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Wireless mobile solutions sensors are compact, energy-efficient and designed to work with a variety of mobile device to provide a simple solution for portable and diagnostic applications. Courtesy: Parker Hannifin Corp.
Wireless August 14, 2019

Take baby steps on IIoT

Collect usable data as the first step toward effective analysis.

By Tim Faillo
A new Emerson solutions center in China brings a new digital factory experience to local users by introducing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to help process manufacturing enterprises in China effectively realize digital transformation. Courtesy: Control Engineering China
Wireless August 10, 2019

Virtual reality’s benefits for machine maintenance in processing applications

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

By George Walker
Figure 1: Long-life lithium batteries serve to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling some low-power devices to operate maintenance-free for up to 40 years. Courtesy: Tadiran Batteries
Wireless August 9, 2019

Achieving long battery life with remote wireless devices

A lower self-discharge rate leads to longer operating life for batteries and a lower cost of ownership for remote wireless devices.

By Sol Jacobs
Implementing safety systems helps ensure employees can work with peace of mind. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
Wireless August 8, 2019

Four steps to safer plant machinery

Risk assessment is one key – and don’t forget the data.

By Tim Loria, Allen Tubbs, and Joaquin Ocampo
Emerging technologies are solving the problem of unconnectable assets, providing data from legacy systems to people on the shop floor. Courtesy: Fluke
Wireless August 2, 2019

Modern technologies solve industrial cybersecurity needs

Emerging condition monitoring software and devices have ingrained cybersecurity that helps bring legacy systems and processes into the modern era.

By Edward Valencia
Figure 1: Industrial controllers such as this traditional PLC/PAC, are typically installed in control panels local to the equipment or processes they monitor and automate. Courtesy: Opto 22
Wireless July 30, 2019

Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

By Benson Hougland
Figure 3: Three eXtended Reality (XR) technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR), and digital twin models can add value to manufacturer applications. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium
Wireless July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

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

By Michael D. Thomas
Courtesy: CFE Media
Wireless July 6, 2019

Smart manufacturing opens the door to real-time data

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

By John Clemons
Once the testing modalities are chosen, devices can be selected and installed on assets. The devices and assets chosen will help prove the case for predictive maintenance efforts. Courtesy: Fluke Corp.
Wireless July 5, 2019

Redesigning maintenance processes to optimize PdM automation

Set the stage for a successful transition from manual to IIoT-enhanced, predictive maintenance processes.

By Frederic Baudart
Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Wireless July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta