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Drafting Scope of Work for Controls Projects

How and why to draft a scope of work when considering automation controls projects.

Lots of facility engineers and facility

Eliminating Bottlenecks Using Cycle Time Analysis

Bottlenecks.  They handicap your throughput, mess with your utilization, and throw a wrench in your schedule.  Sometimes the solutions

Kettering University Centennial

In 1919, what is now Kettering University opened its doors as The School of Automobile Trades. No stranger to

WinCC OA vs MindSphere

There are currently many options to visualize your data on the plant floor.  WinCC OA and MindSphere are two common

Retrofitting a Siemens ET 200x with ET 200pro

Challenge
As part of a retool, a customer was looking to upgrade their Siemens ET 200x field devices.  This legacy

A More Flexible Facility through Digitalization

In many ways and for many reasons, facilities are being asked to become nimbler and adapt to change more

Webinar: Line Balancing and Error Reduction Using RFID at As...

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM CT, John Shipley will be joining Automation World to present

Improving Work Station Efficiency with Plant Simulation

Virtually testing improvements in your plant allows you to test changes with just a few clicks.

Siemens Tecnomatix® Plant

Machine Vision System Factors

There are many factors to consider when deciding on a vision system in your automation system.  Three of the

Introducing CNC Predictive Maintenance MindSphere App

This week, we released our first app on the MindSphere Store.  MindSphere is the open cloud-based IoT operating system

Controls on a Robot Cell: A Recent Project

We recently completed a robot cell project for a machine manufacturer which was the result of collaboration between a

Tips for Working with Legacy Technology On Site

Here’s the situation: you are on site, working on a project. You have encountered equipment that is nearly as