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11/12/2013 - Information systems provide the key to energy savings in process environments
With ever increasing energy prices, energy efficiency is a hot topic. Many process applications are heavy energy users, but identifying where to make improvements can be challenging, especially for large systems with complex interactions between different pieces of equipment.
02/12/2013 - Internet of Things – making every second count
Did you know that the world's population spends a total of 500,000 hours a day typing Internet security codes (CAPTCHAs)? That's a lot of time dedicated to something that, while useful for internet security, has no value whatsoever to the individual. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing manager of European Automation here talks about the impact on automation processes such as the repair and replacement of industrial components.
26/11/2013 - Seven steps for switchgear success
Cutting corners on the maintenance of low and medium voltage switchgear could end up costing users dearly, as unscheduled repairs and costly breakdowns all have a negative effect on the running of an operation and its profitability.  By adopting a preventative approach, it is possible to keep medium voltage switchgear in better health, identifying potential problems before they cause major disruption and significantly extending the lifecycle of the electrical equipment. Here, Colin Rice of Schneider Electric shares his 7 steps to preventative maintenance success;
18/11/2013 - Advantech illustrates the perfect pyramid of automation
Global industrial automation leader Advantech has described the architecture of control systems using an easily understood, visual automation system pyramid. The model describes the role that Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition technology (SCADA) plays in relation to automation hardware, in acquiring and managing information from the field. This allows better control and decreases the cost of maintenance by storing and managing all data in a single control room.
12/11/2013 - What is the Expected ROI from Common Control System Migration Projects?
Upgrading the ageing control system of any machine involves the full or partial replacement of the existing control system with new control equipment, re-designed using modern control techniques and naturally with the option of using the latest, supportable technologies. Below we consider a few of the more frequently undertaken migration projects:
06/11/2013 - Is This the End for Standalone Industrial Routers?
Standalone industrial routers may not disappear, but their revenue market share is set to decline over the next five years to 2017, according to the report “Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Components - World - 2013,” from IHS (NYSE: IHS).
28/10/2013 - Tribology – a moving story
The performance of many machines in our everyday life such as cars, trains, airplanes, robots, turbines and compressors depends on contacting surfaces in movement. These surfaces often need to be lubricated for proper durability and energy efficiency. Without lubrication, the wear and damage they suffer need to be contained to reach the designed performance parameters. The knowledge needed to do all this is included in the science branch called “Tribology”.
14/10/2013 - Correct handling of bearings maximises operating life
Experience shows that up to one third of bearing failures can be attributed to improper handling and faulty mounting. Moreover, these problems get worse as bearing tolerances become more exacting, says Gary Hughes, Product Engineering Manager at The Barden Corporation
08/10/2013 - Enclosures 101: An introduction to electrical enclosure specification
Whether you're an electrical installer, design engineer or an OEM, the chances are that you deal with electrical enclosures on a day-to-day basis. While on the face of it the humble enclosure may seem to be one of the simplest components to specify, in reality the variety of choice available on the market may mean that the most obvious solution isn't always the best in terms of reliability and long term profitability.

30/09/2013 - Monitoring for automation by Hansford Sensors
There are two main types of accelerometer: AC accelerometers and 4-20mA accelerometers. AC accelerometers are typically used with data collectors for monitoring the condition of more critical/complex machines, such as gearboxes and turbines, while 4-20mA components are commonly used with PLCs to measure lower value assets, such as motors, fans and pumps.
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