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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in November 2013
The Many Faces of Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
11/29/2013  13 comments
Plants are becoming more efficient through a number of changes, from improved software to simulation, and improved safety to employee buy-in.
The Importance of Mentors
STEM Connection 
11/27/2013  42 comments
Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Slideshow: Holistic View Drives Industrial IP Advantage
Blog 
11/25/2013  8 comments
Adopting a holistic view that brings together control engineering, IT, and plant management is ultimately a key to success.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
Blog 
11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2013  10 comments
A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
Manufacturing Execution Systems Can Solve Problems Before They Start
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  17 comments
Today, virtually all of this analysis is automated, but identifying bottlenecks is only a small part of factory data analysis.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 
11/20/2013  16 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 
11/20/2013  5 comments
The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
What’s Your Plant’s Rank on the Safety Maturity Index?
Blog 
11/18/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation has released a free tool designed to assess a plant's Safety Maturity Index.
Slideshow: DIY Robots With Modular Robotics’ MOSS Dev Kit
Blog 
11/14/2013  7 comments
Modular Robotics is offering a development kit that lets people build their own custom robots using modular building blocks that fit together via magnets and allow for complex designs and movements.
Hackers at Your Gate
Blog 
11/14/2013  19 comments
Michael Assante, director of the National Board of Information Security Examiners, painted a dire picture of the growing threat of cyber-security at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week.
Safety Finds a Home on the Ethernet Network
Blog 
11/14/2013  4 comments
The US government is now looking at ways to make safety networks at plants more secure.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
Guest Blogs 
11/13/2013  1 comment
Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
Collaboration Between Controls & IT Is a Growing Priority
Blog 
11/11/2013  5 comments
Collaboration between controls, engineering management, and information technology is becoming a critical business priority.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 
11/8/2013  25 comments
Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Keep an Eye on Hydraulic Transmission Lines
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2013  2 comments
Neglected transmission lines leads to poor performance and instability.
Reed Switch Loves Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
11/6/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Lean Manufacturing Optimizes Everything
Blog 
11/5/2013  16 comments
New views of lean manufacturing include reduced waste, higher throughput, lower costs, and reduced energy use.
Slideshow: Robots Turn Housekeepers
Blog 
11/4/2013  28 comments
Companies such as iRobot and Toyota have developed robotic helpers that not only assist with household chores, but also serve as robotic companions.
Better Data Leads to Better Insight
Guest Blogs 
11/1/2013  4 comments
Manufacturing operations, which leverage technology to its fullest, are nimble, in-sync with fast-changing customer needs, and fully engages a workforce.




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