Robotics are one of the fastest-growing industries and their impact can be felt on many manufacturing floors. There’s more to the robot, however, than what you see on the plant floor. This helpful eBook includes logistics, robotics advances at the heart of improving automation, collaborative robot market has strong long-term future and so much more in this […]

Sponsored by Igus, Mitsubishi Electric


Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have been at the heart of manufacturing facilities for decades. The rise in new technologies is making them even more important. Featured articles include benefits of plug-and-play PLC migration, more answers on PLC projects, programming best practices and so much more in this 28-page eBook!

Sponsored by AutomationDirect

IT/OT Convergence

IT and OT must work together to secure systems, protect information and ensure safety. This eBook includes the U.S. government impact on OT cyber risk, the most wonderful time of year for hackers: Why industrial cybersecurity matters more than ever during the holidays and so much more in this 34-page eBook!

Sponsored by Red Lion

Pain Points & Solutions in Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturing covers many different industries, but they do have common challenges and issues they need to overcome. Featured articles in this eBook include superconductivity switches on and off in magic-angle graphene, benefits of using automation in high-mix and low-volume manufacturing and custom algorithm used to solve challenges with robotic layer forming and de-tray system.

Sponsored by iBASEt

Material Handling & Automation

The modern supply chain must run at warp speed, and the tools available—from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders—have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change. Featured articles include bulk handling system cuts dust, improves accuracy at graphite plant, best practices to overcome bulk solids material handling challenges and […]

Sponsored by Encoder

Motors & Drives

Maintaining motors and drives and keeping them cost-effective is crucial. It often requires knowledge of many different types of motors, drives and the standards behind them. Successful maintenance, repair and knowledge of these standards help keep manufacturing plants running safely and efficiently. Featured articles include creating greater VFD efficiencies while reducing carbon emissions and maintenance […]

Sponsored by AutomationDirect, Beckhoff, SEW Eurodrive

PID Tuning

Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning is a key aspect of control systems and process manufacturing. Proper tuning and knowledge is a must for success and it requires precision and know-how. Featured articles in this eBook include stories on understanding PID control and loop tuning fundamentals and advanced strategies to implement for modern process control.


Cybersecurity in Smart Factories

Manufacturing facilities and factories are becoming smarter and more sophisticated and can do things that weren’t thought to be possible before. That possibility, however, is tempered because they are more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. A strong smart factory will have a robust cybersecurity program in place. Featured articles in this eBook include stories on operational […]

Sponsored by Tenable

Control Systems

Control systems are the heart of a manufacturing facility and come in many different forms. Each control system, whether it’s a programmable logic controller (PLC) or a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, requires expertise and knowledge that goes beyond what’s being displayed. Featured articles in this eBook include stories on how model predictive […]


Process Instrumentation & Sensors

Process instrumentation and process sensors are used to monitor temperature, flow and more in process manufacturing facilities. They play a key role in ensuring these facilities, which include oil and gas and chemical manufacturing, operate safely. Featured stories in this eBook include tips on sensor selection, temperature sensors: Make the right choice, RTD vs. TC, […]

Sponsored by Minebea Intec