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      The Journal

      from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork?

      The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork? is a bimonthly magazine, published by Putman Media, Inc., designed to educate engineers about leading-edge industrial automation methods, trends and technologies.

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      You Don’t Need Another Brain Teaser

      August 15, 2019

      Converting a legacy platform to a modern DCS may look complex, but using these best practices provides opportunities for significant process improvements.

      How an Oil & Gas Company Achieves 99% Uptime

      August 14, 2019

      A modern distributed control system helped an offshore exploration and production firm achieve its first deepwater-field extraction in just 36 months.

      Boost Efficiency During Power System Upgrades

      August 13, 2019

      As oil and gas facilities deal with aging power-distribution systems, intelligent packaged power can provide insight-rich data for performance improvement.

      eBook Helps Food & Beverage Producers

      August 12, 2019

      The new 2019 Food & Beverage eBook helps you understand how to integrate and optimize smart machines and use data analytics to show you where you can improve processes.

      Is Your Connected Device Secure?

      August 11, 2019

      Some IIoT devices are still playing catch-up with security, but technology advances now help protect connected devices from sophisticated cyberthreats.

      Why Smart Factories Need End-to-End Traceability

      August 11, 2019

      With a traceability infrastructure, you can gather insight-rich data that helps improve manufacturing processes, compliance and supply chain management.

      5 Mistakes When Purging & Pressurizing Enclosures

      August 10, 2019

      The technique is simple if done properly, but users often implement it incorrectly if they don’t know the standards or system’s characteristic gas flow.

      Get Ready for Automation Fair in Chicago

      August 6, 2019

      The 2019 event offers a feast of technology and information covering the latest control, power and IT/OT best practices for industrial automation.

      Editor's Viewpoint: The Global Economy’s Lifeblood

      August 5, 2019

      Editor Theresa Houck describes her admiration for oil and gas industry professionals, and describes how The Journal’s 2019 Oil & Gas eBook helps those pros boost reliability and safety.

      August 2019 Full Issue

      August 4, 2019

      Download the full PDF of the August 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

      3 Keys to Effective Industrial Network Security

      July 13, 2019

      Systems with multi-layer protection, built-in security, and technologies that combine safety and security are essential for connected operations.

      Networks & Security eBook Protects Architectures

      July 12, 2019

      The new 2019 Networks & Security eBook from The Journal magazine is designed to help you maintain reliability and security for this vital asset.

      What’s the Real Value of Cybersecurity?

      July 12, 2019

      Protecting your IT and OT networks before, during and after a cyberattack not only helps saves systems and equipment, but also reduces and prevents costly downtime.

      Plant Managers! Do You Know About This Threat?

      June 26, 2019

      Cyberattacks from just one compromised device can open your entire enterprise to profound risk, so avoid acquiring surplus or repaired automation products.

      Smart Batch Processing is at Your Fingertips

      June 25, 2019

      Pharmaceutical manufacturers can use IIoT devices for predictive and prescriptive analytics to optimize production and minimize process deviations.

      VIDEO: Consultancy Platform Helps Workflow

      June 24, 2019

      EPLAN Software & Service, introduces the ground-breaking Panel-Building Automation Matrix (PAM), the first business consultancy platform in the engineering industry.

      Manage Risk in Smart Manufacturing

      June 23, 2019

      Proper cyber hygiene, design, assessments and execution help you benefit from a Connected Enterprise without compromising productivity or profitability.

      VIDEO: Cybersecurity Software Protects OT Networks

      June 22, 2019

      Claroty highlights its continuous threat-detection product that helps industrial users examine asset inventory, anomalous behaviors on the plant floor, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


      June 6, 2019

      Battery makers need a long-term automation strategy now if they’re going to keep up with the unprecedented growth of the electric vehicle market.

      Making Electric Vehicles in the Age of IIoT

      June 5, 2019

      Learn how smart manufacturing strategies can help you produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk.

      6 Key Factors for Cellular Wireless Remote Access

      June 4, 2019

      The always-on nature of cellular wireless communications and cloud-based networking provides real-time connectivity and boosts control-system efficiency.

      Grober Nutrition Boosts Efficiency with Modern DCS

      June 3, 2019

      Company simplifies, optimizes animal feed production using controller-based batch and sequencing at its new milk replacer production facility.

      New eBook Helps Process Manufacturers

      June 3, 2019

      Educational Oil & Gas eBook helps you prepare for new gas safety standards; develop safer, more efficient chemical operations; optimize well pads and digital oilfields; and more.

      Webinar: Digital Twins for Modeled Machine Design

      June 3, 2019

      This short webinar explains how digital twins — dynamic models of machine performance — help you accurately, safely and cost-effectively size motors, gearboxes and other machine components.

      How Smart Cameras are Changing Manufacturing

      June 1, 2019

      Some applications are better suited to one type of machine vision system versus another. Here’s how to evaluate systems and cameras to achieve your goals.

      VIDEO: Planetary Gearbox Offers High Precision

      June 1, 2019

      Apex Dynamics, Inc., demonstrates its new AF series, a carbon steel, planetary gear box with high precision, quiet operation, and ≤1arcmin in a single-stage applications.

      Smart Manufacturing Advances Electric Vehicles

      May 31, 2019

      Editor Theresa Houck explains how demand for electric vehicles is growing at an unprecedented rate, and automakers need a Connected Enterprise to keep up with demand and grow their business.

      June 2019 Full Issue

      May 30, 2019

      Download the full PDF of the June 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

      Is Your Machine Safety ‘On’ or ‘Off?’

      May 28, 2019

      Learn 5 steps that can help you mitigate risk, protect workers and stay in compliance with safety regulations.

      Use Predictive Analytics to Avoid Downtime

      May 28, 2019

      Predictive models allow users to reduce maintenance costs and minimized unplanned downtime in high-power variable-frequency drive applications.

      VIDEO: Magnetic Kit Encoders are Easy to Install

      May 27, 2019

      Patrick Maxwell, POSITAL FRABA Inc., demonstrates the new kit encoder, a rugged, accurate rotary position measurement sensor ideal for servo-motor manufacturers.

      Download the Motors & Electrical Systems eBook

      May 26, 2019

      Learn how to get more out of VFDs; control multiple motors with just 1 VFD; convert to soft starters economically; create smarter electrical control systems; and optimize linear actuators.

      VIDEO: Position Sensor Uses Smart Diagnostics

      May 25, 2019

      MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division, shows its powerful, Industry 4.0-ready magnetostrictive linear position sensing technology, with high resistance to vibration and high temperatures.

      VIDEO: Smart Devices from Rockwell Automation

      May 22, 2019

      See how Rockwell Automation smart devices enable users’ Connected Enterprise by providing seamless integration and raw data to help enhance productivity.

      Information is Power

      April 7, 2019

      Manufacturing execution systems help firms get better production visibility and plant-ERP connectivity to optimize the workforce, equipment and materials.

      Cargill Achieves Sustainable Process Optimization

      April 6, 2019

      Agricultural firm boosts efficiencies, throughput and yield with global rollout of control loop performance-monitoring and advanced diagnostics solution.

      How a Steel Producer Improved Yield by 3%

      April 6, 2019

      Railway track accessories company improved uptime and processes by using manufacturing intelligence software to eliminate manual data handling.

      Search Your Industrial Plant Like Google

      April 6, 2019

      Explore volumes of production data with easy, search-engine-like abilities to monitor and improve operations in ways you haven’t even thought of yet.

      Download the 2019 Oil & Gas eBook

      April 5, 2019

      New report offers unique perspective on how industrial process automation professionals can improve equipment performance and safety.

      The Journal Celebrates 25 Years

      April 4, 2019

      Publication continues its mission, sharing the top industrial automation trends and best practices to help you maximize plant efficiency, profitability and productivity.

      Prepare to get Savvy at TechED

      April 4, 2019

      Week-long event shares the latest technologies, applications and best practices and solutions for attendees to use in their own operations.

      VIDEO: Spectrum Controls Expands Offerings

      April 4, 2019

      Spectrum Controls has announced four new or expanded offerings for its family of analog cards, InView displays, Webport solution and Universal Industrial Gateway.

      Why Metals Matter to Me

      April 3, 2019

      Editor Theresa Houck describes her personal experience with welding, and how it relates to how an MES helps firms get better production management.

      April 2019 Full Issue of The Journal

      April 2, 2019

      Download the full PDF of the April 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

      The Basics of Digital Twins

      March 26, 2019

      Every digital twin is different, so you can achieve improved efficiency by understanding how they work and appropriate applications.

      Where to Start with Industrial Analytics

      March 25, 2019

      Use these tips to learn how to create useful information and drive real results in your operations.

      Webinar: How Digital Twins Aid Machine Design

      March 24, 2019

      Digital twins help designers create safer, more cost-effective machines. In this short webinar, see how they can help you accurately size motors, gearboxes and other machine components.

      VIDEO: Electronics Built into Transmitter’s Cable

      March 19, 2019

      Endress+Hauser shows its extended Liquiline transmitter family with the new CM82 compact transmitter that has electronics built into the cable, for Endress+Hauser Memosens sensors.

      VIDEO: Router Communicates Regardless of Protocol

      March 18, 2019

      HMS Networks demonstrates its eWON Flexy, the first industrial modular M2M router and data gateway for OEMs, system integrators. It allows universal communication regardless of protocol.

      Video: Optimizing Remanufacturing Services

      March 13, 2019

      In this facility walk-through, learn how the Rockwell Automation remanufacturing process extends equipment life and gets your Allen-Bradley? product back to you functioning like new.

      Video: VFD Cables Help Prevent Motor Failure

      March 12, 2019

      Southwire Co. describes its line of VFD cables, which run from the drive to the motor to supply power and solves problems such as motor failure and issues with PLCs.

      Video: Flame/Gas Safety System Globally Certified

      March 11, 2019

      In this video, Det-Tronics shows the Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) control flame and gas safety controller with DLR outputs, a SIL-2 capable, fault-tolerant, addressable system.

      Today’s Smart Devices Teach Us Lessons

      March 3, 2019

      Smart machines now can be connected from contactors and sensors to a plant’s CMMS and to the engineers, technicians, operators and managers.

      EPCs Can Reduce Risk in E-house Design

      March 2, 2019

      An intelligent packaged power system can help you deliver smarter e-houses at a lower cost with benefits for your customers.

      Cloud Solution Lets Panel Builders Produce Faster

      March 1, 2019

      EPLAN Software & Service shows its engineering and design workflow software that helps panel builders slash manufacturing time by publishing user data to the cloud.

      Webinar: Smart Motor Control for Smarter Machines

      February 28, 2019

      This webinar on Smart Devices discusses how you can use an integrated, data-driven approach to improve productivity avoid motor failures.

      Transformers are Designed for Hazardous Locations

      February 26, 2019

      Hammond Power Solutions shows its Sentinel Series of transformers with an IR window and a surge protective device that complements the transformer’s ability to attenuate voltage spikes.

      The Smart Food Revolution

      February 7, 2019

      For food and beverage companies wondering about smart machines, ask your OEM about these three factors to find out if smart machines can help you.

      Brewery Increases Capacity by 50% in 2 Weeks

      February 5, 2019

      Process automation system upgrade and integrated software help craft beer maker meet growing consumer demand, improve quality and avoid high capital costs.

      February 2019 Full Issue

      February 5, 2019

      The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

      How OEMs Use Smart-Machine Services to Help Users

      February 5, 2019

      Machine and equipment builders can use remote monitoring, consumables and other scalable services to remain competitive and help customers prosper.

      2018 Automation Fair Taps into IIoT

      February 4, 2019

      Annual event showcased to attendees from around the world the ongoing adaption of the Industrial Internet of Things and convergence of IT and operations technology.

      Are You Ready for the New Gas Safety Standards?

      February 4, 2019

      These proposed changes to IEC standards for hazardous gas detection expected to take effect in 2020 will impact process manufacturers.

      How to Increase Industrial Control Panel SCCR

      February 4, 2019

      Using control-panel components designed to perform in the worst-case scenario will help keep people and equipment safe should an incident occur.

      Mondeléz Rolls Out its Integrated Digital Factory

      February 4, 2019

      Mondeléz's Bob Pegher describes how the company has begun to roll out a standardized data-enablement methodology across its global fleet of production facilities.

      VIDEO: Edge Computing Solution Helps Operators, IT

      February 4, 2019

      In this video, Stratus Technologies introduces ztC Edge, an industrial computing platform that helps understaffed manufacturers boost operator efficiency, reduce IT burden and cut downtime.

      9 Industrial Automation Trends You Must Understand

      February 2, 2019

      Free report shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers of all sizes.

      Excellence Abounds in Our Industry

      February 2, 2019

      Executive Editor Theresa Houck invites you to submit nominations for the 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing (IWIM) awards.

      Ambassador Observes WITTENSTEIN’s Apprenticeships

      February 1, 2019

      Rare emissary visit is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support manufacturers’ programs advancing workforce development.

      Steps to Optimize Your Machine Safety Systems

      January 16, 2019

      Safety-system design, standard and technology changes now allow OEMs and end users to boost efficiencies and compliance and be more profitable.

      Tips for Developing a Safer Chemical Operation

      January 15, 2019

      A proactive, standards-based approach that addresses a plant’s process safety throughout its life cycle can help reduce both risk and costs.

      VIDEO: Predictive Maintenance System Uses IIoT

      January 15, 2019

      Grace Engineered Products shows its predictive maintenance system of smart devices that combine low-power wireless smart-sensor technology with advanced data analytics.

      Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

      January 14, 2019

      Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

      VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor is Liquid Cooled

      January 13, 2019

      In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

      Survey: Manufacturers Use Safety to Boost Profits

      January 12, 2019

      EHS, operations and engineering functions are collaborating to improve all aspects of safety, and thus efficiency and profits.

      Security & Safety Work in Concert

      December 6, 2018

      Increasingly, network security breaches are creating safety risks for connected, smart manufacturing, so safety and security must be managed together.

      Cybersecurity: A Process, Not a Project

      December 5, 2018

      Protect production, workers and intellectual property by maintaining cybersecurity with these best practices.

      Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

      December 5, 2018

      Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

      Cyber Safety & Security: A Shared Responsibility

      December 4, 2018

      The emergence of physical and digital convergence requires an innovative fusion of once disparate disciplines: cybersecurity and physical safety.

      Modern DCS Helps Convert Wastewater to Safe Water

      December 4, 2018

      Pollution control agency improves control over process and data, helps water treatment facility save millions and supply recycled water for crops.

      VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor has Liquid Cooling

      December 4, 2018

      In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

      What is Edge Computing, and Why Should You Care?

      December 4, 2018

      Not all smart devices must use the cloud. See how edge performs hosting, storage, computing and analysis and pushes aggregate data to a centralized plant.

      14 Years and I’m Still Fascinated

      December 3, 2018

      In her December 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says she’s still excited about our industry’s evolving technology after 14 years, and is sharing an Industry Trends Report.

      Blind Spots in the Industrial Revolution of Things

      December 3, 2018

      When modernizing your network cybersecurity infrastructure and virtualized digital assets with processes and technology, don’t ignore the people factor.

      Machine Vision Explained

      December 3, 2018

      Vision systems are used for manufacturing line inspection and non-inspection tasks, so here’s what you need to know about what’s right for your operation.

      December 2018 Full Issue

      December 2, 2018

      Download the full PDF of the December 2018 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

      How to Create Smarter Electrical Control Systems

      November 26, 2018

      System integrators can bring intelligent packaged power that integrate better with smart manufacturing operations than traditional electrical control.

      Optimize Your Electrical Control System Upgrade

      November 25, 2018

      Unifying your electrical and process control systems into one digital infrastructure can provide greater plantwide visibility and boost productivity.

      Poor Power Quality Costs You Time and Money

      November 24, 2018

      Ongoing testing and monitoring using tools to measure waste caused by harmonics and unbalance can determine waste and prevent work stoppages.

      Designing a Panel? Contactors Can Help Cut Costs

      November 23, 2018

      Three features are engineered into modern contactors to optimize your budget through an improved coil, smaller size and expanded certification.

      Is Your Machine Built for Thin Clients?

      November 5, 2018

      More manufacturers are adopting a simpler centralized information management paradigm based on thin client technology and expect machines to conform.

      The New Norm for Operational Security

      November 5, 2018

      As technology and connectivity advance, industrial control system engineers face new security issues.

      Safely Use Mobile Devices in Hazardous Areas

      November 4, 2018

      Understanding ignition sources and levels of device protection are crucial to reducing risk.

      Insights from TüV-Certified Machine Safety Experts

      October 15, 2018

      Safety professionals with respected accreditations answer questions about functional safety and productivity, operational excellence and worker morale.

      Improve Energy Management in Food & Bev Production

      October 14, 2018

      In four steps, manufacturers can use data and control to create an effective energy-management strategy: monitor, analyze, control and sustain gains.

      Rockwell Automation, PTC Bring Next Step in IIoT

      October 14, 2018

      Strategic partnership provides integrated IIoT platform that gives users manufacturing analytics that matter to them and drive results.

      3 Steps to Strong Cybersecurity

      October 13, 2018

      Benefitting from smart manufacturing requires a security strategy to help secure your infrastructure, protect assets and maintain network availability.

      Data Mixed Just Right

      October 4, 2018

      See how modern batch systems can use The Connected Enterprise to deliver secure, data-driven control for flexible, optimized production performance.

      Automation Fair Puts Future in Your Hands

      October 3, 2018

      See for yourself the digital technologies, converged networks and other smart technologies driving industrial automation trends.

      Report: 9 Top Industrial Automation Trends in 2018

      October 2, 2018

      New eBook shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers, and highlights supporting technologies displayed at the 2018 Automation Fair? event.