Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing manufacturing operations and profitability

Because It’s Cool – Bedrock Automation Tesla Coil Video

I’m posting it because it’s cool, but it’s also pretty impressive and because quite a few automation end users in industrial plants are rightfully concerned about the potential impact of lightning strikes on their automation systems.  The Bedrock Team took it upon themselves to put an operating controller on a tesla coil and watch the electrons fly, then recorded it…

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The Rise of Ethernet in the Flow World

Already widely adopted by the consumer and business world, Ethernet continues its rapid penetration into the process and factory world. Various advancements and improvements to this network have helped drive the adoption for industrial automation applications. While researching for the soon to be released Flowmeter Global Market Research reports (Coriolis, Magnetic, Ultrasonic, Vortex), ARC discovered that the adoption of this…

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The End of the Automation Supplier Annuity?

If process plants adopt the open process automation systems envisioned by ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco, what will happen to the business of process automation? In most process plants today the incumbent DCS and PLC suppliers are nearly impossible to dislodge and replace. Services for the installed base of DCS and PLCs is a huge and important component of the process…

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“Ready-Fire-Aim” Does Not Work Well for Process Automation Decisions

The concept represented by the catchy “Ready-Fire-Aim” phrase was born from the frustration that many entrepreneurs had with traditional business planning methods. That is, the term suggests that business leaders can miss an opportunity if they spend too much time in the planning (e.g. “Aim”) before they are ready to do something (i.e. “Fire”). Certainly when one looks at the…

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High Power AC Drives Can Help Reduce Energy Costs and Associated Greenhouse Emissions

High power AC drives provide precise speed, motion, and torque control for heavy-duty industrial equipment such as fans, pumps, compressors, conveyors, kilns, centrifuges, mixers, hoists, cranes, extruders, printing machinery, and textile machines. In addition to reducing energy-related costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions, by taking advantage of energy audit programs offered by a number of high power AC drive suppliers, end…

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Some Examples of “Real World” IoT in Process Automation

The Internet of Things as it applies to the world of process automation is moving from hype to reality.  In recent months, several suppliers have introduced products, applications, and services that are the first “real world” manifestations of what the IoT will look like in process industry applications.  Companies are either making acquisitions or developing their own solutions in-house.  If…

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