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Linking Machines to IT Systems

Linking Machines to IT Systems

Once upon a time, individual machines were stranded on an island, or just linked to other machines using a few discrete I/O and dry contact relays. Then came machine-to-machine data links such as a proprietary PLC-based network. Today, and certainly in the future, machines are being linked to IT systems.
 
Choosing an OEM or a System Integrator

Choosing an OEM or a System Integrator

When a new production line is needed, which is the better partner, an original equipment manufacturer or a system integrator? Many production facilities do not have the resources to plan, specify, design, build, start up, and validate new production equipment as it requires a significant number of mechanical engineers, controls engineers and technicians. On large projects, ... Read More
 
Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration

Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration

Machine builders use technologies and expertise to provide system integration services that were once the realm of systems integrators and engineering firms. As automation systems become more integrated, the design, installation and commissioning of machines and robots on the factory floor can be a complex process. The machines must interact not only with existing production ... Read More
 
Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

Automation is a key component when developing strategies to help customers reduce their operating costs. Many times when making buying decisions, people look only at the initial price of an item without considering other factors that contribute to the overall cost of owning that product. For example, a certain laptop may seem like a great ... Read More
 
Cellular Remote Access Gives Companies Competitive Edge

Cellular Remote Access Gives Companies Competitive Edge

Internet and cellular technology make monitoring and control easier than ever. The automation world, with its distant and often isolated sites, has long sought reliable remote access to cut costs and improve reliability. Instead of sending technicians to distant locations, operators can now access critical information and control systems quickly and easily.
 
Is It Time to Upgrade Your Control System?

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Control System?

Are your machine or robot control systems good enough, or should you make a change? The machines and robots you build work well. You’ve kept up with periodic improvements. Most of your support calls are predictable. Why rock the boat? As a machine or robot builder OEM, you understand the favorable economics of selling machines ... Read More
 
Machine Automation 2010: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Machine Automation 2010: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Machine and Robot Builders Look Ahead to the New Decade As a new decade dawns, machine and robot builder OEMs are looking to embrace new trends and put the past behind them. Recent economic travails seem to be lessening, especially in the developing world. The hope is for continued improvement in the world economy, spurring ... Read More
 
Maintaining Machine Quality While Reducing Time to Market

Maintaining Machine Quality While Reducing Time to Market

Machine and robot builder OEMs and their end user customers face similar challenges. For OEMs in a highly competitive market, quick machine delivery can make the difference between getting the order and losing it to a competitor. In a challenging economy, end users tend to take more time making machine upgrade or purchasing decisions. However, ... Read More
 
New Motor Efficiency Standards: What Motor Users Need to Know

New Motor Efficiency Standards: What Motor Users Need to Know

New legislation, namely the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, aims to increase production of renewable energy; increase efficiency of products, buildings and vehicles; and promote research and deployment of greenhouse gas capture and storage. The eventual goal is to move the United States toward greater autonomy in acquiring resources to meet its ... Read More