership, more
Articles about IoT to IoAT, three ways to leverage IIoT, Microsoft partnership, U.S. celebrates win at Hannover Messe, and technology changes promise to 'reinvigorate manufacturing' were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
The new language of transformation
Siemens CTO sees U.S., Germany leading the move toward an industrial Internet.
Setting the standards for cybersecurity
Due to the current state of cybersecurity hygiene across multiple industry sectors, manufacturers often inadvertently allow for critical vulnerabilities and weaknesses in product software to go unaddressed.
Seven steps to secure your industrial control network
Implementing an industrial firewall can strengthen plant reliability, safety for control networks.
Three ways to leverage IIoT
As the Internet of Things (IoT) infiltrates the industrial sector, forward-thinking organizations will find ways to leverage the Industrial IoT for more efficient, productive and intelligent operations. Here's a closer look.
Digitalization is the accelerator in time to market
Interview with Raj Batra, President of Digital Factory division, Siemens Industry USA at Hannover Messe.
Getting ahead of the IIoT cybersecurity curve
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers many potential benefits, but it also poses many potential risks from a cybersecurity standpoint, and many companies are slow to realize this drawback.
Information is power
How today’s enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) software and analytics are driving performance results.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 4-10: Product of the Year winners, using IIoT to improve operations, IIoT’s power found in controllers and HMIs, more
Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year winners, using IIoT to improve operations, IIoT's power found in controllers and HMIs, how to balance your PM workload, and universities bring knowledge and curiosity to Hannover were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 4-10. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Data-driven maintenance transforms the plant
Today, industry wants more efficient solutions. Plant personnel have to use data to determine when problems start, instead of waiting until the equipment is offline or has approached an alarm limit. Acting early will allow customers the time to make better economic decisions.
IIoT’s power found in controllers, HMIs
Technology used to deliver information to the operator’s fingertips.
Define maintenance data value to gain IIoT benefits
Maintenance offers great potential value in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Getting the right data to the right worker at the right time can head off potential problems and point the way to more uptime.
Siemens launches motors for high thrust pump applications in harsh environments
Expanding its extensive range of Simotics low-voltage Nema motors, Siemens adds in-line, vertical solid shaft (VSS) motors to its portfolio–the LP100 series–in the Nema Premium efficiency class.
Webcast: Industrial Internet of Things Webcast Series 2016, Part One: Effective Change Management
The discussion around IIoT is as much about this change in worker roles and responsibilities as it is about the technology they will use. It will require new thinking and training to realize the full value of IIoT on the plant floor.
Weatherproof NEMA enclosures
Weatherproof NEMA enclosures ideal for heating, cooling, and AC or DC power over Ethernet (PoE) in applications for test equipment, remote controls, wireless networks, scientific instruments, alarm and security and more.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 7-13: Manufacturing industry, Cognitive computing, Getting the right data, more
Articles about the manufacturing industry, cognitive computing, getting the right data, asset performance monitoring, and predictive maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Getting the right data helps company decide to exhibit
Frontier Technology Inc. (FTI) is a company well-known in the federal government for being able to assist its customers in making data-driven decisions. In an era of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), FTI's skill set seemed like a great match for the manufacturing sector.
Weatherproof industrial enclosures
Weatherproof industrial NEMA enclosures that are well suited for extreme temperatures or corrosive environments.
IIoT offers a merger of IT, OT information
Achim Kruger, vice president of operational excellence solutions at SAP, talks about the transformative nature of IIoT for manufacturing’s future.
IIoT and cloud for SMEs
IIoT and cloud for SMEs: Four key considerations
Powering the Industrial Internet of Things
In the race to take advantage of new technologies, the key is wrap and reuse—not rip and replace.
Cognitive computing delivers answers, asks new questions
In a data-driven age, taking advantage of collective knowledge can be done with very little jeopardy. Just ask Watson.
Q&A: Managing data, security at the server
Emerson’s Steve Hassell discusses how to protect your system and better utilize use your data.
Protecting the ‘smarts” in industrial smart meters
Circuit protection is crucial for the new wave of value-added devices.
Skid building: Focus on performance
Plant managers can get more out of the end process by looking at the whole, and not the components.
IIoT offers economic, operational benefits
IIoT offers both new challenges and opportunities for manufacturers willing to push the boundaries of machine and plant design. Included in these new opportunities are benefits such as connectivity, efficiency, and reliability, but many features of IIoT technology may bring great financial benefits to manufacturers as well.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 25-31: Repair, replace, or retrofit; IIoT technologies; preventive maintenance program, more
Articles about choosing between repair, replace, or retrofit; new IIoT technologies; designing a preventive maintenance program; how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails; and best practices in preventive maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 25-31. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
2015 Top Plant Winner: Making connections locally, globally
Phoenix Contact: From cordsets and terminal blocks to industrial wireless, process infrastructure, and PC products, the company has evolved from a value-add assembly facility to a growing world-wide manufacturing hub.
Evaluate present protocols, future needs when choosing a wireless network
Wireless sensor solutions are now being used in countless situations where it is necessary to monitor remote, difficult, and costly to reach locations, or moving applications. When choosing the best wireless approach, there are many technology tradeoffs and vendors to consider.
Leveraging IIoT-ready solutions helps connectivity, data access
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides the ability to analyze data and gain comprehensive insights from assets, processes, and products.
The building blocks of IIoT
Clicking components together like Legos is one vision for how smarter factories will evolve.
Harting works with U.S. customers to make connection to Hannover Messe
As part of Hannover Messe road show, company highlights importance of annual trade event to Americans.
Miniature cable assemblies
The UMCX, WMCX and HMCX32 coaxial cables with snap-on connectors provide operation from DC to 6 GHz and are ideal for use in wireless communications systems.
Industrial Ethernet switches and media converter
The LNX series of industrial Ethernet switches and IMC media converters are an ideal addition to Ethernet I/O products.
Manufacturing’s new arrival: What to expect
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is poised to change manufacturing and there are several things manufacturers should expect to happen.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 10-16: Preventive maintenance strategies, Lean equipment improvement, VFD myths, more
Articles about achieving preventive maintenance, sustaining improvement in Lean equipment, five VFD myths, the age of disruptive innovation, and achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 10-16. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Ethernet certification can identify cabling issues, prepare for IIoT
Machines today are connected via Ethernet, which allow manufacturers to network their industrial automation and control systems and connect their plant production and business systems.
A hands-on approach for manufacturing
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will spark a plant floor revolution. Here's how to get ready for it.
IIoT: Defining the terms
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has its own lexicon and as it continues to expand and become commonplace it becomes imperative to understand some of the terms associated with the IIoT.
The promise and the risks of IIoT and Industry 4.0
Ubisense VP Adrian Jennings discusses the need to go slow in moving manufacturing away from manual systems to an integrated production system.
Future innovations and expectations setting tone at Hannover Messe
Hannover Notes: What will the U.S. do in 2016? The drivers for Industry 4.0. The cool stuff that doesn’t (yet) have much to do with manufacturing. See a short video of Festo's robot butterflies.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 30 to April 5: ac motor repair, Product of the Year winners, Internet of Things and people, more
Articles about ac motor repair, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, the Internet of Things and people who make things, reducing lead time, and measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 30 to April 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
How a digital PSM program can save you time
Digital process safety management (PSM) programs are becoming more widely viewed as a best practice for facility owners, requiring less time and resources for auditing and documentation.
Getting ready for the new industrial revolution
A flexible, efficient plant is the goal for 2015 Hannover Messe attendees.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 9-15: ac motor repair, lean manufacturing’s ingredients, industrial Internet on the factory floor, more
Articles about ac motor repair, lean manufacturing’s two key ingredients, the industrial Internet on the factory floor, top 5 signs of reliable plant, and expanding the maintenance toolkit were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Scale your technology to fit small manufacturing teams
It’s the 30% of nonstandard processes, unique to your company, that you need to manage more effectively. And this is where the difference between configuration and customization becomes glaringly apparent.
Hacking scandals show value of cloud storage
Does your data need to be stored in the cloud? Here are a few ideas to consider as you answer that question.
Rugged industrial routers
Routers operate in areas normally restricted from wireless communication, giving remote access to automation networks and components over public DSL.
Locking IEC power cords
These four locking power cords series can be used for data center, medical and other AC power applications, where vibration or physical contact is present.
Remotely connect controls
CP 1243-1 DNP3 and CP 1243-1 IEC communication modules connect the controller.
The Scalance M series of industrial routers are designed to operate in areas normally restricted from wireless communication.
Wireless access point
The APX-5700 simultaneous dual band radio is a hardened industrial grade wireless product offers reliable and versatile solutions.
USB DAQ module
The USB-1210 delivers-100 dB THD and 14.3-Bit ENOB preventing data loss from slow CPU response under heavy system loading.
WaveContact products provide end-to-end wireless networking capabilities for an environment where process automation is needed.
An evolving Industrial Internet: Refrigerators need not apply
Connecting plant floor data has been going on years, and the new wave of technology is seen more as an evolution of that process than a revolution of devices and IP addresses.
Cat5e armored cable assemblies
The TRD8RGMT line of ruggedized RJ45 plugs, made of durable crush resistant metal armor, and super superior shielding ensure data transmission up to gigabit ethernet speeds.
Surge protectors for Ethernet networks
The Cat5/5e/6 Lightning protectors are designed to protect your investment in expensive communications equipment. With multiple styles to choose from, ranging from standard to high power models, these lightning protectors are designed for use in both commercial and industrial network installations. Versions include indoor and outdoor, as well as compact weather resistant models the Cat5/5e/6 Lightning protectors are available from single-port passive injectors, injector kits, and outdoor midspan/injectors.
Profinet driver for controller applications
The Profinet driver simplifies communication on standard PC's with no additional hardware.
High frequency right angle adapters
Fairview Microwave's millimeter wave right angle RF adapters with frequency up to 50 GHz are widely used in the military and commercial sectors.
In industrial settings, two-way radios still a smart choice
Consumer technology versus digital radios. Which one makes the most sense for manufacturing and industrial communications? Interestingly, Motorola Solutions' recent survey of the state of plant communications reveals that two-way radios and cell phones remain in a dead heat as the primary means of communications in plants nationwide. Yet critical differences between the two are worth careful consideration before making technology investments.
CNC innovations designed to improve machining performance at IMTS 2014
FANUC will demonstrate a CNC platform with built-in Bluetooth technology and a digital servo adapter among other technologies that are designed to improve machining performance and maintenance at IMTS 2014 Booth #S-8919.
Industry 4.0 concepts at IMTS 2014
Innovative solutions such as Google Glass are highlighted at the Beckhoff booth located in the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) section.
Midspan/injectors and injector kits
The BTD-CATx series products can be used with Power-over-Ethernet enabled devices, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones, wireless access points, CPE devices and IP web and surveillance cameras.
The role of industrial networks in energy usage
Energy costs big dollars for manufacturers, and most plants don't know where energy is used, said Eric Scott of Molex Inc. Industrial network groups are working on interfaces to help. See the video.
Right angled USB cable line
Right-angled USB cable can be used for peripheral interconnects, data acquisition, and portable data storage.
PCIe serial adapter card
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories's new SEL-3390S8 PCIe serial adapter card allows users to expand the number and type of communications interfaces for industrial computers.
Remote energy monitoring improves plant performance, reduces downtime
A single dashboard can display power quality information to head off problems
Stock shock: Dow Jones tumbles, then rebounds after May PMI Index is corrected
Software error blamed for report of decline; monthly indexes all increased as index hits 55.4%.
In-Line Cat6 Lightning and Surge Protectors
L-com, Inc., has expanded their ELP series protector line with two new Cat6 lightning and surge protectors. These products protect valuable equipment from static discharge, lightning and faulty wiring.
Standard metric RF cable assembly
Amphenol Connex is adding an addition to their pre-configured fixed length RF cable assembly line to include standard metric lengths.
Gas Technology: Digital Age management
With tools such as digital loggers and wireless communications, systems operators can get an accurate picture of plant energy usage patterns.
Turning predictions into profits
The next age of data management will help monetize the data points by making decisions smarter
Android malware on the rise
There were 700,000 new Android malware samples spotted in the third quarter with attacks against this platform having increased by over 30 percent, a recent report said.
D-Link patches router bugs
New firmware is out for D-Link router models that have a vulnerability attackers could use to gain control of the device.
Smart manufacturing will drive demand for M2M communication
Frost & Sullivan study warns that telecommunication companies will impact sector
Wireless Ethernet modem
The ELPRO 450U-E licensed wireless Ethernet modem is designed for industrial applications and is designed to integrate with ELPRO wireless and wired networks to connect remote sensors
Profinet IO fieldbus coupler series
Profinet I/O Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series identify connected I/O modules and create local process images for one or more controllers
Tablet-based app for pump-motor alignment
tab@lign combines laser measurement technology with tablet and smartphone devices and can run on iOS and Android platforms
Modules for harsh, corrosive industrial environments
The CLXT Modules are available in three versions for Ethernet, Serial Communications, and Profibus Master/Slave applications
Wireless M2M increases value of wired infrastructure
New technology overcomes limitations of previous systems to deliver value.
Shipments of connectable set-top boxes to nearly double by 2017
Connectable set-top boxes sales are expected to surge by 91 percent globally from 2012 to 2017 thanks to increased demand in North America and Asia for more connectivity in their electronics devices.
The WRT Series Wireless Data Transmitter/Receiver works with any RS485 network protocol and allows wired and wireless equipment mixes to avoid radio signal obstacles
Brad Direct-Link switches come in 5- and 8-port modules and are IP67 sealed and feature an Ethernet switch solution to reduce cabling and installation costs
Servo drive for networkability
The CMMP-AS-…-M3 servo drive offers Ethernet IP, ProfiNet, EtherCat, Profibus, and DeviceNet networkability.
IEC 61850 Adoption Slow in North American Distribution Automation Market
Security concerns and federal governmental oversight have motivated rapid adoption of next-generation communications technologies in transmission assets in the U.S. NERC-CIP compliance
Remote monitoring technologies lower costs, improve operations
The latest remote communication technologies allow experts to monitor and control multiple plants from any location.
Industrial wireless market booming, but still underutilized
Frost & Sullivan research sees market doubling, but end users still don’t see it as a critical improvement
For wireless power market success, look to the East
Japan is forecast to become the leading market for wireless power technology this year.
Smart Grid networking market in the Americas to grow to nearly $1 billion by 2016
The market for equipment supporting smart grid communications and networking to grow from $700 million in 2011 to nearly $950 million by 2016.
Media players, PCs, displays drive nearly $5 billion in revenue for digital signage
Hardware supporting digital signage such as media players, PCs, displays and LED video arrays generated nearly $5.5 billion in revenue during 2011, according to IMS Research.
Bluetooth Smart to be the wireless technology most used in consumer medical devices by 2016
A recent study forecasts that by 2016, wireless-enabled consumer medical devices will use Bluetooth Smart technology the most.
Why a production process needs information technology
The age of industrial security - Information technology has changed more radically over the past 20 years than practically any other field has.
Bridging the gap between IT, operations
Understanding the shared goals can bring peace – and value to manufacturers.
Getting a fix on indoor location
With companies looking to replicate what GPS for an indoor environment, IMS Research believes that several methods are likely to be successful as research and development heats up among many companies.
HANNOVER MESSE: E+H turns its entrepreneurial energy to – energy
‘A climate of innovation’ helps drive growth and a sense of connection to customers.
Borescope video receiver
BRD10 Wireless USB Video Receiver
Wireless safety system
The wireless safety system from Carlo Gavazzi eliminates the spiral cables between doors and door controllers.
Selecting an open digital protocol in process automation
By forcing businesses or protocols to compete for customers, they become more efficient, resulting in more innovation and improved quality.
Overcoming barriers to wireless adoption
Wireless is flexible, versatile, and can be cost effective; however, concerns with security, reliability, and capacity of wireless continue to prevent conservative end users from reaping its benefits. Are these concerns valid?
SST DN4 DeviceNet USB interface module provides industrial OEMs and end-users with a compact, high-performance DeviceNet interface for PC communication that maximizes performance in control and monitoring applications.
Field wireless devices based on the ISA100.11a industrial communications standard
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released field wireless devices based on the ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standard in North America
Webcast: Securing Ethernet, wireless
The new era of Ethernet and wireless networking in industrial applications has increased security concerns to an all time high, and for good reason
Intrinsic safety systems can build in security
How safe do you make the plant where your employees work? How close should the design engineer come to the minimum ignition curves? Should you use intrinsic safety technology or go with explosion-proof technology?
Fully equipped PC for harsh environments
The Panel PC 725 by B and R Industrial Automation is robust, well-protected HMI solution
Building intrinsic safety systems
With electrical safety a critical issue, achieving that goal through safety systems rather than electrical enclosures is gaining more attention.
Diagnostic gateway serves advanced diagnostic modules
The FieldConnex Diagnostic Gateway helps provide deep insight into fieldbus physical layer directly from the control room.
WLAN adapter for industrial applications
Beckhoff Automation’s CU8890 WLAN controller enables cost-effective wireless integration of industrial PCs.
Pepperl+Fuchs president to lead Fieldbus Foundation board
Dr. Gunther Kegel, succeeds John Berra of Emerson Process Management, who is retiring after serving 16 years in his foundation leadership post.
2010 POY Finalists: Automation and Control
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Automation and Control category.
FDT Technology standard approved by ISA 103 committee
FDT standard can now be integrated globally
Safety-over-EtherCAT standard approved
Approval by 27-nation committee will further uniform usage of EtherCAT technology within the automation world.
Evaluate network plant floor coverage
Just as the adoption of machine control over industrial networks broadened over a period of years, so too is the pool of companies now looking at leveraging the power of Ethernet to gain a competitive edge by linking their manufacturing and business levels.
Evaluating plant floor network convergence
According to industry analysts, numerous business imperatives are driving the convergence of industrial-commercial networks within an enterprise. Uptime and production optimization, product quality, workflow speed and efficiency and customer service demands are often cited. Global competition and dwindling profit margins have precipitated network integration for many manufacturers striving to s...
Spring into productivity
There was spring in the air and a spring in the step of the winners of the 2009 Product of the Year awards dinner. The unseasonably warm weather in Chicago March 29 contributed to a warm atmosphere at the Hotel Sofitel, where the 22nd annual Product of the Year awards were presented. Fluke Corporation’s Digital Multimeter received the Grand Award, which is presented to the product that r...
Fluke earns 2009 Product of the Year Grand Award
Innovation is honored at gala award dinner at 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit
Overcoming Ethernet’s limitations
Ethernet was designed as a way for computers to communicate over a single, shared cable so that businesses could connect systems to support programs and transfer data. The beauty of Ethernet is its ability to transfer copious amounts of data over the network very quickly, and to provide information to remote users.
Ultra compact Ethernet switches
N-TRON Corp. added six models to its family of managed industrial Ethernet switches. Housed in compact, hardened enclosures, the 709FX, 710FX2, 711FX3, 712FX4, 714FX6 and 7010TX were designed to provide maximum performance in harsh industrial environments. Features include redundant 10-49 Vdc power inputs, configurable two-color fault status LED and optional SD memory card configuration backup.
Machine Safety & Cableless (Wireless) Safety – with comments
Machine Safety and Cableless Operator Stations with Safety! Did I just say all of that in the same sentence? Is this Doctor Spoc in Star Trek or is it the 21st Century? Well, beam me up Scotty because my radar screen sees something on the horizon. For several years now we’ve seen applications of safety functions being performed in machine architectures using safety certified and listed products where portions of the safety certified communications bus is wireless. So, does it make common sense that a natural migration of innovation would provide cableless operator stations with safety functions as added functionality?Cabled pendants in robot cells have been used for years and several years ago they evolved to cableless (meaning they have their own power source).
Cooper Bussmann launches Cooper Wireless
Cooper Bussmann has announced the formation of its new business unit, Cooper Wireless.
EtherNet/IP flows into new territory
Process control sensors, actuators and other process control devices that measure and control level, flow, temperature and other process variables currently rely on a process instrumentation network or 4-20 mA system to transfer data. Other devices common in process applications such as drives, process controllers and operator workstations also need to transfer data, but work on completely diff...
New automation architecture puts the power at the device
Applying several computers to a single problem simultaneously is known as grid computing. Commonly used for scientific or technical challenges requiring a great number of computer processing cycles or simultaneous access to large amounts of data, a primary grid computing application is using software to divide and apportion pieces of a program among several computers.
Industrial Ethernet switch
This fully-managed industrial Ethernet switch is designed for high traffic applications and features four auto-sensing Ethernet ports.
OPC helps drive improved interoperability
High speed, real-time interlocking and rock solid connectivity are core requirements for implementing a motion control system
Fieldbus power supply
The TRUNKGUARD TPS400 fieldbus power supply is designed for general purpose and non-incendive applications. Available models supply 350 mA (for non-isolated, energy limited applications) or 500 mA (for high current demand applications) of isolated, conditioned simplex (non-redundant) or duplex (redundant) power to up to four segments.
Wireless-N a promising technology to connect controllers and I/Os
Letter from Cliff Whitehead and Paul Brooks of Rockwell Automation points to new possibilities with technology
Connecting the industrial edge
In the same way that wireless connectivity has changed the way people communicate in their business and personal lives, it is also revolutionizing how plant automation networks work. While adoption has been slow, more networks are using wireless Ethernet protocols to add new devices, extend the networks into hazardous locations and establish connectivity with devices and systems that may be in ...
In a new light
Processing facilities are beginning to realize the benefits of using fieldbus networks for predictive maintenance and operational cost savings. Enhanced asset management is achieved by allowing devices on a network to report their status and continually monitor the health of an entire system. Many of these facilities use fieldbus networks such as DeviceNet or Profibus to communicate data from r...
The Scalance XB unmanaged industrial Ethernet switch can be used in a line or star topology where simple plug-and-play connections and low-cost port expansion features are required. The switches are available with up to eight 10/100 Mbit/s ports. Offering an IP20 degree of protection in a small, compact design, the new line of switches are constructed with a durable plastic housing that is eas...
Strategies to implement Ethernet/technology in industrial applications
When Ethernet first came into existence in the 1970s, this local area network technology was seen as a way to make office-level communications faster and convey large amounts of data at greater speeds. Ethernet’s high data capacity was seen as an ideal solution for office-level networks because in these scenarios, multiple clients must use the same network to share information.
ISA EXPO 2009 technical conference program: An insider’s view
Each year, the ISA EXPO technical conference program covers the critical topics of the day, and this year I have the honor of serving as the ISA EXPO 2009 technical program chair. The ISA EXPO technical program committee is comprised of more than 30 volunteers who work together on these six technology track sub-committees: The committee is formed a year in advance and we meet face to face, elec...
Optimizing industrial Ethernet system performance
Over the past decade, manufacturers and processors have increasingly been transitioning plant floor operations to the Ethernet LAN standard (IEEE 802.3), which has reigned supreme in commercial offices for decades. Although the physical layer standard is the same for both, the environments in which their Ethernet systems operate could not be more different.
Manage machinery health
Wireless vibration data and enhanced auto-plotting capabilities maximize production uptime through machinery health monitoring.
Find your way through the wireless maze
For those grounded in wired networks, untangling wireless-related issues for plant-floor applications can be as intimidating as reworking networked I/O connections without documentation. If you haven’t jumped into wireless communications yet on the plant floor, or even if you have, here are some questions and answers to help clear the air about wireless.
Predict to prevent: Motor management systems look into the future
With the ability to predict what will happen to a motor, and by extension an industrial process, motor management systems can become the single most important tool to mitigate industrial manufacturing downtime.
Network monitoring technologies on the plant floor
As manufacturers continuously seek new ways to improve industrial network up-time on the plant floor, new innovative monitoring devices and diagnostics tools are being made available to meet this goal. In fact, preventative network diagnostics is on the rise, and this trend can significantly help companies cut overall production costs, minimize downtime and increase efficiency.
Phoenix Contact showcases new technologies
Phoenix Contact featured at Hannover Fair an array of automation-related technologies available to its global customer base.
Industrial gateway bridges fieldbus, Ethernet
This gateway bridges gapes between traditional fieldbus, real-time Ethernet-based systems and other serial protocols. Up to 1,000 protocol combinations are possible in a DIN-rail mounted housing.
Next-generation controllers reduce costs, increase productivity
In a challenging economy, it is more critical than ever for plants to increase productivity and deliver cost savings in whatever ways they can. By innovating their processes with new control systems, plant managers can accomplish just that.
Adopting Power over Ethernet
Ethernet has become a comfortable technology for users around the world. It will inevitably dominate the manufacturing plant floor. However one aspect of Ethernet – Power over Ethernet (PoE) – is a less understood aspect of this popular networking technology whose role on the plant floor is still uncertain.
Smart structures: Emerson plant studies support use of wireless in capital projects
Emerson Process Management has unveiled quantified results and other findings of two independent real-world greenfield projects that recommend wireless infrastructure be a key component of all new projects.
Understanding wireless network architecture
One of the initial considerations when planning an industrial wireless implementation is the scope and sophistication of the network. Many times simple objectives such as communication to a single remote asset can be achieved with “wire replacement” technology in a very straight forward and easy to deploy approach.
Power over EtherCAT junction terminal
The Power over EtherCAT junction terminal requires only a standard EtherCAT/Ethernet cable for the fieldbus signal and the power supply. EtherCAT sensors can now receive power over standard Cat 5 cables.
Level transmitter cryogenic seal
This cryogenic seal enables accurate, reliable level measurement of condensed and liquefied gasses at temperatures as low as -196 C.
The Anybus RemoteCom is equipped with an internal Web server for remote access of device data including logged data and trend graphs.
The 750-645 two-channel vibration and roller bearing monitoring module (VIB-I/O) tracks machine vibration conditions.
EtherNet/IP for servo drives
The EtherNet/IP communication option has been added to the PositionServo drive.
Video surveillance historian for process, batch
The historian is an extension of a video system that enables users to acquire and store video associated with manufacturing process variables.
Cordsets for Foundation fieldbus
These Type A cordsets are the first of their kind to meet Fieldbus Foundation specifications.
Rockwell launches process automation platform
Plant PAx introduced at Automation Fair in Nashville
Asset management leverages smart wireless devices
With the proliferation of wireless devices for obtaining control-related information on equipment in remote locations, many operators are wondering if they can be sure the wireless devices are functioning as intended, providing accurate readings, and if they can extract standard diagnostics from remote devices.
Fieldbus health test instrument
The ScopeMeter models 225C and 215C include the features of the 199C Color ScopeMeter, and are designed for maintenance specialists who keep automation equipment operational. The instruments feature signal validation of critical signal parameters such as amplitude and noise, and have floating and fully isolated inputs for true differential signal measurements on 2-wire differential bus systems.
Now it’s your turn
It's hard to believe that AppliedAutomation is well into its third year. The encouragement and support have been inspiring, to say the least. Because of its growth, AppliedAutomation will move from being published quarterly to six times per year, starting in Jan. 2009. In addition to increased frequency, AppliedAutomation will also have expanded coverage.
Tips for understanding ‘IT-speak’
In most plants, there has traditionally been a communications gulf between maintenance and IT. That’s largely been fine, except that now, increasingly more process controls are connected to industrial networks, and plant engineers are experiencing network-type problems that cause downtime and affect plant output.
Motors, Drives & Controls
Adjustable-speed drive The Q9 Series of adjustable-speed drives are designed with oversized transistors and heavy-duty dc bus capacitors. The electronic operator interface has an LCD and simple keypad layout. Windows-based software aids programming and monitoring.
System redundancy with WirelessHART
In process automation, operators make decisions based on the data they have available. When one or more process variables or other types of information are not available, they must make those decisions without a complete picture of what’s happening. In fact, they may not even know a decision is needed.
ISA EXPO 2008 puts technical diversity on display in Houston
The keynote addresses at ISA EXPO 2008 at the Reliance Center in Houston Oct. 14-16 feature the evolution of wireless sensor networking, the possibilities of controlling low-energy nuclear reactions and an explanation of why we are who we are.
Industrial Ethernet switches – 2008-09-15
The 852 series of Ethernet switches provides a selection of scalable solutions for network infrastructures.
Open-source radio technology: Now available for process engineering
Following the technological progress of fieldbus in process automation, the next development step in field communication is that of solutions involving radio technology. Can radio technology be used on an “across the board” basis? Based on open standards, the HART Communication Foundation provides the answer with WirelessHART.
Signal, power wiring technologies drive changes in best practices
A creative tension typically exists between accepted practices that have served an industry well and the need for new practices that take full benefit of innovative new technologies. The current state of signal and power wiring is a good example of this truism.
PCI-based Ethernet analyzer
This network analyzer can analyze Ethernet network nodes in real time, including drives and motion control.
Wireless sensor development session scheduled at ISA
When Dr. Kris Pister of the University of California at Berkley began the Smart Dust project more than a decade ago, few could have predicted its effect on today's industrial automation. The wave of academic research and venture capital investment based on the promise of wireless sensor networks led many to predict an explosion of consumer applications and home automation.
The MCA 121 Ethernet/IP option card enables VLT automation drive users to deploy standard Ethernet technology in manufacturing applications. The unit can handle a single EIP class one connection with an actual packet interval of 1 ms in either direction. Designed with a built-in, two-port switch with diagnostic functions, it enables traditional line network topology and eliminates the need for ...
Online cable configurator
The FieldConnex cordset product configurator allows users to design Fieldbus type A/ER cordset and extension cables, and receive a price and availability quote. The tool's question-based navigation builds cordsets in 10 steps and provides an image of completed cordsets for user review. The tool is available on all FieldConnex product web pages.
Designed for industrial Ethernet and PROFINET applications, the VARIOSUB push-pull connector system uses a plug-and-play positive locking system to provide IP67 protection.
Motorola invests in Apprion wireless technology
Venture capitalists join effort to expand industrial wireless in manufacturing
ISA helps industry inch toward single process standard for wireless
Convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards is now in the hands of a new subcommittee backed by leading process automation suppliers. ISA officials said the new group is crucial to developing the universal industrial wireless standards. The subcommittee is charged with comparing the ISA100.
ISA helps lead toward single wireless process standard
Committee's work seen as crucial to converge 100.11a and Wireless HART
ARC: Wireless market to top $1.2 billion by 2012
The market for wireless devices and equipment in process manufacturing will grow to over $1.1 billion in 2012, a growth rate of 32% per year, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study “Wireless in Process Manufacturing Worldwide Outlook.”
Moore Industries celebrates 40th anniversary
Best known for its signal interface technologies, the Southern California-based company is a supplier to several Fortune 500 manufacturers across various markets.
New white papers provide a variety of plant floor knowledge
Need more info on OEE? Foundation Fieldbus? Lean manufacturing? ISA-95? You've come to the right place...
Wireless market to top $1.1B by 2012: ARC
Wireless process sensor market expected to lead charge; new standards will have an impact
Industrial PoE devices
Industrial-hardened entry level Ethernet products with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capability.
New white papers, research added to library
One of the most popular uses for this Website is the ability to review archived stories and articles from past years. Some of the best strategies and ideas are the tried and true methods. Yet the Website grows every day with the addition of the latest research from major suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations and study groups.
Programmable FOUNDATION fieldbus temperature transmitter
The transmitter converts a temperature sensor input to a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1, two-way digital communication protocol that is ready for interface to a DCS, computer-based SCADA system or asset management software.
Fast control technology
eXtreme Fast Control (XFC) technology incorporates an industrial PC and I/O terminals with extended real-time characteristics, an Ethernet Fieldbus, EtherCAT and TwinCAT automation software. The device enables cycle times of 100 microseconds without having to give up central intelligence and the associated high-performance algorithms.
Plug leaks in the firewall to improve Ethernet security
Ethernet offers the advantages of high bandwidth communications, a standard interconnection approach, the ability to transmit data easily between multiple communication levels across many control systems and the support of all major suppliers.
Dust launches wireless sensor networking research program
Research innovation program is designed to encourage continued development of wireless sensor network applications.
Wireless mesh network
OneWireless universal industrial wireless mesh network supports multiple industrial protocols and applications simultaneously, and is scalable to 30,000 devices. It supports existing Honeywell wireless transmitters, which include corrosion, gauge pressure, differential pressure, high-level analog input and temperature.
Field device software
FieldMate is a PC-based universal device configuration software application. It allows users to configure HART, Foundation Fieldbus and PROFIBUS devices from a single communicator and is capable of several tasks, including initial setup, daily maintenance, troubleshooting and configuration backup for device replacement, along with the open FDT/DTM standard.
Much of ISA Expo focused on wireless technology. A significant number of exhibitors displayed various forms of wireless including the so-called point-to-point (which is more accurately described by calling it single path or single receiver), mesh sensor network and even one company that meshes the routers instead of the sensors, which detect open fuses and circuit breakers in this case.
Siemens enhances process control
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. has enhanced Version 7 of its SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Automation System to include a comprehensive set of easy-to-use advanced process control (APC) capabilities. The APC improvements include PID enhancements such as auto-tuning and gain-scheduling, predictive control, fuzzy logic and neural network control.
Wireless application network
The ION industrial wireless application network is an open, scalable and extensible foundation for managing multi-vendor applications. This second-generation release provides improved security. The system includes the IONosphere onsite controller and the distributed IONizer devices. The controller manages data services, workflow, security, monitoring and maintenance and third-party application ...
Intelligent field device support software
The I/A series field device manager is an intelligent device-support solution that uses enhanced electronic device description language and FDT technologies. The device provides lifecycle support to configure, calibrate, commission, diagnose and optimize the performance of a vendor’s Foundation Fieldbus.
Fieldbus interface adapter
Hiperface Adapters interface standard fieldbuses to Hiperface-equipped encoders. The adapter allows a motor feedback encoder to be used as a small, high-temperature, high-resolution, absolute encoder. The adapters are designed for use where space is limited; user-specific encoder flange and housing options are required; and high encoder resolutions are necessary.
ProSoft introduces industrial wireless hotspot
Adding to its RadioLinx wireless product family, ProSoft Technology introduced its 802.11abg Industrial Hotspot with IP65-rated water resistant, dust-proof enclosure. This radio functions as an access point, repeater or client and its water resistant enclosure permits it to be directly installed in areas that are exposed to harsh industrial or environmental conditions, including washdown areas,...
The G315 operator interface panel features a 15-inch XGA display with a 1024x768 resolution and adds an additional RS485 port to the standard compliment of three serial ports and an Ethernet port.
Hotwire on Automation – October 2007
Gigabit industrial Ethernet-to-fiber-optic converters
Gigabit industrial Ethernet media converters combine the high speed of Gigabit Ethernet with the EMI/RFI noise immunity and electrical isolation of fiber optic cable.
ISA, HCF agree on WirelessHART, ISA100 integration path
During a series of meetings held in conjunction with ISA Expo 2007, Oct. 2-4 in Houston, the ISA100 Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee outlined an approach to accommodate and eventually integrate the WirelessHART standard and the ISA100 standard.
Industrial Ethernet switches – 2007-10-05
A series of industrial Ethernet switches is available in five-port (EKI-2525), eight-port (EKI-2528) and ten-port configurations with gigabit Ethernet capabilities and modular fiber optic cable connections. The switches feature dual 12-48 Vdc power inputs, 4,000-Vdc Ethernet ESD protection and power line surge protection of 3,000 Vdc.
Suitable for use with both Foundation fieldbus and Profibus PA and a Foundation fieldbus power supply, the segment protector acts as an interface between the trunk cable and other field devices. The hot-swappable T-bus connection system allows for expansion of the system or segment. The line is available at a size of 5.
Wireless organizations talking cooperation
Fieldbus, Profibus, HART collaboration expands
ARC: Ethernet market to top $1 billion by 2012
'No barrier in sight' to slow market expansion, report finds
Unlocking the potential of fieldbus: FDT, EDDL work together in harmony
Fieldbus advancements certainly hold great promise for reducing costs and improving efficiency in today’s chemical industry as well as other process plants. But even the most dedicated fieldbus adopters in these plants often struggle to configure, operate and maintain their fieldbus devices and systems.
Fieldbus Foundation offers podcast download on applications
End users describe system upgrades, operational improvements
Wireless systems featured in demo booth at ISA
15 vendors to show off latest technology
Accutech, Honeywell complete wireless license agreement
Wireless process instrumentation system supplier Adaptive Instruments Corp., under Adaptive’s Accutech label, has extended its private label supply relationship with Honeywell Field Solutions by entering into a manufacturing license agreement with Honeywell.
ISA introduces Technology Exchanges at EXPO 2007
The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society continues to bring new ideas to its main event, ISA EXPO, which will be held Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 at the Reliant Center in Houston. New for 2007 are Technology Exchanges, extended exhibition hours and two new pavilions. ISA is introducing what it calls a Technology Exchange format.
Industrial Ethernet switches – 2007-07-12
Compact unmanaged Industrial Ethernet switches are available in five, eight and 10-port configurations with gigabit Ethernet capabilities and modular fiber optic cable connections.
Industrial Ethernet switches – 2007-06-20
Compact unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches are available in five, eight and 10-port configurations with gigabit Ethernet capabilities and modular fiber optic cable connections.
Sensors Expo features wireless, record exhibitors
Mesh networks, other wireless solutions highly visible to show attendees
Cirronet expands line of mesh network modules
The miniMESH DM1810 and the VersaMESH DM2200 wireless sensor network modules were introduced Tuesday during Sensors Expo.
PROFINET bus coupler
The 750-340 Series bus coupler is designed as local or distributed I/O on a PROFINET industrial Ethernet network. It includes automatic configuration, a 10/100 Mbps data rate and support for many common Ethernet protocols such as HTTP, BootP, DHCP, DNS, SNTP, FTP, SNMP and SMTP for system management and diagnostics.
The IndraMotion for metal forming roll-feed system is a ready-made motion control solution for roll-feed applications. The system contains pre-defined, user-activated functions for specific applications such as roll feed and a flying cut off. Users set parameters for length, speed and quantity.
Rockwell Automation, Cisco announce collaboration
Companies plan to focus on process automation
Blurring the line between PLC and DCS
If you work at a refinery or chemical plant, chances are its processes are under direct control of a distributed control system. Industries on the fringe of what has traditionally been known as 'hard’ process industries – or those hybrid industries that run their processes in batches or have characteristics of process and discrete manufacturing – are the ones most likely to bu...
Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly 2007, Houston, TX, Feb. 22–23
The Fieldbus Foundation will hold its 2007 General Assembly at the Houstonian Hotel, in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 22—23. The annual event will be attended by Foundation technology suppliers, end users and other industry participants from around the world. This year's theme, "Changing the Playing Field," reflects the Fieldbus Foundation's emphasis on providing a total control system technology infrastructure for industrial manufacturing.
ControlNet chosen as Chinese standard
ControlNet has been adopted by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China as part of a machinery industry standard for that nation. This adoption extends nearly the entire family of CIP Networks to China's manufacturing industry. The Chinese economy is world's fourth largest in terms of gross domestic product, and is growing at more than 9% per year.
ISA free download offer a highlight in Houston
ISA 2006 at the Reliant Center in Houston broke some new ground for many of the exhibitors – and broke some new ground for the host. ISA announced a new member benefit that will make more than 2,500 technical papers and case studies available to ISA members free of charge. Beyond that, ISA committed to provide not just the association’s technical knowledge but its standards as well ...
Ready or not, Intelligent Safety Networks have arrived
Intelligent Safety Network technology is proven, tested and here today. New technical advances in automation hardware and software, as well as revised safety standards are driving implementation of intelligent and programmable safety solutions. In fact, much of the architecture for intelligent safety networking is already here.
Emerson employs WSN products in new Smart Wireless solutions for mainstream manufacturing
Emerson Process Management and Dust Networks, a provider of low-power wireless sensor networking (WSN) systems, recently announced use of Dust Networks' Time-Synchronized Mesh Protocol (TSMP) as the communications technology used in Emerson's new in-plant Smart Wireless field networks and solutions. Following three years of evaluating and field testing various technologies, the Smart Wireless solutions with TSMP technology are now being ordered for mainstream manufacturing use. “Self-organizing mesh networking is one of the most exciting innovations to come along in the process industry in over 30 years,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson’s Rosemount division. “We have tested a number of wireless sensor networking technologies in real-world industrial environments over the last three years and have found that Dust Networks' TSMP technology best meets the reliability, security, long battery life and ease of use requirements demanded by our end users.” “We are currently working with several leading industrial OEMs to bring standards-based wireless sensor networking solutions to market,” said Joy Weiss, CEO of Dust Networks.
Modular machine platform
IndraMotion MLD merges drive functions, motion control and processing logic into an open automation platform for modular machine concepts. The drive-integrated motion and logic eliminates the need for higher-level controls, according to the company. The platform enables space-saving solutions with up to 8 axes, suitable for applications such as carton erecting and labeling.
A high-speed networking solution based on industrial Ethernet technology, the EtherCAT sensor is an interface for industrial Ethernet that provides fast industrial networking using a base Ethernet physical layer, the company claims. The sensor is designed for fast rates of data transmission and communication in industrial settings where high-speeds are necessary for complete factory automation systems requiring a networked solution. It enables high-speed data transfer between the plant floor and the office, assisting with statistical process control and computer aided design automation.
ISA’s wireless standards committee finishes use studies
ISA’s wireless systems for automation standards committee announced Monday that it has completed nearly 20 use-case studies from end users. The studies allow end users to describe their specific industrial wireless application requirements in their own words and provide structure to ensure adequate detail for the committee's working groups. The use-cases that have been completed, and others in progress, cover a variety of industries, including oil and gas, water, nuclear, food processing, chemical, aerospace and automotive. "As an end user, I'm thrilled to see the response of other end users from around the world," said Greg LaFramboise of Chevron. "The use-case solicitation, and the overwhelming response to it, will help the committee draft a standard that truly speaks to the needs of the end user community." The use-case studies include data about site locations, objectives, applications, and tasks required for the wireless application functionality.
Additional reading The following white papers, case studies and application notes discuss how wireless technology is successfully being deployed in manufacturing, security issues, protocols, standards, applications and predictions. Click on the title to view. Guidelines for use of Wireless Instruments for valve monitoring Accutech Robust Industrial Wireless Communications, Part I Accutech Robust Industrial Wireless Communications, Part II Accutech Wireless Instrumentation Spread-Spectrum vs. Fixed Frequency Licensed Protocol Accutech Wireless Monitoring of Industrial Safety Showers Accutech The Wireless Plant of the Future: From Roadmap to Reality Apprion Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) Enable Manufacturing Performance Improvements Chantal Polsonetti, ARC Advisory Group IEEE 802.11 Suitability for Factory and Industrial Applications Cirronet, Inc. RF Power Options in ZigBee Solutions Cirronet, Inc. Wireless Communications for Industrial Applications Cirronet, Inc. Performance of Different Frequency Bands ELPRO Technologies Security Aspects of Wireless Devices: How secure are Elpro Wireless I/O and Wireless Gateway products? ELPRO Technologies Benefits of a Digital Field Architecture for Remote Wireless Applications Damon Ellender, Emerson Process Management Wireless Technology in Industrial Networks Andreas Willig, Member, IEEE, Kirsten Matheus, Member, IEEE, Adam Wolisz, Senior Member, IEEE Guide to industrial wireless printing Intermec M2M and the Supply Chain Opto 22 Antennas — A Brief Tutorial Phoenix Contact The Reliability of Spread Spectrum Radio for Monitoring and Control in Industrial Environments Phoenix Contact Wireless Security on the Plant Floor ProSoft Technology Industrial Wireless LAN: Features, Applications, Examples Siemens AG, Automation and Drives Group Wireless Industrial Control and Monitoring beyond Cable Replacement Konstantinos Koumpis, Lesley Hanna, Sira Technology Ltd.; and Mats Andersson and Magnus Johansson, connectBlue AB Smart Sensor Platform for Industrial Monitoring and Control Harish Ramamurthy, B.
Wireless: New tools, strategies change how plants are monitored
The Clinton Utilities Board needed to control and monitor devices at two outage-prone sites at substations in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Terrain and distance were barriers to the solution, but wireless technology extended the board’s monitoring reach into the substations more than an hour away.
HART device status, alarming
Standard HART device status information can be used to generate PlantWeb alerts for any HART device with Emerson Process Management’s newly released version 8.4 of its DeltaV system software. This allows for predictive diagnostics that can head off abnormal plant situations. Conditional alarming has been extended to FOUNDATION fieldbus devices to make intelligent field devices more discriminating to reduce nuisance alarms. “Operators need to know when critical field devices are in need of attention and need not be bothered when devices and processes are operating normally,” said Dave Deitz director of marketing for the DeltaV system.
Wireless Ethernet radio
Phoenix Contact’s new provide secure wireless communication and data protection. The 802.11 a/b/g industrial wireless Ethernet radio products feature 802.11i/WPA2 security with AES-CCMP and 802.1x. The IT-friendly embedded software allows any network PC with a web browser and proper identification the ability to configure devices.
Yokogawa’s Kaihori joins Fieldbus Foundation board
The Fieldbus Foundation has named Shuzo Kaihori, vice president of Industrial Automation Business Headquarters for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, to its board of directors. Kaihori succeeds Teruyoshi Minaki, who has served on the Foundation’s board for the past two years. Kaihori joins other automation industry leaders serving on the foundation board.In addition to chairman John Berra of Emerson Process Management, members now include: Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Jim Porter, DuPont; Claude Ricaud, Schneider Electric; Ron Szanyi, ExxonMobil; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corporation, John Eva, Invensys; and Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, Siemens AG. “I am honored to have an opportunity to join the Foundation board," said Kaihori."FOUNDATION fieldbus is recognized as a worldwide automation standard and widening its application coverage, and I am looking forward to serving with my industry colleagues to help keep the technology beneficial to end users.” “Shuzo Kaihori will be a valuable contributor to our organization,” said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. “He has extensive knowledge of control systems application and is an enthusiastic and hard-working executive.” Kaihori is vice president of Industrial Automation Business Headquarters for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Japan.His previous position was president of Yokogawa Corporation of America. The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.
Product of the Year winners
The 2005 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year winners were announced Monday, March 20 at a black-tie dinner in Rosemont, Il, site of the 2006 National Manufacturing Week. There were 48 winners announced in 16 categories at the dinner, which Sections: Grand Award | Gold Awards | Silver | Bronze 6 competition, call Pat Mustari at 630-288-8775 or send her an email at email@example.com . Rules and entry forms are also available on our web site at plantengineering.com . Grand Award Machine Vibration Basics The computer based training program on machine vibration basics covers the physical basis for vibration monitoring, vibration analysis through identification of discrete frequencies and clarifies why most anti-friction bearings fail prematurely and how failures can be eliminated. The training is interactive and downloadable, making it more cost effective than seminar attendance.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of March 6
Design guide for VAV systems available Variable air volume systems can be very efficient at full load, but large buildings often spend a large portion of their time operating at part load, where they often operate far less efficiently than they could.That’s because system components are typically not selected and controlled to work together in an integrated fashion. A new comprehensive design guide is now available from the California Energy Commission’s PIER program.The program is aimed at decreasing building energy use through research that develops or improves energy-efficient technologies, strategies, tools, and building performance evaluation methods. The brief can be accessed from the web at https://esource.com/public/products/cec_form.asp . Report studies strategies to cool data centers Room cooling is an ineffective approach for next-generation data centers. Latest generation high density and variable density IT equipment create conditions that room cooling was never intended to address, resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density.
Conference sessions offer tools for innovation, productivity and growth
Based on significant industry input, this year's major application-oriented conference contains more than 250 all-new sessions and workshops in the 29 sub-tracks. This year, the conference sessions begin on Monday, March 20, 2006, while the Exhibition begins on Tuesday, March 21. The conference sessions are more focused this year than ever.
News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of Jan. 23
ARC forum to discuss operational performance The ARC Advisory Group’s 10th annual forum, “Next Generation Manufacturing: PLANT ENGINEERING is a media sponsor of this event.Because manufacturers today face a daunting world of unpredictable market conditions and competition, evaluating best practices from a variety of industries and adapting the very best to your business drives sustainable competitive advantage. Among the topics to be covered are: The Highly Optimized Plant/Factory of the Future: Several industry leaders will present their vision of the plant of the future in this session. The Highly Flexible Plant/Factory of the Future: Manufacturing is moving into an era that will require levels of coordination and collaboration that existing legacy systems will not be able to deliver. Driving Performance Through Collaborative Operations and IT Management: Business, IT and Operating organizations must work in concert if an organization hopes to achieve operational excellence. Supplier Management Strategies for Global Manufacturers: Manufacturers need to collaborate with their suppliers to help them achieve superior performance.ential for achieving performance requirements in manufacturing of the future strategies. Achieving Standards-based Interoperability Across the Enterprise : Making decisions and taking action today requires visibility into applications across the enterprise. Emerging Wireless Technologies: Will industry efforts such as the ISA SP-100 committee activities, ratification of the Zigbee standard, or migration of industry protocols to wireless sufficiently overcome manufacturer concerns over wireless performance and security? How will the prospect of standardization impact this traditionally proprietary realm, and will it ultimately result in more widespread usage? This session will feature a review of current industrial wireless standardization activities as well as real-world applications. Managing Technology for Plant Safety and Security: Security is a top concern for manufacturing, driven by safety, national security and increased regulations. OMAC Initiatives for Enhancing Interoperability in Manufacturing: Guidelines for the appropriate application of advanced automation technology have business value for packaging machinery.cialization. The Forum fee is $1,895.ct firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To register, go online to www.arcweb.com, call (781) 471-1122, or to obtain a registration form, send an e-mail to email@example.com or a fax to (781) 471-1100. Employers must post OSHA injury summaries Beginning Feb. 1, employers must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are required to post the Summary OSHA Form 300A from Feb.1 to April 30, 2006.The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2005 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form.
Accutech gains CSA certification
Accutech has received certification by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). A division of Adaptive Instruments Corp., Accutech develops, manufactures and supplies industrial wireless instrumentation. CSA, the Canadian organization that upholds strict standards for safety and performance, granted certification to Accutech for its wireless instrumentation products. CSA approvals include Hazardous Location rating as Class I Div.
Emerson expands asset management reach
Emerson Process Management announced Version 7.0 of its AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager. According to Emerson, Version 7.0 expands the reach of predictive technology by enabling AMS Device Manager to support its Smart Remote Automation technology, and also by increasing connectivity options, which include a High Speed Ethernet (HSE) interface for FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The Device Manager application powers PlantWeb’s digital plant architecture predictive capability. AMS Device Manager Version 7.0 supports all HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, according to Emerson.
Machine assessment has online data
Watchman SpriteMAX online machine condition assessment instrument is a fully independent online data acquisition and fault diagnostic system. The instrument performs local fault diagnostics at the machine, connects to a wireless network and sends alerts and notifications via plant network and/or internet and XML-based Web page interface.
Constant torque drive
Altivar 71 variable speed ac drive is designed for constant torque using 3-phase motors up to 700 hp. Dual microprocessors and motor control algorithms provide torque performance and speed regulation. Features include plain-text display with navigation wheel, quick-start menu with macros, common user interface, fieldbus/network connectivity, thermal and environmental protection and expandable I/O.
Honeywell joins FDT
Honeywell announced it has joined the Field Device Tool (FDT) Group, a collaboration of international automation companies that supports the advancement of FDT and Device Tool Management (DTM) technology. Honeywell will be able to offer innovative solutions to support its own and other supplier's devices through this open technology."Honeywell is investing in technology and open standards that provide the market with a wide range of choices when interconnecting devices and subsystems with automation solutions. Honeywell is committed to providing solutions based upon open-systems standards that will benefit the end-user community, and by joining the FDT Group, we can continue to do just that." said Paul Butler, Honeywell Process Solutions Vice President of Technology. Honeywell maintains its firm commitment to its investments in DDL technology for HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus. "FDT technology is complementary to DDL technology and holds promise in other areas, specifically around the support of configuration and diagnostics for more sophisticated subsystems, especially in the discrete and hybrid industries.The new FDT Group organizational structure makes it much easier for companies to collaborate on this open technology and deliver benefits to our customers," Butler said.
FOUNDATION fieldbus guide
The guide to Installation Technology for FOUNDATION fieldbus provides detailed benefits, technical data and function information for Pepperl+Fuchs complete FleldConnex family of FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions, including power supplies, power conditioners, power repeaters, junction boxes, segment protectors, FieldBarriers, process interfaces, cables and cordsets, terminators, surge protectors and...
Ethernet at the tipping point: Reducing the risk of change
The moment when more people want the benefit of new technology than fear the cost of change is called the tipping point. That moment has come for Ethernet as a device-level network. This year's introduction of the first industrial control devices with an embedded Ethernet switch marks an important milestone in this process.
ISA to honor industry leaders at October convention
As part of an ongoing effort to spearhead technical advances that set the standard for automation, ISA will honor industry leaders for achievements in science and research at its 2005 Honors and Awards gala held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2005 on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago. “Innovators and leaders in the automation and control global market truly set the standard for the industry to the next level, and it's important that we continue to recognize their achievements,” said Don Zee, president of ISA. ISA will bestow its highest honors at the annual ceremony. ISA’s most prestigious recognition of Honorary Member will be given to Keith D.
Finding the right fit
Why industrial Ethernet? The use of Ethernet in industrial applications is growing and changing rapidly. There is a growing need to overcome the barriers to manufacturing efficiency: The demand for industrial Ethernet is rapidly growing due to business and technical reasons. The costs associated with Ethernet technology have plummeted in the past five years, making it more affordable to embed E...
Take control of PID tuning
Process control can be open or closed loop. An open loop is one in which there is no feedback to the controlling unit. Actuating a switch and setting a potentiometer are simplified examples of open loop control. Open loop control is essentially a manual operation. Control of a process, such as temperature of an industrial furnace or level in a tank, typically requires closed loop control.
Machinery health monitor: the next generation The CSI 4500 Machinery Health Monitor provides multi-channel, simultaneous live turbine monitoring and data extraction for main power and critical process turbines. The monitor can capture information before, during and after an event. Orbits, shaft centerlines, Bode/Nyquist, waveform and cascade plots can be seen live and simultaneously on all bearings using the dual-monitor feature.
Preventive maintenance the key to motor control center reliability
The low-voltage motor control center is a key element in electrical control systems because of the vital operating role they play in controlling motors and production processes. Over the years, MCCs have evolved from cabinets that housed basic electro-mechanical devices such as circuit breakers, contactors and overload relays to centers of automation that may include variable frequency drives, ...
ISA to honor five in October
As part of an ongoing effort to spearhead technical advances that set the standard for automation, ISA will honor six industry leaders for achievements in science and research at its 2005 Honors and Awards gala held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2005 on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago. “Innovators and leaders in the automation and control global market truly set the standard for the industry to the next level, and it's important that we continue to recognize their achievements,” said Don Zee, president of ISA. ISA will bestow its highest honors at the annual ceremony. ISA’s most prestigious recognition of Honorary Member will be given to Keith D.
ISA to honor six at Expo
As part of an ongoing effort to spearhead technical advances that set the standard for automation, ISA will honor six industry leaders for achievements in science and research at its 2005 Honors and Awards gala held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2005 on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago.
Webcast Exploring the benefits of TEDS: Smart Sensor Technology
Program Originally Aired Friday, July 15, 2005 This Webcast is only available on CDrom. Contact Pat Mustari Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Find out how you can save hours of set-up and callibration time by using TEDS technology. The Webcast will help plant engineers gain first-hand knowledge of: The types of sensors or transducers that can employ TEDS The setup, configuration, and calibration benefits Accuracy Drawbacks Asset management and traceability The future of TEDS and IEEE 1451 Plant engineers will also come away with a keen understanding of the IEEE 1451 standards that address smart sensor systems. Panelists include: Bill Schuh Scientist and Evaluation Engineering ManagerWatlow Bill has been involved with research, development, and testing of sensors for the last 13 years. Ryan Wynn DAQ Systems Product ManagerNational Instruments Ryan Wynn is a recognized expert in sensor-based measurements and data acquisition.
Using PCs for machine condition monitoring: Part 6
Control Equipment – 2004-11-10
Module connects different networks ProTalk Q protocol conversion modules provide connectivity between Schneider Electric's Quantum and Unity processors and other networks. The single-slot modules are available in communications, flow computer, and HART multidrop master versions. It can connect to PROFIBUS DP, EtherNet/IP, DF1 Master/Slave, HART, Landis & Gyr, DNP Ethernet server, and others. ProSoft Technology, Inc.
Using PCs for machine condition monitoring: Part 5
Demo program considerations
The team your plant selected to specify the next software investment, which could require a significant outlay of capital dollars, is looking to you for a recommendation. Your opinion is critical to the team's decision. Where do you start? Perhaps you are upgrading a software suite, or maybe you seek to change vendors.
Should PLCs be networked?
The decision of whether to put a PLC on a network depends on interrelated factors that you define by evaluating your requirements. You must weigh what you want to get out of PLC networking against how much you want to pay for it. Networking a PLC should not be done just because it can be done.
Basics of industrial Ethernet
Ethernet is not the internet; Ethernet is not a fieldbus; and Ethernet is not a control system. Ethernet is a networking standard. Period. Ethernet components An Ethernet network can have up to 1024 nodes, hundreds of cables, and many combinations of network management devices.
Using PCs for machine condition monitoring: Part 1
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series on PC-based machine monitoring.
Instruments & Controls – 2004-07-08
Dual panel meter with math PAXDP dual process input meter allows users to monitor, scale, and display two, independent input sources, perform high-speed math functions on the input values, and display the results. With optional plug-in cards, the meter can generate outputs that include alarm triggering, retransmission of analog signal, or data via many industrial networking protocols. Red Lion Controls, Inc. redlion.net Write 306 on PE card Wireless I/O XANT and N4ANT wireless I/O systems include transmitter, receiver, and antennae and associated enclosures.
Instruments & Controls – 2004-04-08
IR cameras FlexCam series of upgradeable infrared (R) cameras are designed to perform fast, accurate thermal scans for applications that include predictive maintenance (PdM) and condition monitoring of plant equipment and electrical systems, roof inspection, and moisture detection. Infrared Solutions, Inc. infraredsolutions.com Write 319 on PE card Heat trace alarms Sentinel monitoring alarm option continually monitors supply voltage to each heat trace circuit. Voltage loss or ground fault triggers an automatic alarm condition, alerting plant personnel of critical process problems. Chromalox, Inc.
Instruments and Controls – 2003-11-01
Fieldbus favor Fieldbus adoption is increasing among users worldwide, according to ARC Advisory Group. Fieldbus-based control systems are being implemented on both large and small projects in a wide range of mission-critical applications, with FOUNDATION fieldbus being the preferred technology in the process industries. "FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 leads other technologies in the process industries in terms of current installations and plans to install," the report stated. According to the ARC survey, fieldbus compatibility is a decisive factor for control system selection.
Software and Computers – 2003-11-01
CAD template library Thousands of downloadable CAD template drawings, available through the company's web site, allow users to access the extensive library. Three-dimensional drawings are built on demand, using current dimensions. CAD templates can be downloaded directly into any major CAD modeling program, including AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, and Solid Works. Swagelok Co.
Rockwell Automation expands predictive maintenance offerings
In its continuing effort to supply manufacturers with cost-effective predictive maintenance tools, Rockwell Automation is expanding its XMSeries distributed protection and monitoring product line.
Electrical – 2003-09-10
Low-harmonic ac drive ACS550 series variable speed ac drive combines simplicity, convenience, fieldbus connectivity, harmonic mitigation, and programmability with multiple motor control modes and a 1_550-hp range. The removable control panel resembles a mobile phone, featuring multilingual text, graphic display, drive monitoring, parameter setup, and multicontroller copy functions. The drive reduces harmonics by up to 25%, compared to conventional filter designs.
Tracking trends: Predictions for instrumentation, data acquisition, sensors, and networking
New implementations of industrial temperature control loops by electronic temperature controllers are expected to decline through 2005, according to a study by Venture Development Corp. (VDC), Natick, MA. The study indicated that a growing number of users intend to implement temperature control loops in PLCs, distributed control systems (DCSs), and PCs.
Ethernet for the plant floor
What does 'Ethernet-enabled' mean? It means you plug it in, and that's it," begins Victor Wegelin, instructor of Industrial Data Communications, a training course (TS05) offered by the Instrument, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA). Wegelin emphasized the importance for plant engineers and others outside the IT department responsible for control system maintenance to understand the technolog...
Instruments and Controls – 2003-02-15
Temperature transmitter OM-CP-RFTEMP101 is a miniature, wireless, battery-powered, stand-alone, temperature transmitter that can be started and stopped through an externally accessible pushbutton. Data are received at the PC using an antenna that attaches directly to the computer's serial port. Received data are time and date stamped, and stored on your PC.
Control Equipment – 2002-11-15
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Are open fieldbuses really open?
With the many instrument and control buses in industry, each claiming to have an open protocol, why do we still have devices and systems that cannot communicate? The reality is, they are all open and they can communicate, but not necessarily with each other. Bill Arnold, Omron Electronics, Schaumburg, IL, defines open protocol: "a technology is 'open' if the development specification is publis...
Wireless security, partnerships, and DACs
The Chicago Tribune recently reported about a team of computer security consultants that investigated wireless network security. They spent several hours in the Chicago area with two laptops and inexpensive wireless hardware looking for points where radio signals would permit access to computer networks.
Plant Engineering Software – 2002-02-15
Calculating motor operation cost Save+ Energy Savings software compares the annual operation costs different motors with different efficiencies. It estimates the annual savings for the more efficient motors in relation to the least efficient. It also calculates payback.
Test software, smart meters, and CAD libraries
ODVA introduces test softwareThe Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) recently introduced protocol conformance test software for EtherNet/IP products. The software allows developers to test devices against the EtherNet/IP specification to pinpoint conformance-related errors. The test helps users ensure that their industrial Ethernet selection is truly open and that multivendor hardwar...
Control Equipment – 2001-11-01
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Register for SupplyChainLinkExpo!
You're invited to attend the SupplyChainLinkExpo Oct. 17-18, free from your desktop. In addition to product exhibits, this virtual conference and trade show features topics of specific interest to plant engineers. That includes an industry roundtable at 2:30 p.m. EST Oct. 18, "What to do about electric power quality problems," with participants from Cutler-Hammer, EPRI PEAC, Exelon Services, SquareD and Hajek Consulting, and more. Click the link above to register and for more details.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-10-01
Give a body a lift Hoisting Personnel Reference Card is pocket-sized and ideal for pre-lift meetings, training, and to help improve safety when cranes are used to lift personnel. It covers platform requirements, selection of rigging, proof tests, trial lifts, pre-lift inspection, lifting to a work location, and more. Printed in 2-color (blue and black text and graphics), laminated and weatherproof, these 61/4 x 31/2 in.
EIM actuators earn Foundation Fieldbus certification
A unique characterisitic of the M2CP modular control package Series 2000 line is that any actuator may be retrofitted with the current electronic capabilities, including the Foundation Fieldbus.
Ethernet connects the top floor and shop floor
In today's business environment, instant access to information is not just the norm - it's now an expectation. Waiting a month, week, or even several hours for updated data to be pulled from a factory network has quickly become unacceptable for most industrial companies trying to compete in this fast-paced climate.
Fieldbus Foundation finalizes agreements
The Fieldbus Foundation has finalized agreements with Fisher-Rosemount and Honeywell regarding underlying technologies essential to implementing the FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications. The agreements involve three "Control in the Field" patents and a patent relating to Distributed Function Blocks held by Fisher-Rosemount, and two download patents relating to programming field devices held by ...
At the end of this month in New Orleans, ISA Expo/2000 will feature nearly 750 displays and more than 140 cutting edge presentations and seminars on a wide range of instrumentation, automation, and control topics.
Measurement trends survey shows need for greater speed and resolution
Engineers appear to want more performance than ever before from the tools they use, a recent survey from Keithley Instruments indicates.
Module accepts PT sensors
PT-100 module accepts four PT-100 or PT-1000 sensors (with two to four wires) and attaches to a buscoupler for incorporation onto fieldbus systems such as Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen, or Interbus-S.
Making automation connections
AS-i is a versatile, low-cost, "smart" cabling solution for use in low-level automation systems where it is a digital replacement for traditional parallel wiring.
A 10-p support manual allows qualified service personnel to determine the causes of DeviceNet fieldbus network problems and quickly implement remedies that minimize network downtime.
Putting PC power to work in industrial automation applications
The most significant technological shift in industrial automation over the last few years has been the emergence of the PC on the plant floor.
Over 125 sessions, seminars, symposiums, and specialized courses designed to meet attendees needs in today's changing business environment will be presented during National Manufacturing Week.
Rail hub has plug-and-play capability
RH1 Ethernet rail hub for industrial networks is DIN rail-mounted and dc powered to meet the demands and environmental extremes of process control systems.
Device integrates incompatible systems
Model 8000 Industrial Communications Bridge provides a one-device solution that integrates incompatible PLC, DCS, RTU, and SCADA systems.
Conference Prepares Industry For The 21st Century
Over 50 application and technical programs, plus several workshops, are designed to provide attendees with the information, technology, and skills needed to integrate new products and ideas into their operations in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The following listings provide a brief overview of the key technical sessions offered during the four-day conference. Monday, March 16 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. How To Design an Optimum Worldwide Supply Chain Speaker: Paul Bender, Bender Consulting Abstract: This strategy relies on symbiotic relationships among all the partners in the global supply chain, which cuts costs and maximizes profitability and can make the difference between tomorrow's winners and losers.