System Integration
Hugo Benzing LLC manufactures fasteners for the automobile, aerospace, fine mechanical, and electrical industries and uses Ecoclean’s new remote support capability at the Hugo Benzing manufacturing facility in New Hudson, Mich. The plant uses a Profinet network, allowing Ecoclean technicians to connect remotely to the network and cleaning machines by using a self-contained, secure TosiBox VPN router. Courtesy: PI North America
System Integration January 9, 2019

Industrial Ethernet enables smarter, more reliable machines

Machine builder uses industrial Ethernet for remote monitoring and diagnostic services to improve machine reliability and uptime.

By Michael Bowne
The book 4.0 Sight focuses on the latest industrial revolution and what it means for manufacturers from all over the globe. Courtesy: EU Automation
System Integration January 6, 2019

Digitalization and innovation driving manufacturing’s future

Manufacturing is in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution—known as Industrie 4.0—and constant plant-floor changes are forcing companies to keep up with the rapid pace or risk getting lost and falling behind.

By Jonathan Wilkins
Energy, Power
Power Partners’ PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies are designed for use in either medical or information technology equipment (ITE) applications. Courtesy: Power Partners
Energy, Power January 3, 2019

Medical and ITE power supply

Power Partners’ PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies are designed for use in either medical or information technology equipment (ITE) applications.

By Power Partners, Inc.
Workforce Development
Workforce Development December 17, 2018

Study finds Skills Gap worsening, impacting production and growth

Report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute points to digital skills needed for the future.

By Bob Vavra
System Integrators
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
System Integrators January 7, 2019

MQTT’s role as an IoT message transport

Messaging queuing telemetry transport’s (MQTT) role as an Internet of Things (IoT) message transport derives from its simple design, when it began as an industrial communicator for a pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

By Arlen Nipper
Project Management
It’s important to develop a team approach from the start of any integration process to ensure all members of the operation and controls teams have input into the final system. Courtesy: Concept Systems
Project Management December 19, 2018

A method to avoid the madness: Automation experts add productivity

A sound process and a main automation contractor can relieve stress for an integrator. Reduce risk and maximize plant productivity of large system integration projects in three ways.

By Amanda Geldhof
Energy Efficiency
Figure 2: Fundamental front end (FFE). Courtesy: Yaskawa
Energy Efficiency January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt