Automation 101: AC motors

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 28, 2017 9:01:22 AM

This is the first post in a series of upcoming posts on Industrial Automation 101 topics.

These posts are geared towards people new to the industry who are looking for basic information on how some of the gear in the industrial automation field works, when to use it, and maybe even how to troubleshoot it here and there.

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Electronics

Social Engineering: Your automation network's largest security vulnerability

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM


When most people think about cyber security, they probably conjure up thoughts of someone locked away in a dark room, wearing the same grey hoodie for months. Staring at a screen for days at a time looking for just the right network packet to tell them where and how to attack. But that's not always how hacking is done.

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Topics: Process control, PACs, Networking, Security

OptoNews: Opto 22 partners with IBM Watson IoT

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:35:22 PM

What could cognitive computing do for you?

Cognitive computing involves analyzing huge quantities of data and spotting correlations and patterns that are valuable—similar to what a human brain can do. But computers can analyze lots more data, much faster. 

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Topics: Process control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-03-15

OptoNews: Learn about KPIs for automation

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 1, 2017 3:59:05 PM

You've probably heard about KPIs (key performance indicators). You may be responsible for meeting these goals or even determining what they should be.

But what are KPIs and how are they used in process control and automation?

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Topics: Process control, optonews, OptoNews 2017-03-01

OptoNews Tip: New tech note details protocol & tool support

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:48:49 PM

So you know .NET—or Modbusor Pythonor HART. Can you use those development tools and protocols (or many others) with Opto 22 products?

You'll find the answer in our new technical note, Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products

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Topics: Process control, Internet of Things, Tips, IoT, optonews, PACs, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-01

KPIs for Industrial Automation and Process Control

Posted by Matt Newton on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Understanding how productive, efficient, and profitable your business operations are takes constant monitoring and analysis.

One of the tools used in manufacturing, automation, and process control to stay on top of these metrics is  key performance indicators, or KPIs.

KPIs can be applied to all levels of a business, from manufacturing to sales, marketing, operations, and customer service.

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Topics: Process control, groov, Tips, IoT, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews: Custom desalination system for Bahamas resort

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:40:07 PM

Once a haven for pirates, today Nassau and nearby islands host thousands of tourists.

One essential to keep tourists happy and healthy is fresh water, and most resorts rely on desalination to provide it.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Water & wastewater, optonews, PACs, Integrators, OptoNews 2017-01-04

OptoNews: Are you an Operations Technology engineer?

Posted by Jean Femia on Nov 10, 2016 12:31:09 PM

Gone are the days when the control system engineer—"you know, the instrumentation guy, the DCS guy, the PLC and HMI guy"—can handle what needs to be done in automation, says Steve Malyszko, P.E. 

Malyszko's recent article in Automation World says the old skills just won't be enough anymore.

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, Careers, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2016-11-09

OptoNews: Manufacturer wants distributed intelligence for industrial process

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 26, 2016 3:09:07 PM

Graphite isn't just for lubrication and No. 2 pencils anymore.

Today it's a key ingredient in many industries, and the finest graphite is essential for nuclear power and semiconductors.

Toyo Tanso Japan was the first company to achieve mass production of this fine-grade isotropic graphite. Their subsidiary, Toyo Tanso USA, manufactures isotropic graphite and also provides graphite-related silicon carbide surface treatments to customers.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, groov, optonews, PACs, mobile, PID loop control, OptoNews 2016-10-26

OptoNews: Don't miss these September trade shows

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 14, 2016 4:06:09 PM

We're looking forward to seeing you at one of these shows!

Learn about the newest technology in factory, process, and building automation, and take advantage of networking and business development opportunities.

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, groov, Remote monitoring, IoT, optonews, PACs, Events & conferences, I/O, OptoNews 2016-09-14

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