Daymon Thompson


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AI and Machine Learning January 10, 2022

Seven tips for implementing machine learning in controls environments

Machine learning (ML) applications are evolutionary by nature, so it is important to understand how they work and keep looking for new ways to apply them to deliver an automation advantage.

By Daymon Thompson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 12, 2019

IT/OT convergence provides a path forward

Long before Industry 4.0 and cloud-connected architectures became possible, innovators championed PC-based technologies for industrial automation.

By Daymon Thompson
HMI, OI September 16, 2019

New mobile HMI designs respond to user, device requirements

HMI software should mix elements of web design and controls engineering to create effective operator interfaces for industrial displays and mobile devices of all sizes.

By Daymon Thompson
Simulators, Optimizers April 8, 2019

Machine design concepts improve automation and controls simulation

Virtual design tools and automation software intersect to save time and costs in machine commissioning so engineers can spot potential flaws before implementation.

By Daymon Thompson
Data Acquisition, DAQ March 7, 2019

Six ways data acquisition strategies can support advanced analytics

Some applications require data acquisition strategies without cloud connectivity, but they can still benefit from advanced analytics technology.

By Daymon Thompson
Industrial Networking March 3, 2017

Strategy and standards help determine Big Data, IIoT value

Cover Story: There are many tools for capturing the potential value Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provide, but companies need to know what kind of information they want and how to gather it securely.

By Daymon Thompson
Industrial PCs March 25, 2016

Core-isolation enables virtualization for industrial applications

For managing servers and other applications, virtualization has become a major tool in the IT space that provides huge benefits; core-isolation can minimize the amount of physical hardware that must be purchased as well as provide additional automation benefits to users.

By Daymon Thompson
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics March 3, 2016

Using programming standards to leverage modern HMI solutions

Modern human-machine interface (HMI) solutions can benefit from automation technology (AT) and information technology (IT) convergence solutions.

By Daymon Thompson
Industrial PCs February 24, 2016

PC-based control drives global adoption of Industrie 4.0, IIoT concepts

PC-based control systems are at the front lines of automation technology and information technology convergence (AT/IT) as businesses find ways to funnel data into a useful, actionable form designed to empower decision makers as they look to stay competitive.

By Daymon Thompson
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics January 17, 2016

Big data and cloud for manufacturing

Cloud: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 applications, and basic electronic services are moving from local servers into the cloud, using Internet-based software as a service (SaaS). Machine builder original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and equipment end users use cloud-based services to monitor machines remotely. See four ways to launch IoT project.

By Daymon Thompson
Mobility October 8, 2015

Smartphones and tablets in manufacturing

Manufacturing environments are seeing wisdom in adopting smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices, offering faster access to critical information and problem-solving applications. This is a major subtopic of discussion within Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 circles.

By Daymon Thompson
Industrial PCs September 20, 2015

Changes in automation software licenses, upgrades

Software upgrades: Industrial software users should take advantage of new features and innovations without subscribing to costly annual software maintenance contracts or paying for each individual software version release. With less expense and hassle, software manufacturers can increase customer satisfaction and loyalty and nurture innovation.

By Daymon Thompson
PLM, Control Design June 1, 2015

Putting Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things to work in smart factories

Cover story: Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are enabled with connectivity to and from devices (from a sensor to a large-scale control system), data, and analytics. Sensors and systems need connectivity with a greater network to share data; analysis allows people to make informed decisions. Industry 4.0 is working for German kitchen manufacturer, Nobilia. Ask three questions on the way to a smarter factory.

By Daymon Thompson
PLM, Control Design June 3, 2014

Centralized controls: Smart software, networks trump smart hardware

Machine architectures require many field devices. For easier system design, engineers should select a core control platform that minimizes complexity, with a unified software platform and network. More streamlined hardware and networking architectures are easier to implement, support, and maintain.

By Daymon Thompson