1. Gear Up for the Next Industrial Revolution

    Most people don't realize that the much-heralded Internet of Things (IoT), which we wrote about a few months back, is actually better established and operational in the industrial environment than it is in the highly publicized consumer world. That's because the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is already integrated into automation solutions, using networking hardware and software to interlink…Read More

  2. Stay Safe Under Pressure

    by Lyza Fe Gongora Senior Process Control and Automation Engineer Pressure in business takes many forms and impacts organizations in different ways. But when it's locked inside a pipeline system, it has the potential to generate a catastrophe. That's the key reason we have Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for pressure control. But in some pipeline applications, such solutions may simply not be en…Read More

  3. Modularity Is Scalability for Today’s SCADA Systems

    When you use a computer every day and discover you need to perform a new task, you don't automatically go look for a new PC; you seek out software that you can add to your existing machine to expand its capabilities. It should be the same with supervisory control and data acquisition systems, but that isn't always the case. Without a sensible pre-planning strategy, organizations can face replacing…Read More

  4. Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT)

    The Internet of Things is perceived the 4th Industrial Revolution, by year 2020 there will be around 50 billion devices connected to the internet, IoT is a network of embedded objects that communicates, interacts with the external environment, interconnecting these devices in real-time will enable sharing and interconnectivity to help plant operators to effectively supervise, control and acquire p…Read More

  5. Robots on the March!

    by Todd Bowolick Although humanoid-style robots grab all the media attention these days, the true stars of the automated real world are industrial robots. Although robots that look and act like humans are still mostly the stuff of fiction, more than a quarter million industrial robots are now helping push North American manufacturing to new levels of productivity. According to Automation.com, the …Read More

  6. Close the BYOD Gap

    Almost overnight, it seems, permitting employees to bring their own devices to the workplace and use them to remotely access data and process controls has moved from a marginal activity to a mainstream practice. Nearly two-thirds of manufacturing companies now permit bring-your-own-device (BYOD) interactivity. But the trend has happened so quickly that only a fraction of firms actually have polici…Read More

  7. Automation Aids Energy Conservation

    Many organizations think of energy conservation as an important tool for controlling direct costs and increasing productivity. It is — but it’s also much more than that. It’s a vital element of the drive to meet global mandates requiring organizations to significantly reduce their carbon footprints. Industry is the biggest user of energy in the U.S., accounting for almost one-third of annual…Read More

  8. Modernize Your SCADA System: What’s Holding You Back?

    by Jeff England Senior Engineer Data is changing the way we live and operate, and the changes are especially evident in industrial processes such as energy production and utilities. Industrial leaders need better, faster delivery of data to enable better decision-making and dynamic, responsive operations. As a result, industrial organizations are demanding more from their Supervisory Control and D…Read More

  9. Security Has to Be Your No. 1 SCADA Priority

    by Jeff England Senior Engineer Seems like not long ago that people left their cars unlocked, put their front door keys under the mat, and taped their computer passwords to their monitors as easy reminders. Likewise, industrial producers have traditionally focused on making Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems more reliable, flexible, efficient, and productive, but not necessar…Read More

  10. Safety Control or Process Control? Your Industrial Process Needs Both

    by Rene Makalintal Lead Project Engineer In industrial processes, there is no room for safety errors. Safety incidents have serious consequences: They are expensive, interrupt production and availability — and have an irreversible impact on the people who are part of the process. However, industrial producers have traditionally separated process controls and machine safety systems. A new push to…Read More