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      When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

      August 12, 2019

      Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

      Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

      August 9, 2019

      Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

      Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

      August 7, 2019

      Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

      Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

      August 5, 2019

      Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

      Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

      August 2, 2019

      It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

      Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

      July 31, 2019

      ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

      Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

      July 29, 2019

      Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

      Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

      July 26, 2019

      The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

      Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

      July 22, 2019

      For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

      Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

      July 19, 2019

      When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

      Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

      July 17, 2019

      Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

      Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

      July 15, 2019

      Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

      Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

      July 15, 2019

      There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

      Beyond Data Integrity

      July 8, 2019

      Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

      Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

      July 5, 2019

      To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

      Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

      July 3, 2019

      Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

      Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

      July 1, 2019

      Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

      Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

      July 1, 2019

      The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

      People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

      July 1, 2019

      We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

      The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

      July 1, 2019

      Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

      Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

      June 26, 2019

      In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

      AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

      June 21, 2019

      New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

      Let’s Transform the Future

      June 19, 2019

      Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

      Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

      June 17, 2019

      A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.

      A Unified Solution for Measurement and Control

      June 14, 2019

      Improve measurement and control with a unified solution for multi-well pad operations.

      Smart Data Replaces Big Data

      June 12, 2019

      Big Data in industrial IoT applications will increasingly get replaced with Smart Data to derive business value quickly and cost-effectively.

      Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

      June 10, 2019

      The benefits of digital transformation are undeniable. But each project comes with potential roadblocks. Here are three risks to the success of your project and how to avoid them.

      E-learning: Evolving to Bridge the Skills Gap

      June 5, 2019

      As jobs have become more advanced and technological, the industrial skills gap has widened. But a game-changer has arrived: e-learning.

      Is It Time to Digitize Your Lab?

      June 3, 2019

      A modern DCS can ease technology transfer – and help speed life sciences products from pilot plant to market.

      From "Washdown" to "Hygienic Design"

      June 2, 2019

      Collaboration between CPG manufacturers and OEMs helps unify processing and packaging applications – and eases the way to compliance.

      AngloGold Modernizes with a New DCS

      May 29, 2019

      AngloGold chose a modern DCS for its activated carbon process facility. Their operators quickly transitioned to simpler ISA 101 compliant grayscale displays with increased visibility.

      How to Reduce Lead Time, Build Efficiency

      May 27, 2019

      Custom machine builders are improving time to market with smarter machine engineering. See how you can build efficiency with a single control platform.

      Weighing Your Options for Simple Motor Control

      May 26, 2019

      Every motor control application is different, so what method provides the best fit and function? Push button or PLC control?

      The Value of Plant Safety Dashboards

      May 24, 2019

      Safety dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

      Gain Flexibility with Modern Batch Systems

      May 22, 2019

      The utilization of a modern batch control systems helps chemical producers achieve more flexible, productive and efficient operations.

      A Pioneer of Smart Manufacturing

      May 20, 2019

      Innovations that paved the way for smart manufacturing took root decades ago. This pioneer helped focus a thousand points of light to what we know today.

      Serving Up Value By Controlling F&B Processes

      May 19, 2019

      Food and beverage manufacturers can use model predictive control to create a standard model for production, optimizing capacity while maintaining or improving quality.

      5 Business Cases for Using AC Drives with Safety

      May 17, 2019

      Boost productivity, simplify systems and get better insights into your operations using AC drives that deliver advanced safety over Ethernet.

      Outdated Multimodal Port Modernizes with a New DCS

      May 15, 2019

      The largest port in central Chile, Los Ventanas, is now also its most modern after a new CEO helped to automate all processes using a modern DCS.

      Modernize Your Power System, Boost Productivity

      May 13, 2019

      Oil and gas producers are feeling the pain of relying on aging systems. The use of intelligent packaged power cuts risk and costs, while unleashing information for performance improvement.

      Eight Tips To Crush Your Internship

      May 12, 2019

      How do you get what you need from your internship (and impress your employer)? 8 tips to make the most of the experience.

      Gain Better Visibility of Your Plant Operations

      May 10, 2019

      Digital technology can transform your maintenance, repair and operations asset data into something you can use.

      What Every OEM Should Know About Skid Integration

      May 8, 2019

      How to sidestep common roadblocks, minimize engineering time and speed deployment.

      Winning Companies Think Like Their Customers

      May 6, 2019

      To understand customer expectations, you have to think like a consumer. What impresses you about a company’s service? What drives you away?

      21st Century Services: From Expense to Asset

      May 5, 2019

      What is ‘now’ for industrial services in the 21st Century, and what’s next as industry and its people develop and reinvent themselves?

      Industrial Security Takeaways from Hannover Messe

      May 3, 2019

      Three considerations that can help inform and strengthen your own industrial security strategy.

      Six Books Challenge Your Views on Work

      May 1, 2019

      Instead of choosing business and leadership books that reinforce your beliefs, consider reading a few that challenge your assumptions.

      Cybersecurity Assessments: Improve Your Posture

      April 29, 2019

      The journey to improve your industrial security posture may seem complex. Determine your target security posture with security assessments.

      Unleash the Potential of Your Oil & Gas Operations

      April 26, 2019

      Get the most from your oil and gas equipment by building a strong analytics strategy that can be paired with the perfect information solution.

      Digital Transformation of Mining

      April 22, 2019

      Technology is changing the way mining companies do business. Here are five tools you can easily bring online at your mine and quickly see tangible results.

      E-learning: Make Time for Your Skills Development

      April 19, 2019

      Prioritizing continued learning and training is in your best interest as an employee. With e-learning, making time for professional growth is easy.

      Meet Metal Production Challenges with MES Software

      April 15, 2019

      MES can help combat production challenges for metal producers by ensuring that the right product is delivered at the right time.

      Things To Consider If You Mentor Interns

      April 12, 2019

      Internships can be a powerful learning and development tool. Or they can distance a learner from a field of study, company or industry. 3 tips for success.

      AC Drives Lessen the Harm of Mechanical Resonance

      April 10, 2019

      Low-voltage AC drives with adaptive tuning can detect and easily mitigate mechanical-resonance issues, so your machines can run better and you can save more.

      Keeping It Secure at Pharmaceutical CMOs

      April 8, 2019

      How to maintain a flexible supply chain – and mitigate cybersecurity risk – when manufacturing extends beyond your walls.

      Get Organized with Alarm Management Dashboards

      April 5, 2019

      Learn how alarm management dashboards are useful around the plant to help optimize the health of your machines and workers.

      Refinery Proves It’s Too Costly to Not Modernize

      April 3, 2019

      A large producer of zinc was facing costly unplanned downtime, exposing them to operational and financial risk. Learn how they overcame these challenges with a modern DCS.

      Diversification: the Future of Irish Industry?

      April 1, 2019

      Looking beyond the pharmaceutical and food and beverages industries, where is the potential for rapid growth?

      Emulate3D: Welcome to The Family!

      April 1, 2019

      The UK has always been a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit – as recent acquisitions show.

      Industrial Digitisation in South Africa

      April 1, 2019

      South Africa can’t afford to be left behind in the worldwide migration to Industry 4.0. What are the changes facing key industries in 2019?

      What Can Film Directors Teach About Industry 4.0?

      April 1, 2019

      Visionary directors come in many forms, whether they are making films or deploying Industry 4.0.

      Leverage Your Data and Organize It in Dashboards

      March 29, 2019

      This is how we use dashboards to present data and analytics in useful ways, so you can view what information matters most.

      Gain Brewhouse Efficiency with Process Analytics

      March 25, 2019

      Harnessing the power of process analytics is the next frontier in brewhouse efficiency. Reveal hidden efficiencies that are easily attainable for any size operation.

      Build a Competitive Edge with Data

      March 24, 2019

      Manufacturers can build a competitive edge with insights and action fueled by robust analytics environments from Rockwell Automation, Microsoft and PTC.

      FIRST Made Me A Better Engineer

      March 22, 2019

      Mentoring FIRST students takes time and commitment. What you get in return is a new view of the world, and a better way to do your job.

      Three Tips for Elevating Your Career

      March 22, 2019

      You have many choices in your career path. I did. Here are some of the reasons the EMEA graduate programme was right for me.

      Examining the Value of Cybersecurity

      March 20, 2019

      The right cybersecurity policies put comprehensive protections in place for a company’s assets before, during and after an event.

      Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Inclusion

      March 18, 2019

      On our inclusion journey, every step forward is a chance to look back and realize who is not with us yet. Our path forward must be intentional and strategic.

      An Assembly Line for Organs? It’s Possible.

      March 15, 2019

      Automating regenerative medicine will do for organs what Detroit did for cars and Silicon Valley did for semiconductors.

      Exploring Data Can Feed Your Next Process Change

      March 13, 2019

      Model predictive control works hand in hand with data exploration. Learn how these technologies optimize production and end-product quality.

      Cement a Competitive Edge with Machine Learning

      March 11, 2019

      Cement companies can implement predictive strategies and improve operational performance with machine learning techniques.

      Five Steps to Success: DCS Modernization

      March 6, 2019

      This approach mitigates project risk – and helps make a more innovative future a reality.

      Women: It’s Time To Be Bold With Your Career

      March 4, 2019

      As a woman in a technical career, I am accustomed to being in a minority. And I have advice for women in STEM who want to lead.

      Converting OEMs Speed Development Increase Revenue

      February 25, 2019

      Web converting machine builders turn to scalable, flexible IIoT solutions for smart machines that help customers avoid downtime and improve cycle times.

      Four Priorities For Aspiring Women Leaders

      February 22, 2019

      Becoming a leader is not an exact science. My path required tough questions and decisions.

      Do You Have a Backup Plan for Avoiding Downtime?

      February 20, 2019

      Unexpected headaches in your production environment? Many companies need some outside help to support day to day operations.

      Cut Mine Costs with Intelligent Packaged Power

      February 18, 2019

      Joining electrical and process control into a smart packaged power system can reduce costs and provide new data insights.

      It’s a Whole New (Virtual) World

      February 11, 2019

      Single-use facilities have revolutionized biopharma manufacturing. Now new technologies promise to minimize inherent risk and improve quality.

      Data Never Tasted So Good

      February 8, 2019

      Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

      Four Reasons to Do a Hackathon

      February 6, 2019

      Hackathons are one of the best ways to introduce your company, culture and brand to candidates. And job seekers, there’s something in it for you, too.

      Diverse Talent Should Participate, Not Assimilate

      February 4, 2019

      Diverse talent offers different ideas. Hiring for differences and then compelling assimilation negates potential contributions to innovation. The goal is participation, not assimilation.

      Improve Operator Effectiveness with a Modern DCS

      January 30, 2019

      A modern DCS can help novice oil and gas operators perform like your best operators with actionable alarming, predictive insights and a high-performance HMI.

      Five Easy Digital Wins for Mining Companies

      January 28, 2019

      Learn about five technologies you can easily adopt at your mine to increase productivity, enhance worker safety, and gain visibility into your operations.

      Managing Risk in a Connected Enterprise

      January 21, 2019

      A Connected Enterprise offers tremendous value, but also has inherent risks - which must be managed as part of digital transformation.

      Getting Ahead of Unplanned Downtime

      January 16, 2019

      Built in predictive analytics provide advanced warning allowing you to take action before an unplanned shutdown occurs.

      Analytics Partnered with MPC in Alcohol Production

      January 9, 2019

      Identify alcohol production equipment abnormalities before they negatively impact quality and consistency with MPC and analytics.

      2019: The Year That IIoT Delivers Value

      January 7, 2019

      The ROI for companies applying digital strategies will help amplify IIoT adoption throughout industry this year.

      The Irish Industry 4.0 Recipe for 2019

      January 7, 2019

      What is the right blend of ingredients for Irish Industry in 2019? And how will technology close the skills gap?

      Successful Teamwork in Sport and Business

      January 7, 2019

      Experience as an international handball player helped me succeed in a stretch role.

      The Top 10 Most Popular Blogs in 2018

      January 2, 2019

      Our most popular blogs in 2018 were about artificial intelligence, blockchain, industrial security and safety.

      Extending Your Reach to Robotics

      December 24, 2018

      Robotics opens a new world of possibilities for smart, flexible machinery. The latest technologies enable OEMs to take control.

      How Distillers Can Increase Optimization

      December 19, 2018

      The spirit industry is managing the growing demand by looking to model predictive control to help maximize throughput and efficiency.

      Diversity is More Than a Recruitment Strategy

      December 5, 2018

      Diversity recruitment supports a business strategy driven by values, not numbers. The result is more inspired thinking and collaboration that leads to higher employee engagement.

      Set Yourself Up for Success

      December 3, 2018

      How progressive OEMs can differentiate themselves by helping customers meet expectations for highly flexible manufacturing facilities.

      Cyber Security Horror Stories Need a Happy Ending

      November 30, 2018

      Your plant may be ready for Industry 4.0. But is it cyber secure?

      How Distilleries Can Maximize Throughput

      November 28, 2018

      How can distillers maximize throughput without sacrificing quality or tradition, while also minimizing alcohol loss?

      Optimizing? How You Can Pick Up The Pace

      November 28, 2018

      Data – how it’s collected and used – will revolutionize manufacturing and process operations. What companies can do now to unlock additional levels of productivity.

      The Hidden Threat Plant Managers Should Know About

      November 26, 2018

      When it comes to finding ways to reduce your acquisition costs, what risks are you really willing to take?

      Use the Best Infrastructure to Get the Best Data

      November 12, 2018

      Operational intelligence and the subsequent analytics can only be really useful if you use the right smart devices coupled to the right software.

      Protect Operations with Proactive Threat Hunting

      November 7, 2018

      Cyber threat detection isn’t enough. Learn how you can implement threat hunting to help stop infestations from impacting your beverage and food production.