Are You Skilled Up for Digital Transformation?

August 21, 2017

Building the tech talent pipeline is about more than re-training current employees – it’s a combined effort that starts in K-12 and reaches beyond college.

Where Man Meets Machine, Potential Risk Follows

August 18, 2017

Know what to do (and what not to) when it comes to documenting product design changes, and understand the safety hierarchy so you can limit your company’s risk profile.

Where Should My Process Analytics Solution Run?

August 16, 2017

Producers in the process industries need to answer these three questions to arrive at a viable analytics solution.

What Industry Can Learn from Theme Parks

August 15, 2017

The challenges of providing amusement park thrills while keeping guests safe pushes the edge of technology. Lessons here are applied across industries improving uptime, security and safety.

Have We Lost Our Appetite for Exploration?

August 14, 2017

By supporting STEM-related education through mentors, financial and product support, we’re creating the explorers of tomorrow.

Is Your Network Meeting Your Performance Needs?

August 11, 2017

Choose the right industrial switch to optimize performance in your network infrastructure.

Cement Your Profits with Kiln Optimization

August 9, 2017

Modelling and controlling production with MPC technology can lead to improved kiln stability and overall production rate, reduced material loss, and energy costs.

F&B Companies Need to Address the Skills Shortage

August 7, 2017

We’re getting smarter, but the convergence of existing systems and the adoption of new technology is placing new burdens on workforces. Here’s how one company solved the problem.

Beat the Heat When Mounting AC Drives

August 4, 2017

Giving careful thought to thermal management when deciding where and how to mount VFDs can help protect the VFD and its performance, and reduce unexpected downtime.

Find Your Inner Inventor

August 3, 2017

If you’re new to innovation, learn what you can do to explore the possibilities and inspire yourself and others about your idea.

Safety and Security in a Connected Enterprise

August 2, 2017

Safety and security have traditionally been viewed as separate entities, but in industrial production, your safety and security programs are inextricably linked.

Honor Your Inner Inventor

August 1, 2017

Engineering merges art and science. Are you a creator, inventor or innovator? Join the Meant To Invent competition.

3 Ways Enforceable Workflows Improve Profitability

July 31, 2017

How can manufacturers improve production and profitability? Let’s review 3 ways manufacturing production management software with enforceable workflows can help.

Multi-Well Pad Control: RTU vs. PLC

July 31, 2017

PLCs can deliver operational and cost advantages over RTUs in increasingly demanding multi-well pad operations.

Approaching Change One Step at a Time

July 28, 2017

How modern is your mining operation? Connecting your mining operations allows you to gather data in real-time so you can make better business decisions.

Connecting Real-Time Production Data

July 26, 2017

Instead of physical consolidation under one roof and one owner, production can now be digitally consolidated using the Internet of Things.

Changing Culture Starts with Conversation

July 24, 2017

Creating a more inclusive workplace culture doesn’t require a big splash, or even everyone on board. It takes courageous conversations.

Phosphate Plant Reconstructed with a Modern DCS

July 21, 2017

PCS Phosphate, a chemical processing facility, went through a complete process control migration allowing better and faster decision making capabilities with PlantPAx DCS.

Value for Packaging – More Than Equipment

July 21, 2017

Packaging equipment manufacturers can better serve customers by understanding their bigger challenges instead of relying entirely on technology. Everything starts with a conversation.

Smart Technology in Food Manufacturing

July 19, 2017

Online competitors, informed customers and changing regulations are driving the need for food and beverage manufacturers to rapidly respond. Smart technology can help.

When To Enable IO-Link in Your Operation

July 17, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Ransomware Attacks: Are Your Operations Safe?

July 14, 2017

It’s said the best defense is a good offense. Protecting industrial control systems from attack requires a plan to both prevent and respond. Are you adequately prepared?

Automotive Machine Builders: Deliver Smart Value

July 10, 2017

Thanks to enabling technologies, automotive machine builders can deliver more value than ever before. Two smart questions are key to success.

OEMs Can Use Machine Safety as a Differentiator

July 7, 2017

OEMs can use best-in-class safety to set their machines apart from the competition, streamline their business and achieve near-universal compliance.

Tips for UL Standards and Exporting to the U.S.

July 5, 2017

As an "IEC thinker," there is a tendency to assign characteristics to certain products. When used in countries like the U.S. or Canada, it is necessary to scrutinize these in detail.

Round Up Your Pumping Application

July 3, 2017

Pumping water is an application where system dynamics play a big part in the selection of what type of pump control is needed.

Smart Sensors and IOT: Lining Up the Pros and Cons

June 30, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

Givaudan Reaps Sweet Rewards of DCS Migration

June 28, 2017

By partnering with a trusted vendor, companies can more quickly migrate to modern DCS technologies and begin realizing lower total cost of ownership.

Six Trends Engineering a New Pharma Reality

June 26, 2017

With pressures faced by pharmaceutical producers coupled with added legislation you would be forgiven for thinking the industry is in decline.

Time to Modernize Your Power Gen Control Systems

June 19, 2017

As the power generation industry experiences challenges, producers can take advantage of the latest modern technologies to prepare for the long term.

Want STEM-Ready Learners? Question Everything

June 16, 2017

STEM thinking starts early. Encourage the passion and build the confidence that fuels our next generation of innovators.

Motor Slow Speed: Tortoise and the Hare Scenario

June 14, 2017

Several considerations must be taken into account for slow motor speed, such as motor branch supply, motor type and controller type.

Does the Middle East Have an Appetite Beyond Oil?

June 12, 2017

The Middle East has a vision and a strategy for growing and diversifying its industries based on innovation and collaboration.

Modern DCS Plays Key Role in Mining Efficiency

June 12, 2017

Modern DCS connects all aspects of a mining operation by bringing together previously independent systems, which allows for greater efficiency and productivity.

Nurturing High-Performing Teams

June 12, 2017

High-performing teams are made up of individuals who are engaged and motivated to support their team. As leaders, we need to provide environments where these qualities can flourish.

Progress On an Industrial Scale

June 12, 2017

The UK’s manufacturing sector is more modern and important than people often realise, but recent announcements could help change the public's perceptions.

Big Data Requires Big Visualization

June 9, 2017

Augmented reality that will change the way we interact with smart devices – and be as influential to manufacturing as the launch of the iPhone was to mobility.

It’s 10:00 pm. Where Are Your Products?

June 7, 2017

Why don’t more manufacturers invest in production management software with track and trace? Learn why production management software is worth the investment.

A Soft Starter Syncing Line Power?

June 5, 2017

Soft starting isn’t just for motors anymore – it could be applied to connecting an induction generator from a wind turbine to the power grid.

IIoT as Justification for Automation Modernization

May 31, 2017

Manufacturers have an enormous challenge with cost justifications. Can IIoT help with automation modernization justification?

Digitized Risk Management: Safety and Security

May 29, 2017

The Connected Enterprise and IoT-enabled technologies help monitor assets and processes, better protecting employees and securing business systems and information.

One Platform Can Do It All. Process. BMS. EMS.

May 26, 2017

A strategic upgrade to a single building management, process automation and environmental monitoring platform makes good business sense for life sciences companies.

Successful Alarm Management with Your DCS

May 24, 2017

Proper alarm management is an ongoing commitment. Discover the steps to modernize your alarm management system.

12 Benefits of Manufacturing Production Software

May 19, 2017

Manufacturing production software provides a consistent, repeatable method of managing orders, leading to improvements in profitability, on-time delivery and quality.

Securing Your Industrial Control Systems

May 17, 2017

Industrial control systems (ICS) represent critical operational assets across more industries than most people imagine.

Maximizing Industrial IoT Deployments

May 15, 2017

Scalable analytics and a holistic approach to industrial security are among the components that should be part of any Industrial IoT deployment.

No One Can Close the Skills Gap Alone

May 10, 2017

Cultural institutions such as museums can become a vital solution to the skills gap challenge by positioning themselves at the front of the workforce development pipeline.

What You Need to Know about Learning Logix

May 9, 2017

Stay current on new and existing features available in Logix programmable automation controllers.

Why Independent Cart Conveying is One Smart Move

May 8, 2017

Independent cart technology enables high performance and flexibility in critical automotive transfer systems.

Six Reasons Enforceable Workflows are Key

May 5, 2017

Manufacturing quality should be based on enforceable workflows that error-proof processes so that each step is executed correctly, with complete, fully traceable data.

Is Your Operation Ready for Smart Sensors?

May 3, 2017

The latest smart sensors communicate detailed data and diagnostics, allowing machines to operate more effectively.

How Much Does Customization Cost You?

April 26, 2017

Learn how to provide your customers with control product customization they need to be competitive in their industry.

Getting More for Less: The Connected Enterprise

April 24, 2017

Adopting IoT technologies in your journey to a Connected Enterprise can do more for your operations than you think.

Optimize Pharmaceutical Dispensing with EBR

April 21, 2017

Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) systems that also are dispensing systems allow pharmaceutical manufacturers to leverage key advantages provided by EBR.

Preparing the Workforce for the Future

April 20, 2017

Sustainability has evolved from social expectation to economic imperative. And we have a plan – including significant investments – to prepare the workforce of the future.

Use Data to Strengthen Industrial Safety

April 19, 2017

In a Connected Enterprise, safety professionals can automate the collection and reporting of safety data to better understand risks and enhance industrial safety.

Gas Processing Optimization Opportunities

April 17, 2017

Now that the rush to build new gas processing plants has subsided, plants are looking for ways to optimize production.

Joining Forces for Digital Transformation

April 14, 2017

Digital transformation is changing the way manufacturers operate by unlocking new opportunities helping them redefine manufacturing success in the short, medium and long term.

Data Integrity: Connecting the Dots

April 12, 2017

A robust MES solution – and a Connected Enterprise – can help enable compliance across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Demystifying Digital Transformation

April 11, 2017

Learn how significant value and productivity can be gained through digital transformation by taking a look at the cultural and the technological constraints that inhibit most organizations.

Key to Brewing Success: Craft Beverage Packaging

April 10, 2017

Craft beer is a rapidly growing and exciting market. New digital can printing technology is opening-up a whole new world of opportunity.

Simplify Compliance with Connected Quality

April 7, 2017

As part of your quality management system, modern MES can help to ensure the proper tests are conducted and speed review times to ease regulatory and auditing burdens.

Catching Up With Digital Transformation

April 6, 2017

Digital transformation doesn’t have to be an overwhelming new initiative. It usually migrates along a problem-solving execution model.

How Automation Vendors Support Industrial Security

April 5, 2017

Before selecting automation vendors, consider if they adhere to these five core security principles for control systems.

Don’t Give Up Creativity for Productivity

April 3, 2017

Now craft brewers don’t have to sacrifice the art of making a small batch brew for the sake of productivity.

Is Your Plant Network Helping You Avoid Downtime?

March 31, 2017

Many companies see IoT and transitioning to IP networks as key to collecting more data and helping reduce downtime.

Tier Suppliers: It’s Time to Rethink Track & Trace

March 29, 2017

Now tier suppliers can address automotive traceability requirements – and other manufacturing challenges – with scalable, cost-effective software applications.

Keeping the Craft in Brewing With Process Control

March 27, 2017

Mother Earth Brewing Co. automated its new brewery with a PlantPAx process control system to ensure repeatability while allowing for the creativity needed for craft brewing.

Take “Review by Exception” to the Next Level

March 24, 2017

With the use of modern dashboards, manufacturers can gain real-time notification of exceptions, enabling them to take preventative action.

The Importance of Short-Circuit Current Ratings

March 20, 2017

For global machine builders looking to sell into North America, it can be tricky to navigate and comply with local standards and codes.

Paperless Operation Improves Manufacturing Quality

March 17, 2017

In manufacturing, paperless operation offers quality advantages over manual, paper-based systems: operational flexibility, data-driven decisions, easier compliance, etc.

Supporting Minority Engineers Reflects Priorities

March 15, 2017

For new graduates and seasoned professionals, being among the minority can make job searching difficult. Questions to ask to pick the right company.

Harmonize Your Real-time Production Data

March 13, 2017

IoT-enabled Connected Enterprises share real-time information up and down the supply chain, improving productivity and profitability and creating a competitive advantage.

Does Safety Stifle Innovation?

March 10, 2017

Safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving culture, compliance and capital. Collaboration is critical to innovation.

The Role of Standards in Smart Manufacturing

March 8, 2017

Many countries are eager to adopt Smart Manufacturing strategies. The real influence lies not in the latest technology, but in the standards behind that technology.

Dr. Reddy's Uses DCS/MES Combo for Drug Production

March 6, 2017

India-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer coordinates modern distributed control system with MES to simplify and optimize operations.

7 Reasons to Apply S88 Recipe Model to EBR Design

March 1, 2017

EBR has long been designed through modelling approaches including word processing, proprietary workflow charts and programming-like sequence definition. Why not S88?

Diversification in the Middle East

February 27, 2017

Why would one of the world’s biggest oil production companies be taking delivery of a wind turbine? Is it a turning point for the Middle East?

Get More From VFDs With Predictive Maintenance

February 27, 2017

VFDs with predictive maintenance can help you avoid unplanned downtime, refine maintenance schedules and get more from your asset investments.

Why is Corporate Social Responsibility Important?

February 27, 2017

Corporate social responsibility in South Africa needs to be understood beyond just satisfying governmental requirements and instead recognized as a central pillar of sustainability.

Strategy for Enterprise Digitization & Performance

February 20, 2017

Although many organizations are on the road to digitization, most are taking a winding path. What's preventing your company's digital success?

Companies Need to Create an Inclusive Work Culture

February 15, 2017

Catalyst has recognized Rockwell Automation for our Culture of Inclusion journey, an approach with measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Controlling Multiple Motors with One VFD

February 13, 2017

Using a variable frequency drive to control multiple motors can help reduce the cost and footprint and control the complexity of your application.

I Have Motor Data: Now What?

February 10, 2017

The key to using motor control data is to understand what it represents, how to display it and how to use it to create meaningful information that will minimize unplanned motor downtime.

The Connected Power Plant

February 8, 2017

With the proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things, more power producers are turning to enabling technology, such as a modern DCS, to improve operations.

Unlock the Potential of Smart Machines

February 6, 2017

Machine builders stand to gain from smart machines just as much as their customers.

It’s Time Girls See Themselves in STEM

February 3, 2017

We need a pipeline of STEM talent. How can you help girls see themselves in these careers?

Harmonic Distortion: Impact and Taking Action

January 30, 2017

Low-harmonic drives reduce harmonic distortion, helping prevent equipment damage, lost productivity and unplanned costs.

One Smart Decision Tire OEMS Can Make Now

January 23, 2017

Learn how tire OEMs can deliver smarter, smaller and more efficient machinery faster than ever before with an On-Machine control solution.

What Makes for Better Batch Management?

January 23, 2017

The modern batch approach understands the need of the batch and applies the right technology rather than starting with a technology and trying to use it for all solutions.

Changing Our Office Environment

January 18, 2017

For a company operating globally with teams dispersed across locations, the way our office space is designed helps us have closer, easier interaction.

What’s the Right Pace for Adopting New Technology?

January 16, 2017

How companies approach the next revolution in manufacturing depends on their priorities.

Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2017

January 11, 2017

As we begin the new year, we’ve compiled a list of ten tips to help you improve safety and productivity.

Networking is Not Something to Lose Sleep Over

January 9, 2017

As industry it takes its first steps into the world of IIoT, becoming more networked also brings risks.

With STEM Skills the Earlier You Start the Better

January 6, 2017

Through FIRST, children are learning STEM concepts that will help them become our next generation innovators.

Operational Intelligence

January 2, 2017

Continuous improvement means continuous effort. Make it easier with a Connected Enterprise that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT).

What Does The Motor Speed Torque Curve Tell You?

December 26, 2016

How does motor speed torque curve affect motor starting options? Mandates to motor efficiency have caused motor characteristics to change, what should you know.

Enabling Technologies Assist Connected Enterprises

December 19, 2016

Enabling technologies create an agile Connected Enterprise and help expand operations, innovate new products and processes and grow the business.

EV Producers Need the Right Automation Supplier

December 14, 2016

With electric vehicle production gaining momentum, startups have flooded the market. Choosing the right supplier is critical to their success.

Identifying a Healthy Workplace Culture

December 12, 2016

Scoring 100 on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is important to our current and potential employees, because it reflects our culture: a safe, fair and equitable company for all employees.

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