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Figure 3: The new control center was created quickly. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
System Integrators December 17, 2019

Short timeline for automation infrastructure

System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.

By Jim Meyers
At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) 2019 Conference in Singapore, Senthil Kumar said that Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM) would help manufacturers make the digital transformations more efficiently. Courtesy: Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Info Management December 5, 2019

Make digital twins easier to implement for manufacturing industries

International: Move from vision to reality: It’s time to embrace digital twins for manufacturing. Benefits include more efficient digital transformations and more effective asset monitoring and performance.

By Aileen Jin
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 28, 2019

10 industrial Internet terms you should know

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released its Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V2.2. See 10 terms IIC thinks you should know and see a link for more definitions.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
There are many security challenges in industrial environments, but two of the most notable are a lack of visibility and insecure design, which can cause many problems for companies. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Cybersecurity November 22, 2019

Extend IT security to the plant floor

Cybersecurity is critical as information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge, which is the first step in making the transition between the two sides almost seamless.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Fraunhofer IPMS
Wireless November 19, 2019

Wireless real-time communication via light

Fraunhofer IPMS has combined Li-Fi and time-sensitive networking (TSN) to enable real-time and deterministic data transmission wirelessly.

By Fraunhofer IPMS
A new shoebox-sized laser produces terahertz waves (green squiggles) by using a special infrared laser (red) to rotate molecules of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, packed in a pen-sized cavity (grey).Courtesy: Chad Scales, US Army Futures Command/MIT
Sensors, Vision November 15, 2019

Researchers generate terahertz laser with laughing gas

Researchers from MIT, Harvard University, and the U.S. Army have built a compact device to produce a terahertz laser whose frequency they can tune over a wide range using nitrous oxide for better wireless communication.

By Jennifer Chu
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity November 14, 2019

IT/OT collaboration must drive digitalization

Converging information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) does little to move end-to-end digitalization forward. What makes digitalization really work is successful OT and IT collaboration and an understanding of what the other side needs. See 7 tips for smarter OT and IT collaboration.

By Michael Bingaman
Through energy harvesting, IIoT can deliver maintenance-free wireless sensors through sources such as vibration, RF and light energy. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Wireless November 13, 2019

Using energy harvesting, radio technologies to power wireless sensors

Gathering data from wireless sensors is critical in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era; using energy harvesting and radio frequency identification (RFID) can provide peace of mind for operators who don’t have to worry about batteries.

By Chris Vavra
For controls technology innovators, IT/OT convergence was happening for decades before the IIoT and Industry 4.0 conversations that often draw attention to the concept today. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
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
SaaS offerings typically provide worldwide access via many types of devices, including smartphones. Courtesy: Seeq
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 8, 2019

Workloads in the cloud for industrial manufacturers

Cover story: Cloud adoption in industrial and manufacturing organizations is growing. See five use cases of how manufacturers use the cloud and the potential benefits.

By Michael Risse