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        Don’t Work Your Data. Make Your Data Work for You.

        June 22, 2020

        Smarter, simplified data management brings food and beverage companies deeper analytics and faster insights.

        How One Machine Builder Cut Delivery Time 50%

        June 17, 2020

        Lanco’s customer needed a COVID-19 test strip machine – fast. Success tested people, processes and perseverance – and proved how important it is to be flexible.

        Virtual Training: Learning Without Limitations

        June 15, 2020

        Learn how you can reduce risk and improve worker competency by providing operator training in a safe, virtual environment.

        Pivot Production With Flexible Manufacturing

        June 3, 2020

        OEM Foodmach is relying on flexible manufacturing to help Australia’s only surgical mask producer increase production to meet surging demands.

        Respond to Change and Stay Agile with Digital

        May 25, 2020

        Asset and Plant Optimization: Digital Technology helps you respond to change while staying agile and productive.

        Four Ways New DCS Technology Makes Life Simpler

        May 22, 2020

        The latest release of PlantPAx DCS leverages cutting-edge processing power – and a better design experience – to drive lifecycle productivity.

        The Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis on Production

        May 20, 2020

        The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shows the importance of automation when it comes to maintaining a functioning society in critical situations.

        Simulation Software Can Improve Patient Care

        May 20, 2020

        Event simulation models can imitate almost any process. And right now, Arena simulations are helping major medical facilities make good choices for great care.

        Three OEM Business Benefits of a Digital Twin

        May 15, 2020

        Learn how a digital twin can unleash better ways to work for both you and your customers.

        Rethink What’s Possible With Your HMI

        May 13, 2020

        A modern HMI does more than display production information. It can also improve how workers do their jobs, create more consistent working environments and more.

        Unified Machine Design Enables the Next Normal

        May 8, 2020

        Reimagining machine design & digitalization for infinite flexibility helps take unpredictable demand out of the equation – turning built-to-purpose into flex-to-purpose.

        CIP Security: Strengthen Defense In Depth Strategy

        May 6, 2020

        Advancing in cybersecurity means adding more in a defense in depth strategy. CIP Security? can help by securing communications between PLCs and devices.

        In Trying Times Rules Relax, Cybersecurity Cannot

        May 4, 2020

        While using technology during the current global crises makes sense, one area where we can’t relax is cybersecurity.

        Adapting Manufacturing for COVID-19

        May 1, 2020

        Adapting to the demands that COVID-19 is placing on manufacturers can be challenging. Independent cart technology can help make manufacturing more flexible.

        Accelerating Vaccine Development with AI

        April 24, 2020

        How AI and advanced data analysis strategies can help in the development and distribution of vaccines and other medical breakthroughs.

        Modular Manufacturing Processes: Adapt to Change

        April 24, 2020

        In times of change, from COVID-19 to recipe updates, manufacturers can rely on modular automation to provide simple steps toward production flexibility.

        Improve Mine Safety with Mixed-Reality Technology

        April 22, 2020

        AR and VR technologies enable workers to virtually diagnose equipment issues and reduce exposure to hazards.

        Global Beverage Giant Selects PlantPAx Modern DCS

        April 13, 2020

        This beverage giant’s migration to a modern DCS improved quality and throughput. Learn how they removed a bottleneck and cleared the way for more product with less equipment.

        Pipelines: Get the Best Savings With the Right VFD

        April 13, 2020

        A VFD with features like synchronization can help pipeline pump stations run more efficiently for big savings.

        Avoid Costly Surprises With Virtual Commissioning

        April 10, 2020

        With a digital twin of your machine, you can do controls testing before you physically build a machine to avoid last-minute changes.

        Is Your Single-Use Equipment Flexible Enough?

        April 8, 2020

        Thanks to nimble automation platforms, biopharma OEMs can now deliver single-use technology (SUT) that starts smart and small – and scales up fast.

        Responding to the Challenges of Coronavirus

        April 7, 2020

        Amid the global pandemic, manufacturers are showing how digital transformation can facilitate swift action.

        React to Production Issues Faster With HMI

        April 3, 2020

        Learn how modern HMI software can help production personnel more quickly see and respond to alarms.

        Scaling Tire Production with Digital Technologies

        April 3, 2020

        Better compete on cost and address your top challenges in production with three digital solutions.

        The Connected Mine: A Strategy for Success

        March 30, 2020

        See digital initiatives through to the end in your mines with six simple but powerful steps.

        Why Cybersecurity Must be Part of Your Safety Plan

        March 25, 2020

        A cyberattack on your industrial control system can cause damage. With a good security approach, you can expand what’s possible in your operations while also helping protect it.

        Augmented Reality for Manufacturing Tech Support

        March 23, 2020

        The Live View Remote Assistance Tool uses augmented reality technology to provide modern technical support to help reduce downtime in manufacturing.

        Unpacking the OT Patch Management Process

        March 4, 2020

        Smart manufacturing brought us breakthrough productivity, but ICS cybersecurity lagged behind. We take a look at how the food and beverage industry is catching up.

        Workforce Enablement and the New Age of OEM Value

        March 4, 2020

        Equipment and machine builders are rethinking design, machine intelligence and services to address their customer’s workforce challenges.

        Protect Operations with Proactive Threat Hunting

        March 2, 2020

        Industrial security cyber threat detection isn’t enough. Learn how to implement threat hunting to help stop infestations from impacting your manufacturing operations.

        The New Engine Behind Agile EV Powertrain Lines

        February 28, 2020

        Digital twins create a virtual world that delivers extraordinary insights and an efficient way to manage new technologies and fluctuating demand.

        Optimizing Connected Worker Programs

        February 28, 2020

        Get guidelines and best practices based on Rockwell Automation manufacturing experience you can use to effectively implement your Connected Worker program.

        How To Keep Women In The Talent Pipeline

        February 27, 2020

        The broken rung is the reason women get stuck at entry level positions – resulting in fewer women in the talent pipeline for leadership opportunities. It’s time to fix the broken run.

        Six Ways a Modern HMI Can Make You More Productive

        February 19, 2020

        Learn how production personnel can see more, know more and do more when they have access to timely, easy-to-understand information.

        It’s Time to Take a Closer Look at Cyber Hygiene

        February 17, 2020

        Life science companies face unique cybersecurity risks. See how your security posture measures up.

        Why I Celebrate Black History Month

        February 17, 2020

        This month I reflect on the people whose passion and dedication have helped create a corporate culture that allows me to thrive. Meet 3 colleagues who make a difference.

        Ten Worker Safety and Productivity Tips for 2020

        February 12, 2020

        As we enter 2020, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help you meet challenges and see immediate improvements in safety and productivity.

        Smart Objects Ease the Way to Smarter Machines

        February 10, 2020

        It’s coming. A powerful way to streamline the integration of IoT-enabled machines. And make the information they deliver more useful.

        Scale Manufacturing with Disposable Technology

        February 7, 2020

        Hyper-personalised medicine means that manufacturers are producing batches for individual patients. Learn how to stay ahead of the innovation curve in single-use systems.

        5 Tips To Recruit Diverse Talent

        February 3, 2020

        Companies that value a diverse and inclusive workplace often enjoy lower turnover and better results. Here are 5 things you can to do recruit and retain women of color.

        Digital Technology Enables Plant Optimization

        February 3, 2020

        Own your plant's future now: how to build a digital foundation for asset and plant optimization and reduced equipment obsolescence risk.

        Ones and zeroes are driving a tire revolution

        January 27, 2020

        To meet the market demands, tire manufacturers require flexible and scalable operations. The creation of fully digitalised operations is the most effective pathway.

        From Beer to RTD Beverages: Brewing Reimagined

        January 23, 2020

        As beer growth slows, traditional breweries are looking beyond beer to hard seltzer and other spirit blends. And they’re finding the brewing process very accommodating.

        LOTO Annual Audits: What You Need to Know

        January 20, 2020

        Lockout/tagout annual audits are essential for maintaining a compliant program. They allow LOTO programs to be reviewed for gaps and deficiencies.

        It’s 10:00 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

        January 15, 2020

        For life sciences companies, taking a closer look at network segmentation is a critical way to help improve system security and productivity.

        24toCode Solves Real Manufacturing Challenge

        December 18, 2019

        24toCode hackathoners use machine learning, AI and data analytics to solve real manufacturing challenge. Winners offered internships, split prize pool.

        How Do You Make Good Biotech Workers Better?

        December 9, 2019

        New ways augmented reality and other digital technologies can help improve worker productivity, reduce error – and optimize your workflow.

        Secure Remote Access: Protect Your Plant Floor

        December 4, 2019

        Secure remote access policies and procedures can help manufacturers protect against cyber threats and human errors that result in unplanned downtime.

        Before We Talk Pay, Let’s Talk About Opportunity

        December 2, 2019

        Statistics will tell you that women are closing the gender pay gap. But for women of color, the move forward is slower.

        Experience Bold Conversations at Automation Fair

        November 18, 2019

        An interactive space where people tell stories, invite questions and encourage authentic dialog around the challenges of creating a culture that differentiates a company.

        Industrial IoT Initiatives Need the Right Partners

        November 14, 2019

        The right partners can help you more easily deploy digital technologies, solve challenges like data-integration issues and capture more value from digital initiatives.

        LOTO OSHA Compliance: What You Need to Know

        November 11, 2019

        Is your lockout/tagout program compliant with OSHA regulations? LOTO OSHA violations are incredibly common for manufacturers. How to avoid fines and stay in compliance.

        Digital Transformation and Mining Workforce Shifts

        November 8, 2019

        Technology is changing the way mining companies do business and one of the most impacted areas is the workforce. Learn how digital transformation is changing mining roles for the future.

        Add Emulation to your Speed to Market Toolbox

        November 6, 2019

        CPG companies are gaining significant launch-time advantages with emulation technology. Recent advances are making it easier than ever to employ.

        Inclusion and diversity

        November 6, 2019

        Join us at the top of every hour to hear from a variety of thought-leaders on how culture, community outreach, supplier diversity and a focus on talent can impact your business.

        Surviving the Skills Gap

        November 6, 2019

        Solutions like digital workforce productivity simplify workers’ jobs and enhance how they work, making them critical in tackling the manufacturing skills gap.

        Paper Mill Migrates to Modern DCS

        October 30, 2019

        For this paper mill, migrating its batch digester to a modern DCS offered significant improvements in yield, quality and operator efficiency.

        The Benefits of Remote Support for Manufacturers

        October 21, 2019

        Plant managers can’t be everywhere, all the time. But in many ways, they need to be. Remote support can provide valuable expertise and backup whenever it’s needed.

        Smart Manufacturing Benefits EV Production

        October 16, 2019

        A smart-manufacturing strategy can help overcome production challenges and produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly.

        Get Ahead of Failures with Predictive Analytics

        October 11, 2019

        Predictive analytics dashboards provide insight into potential issues before they happen, so you can prevent machine or equipment failures and avoid downtime.

        Five Reasons Why You Should Go to Automation Fair

        October 4, 2019

        We are here to help you make the case for why your boss should let you go to Automation Fair, which, by the way, is November 20-21 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

        Cut Costs and Inefficiencies with the Right MAC

        September 30, 2019

        Reduce integration challenges by embedding an OEM MAC in your gas processing facility projects.

        Wireless Makes the Connected Mine Possible

        September 30, 2019

        With a unified network infrastructure in place, mining operators can implement wireless and reliably connect their people, places and technologies.

        Challenging Machine Builders to Think Differently

        September 20, 2019

        Food and beverage companies can achieve smart manufacturing goals by specifying smart, flexible machine technology. Are you asking the right questions?

        LOTO Training Protects Workers and Manufacturers

        September 18, 2019

        Lockout/tagout training is required by OSHA for authorized employees and affected employees. Learn what should be included and how often it’s needed.

        The Unsung Heroes of Industrial Security

        September 16, 2019

        By uncovering vulnerabilities and helping companies fix them, researchers help prevent what could be major security incidents.

        How to Future-Proof Your Powertrain Production

        September 13, 2019

        Flexible and scalable drivetrain or powertrain production operations can help you keep up with consumer demand and adapt to technology changes.

        Veteran Hiring Fills High-Tech Skills Gap

        September 11, 2019

        While veterans make great employees, moving from military to civilian employment can be tough. One veteran offers advice on creating a smooth transition.

        How Predictive Analytics Improves Efficiency

        September 9, 2019

        Food and beverage companies are finding productivity gains in hidden data. With the help of predictive analytics, they’re using this data to make informed decisions.

        One Smart Path. Extraordinary Machine Flexibility.

        September 9, 2019

        With a unified control platform, OEMs can better leverage the latest advanced technologies and optimize customers’ return on investment.

        Five Ways to Overcome Your Operational Challenges

        September 6, 2019

        The struggle with downtime can feel like a never-ending battle. More manufacturers are turning to third-party providers for OT remote management services.

        Want to Attract Top Talent? Lead With Your Mission

        September 2, 2019

        Manufacturing needs to reshape its image to attract and retain top talent. Candidates are looking at work culture, vision and mission and differentiators.

        Get a Richer Picture of Production Performance

        August 30, 2019

        Companies around the world are already using enterprise operational intelligence solutions to create more competitive operations, and they’re seeing results.

        Impact of Ecommerce on Packaging Equipment Design

        August 28, 2019

        Independent cart technology answers the call for a better way to manage the high-mix, agile packaging needs of our made-to-order world.

        Get Predictive Insights Without a Data Scientist

        August 16, 2019

        Controller-based predictive analytics use AI technology to help you detect production issues before they lead to downtime or scrap.

        OT Patch Management Strategy: 7 Best Practices

        August 14, 2019

        Manufacturers that want to avoid devastating cyberattacks should prioritize proactive OT patch management as part of their cybersecurity strategy.

        When Water Hammer Knocks, You Better Answer

        August 12, 2019

        Learn how to prevent water hammer by “softening” the dynamics of starting and stopping a pump through the use of a soft starter.

        Drive Out Distortion With a Low-Harmonic Drive

        August 9, 2019

        Drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect process integrity and uptime in water/wastewater operations.

        Digital Twin: Now and For the Future

        August 7, 2019

        Digital twin technologies are transforming the industrial space, elevating how we interact with our environments and offering great potential for the future workforce.

        Invention Versus Innovation: Which One Is Better?

        August 5, 2019

        Are you an inventor or an innovator? 4 indicators that a company supports innovation and creating a culture where your ideas thrive.

        Network Cable Installation: Make It a Priority

        August 2, 2019

        It’s critical to include a standards-based physical network design into your project scope, along with the logical network on the front end to help pave the way to success in the long term.

        Copper Smelter Goes All In on a Modern DCS

        July 31, 2019

        ENAMI needed a modern control system with strong diagnostics, easy maintenance, and data management to support business decisions and operational improvement.

        Reimagine Your Smart Machines with Edge Computing

        July 29, 2019

        Combining a machine’s control and computing hardware into one platform can help OEMs create smarter, more secure and capable machines.

        Reduce Downtime with Performance Dashboards

        July 26, 2019

        The smallest uptime increase can add millions of dollars to a bottom line. Performance dashboards organize OEE data so manufacturers can identify growth opportunities.

        Underemployed Veterans Get Shot at Success

        July 22, 2019

        For unemployed (or underemployed) veterans, a 12-week program can prepare them for highly sought-after high-tech roles.

        Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Do Additions Help?

        July 19, 2019

        When it comes to lockout/tagout procedures, is it helpful or unnecessary to add information to the document? The answer isn’t always simple.

        Virtualization Enables High Availability, Low TCO

        July 17, 2019

        Manufacturers are migrating from physical hardware solutions to a virtualized environment where multiple applications and operating systems can live.

        Are You In Break-Fix Mode With Your Machines?

        July 15, 2019

        Three priorities will help you justify migration: operations, finances and corporate strategy. And there’s another factor to consider: employees.

        Industry 4.0: The Challenges and Risks

        July 15, 2019

        There are many benefits to digital transformation. The challenges include security, testability, data collection, and legislation and standardization.

        Beyond Data Integrity

        July 8, 2019

        Thanks to advances in digital technologies, life sciences companies can now use data more holistically to drive real-time business outcomes.

        Visibility & Segmentation are Security Must-Haves

        July 5, 2019

        To protect industrial devices against security risks, you need two things: a clear view of your network activity and the ability to segment your network into discrete parts.

        Using a VFD With Synchronous Capabilities

        July 3, 2019

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

        Bringing Manufacturing Closer to Home

        July 1, 2019

        Technology underpins Industry 4.0 potential, but the most important factor remains the people making it happen.

        Fifty Not Out (and Just Getting Started)

        July 1, 2019

        The relationship between vendor and customers has never been more now as we seek to leverage the opportunity of 4IR technologies.

        People of the Revolution: Do Not Fear Change

        July 1, 2019

        We help people to change and improve things with technology. And we live our brand promise of expanding human possibility.

        The Technology Cycle – Chicken and Egg?

        July 1, 2019

        Ireland's potential will be unlocked by its digital transformation culture and driven by each industry’s specific needs.

        Why Should Miners Embrace IIoT?

        June 26, 2019

        In order to optimize mine performance, miners must first be willing to embrace change. Embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

        AC Drives Give You a Countdown to Downtime

        June 21, 2019

        New AC drives learn how they’re being used and adapt to changes. This allows you to see their predicted life down to the hour to reduce unplanned downtime.

        Let’s Transform the Future

        June 19, 2019

        Engineering is at its best when it is practiced by everyone. That is why STEM education and diversity are so important.

        Reconciling the Two Truths of Automation Systems

        June 17, 2019

        A digital twin can unite your CAD and controls to help you create better industrial automation systems that are delivered on time, on spec and on budget.