Covering All Your IIoT Bases

When you think about automation, what comes to mind? A robot or machine sensor might. But that’s only part of the picture. Automation involves much more than an individual machine or component: successful automation strategies string across entire operations, tying technologies together. In a nutshell, that’s the purpose of an umbrella IIoT network. And it’s…

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control systems integration

5 Questions a Good Control Systems Integrator Should Answer

Control systems integration calls for both experience and efficiency to ensure a project’s success. Staying under budget, within deadlines, and in line with (or even above) expectations depends on a qualified control systems integrator who knows the keys to successful integration. As you vet prospective control systems specialists, they should answer these core questions.  How…

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Dealing with Disruption as an OEM

As an OEM, you’d like your products to be pushed further, reaching untapped markets and branching out into new brands. But what happens when an unforeseen disruption creates a colossal kink in the supply and service chain? It can lead to massive siphoning of resources, man hours, and revenue. Look no further than COVID-19 for…

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Automation Brings Sophistication to Biomass Industry

Travel back a few decades, or just 10 years for that matter, and you might find a biomass infrastructure that looks a lot different. For instance, you might not see a biomass control room with operators en masse—but there’d be more than just a handful. Now, biomass plants operate with fewer on-site personnel, and intuitive…

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6 Ways IIoT Helps Metals Manufacturing Run Efficiently

Nowadays, new technologies help scale up production efficiency for a number of industries, including metals manufacturing. State-of-the-art strategies streamline processes, leading to increased productivity, improved performance, and northbound profits.  Sweeping onto the scene in 2012, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has altered the trajectory of a number of manufacturing sectors—metals manufacturing among them. IIoT…

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5 Steps to Automation Modernization

When mulling over automation upgrades, roadblocks and costs can cause concern—especially if they’re significant. Oftentimes, progress stalls due to the swarm of questions surrounding the process. But it shouldn’t; in fact, now might be the perfect time to adopt a new or renewed automation approach. It may be tempting to balk at updates, but the…

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The SCADA Development Community: A Prime Place for Collaboration

The applications that underpin successful automation rarely prove overtly simple. However, a new open source movement has increased the accessibility of one key automation component: SCADA. These hubs for SCADA development help link resources to developers, allowing organizations to bypass some economic and start-up hurdles.  Open Source in Automation Open source’s headway in the technological…

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Automating Your Systems? Don’t Forget About Safety

It’s no secret that automation’s inroads into the manufacturing sector continue to see growth. These spikes in automation’s presence provide ample opportunity for increased productivity—but also pose a new set of risks in the workplace. System automation compels  your industries’ safety concerns to come to the forefront.  Evaluate Your Risks As you may know, a…

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