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. 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

  3. 5 Top Considerations for SCADA

    by Todd Bowolick If automation is the brain of your industrial process, then your Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is the neurons — the cells that collect and transmit information to every part of your body and ensure it is functioning properly. Your SCADA software interconnects all your process operations, allowing you to monitor and control every aspect across various re…Read More

  4. Put Automation First in Process Engineering Plans

    In developing any process engineering project, there is a hierarchy of steps, and the success and timely delivery of each step depends on those that come before it. If you put your steps in the wrong order, however, your project is likely to miss out on enhancements that ensure it is optimized and efficient. What is the right order? What is the step that should come first in your list of prioritie…Read More

  5. Automation Ensures Health, Fitness of Your Project

    What is process automation, and why is it so important? To answer this question, think of your engineering process like a human body. In the body, each part has a clear function, but all the parts depend on each other. To paint the picture in full, let’s think about all the disciplines involved in a process engineering project. Say a company wants to build some type of a processing plant (e.g., …Read More