Special Report: 25 Years of Enterprise Connectivity
In this special report celebrating Control magazine's 25 years covering the process automation industry, the editors look back at the strides made in our ongoing quest to integrate plant-floor operations with enterprise systems.
HMI Mobility: Remote Access, Any Time, Any Place
The benefits of remote access for manufacturing operations are widely known and accepted. This article details how modern SCADA systems are providing this access in a variety of ways to all manner of fixed and portable computing platforms and other devices.
Rockwell Automation - Enabling the Connected Enterprise
Download now to read 25 articles highlighting the Process Solutions User Group meeting, CEO Keith Nosbusch's state of the industry address, Automation Fair exhibit floor highlights, and Industry Forum presentations. Download now -- no registration required.
PAC Controller Redundancy
Applications that require high availability, advanced data handling and superior communication capability are a good fit for PAC redundancy. This white paper looks at the benefits of redundancy, options, and implementation details.
Calibration in Hazardous Areas
This article discusses calibration in hazardous areas and what everyone needs to be aware of before entering into a hazardous area with calibration equipment. Other topics covered are the background of flammable and combustible liquids, definition of a hazardous area, the types of relevant industries, the different levels of zones, regulations, equipment classification and various other related practical issues.
Top Five Reasons to Consider Mobility in Manufacturing
This whitepaper provides five reasons why you should consider mobility in industrial settings. It discusses how plants can provide employees with cost-effective, secure, on-demand remote access to critical information resources and suggests ways in which you can begin to build out your mobile technology base for use within manufacturing.
Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection
When a storage facility's tank level rises above safe limits, a logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements to restore the process to a safe state. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) calculations.
Simplify Bar Code Reading
After solving so many variations of these applications Cognex now wants to share what we have learned in order to make these applications easy.
Essentials of Industrial Ethernet
Ethernet just celebrated its 30th birthday. In 1983, IEEE published the 802.3 standard as a draft and, ever since, Ethernet has come to dominate the commercial and consumer world. Every home PC comes with an Ethernet port, and virtually all communications are done via Ethernet—except in the industrial world.
New Energy Savings Whitepaper
If you have responsibility for managing your Energy Costs within your plant or simply want to read about Best Practice SCR techniques -- please complete the form to receive a free copy of "Energy Savings through SCR Hybrid Firing Techniques"
Know Your TCO: A Look at Medium-Voltage VFDs
In this white paper, we analyze what factors contribute to TCO (total cost of ownership) of a drive, how to calculate the NPV (net present value), explain the inverse relationship between reliability and TCO and how longevity of product and customer service and support affect TCO.
Wireless Security for Water/Wastewater Networks
Wireless technologies have been used for decades in the water/waste water industry in a multitude of applications including tank level indication, pump and motor control, flow and pressure monitoring, etc. However, recent concerns regarding the potential for hacking and cyber-attacks into these wireless systems have raised the importance of wireless security to a new high. This paper will discuss security issues within an Industrial Wireless Network, and address the ways in which these networks can be designed to be more reliable while being more secure.
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