Industrial Automation

Emerging Manufacturing Technologies Demand Modernization

By | Blog / Post, IIoT, Industrial Automation

Manufacturers leaning on outdated, stacked systems could very well find themselves left behind if they don’t modernize in order to keep pace with the explosive IoT. Gartner predicts that by 2020 the number of IoT devices will reach an astounding 50 billion. The need to maintain a system with zero downtime will continue to rise as the the existing network of physical devices grows.

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Human Error

How Do I Prevent Human Error During Complex Software Implementations?

By | Blog / Post, Cost of Downtime, Industrial Automation

In 1991, twelve million people in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco were unable to make or receive phone calls when service was sporadically disrupted between June 26 and July 2. This was a time when second generation cell phones were just hitting the market, so many of those without phone service had no backup option. Having no access to a telephone line impacted profits as workdays were disrupted, and public safety as there was no way to call emergency services.

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IIoT

New Automation Plus Video Case Study

By | Case Studies, ftServer, Industrial Automation, Life Sciences, Resources, Rockwell, Video

Automation Plus and Stratus

Automation Plus is a full service system integration and manufacturing intelligence solutions provider to regulated industries such as life science, chemical and food and beverage industries throughout the globe. A client asked for their help migrating a legacy control system running the purification process for a life-saving drug to a more modern solution while continuing to work with Rockwell applications. And, digitizing a factory while managing risk requires a solution that works well with the application(s) of choice while offering benefits such as simplicity and continuous availability. Stratus was the clear choice. Read More

IIoT Initiatives

IT/OT Essentials for Control System Projects with Cloud & Edge Computing

By | Application Availability, Availability, Cloud Computing, Cost of Downtime, Edge Computing, Fault Tolerant, High Availability, IIoT, Industrial Automation, On Demand Webinars, Virtualization

Success with IIoT  initiatives and control projects relies on engineers who can bridge the IT/OT divide and understand the critical requirements within the plant environment.

The right platform infrastructure for control applications that supports IIoT initiatives should be easy to use, easy to maintain and eliminate unplanned downtime. However, as applications become more complex and automation and enterprise networks become interconnected, the requirements of IT networks often become imposed on the operational technology world. This frequently creates unforeseen problems for automation engineers and system integrators. This webcast will help create IT and OT alignment for industrial computers, reduce risk, and create stronger project specifications.

Discover what options are available to satisfy IT, while delivering platforms simple to use and maintain by OT, in the control room and at the edge, where support can be a major challenge. As real-time control and analytics applications migrate towards the edge, often in preparation for, or as part of, a digitalization initiative, being able to provide a differentiated solution with best practices to meet OT needs can give system integrators an advantage.

In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Better gain IT and OT alignment on industrial computers for projects
  • Reduce risk and create more effective industrial computer specifications for projects

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Featured Speaker

John Fryer
Senior Director Industry Solutions, Stratus Technologies

John Fryer is the Senior Director Industry Solutions at Stratus Technologies, where he is responsible for go-to-market strategies and industry initiatives across all the company’s product lines. He has over 25 years of experience with systems and software products in a variety of engineering, marketing and executive roles at successful startups and major companies, including Motorola, Emerson Network Power and Oracle. His experience includes more than 15 years working with high-availability solutions for the enterprise, automation and networking industries.

Mark Hoske
Content Manager & Moderator, CFE Media

Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor / content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop.