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Control from the Edge

April 23, 2020

Edge computing brings machine data to where the controller is, for better performance, space savings, and opportunities to build new production solutions.

Major Food Maker Uses IIoT to Slash Risk, Costs

April 22, 2020

Learn how a food processor made a digital transformation by converging IT and OT to boost productivity via remote monitoring and better visibility.

3 Reasons to Embrace Modern Industrial Security

March 11, 2020

Keeping security products and policies current is important to help confirm operations are safer against internal and external threats.

How a VFD Can Help Slash Costs

March 11, 2020

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

Network Failure: How to Control an Electric Motor

March 11, 2020

Programming in the appropriate motor state is important to prevent unexpected production losses when network communication issues arise.

VIDEO: The Virtualized Environment Journey

March 11, 2020

Watch John and Jane follow different paths to virtualization solutions for their companies.

Increase Efficiency for Simple Motor Control

March 10, 2020

Learn how to evaluate your options for push button vs. PLC control for more effective motor starting, run time and stopping.

Why & How to Lower Harmonics in Water Treatment

March 9, 2020

Low-voltage AC drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect the integrity and uptime of water treatment systems and comply with IEEE 519.

Transforming Your Business

February 27, 2020

Digital transformation isn’t just about technology; it changes how business is done. Learn how to develop a strategy to implement smart systems.

Digital Twins Go Beyond Improving Machine Design

February 26, 2020

By enabling pretesting of machines or production lines, virtual operator training and enhanced maintenance, simulation helps improve long-term performance.

Automation Fair Event Expands Human Possibilities

February 25, 2020

Largest-ever gathering of industrial automation professionals shines light on new technologies and solutions designed to help connect and improve industrial processes.

Fire Protection in Hazardous Locations

February 25, 2020

Learn 10 best practices for detecting combustible gas, smoke and flames.

Understanding SQL Databases & Transaction Managers

February 25, 2020

Learn about relational databases and how transactional managers download production parameters to a PLC to help streamline the OT/IT convergence process.

How Ecommerce Impacts Packaging Equipment Design

February 24, 2020

Systems such as independent cart technology can help OEMs guide manufacturers in managing the high-mix, agile packaging that consumers demand.

Editor’s View: What is Digital Transformation?

February 18, 2020

Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses how digital transformation isn’t just about technology, but about changing business outcomes.

February 2020 Full Issue

February 17, 2020

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Water System Boosts Compliance, Slashes Costs

December 12, 2019

Automated plant delivers cleaner, better-tasting water to a Cape Cod vacation town and meets fluctuating water demand with one staff shift.

DCS Upgrade Boosts Wastewater Plant Efficiency

December 9, 2019

See how migration to a modern distributed control system helps a municipality increase wastewater capacity, streamline control and minimize overtime.

A Submariner’s View of Predictive Maintenance

December 7, 2019

A U.S. Navy veteran explains what PM practices on a nuclear submarine can teach manufacturers about preventing failures to help avoid costly downtime.

How to Use Robots for Nonrepetitive Tasks

December 6, 2019

Vision guided robotics help industrial applications where robot fingers need to maneuver objects of different shapes and sizes or that touch or overlap.

How Water Utilities Can Incorporate Cybersecurity

December 6, 2019

Utilities can mitigate cybersecurity risks by using a proactive approach that extends beyond regulatory compliance and integrating security controls.

How a Batch Management System Cut Downtime by 25%

December 5, 2019

Snack company improves dough quality by 30% with new batch management and control solution.

How an Energy Firm Used IIoT for Plant Maintenance

December 5, 2019

The company’s asset management and historian software perform better predictive and preventive maintenance by analyzing historical and real-time data.

Editor's Viewpoint: Times, They Are A Changin’

December 4, 2019

Executive Editor Theresa Houck notes how times are changing fast, including trends in the industrial automation industry.

December 2019 Full Issue

December 3, 2019

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How to Help Make LOTO Safety Procedures Clear

November 20, 2019

You’re allowed to add more information to a machine LOTO procedure than OSHA requires, but make sure it’s clear so it doesn’t inadvertently endanger workers.

Why is True-RMS So Important?

November 19, 2019

Learn how a true-rms meter can accurately measure imperfect, nonsinusoidal waves compared to an average digital multimeter.

How to Boost Efficiency for Simple Motor Control

November 16, 2019

Learn how to evaluate your options for push button vs. PLC control for more effective motor starting, run time and stopping.

Oil & Gas Firms Save by Modernizing Power Systems

November 16, 2019

Converting to digital power distribution systems can provide real-time visibility into electrical assets for faster decision-making and issue resolution.

Boost Efficiency Using IIoT Data for Decisions

October 16, 2019

Data in smart devices and on machines can help you increase productivity by adapting to changes in real time to get more out of your assets.

How to Bolster Security for Smart Manufacturing

October 16, 2019

As your operation gets smarter, protect it from vulnerabilities so you get the most from the data generated by your information-enabled technologies.

Power Producers Use Proactive Cyberthreat Hunting

October 13, 2019

As cybersecurity threats increase every year, power generators need to mitigate risk by using a multi-layered approach for physical and cybersecurity.

Deliver What They Want

October 3, 2019

Are multiple SKUs slowing you down in this age of consumer demand for customization and same-day delivery? Now you can rethink packaging machine design.

Bakery Upgrades Packaging Line for Delicate Goods

September 29, 2019

Historic bakery maintains its famed craft cake quality and gets faster tray format changeover by using a flexible packaging line with agile robotics.

How to Plan and Maintain a Network Infrastructure

September 28, 2019

Learn how to improve uptime by using a network management process that includes planning, design, implementation and continuous improvement.

Are You Ready for Chicago? Automation Fair Is!

September 27, 2019

Join process and automation industry professionals at the 2019 Automation Fair event to learn about the latest technologies offering improved control, optimization and IT/OT collaboration.

Understand Your Customer’s Packaging Business

September 26, 2019

As a packaging OEM, you can help solve your end users’ problems by getting to know their challenges as a company rather than depending only on technology.

3 Best Practices for Fire and Gas Detection

September 24, 2019

Understanding how to set up and maintain a fire and gas safety system in hazardous environments can help you protect workers, processes and facilities.

Why Does Edge Computing Matter to You?

September 24, 2019

Find out how edge computing compares with the cloud, how to use it, and trends driving its growth.

Simplify Instrumentation Preventive Maintenance

September 23, 2019

Hardware and software advancements can help with instrument configuration, condition monitoring, life-cycle management and more while cutting costs.

Editor’s Viewpoint: Every Package Sends a Message

September 22, 2019

Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes the strategies, technologies and methods packaging OEMs and end users are using to keep up with constantly changing consumer demands.

October 2019 Full Issue

September 21, 2019

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How to Reduce Mechanical Resonance

August 27, 2019

Low-voltage AC drives with advanced analytics can help cut costs by detecting and mitigating mechanical resonance issues, so machines run more efficiently.

eBook Helps Food & Beverage Producers

August 26, 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.

Machines Run Longer with Drive-Based Analytics

August 26, 2019

AC drives using predictive diagnostics settings monitor drive and motor operating conditions to show you the true remaining life of the drive’s components.

Design Automation Systems for Linear Actuators

August 25, 2019

These factors and principles help electrical and mechanical engineers early in the development process to effectively implement linear motion solutions.

5 Reasons to Use AC Drives with Safety

August 21, 2019

Boost productivity, simplify systems and optimize performance by using AC drives that provide advanced safety over Ethernet.

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

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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

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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: Servo Drive Uses Studio 5000 Platform

April 4, 2019

LinMot USA Inc. shows its C1250 EtherNet/IP low-voltage, single-axis servo drive, programmed in the ControlLogix Studio 5000 environment, with CIP Sync.

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

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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.