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Figure 1: Wireless plant networks (WPNs) often include multiple types of networks supported and coordinated by wireless Ethernet. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
System Integrators November 9, 2018

Wireless for operations: proprietary versus standards; adopters versus laggards

Wireless networks are part and parcel of many process plants with many advantages. Adoption continues to increase and are being used for many applications.

By Shane Hale
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integrators November 8, 2018

How recent IIoT developments are shaping 5G wireless

Addressing the issues behind Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices to help with mobile industrial computing applications.

By Daniel Browning
Dave McCarthy is senior director of products, Bsquare. Courtesy: Bsquare
System Integrators November 3, 2018

Using IIoT to simplify automation and control

Integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) organizations is difficult but critical to IIoT success. Five best practices for overcoming these cultural barriers are highlighted.

By Dave McCarthy
Photo 1. Piezoelectric circuit board mountable accelerometer is designed for machine health monitoring and preventive maintenance applications. Courtesy: TE Connectivity
System Integrators October 31, 2018

Choose the right accelerometer

Comparing vibration sensor technologies for condition monitoring, which are increasingly being used for high volume, smaller machinery.

By Bjorn Ryden
System Integrators October 25, 2018

Robotic machine vision systems help automotive manufacturers

Integrators have developed sophisticated robotic machine vision systems comprising numerous cameras mounted on a fixed frame to capture many images of an automotive product for quality assurance purposes.

By Winn Hardin, AIA
Gal Shaul is co-founder and CTO of Augury. Courtesy: Augury
System Integrators October 23, 2018

Create a buddy system for the IIoT

Finding the right Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vendor partner is crucial to success.

By Gal Shaul, Augury
System Integrators October 23, 2018

Eight factors for process automation project success

Process automation projects are complex and can go through many challenges before completion. Remaining open, honest, and demanding high expectations from everyone can help ensure the project will be successful.

By Robbie Peoples, Cross Company
System Integrators October 17, 2018

Filter out the noise: strategies to avoid excessive data and spikes

New software and input/output (I/O) devices can help users eliminate useless data through effective diagnostics, error localization and filter designs to extract accurate figures.

By Andy Garrido, Beckhoff Automation
System Integrators October 17, 2018

Optimize machine metrics with a machine-as-a-service model, blockchain

Machine as a service (MaaS) and blockchain manage and secure machine data and transactions. Blockchain, while known for its use in the financial world, is being used by Steamchain, a start-up company, to provide secure financial and machine information design to help end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

By Mark T. Hoske, Chris Vavra, CFE Media
System Integrators October 14, 2018

Interfacing with databases key to machine HMI upgrade

A company with test machines built in the 1990s needed an upgrade its structured query language (SQL) program to allow them to better operate their machines for better accuracy and operation.

By Paul Carter, Cross Co.