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December 1, 2014
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Speeding Up the Manufacturing Connection

Researchers say the Internet of Things may have its strongest influence on the manufacturing sector because of its heavy reliance on well-applied data. Getting up to speed is the challenge. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Manufacturing can be like professional sports in the way it churns out statistics. In both cases, the better those stats […]

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November 21, 2014
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PLCs Control Massive Hangar Doors at San Francisco International Airport

By Jenna Castro, San Francisco International Airport, Design & Construction Department A Boeing 747-400 is 232 ft. long, has a wing span of 212 ft. and a tail height of 64 ft. It weighs close to 875,000 lbs. at takeoff. The Superbay Maintenance Hangar at the San Francisco International Airport can accommodate up to four […]

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July 21, 2014
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Mitsubishi Electric Automation Introduces Graphic Operation Terminal with Touchscreen Capability

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. (Mitsubishi) has introduced the GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen. Operators are able to  interact with this HMI through intuitive gestures and multi-touch actions, much like they do with tablet and smartphone technologies. According to the manufacturer, the GOT2000 acts as a seamless gateway to industrial automation […]

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June 26, 2014
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Easily Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot FOUNDATION Fieldbus Devices

Emerson Process Management has released Version 3 of the USB Fieldbus Interface, providing users with an easy way to configure, monitor and troubleshoot FOUNDATION fieldbus devices in the field or the instrument shop. The USB Fieldbus Interface provides multiple options for commissioning and configuring FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The devices can be commissioned, decommissioned and assigned device tags […]

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June 24, 2014
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Mobile Solution Allows Secure Operator Interfaces with Automation Systems from Anywhere

Opto 22 has introduced a new groov Box (GROOV-AR1) that hosts the company’s groov mobile operator interfaces for virtually any automation system. Users connect their automation system to groov, then connect authorized mobile devices to groov via either a Web browser or app interface. This allows each device to interact with the automation system in […]

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June 20, 2014
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Hydrostatic Testing of Pipelines Goes Digital

Meriam Process Technologies’ PIT5000 Pipeline Integrity Tester  replaces the deadweight and chart recorders that have typically been part of the hydrostatic testing landscape. The product’s real-time data-collection and alarm capabilities improve upon the traditional labor-intensive pen and paper method by automating the process and, in turn, helping speed response to critical conditions. According to the manufacturer, the PIT5000 does the work for the operator. Once a test is completed, a printed report […]

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June 18, 2014
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Remote-Access Machine Controller Bridges Digital and Physical Plant Environments

According to Nanospark, its new machine interface controller with a variety of digital and analog inputs and outputs can effectively “wire” users to nearly any machines and sensors in their plants. Operated through an app that can be accessed with a range of devices, it incorporates a number of capabilities, including a scheduling feature to run equipment only when it’s needed, thus saving […]

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June 9, 2014
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Powerful, Failsafe Controller Technology for Standard and Safety-Related Applications

Siemens Industry has introduced the SIMATIC S7-1518F, a failsafe controller with a bit performance of 1 nanosecond. Designed to increase flexibility, safety, efficiency and productivity at the plant-floor level, it’s suitable for high-end standard and safety-related machine and plant automation applications. The S7-1518F has four communication interfaces: a Profinet interface with a 2-port switch for communication with […]

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