Configuration software should make it easy to create basic graphics, and to implement more advanced features like remote connectivity, data logging and security. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
HMI, OI June 10, 2019

Choosing the right HMI

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are available with many hardware and software features and users should work backwards from the target application to make sure all needs are addressed.

By Bill Dehner
If a mobile device is lost, it’s vital the industrial apps are wiped, and that plant access is terminated immediately. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Mobility June 5, 2019

Adapting to the new mobile device landscape

Using mobile devices on the plant floor offers many potential benefits, but the right approach is a must because of safety and cybersecurity concerns.

By Travis Cox
Figure 2: Users can claim ownership of process notifications so that others know those alarms are being investigated. Courtesy: Emerson
Data Acquisition, DAQ June 3, 2019

Improve decisions by optimizing data from mobile devices

Good mobile software promotes efficiency by delivering data on intuitive screens that empower users to integrate information and saves trips back to the control room or to the site.

By Danny Strinden and Mariana Dionisio
As human-machine interfaces (HMIs) have modernized in the last decade, they can now control and monitor multiple machines at once, to provide a complete overview of a production facility. Courtesy: EU Automation
HMI, OI May 30, 2019

It’s time the mobile HMI caught up

Mobile human-machine interfaces (HMIs) have evolved over the last decade and offer a lot of potential value on the plant floor, but there are perceived cybersecurity and risk management issues for many users that need to be overcome.

By Mark Howard
Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) and SAP CEO Bill McDermott discuss an expanded collaboration between the two companies around enterprise resource management. Image courtesy: SAP
Data Acquisition, DAQ May 7, 2019

Apple, SAP to expand enterprise partnership

CEOs Tim Cook, Bill McDermott discuss move to Mac functionality, data security.

By Bob Vavra
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Robotics March 20, 2019

Industrial mobile robot standards being developed

Industrial mobile robots (IMRs) have a lot of potential for manufacturers looking to enhance productivity, but standards are needed.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
SKF Pulse combines a handheld sensor with a mobile app to allow users to monitor rotating equipment and machine health to predict issues and improve reliability before operations are impacted. Courtesy: SKF USA
Asset Management March 5, 2019

Handheld sensor for monitoring rotating equipment

SKF Pulse combines a handheld sensor with a mobile app to allow users to monitor rotating equipment and machine health to predict issues and improve reliability before operations are impacted.

The Siemens mobile Smart Access wireless module with built-in webserver for products is just the tool end-customers have been needing to easily connect, monitor, commission, and restore operation to equipment. Siemens Sinamics G120 Smart Access Wireless Module won the 2019 Engineers’ Choice Grand Award, in the Motion control - Drives category. Courtesy: Siemens Industry
Automation February 18, 2019

Automation needs to be easy to use

Automation advice: Devices and systems should provide a positive customer experience and be easily connect, monitor, commission, and operate. Use the smartphone benchmark.

By Craig Nelson
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Cybersecurity February 2, 2019

Understanding the impact of mobile cyberattacks

Manufacturers' technology often wasn’t built to suppress today’s digital threats and with the advent of mobile technology in the workplace, it is easy for hackers to exploit this soft weaknesses.

By Rich Scott
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 18, 2018

IIC, OpenFog groups to collaborate

Combined organization to focus on cloud computing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) research.

By Bob Vavra