Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics

Even if managing people and assets seems like “old hat,” field services software may help. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Asset Management November 1, 2019

Get the right software purchasing fit for service requirements

Cover story: Software strategy: As companies’ field service offerings, managing people, hardware assets, and software brings additional challenges, field service management software must address the entire service lifecycle.

By Andrew Lichey
Analytics October 30, 2019

Interoperability and how to sustain it

Vocabulary and concepts for the age of analytics

By Sam Chance
Simutech Multimedia has developed a point-and-click game that is designed to provide a real-life simulation of what could realistically happen on a manufacturing floor. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media & Technology
Simulators, Optimizers October 11, 2019

Teaching engineers skills through video games and simulation

Using video games that are designed to teach engineers how to act in certain safety situations can provide training and experience for plant-floor operations, which can help narrow the skills gap.

By Chris Vavra
Accessing the VFD’s HMI via a wireless or Bluetooth connection to adjust settings or collect diagnostic data can negate the need to suit up with personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because the operator can access the HMI without opening the enclosure containing the VFD. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives October 9, 2019

Smartphones help with VFD configuration: Your questions answered

Additional answers provide more details about smartphone programming for variable frequency drives (VFDs).

By Michael Hall
Up to four communication protocols, including leading IT protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and FTP, can be used simultaneously with high-performance HMIs. Courtesy: IDEC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 16, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 9-15

Articles about control system connectivity, vulnerable cloud servers, making things work with the IIoT, IIoT security, and succeeding with the AIoT were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity August 29, 2019

Industrial controller cybersecurity best practices

Protecting industrial automation systems is easier when controllers offer built-in cybersecurity features.

By Benson Hougland
A portion of the four-phase process used by SkyWalker to vet backend systems that support mobile apps. Courtesy: Georgia Tech, Ohio State University
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 29, 2019

Smartphone apps may connect to vulnerable cloud servers

Cybersecurity researchers at Georgia Tech and Ohio State have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend systems that feed content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based servers that most users probably don’t even know exists.

By John Toon
Adapted IoT World Forum Reference model with eight layers instead of seven to differentiate between local and global models. Courtesy: MESA International
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 28, 2019

Not all IIoT platforms are created equal

Having the best Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture with the most modern and state-of-the-art technology will not benefit any company unless it is tied to a specific purpose and business outcome.

By Gerhard Greeff
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 8, 2019

Accelerate business outcomes using the cloud

Users need to be able to capture more precise insights at the edge and make real-time intelligent decisions in the cloud to make the Internet of Things (IoT) valuable.

By Jane Howell
In industrial automation, the edge is found where the action is, at or near the industrial process. Courtesy: CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 26, 2019

Your questions answered: IIoT/Cloud series, Part 2: Edge, Fog and Cloud

Webinar participants outline evolving nature of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) elements and how users are applying the edge, fog and cloud in their manufacturing operations.

By Charles (Chuck) C. Byers, Ed Kuzemchak, and Steve Hilton