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The rise of Ethernet (29/07/2015)
Article image In 2013, Ethernet technology celebrated its 40th birthday. Over this period, collaboration innovation in all sectors of the world – academia, business, government and consortia – have led to ubiquitous adoption of the technology.  Katherine Voss, president and executive director at ODVA, offers her views on technology developments.
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Are we ready for wireless meshes? (21/07/2015)
Article image Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, looks at the traditional problems of using wireless mesh networks in industrial applications, and suggests a solution.
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Fieldbus payback from the commissioning stage (14/07/2015)
Article image Andreas Hennecke, product marketing manager Fieldbus Technology at Pepperl+Fuchs, looks at why using a fieldbus as the infrastructure to power instrumentation requires customised working processes He also looks at the benefits it can offer to both planners and plant engineers.
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Secure remote service benefits 30/06/2015
For OEMs, offering secure remote service capabiltites for equipment can offer cost-saving benefits for all, as one equipment manufacturer has discovered. Full Story...

Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring 23/06/2015
CP Kelco is in the process of rolling out a controller-based, wireless network in its Danish factory. Working with iPads and QR codes, it is hoped that this will deliver a significant reduction in costs and time as well as offering greater flexibility. Full Story...

Profinet diagnostics: organisational issues 26/05/2015
Dr Christopher Anhalt, senior product manager diagnostics at Softing Industrial Automation, discusses the organisational issues surrounding Profinet network diagnostics.  Full Story...

Benefitting today from the IIoT 12/05/2015
Brian Oulton, vice president strategic marketing – industrial at Belden, explains how to gain benefit from the Industrial Internet of Things right now – by weaving the IIoT into daily work processes.  Full Story...

A stepped approach to securing automation systems 24/02/2015
Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Full Story...

FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration 12/01/2015
Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group, recently spoke about the emerging FDI standard and explained how it will sit comfortably alongside the existing FDT standard. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

CC-Link opens up Asian markets for measurement specialist 07/11/2014
In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), sensors and measurement specialist HBM Test and Measurement (HBM) has developed a CC-Link gateway module, which allows a single PLC to collect live data from multiple load cells. Full Story...

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Profibus: small installation benefits 02/09/2014
The ability of Profibus to connect to an instrument remotely is generally considered to be a feature employed only in larger plants. However, this situation is now changing, according to James Powell, business developer, PI Communications at Siemens Industry Automation. Full Story...

Taking the opportunity to optimise process integration 29/07/2014
In a recent whitepaper the ODVA describes an opportunity for the optimisation of process integration (OPI) and offers an overview of its vision for a comprehensive approach to OPI. Full Story...

Look no wires! Automated monitoring solutions 08/07/2014
Automated monitoring solutions are increasingly being used to gather business critical data in process plants, to help cost-effectively meet legislative requirements and ensure plant safety as well as to increase productivity.   Full Story...

Wireless Anywhere: leading the way for wireless process solutions 01/07/2014
Following the announcement that Yokogawa’s ‘Wireless Anywhere’ concept was given the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award, in its wireless solution category, Suzanne Gill found out why. Full Story...

OPC: at the heart of the Internet of Things 20/06/2014
Suzanne Gill finds out more about OPC developments and the potential role it has to play in the Internet of Things in the industrial environment. Full Story...

Ensuring network availability in an industrial environment 22/04/2014
Loredana Coscotin, product marketing manager for Industrial Cable EMEA at Belden, explains why industrial grade cables really can make a difference to the long-term performance and reliability of industrial networks. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

Control signals – which to choose? 04/03/2014
As process control systems continue to advance and the use of complicated networked solutions develops, is there still a requirement for the simple analogue signal?  Chris Hoey of Bürkert, offers an insight into selection of control signals to produce the optimum process control system. Full Story...

Industry 4.0: a catalyst for trade with Asia? 07/01/2014
Since the concept was first highlighted, at the Hannover Messe this year, Industry 4.0 has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips. John Browett, general manager of The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), discusses its possible impact on international trade. Full Story...

Standardising on a Profibus communications solution 17/12/2013
Agribusiness company, Syngenta has implemeted a policy of system standardisation and protect current process control investment decisions at its Huddersfield manufacturing centre. Full Story...

Standardising on a Profibus communications solution 17/12/2013
Agribusiness company, Syngenta has implemeted a policy of system standardisation and protect current process control investment decisions at its Huddersfield manufacturing centre. Full Story...



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