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March 12, 2015
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Three Ways To Communicate Between Mobile Devices And PC-Based HMIs

Mobile technology allows instant, on-demand access to production data from anywhere. But users must still select the correct method for establishing communications. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor If your company is like most, it could benefit from communications between your automation systems and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Many recent technology advances have […]

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February 17, 2015
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Living With And Learning From Your Data

Big Data can be too big for some. Getting a grip on it—and its value—means separating wheat from chaff, say experts, and acting on revealed trends. By Rick Carter , Executive Editor A January advertisement for SAP claimed that “complexity” costs the world’s top 200 companies $1.2 billion annually. It goes on to say that “Simple […]

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January 13, 2015
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Powerful Automation Technologies Propel a Michigan OEM Into New HVAC Markets

Faster, better, more cost-effective processes are expanding business opportunities for this company around the globe. Burr OAK Tool, Inc., Sturgis, MI, is a leader in the design and manufacture of custom production machinery for heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning OEMs. Plumbing, appliance, automotive and tube-component producers also depend on machinery and tooling from Burr OAK. Over […]

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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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5:51 pm
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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2:11 am
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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