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System Integrators March 5, 2019

A factory of the future resolves today’s problems

Improve productivity, be more flexible to customer needs, and provide better working conditions, by using technologies from factories of the future, as needed by industry and company type, with faster return on investment (ROI).

By Alex West
Inductive Automation Don Pearson, chief strategy officer, and Carl Gould, co-director of software development, previewed the latest version of Ignition 8, Inductive Automation’s industrial automation platform, at ARC Forum 2019. The new release includes expanded functionality, web technologies, enterprise-empowering features, and a next-generation visualization system called the Ignition Perspective Module, which the company designed to empower users to create appealing, mobile-responsive industrial applications that run natively on any mobile device and any web browser. Tag editing is 190 times faster. Tag moving is 90 times faster; tag browsing 18 times faster; tag importing 15 times faster. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
System Integrators March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Optimization

Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
IMO Precision Controls Push Fit Connection DIN Rail Terminal Blocks from FactoryMation offer faster wire connections with no tools required and are designed to reduce both wiring time and difficulty. Courtesy: FactoryMation
System Integrators March 4, 2019

DIN-rail terminal blocks

IMO Precision Controls Push Fit Connection DIN Rail Terminal Blocks from FactoryMation offer faster wire connections with no tools required and are designed to reduce both wiring time and difficulty.

By FactoryMation
Knowledge from multiple field trials will help shape the final Open Process Automation standard in 2021, so commercial process control vendors can comply, as explained at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum by David DeBari, process control engineer, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
System Integrators March 3, 2019

Up next: More open process automation?

Process automation systems need lower lifecycle costs, easier integration with third-party components, better scaling, intrinsic security, flatter architecture, and interoperability. Multiple, broad-based efforts are underway to create cooperative, rather than conflicting, standards.

By Mark T. Hoske
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
System Integrators February 22, 2019

Help for automation design, selection, implementation

Automation product design, system integration, and application advice follows from some of the 2019 Engineers’ Choice winners.

By Mark T. Hoske
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
System Integrators 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
Figure 1: Cyber threats are proliferating due to increased information technology/operations technology (IT/OT) integration, along with the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and open process automation (OPA) initiatives. Courtesy: Yokogawa Electric Corp.
System Integrators February 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 11-17

Articles about plant cybersecurity management, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, control systems, future plant design, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Companies with a cross-disciplined approach to design and production in controls and automation can qualify for the R&D tax credit, which brings in an estimated $10 billion annually for U.S. businesses, provided that the companies can take advantage of the break. Courtesy: Alliantgroup
System Integrators February 11, 2019

How the R&D tax credit can benefit control system and process engineers

The research and development tax credit can help control systems and process engineers offset the mounting costs from product and service enhancements.

By Tracy Lustyan
Figure 4: Different EtherCAT I/O modules provide a variety of system-integrated diagnostics, filters, scaling features and form factors. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
System Integrators February 7, 2019

Maximize production efficiency with high-end power measurement

Machine-friendly input/output (I/O) hardware for high-end measurement technology continues to grow, optimizing power monitoring while eliminating harmonic distortion.

By Sree Potluri
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System Integrators February 6, 2019

Reduce risk of non-payment from new automation customers

Legalities: A letter of credit can help guarantee payment or performance by a customer or integrator that has not yet established a credit history with the other party to the arrangement—especially if offices of the two parties are far apart.

By Brian Clifford