Adopting new technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will help train younger employees faster without comprising safety on the plant floor.
Cover Story: Teaching robots how to weld using 3-D simulation is beneficial because welding is a complex, precise process that cannot be explained or taught easily to humans.
Cover Story: A simulated factory floor can monitor parameters, expose production gaps, highlight cost inefficiencies, reduce carbon footprint, and, applied to one product, can simulate its role in the real world while still on the drawing board.
For the first time in the history of industrial controls, industrial control system (ICS) programming—regardless of the controller type—can be implemented with the same standard, and the programs created with that standard easily can be transported from one compliant control system to another.
The Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing world is about data and how to get more of it. But process manufacturing companies looking to take advantage of this need to do their homework to really understand its benefits.
The KBC Co-Pilot Program from KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC) is designed to remotely support the plant and is connected to a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data-as-a-service solution to remotely monitor and help improve their customers' process operations.
Omega's OM-DAQXL series of portable, handheld data logger is designed for process monitoring and measurement in R&D, industrial, chemical, water treatment, and HVAC applications.
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Sequential control programs, which are usually a part of medium to complex control strategies involving either batch applications or any procedure-based applications can be an easier and more streamlined if the engineer ensures that the sequences have the same architectural model. Three tips are highlighted to make the process easier.
Challenges remain after a rocky 2016, but standards, robotics will provide growth opportunities, according to a study from IHS Markit.