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Data-Driven Decision Making: Driving the Need for Remote Sensors in Manufacturing

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Too often, manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are described only in terms of greenfield deployments. Unrealistic and expensive descriptions of shiny new factories outfitted with the latest industrial-internet-of-things (IIoT) technologies to deliver transformational insights are...

Automated Downtime Tracking the Right Way, Part 1

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I have been chasing OEE and throughput improvements my entire career; it is a way of life in manufacturing. The first step to enable your operations team to improve OEE, is to provide the data...

3D Printing Applications In Manufacturing Processes

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3D printing is the latest in a long line of technologies and innovations that have transformed and evolved the manufacturing industry. As 3D printing technology and materials have advanced, the process has expanded its...

Harnessing Developments in 3D Printing Technology for Manufacturing Innovation

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3D printing has been a capable technology for quite a number of years now, but the developments in machine technology and the extensive range of materials that have become available over the last 12...

Christmas Light Show Automation

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Are you going to decorate for Christmas? Never! I moved into our house in June 2015 with my wife and baby twin girls. My agent mentioned during close that "the agent (selling) said this is...

How To Add Profinet I/O & Drives To S7-1500 (Video, TAS 24)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, John DeTellem walks us through how to add PROFINET (Ethernet) I/O and Drives to an S7-1500 using TIA Portal: For more information, check out the "Show Notes"...

Connecting PLCs and Sensors to the Cloud

Life would be so easy if there were only one PLC manufacturer, one Communication Protocol, and just one Cloud Solution. Unfortunately, since this is not the case you'll want to find a solution that will...

Creating your first Siemens S7-1500 Program (Video, TAS 20)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, John DeTellem of Siemens walks us through how to create a new program for a Siemens S7-1500: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below...

Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

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Humans make mistakes, and these mistakes can cause defective products. Poka Yoke, also known as mistake-proofing, is a technique for avoiding simple human errors at work. The idea was originally developed in the 1960s by...

Share Your Knowledge

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Automation Professionals, Integrators, and Vendors: You're invited to share your knowledge and expertise on TheAutomationBlog.com! Since 2013, The Automation Blog has become known as a great place to learn about industrial automation products. From how-to articles...

Exchange Data Between Simatic S7 PLCs on Different Subnets

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Easy data exchange between two Siemens Simatic S7 PLCs on different Ethernet subnets using a PN/PN Coupler Suppose you have two Simatic S7 PLCs, like a S7-1200 and S7-300, on different Ethernet subnets and you...

Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems

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In today's article, Jeff Turcotte of PLC Concepts discusses winder and slitter positioning control system upgrades, and how his company's upgrades increase throughput and reduce downtime. Written by Jeff Turcotte, PLC Concepts Inc: Over the Holidays...

Connecting ControlLogix to Simatic S7-300 via Ethernet

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In this article I'll walk you through how to setup a connection between an Allen Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L36ERM controller, and a Siemens Simatic S7-300 PLC CPU 315-2PN/DP via Ethernet using the Prosoft PLX31-EIP-SIE Gateway. There...

Robots Defeat Humans on Foosball Playing Field

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Robotics is a field of study which is experiencing constant progress. People are wondering how they can improve or make a groundbreaking discovery in robotics. That is why they are developing absolutely everything they...

Here We Grow Again! Guest Bloggers Wanted.

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The Automation Blog is looking to expand its reach with new content and know-how, by welcoming guest bloggers who have expertise and knowledge about automation products from some of the leading automation manufacturers from...

Careers in Industrial Automation

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When you think "industrial automation" you may visualize robotic arms putting cars together on an assembly line. The field is about so much more than that. Industrial automation covers everything from robotics to the tiny...

Serial Communications – If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

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I’ll be the first to admit it, serial communications (RS-232) is so 1980’s.  However, it is also relatively easy to install and support and for many legacy devices it is the only communication option...

UCI Hyperloop Team “HyperXite” Compete for Clean Transportation of the Future

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Editor's Note: I've had the distinct pleasure of consulting for the UCI HyperXite team, and in appreciation they have provided this "guest post" for readers of The Automation Blog. IRVINE, Ca. - May 24, 2016 - HyperXite,...
The Engineers Are Leaving

The Engineers Are Leaving – what to do before they do

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The day has finally arrived.  FAT and SAT tests are complete.  All punch list items are closed. The commissioning engineers are about to leave your site, handing over the keys to your new automation system...
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The Automation Blog announces "guest blogging" support!

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The Automation Blog is now open to guest bloggers! Why? Well, by allowing “guest bloggers” to submit articles for publication on The Automation Blog, we hope to provide even more helpful information to our readers...