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                  5 Areas to Address for Packaging Machine Safety

                  May 21, 2020

                  New technologies provide crucial machine safety solutions for food and beverage operations, but manufacturers must consider plant setup for packaging lines.

                  Integrated Control Helps Nut Producer Meet Demand

                  May 14, 2020

                  System using MCCs and PACs at Wonderful Pistachio’s new facility exceeded production expectations by 15% and produces 5.6 million lbs. of pistachios daily.

                  How Brewers Can Expand from Beer to Beverages

                  May 13, 2020

                  Facing slow growth, brewers are looking to extend their lines to spirits-based drinks, hard seltzer and other infused drinks to meet consumer demands.

                  Control from the Edge

                  April 12, 2020

                  Edge computing brings machine data to where the controller is, for better performance, space savings, and opportunities to build new production solutions.

                  How Predictive Analytics Let You Boost Efficiency

                  April 11, 2020

                  For food and beverage companies, data already sitting inside your machines can help you improve operations and meet ever-changing industry demands.

                  Major Food Maker Uses IIoT to Slash Risk, Costs

                  April 11, 2020

                  Learn how a food processor made a digital transformation by converging IT and OT to boost productivity via remote monitoring and better visibility.

                  Oil & Gas eBook Helps Firms Improve Performance

                  April 10, 2020

                  Educational resource provides tutorials and case studies to help producers and processors optimize performance, safety and security.

                  Simplify Device Integration in System Design

                  April 10, 2020

                  Premier Integration creates a single design environment for devices from multiple vendors to communicate without time-consuming and costly programming.

                  Editor’s Viewpoint: ROKLive Event Goes Virtual

                  April 5, 2020

                  Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes explains that the ROKLive event about digital transformation will now be an interactive virtual event in June.

                  April 2020 Full Issue

                  April 2, 2020

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                  How a VFD Can Help Slash Costs

                  March 11, 2020

                  Using a variable-frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities can yield significant cost savings.

                  Network Failure: How to Control an Electric Motor

                  March 11, 2020

                  Programming in the appropriate motor state is important to prevent unexpected production losses when network communication issues arise.

                  VIDEO: The Virtualized Environment Journey

                  March 11, 2020

                  Watch John and Jane follow different paths to virtualization solutions for their companies.

                  Increase Efficiency for Simple Motor Control

                  March 10, 2020

                  Learn how to evaluate your options for push button vs. PLC control for more effective motor starting, run time and stopping.

                  Why & How to Lower Harmonics in Water Treatment

                  March 9, 2020

                  Low-voltage AC drives with built-in distortion mitigation help protect the integrity and uptime of water treatment systems and comply with IEEE 519.

                  Transforming Your Business

                  February 27, 2020

                  Digital transformation isn’t just about technology; it changes how business is done. Learn how to develop a strategy to implement smart systems.

                  Digital Twins Go Beyond Improving Machine Design

                  February 26, 2020

                  By enabling pretesting of machines or production lines, virtual operator training and enhanced maintenance, simulation helps improve long-term performance.

                  Automation Fair Event Expands Human Possibilities

                  February 25, 2020

                  Largest-ever gathering of industrial automation professionals shines light on new technologies and solutions designed to help connect and improve industrial processes.

                  Fire Protection in Hazardous Locations

                  February 25, 2020

                  Learn 10 best practices for detecting combustible gas, smoke and flames.

                  Understanding SQL Databases & Transaction Managers

                  February 25, 2020

                  Learn about relational databases and how transactional managers download production parameters to a PLC to help streamline the OT/IT convergence process.

                  How Ecommerce Impacts Packaging Equipment Design

                  February 24, 2020

                  Systems such as independent cart technology can help OEMs guide manufacturers in managing the high-mix, agile packaging that consumers demand.

                  Editor’s View: What is Digital Transformation?

                  February 18, 2020

                  Executive Editor Theresa Houck discusses how digital transformation isn’t just about technology, but about changing business outcomes.

                  February 2020 Full Issue

                  February 17, 2020

                  Download the full PDF of the February 2020 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

                  Water System Boosts Compliance, Slashes Costs

                  December 12, 2019

                  Automated plant delivers cleaner, better-tasting water to a Cape Cod vacation town and meets fluctuating water demand with one staff shift.

                  DCS Upgrade Boosts Wastewater Plant Efficiency

                  December 9, 2019

                  See how migration to a modern distributed control system helps a municipality increase wastewater capacity, streamline control and minimize overtime.

                  A Submariner’s View of Predictive Maintenance

                  December 7, 2019

                  A U.S. Navy veteran explains what PM practices on a nuclear submarine can teach manufacturers about preventing failures to help avoid costly downtime.

                  How to Use Robots for Nonrepetitive Tasks

                  December 6, 2019

                  Vision guided robotics help industrial applications where robot fingers need to maneuver objects of different shapes and sizes or that touch or overlap.

                  How Water Utilities Can Incorporate Cybersecurity

                  December 6, 2019

                  Utilities can mitigate cybersecurity risks by using a proactive approach that extends beyond regulatory compliance and integrating security controls.

                  How a Batch Management System Cut Downtime by 25%

                  December 5, 2019

                  Snack company improves dough quality by 30% with new batch management and control solution.

                  How an Energy Firm Used IIoT for Plant Maintenance

                  December 5, 2019

                  The company’s asset management and historian software perform better predictive and preventive maintenance by analyzing historical and real-time data.

                  Editor's Viewpoint: Times, They Are A Changin’

                  December 4, 2019

                  Executive Editor Theresa Houck notes how times are changing fast, including trends in the industrial automation industry.

                  December 2019 Full Issue

                  December 3, 2019

                  Download the full PDF of the December 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetworkTM

                  How to Help Make LOTO Safety Procedures Clear

                  November 20, 2019

                  You’re allowed to add more information to a machine LOTO procedure than OSHA requires, but make sure it’s clear so it doesn’t inadvertently endanger workers.

                  Why is True-RMS So Important?

                  November 19, 2019

                  Learn how a true-rms meter can accurately measure imperfect, nonsinusoidal waves compared to an average digital multimeter.

                  How to Boost Efficiency for Simple Motor Control

                  November 16, 2019

                  Learn how to evaluate your options for push button vs. PLC control for more effective motor starting, run time and stopping.

                  Oil & Gas Firms Save by Modernizing Power Systems

                  November 16, 2019

                  Converting to digital power distribution systems can provide real-time visibility into electrical assets for faster decision-making and issue resolution.

                  Boost Efficiency Using IIoT Data for Decisions

                  October 16, 2019

                  Data in smart devices and on machines can help you increase productivity by adapting to changes in real time to get more out of your assets.

                  How to Bolster Security for Smart Manufacturing

                  October 16, 2019

                  As your operation gets smarter, protect it from vulnerabilities so you get the most from the data generated by your information-enabled technologies.

                  Power Producers Use Proactive Cyberthreat Hunting

                  October 13, 2019

                  As cybersecurity threats increase every year, power generators need to mitigate risk by using a multi-layered approach for physical and cybersecurity.

                  Deliver What They Want

                  October 3, 2019

                  Are multiple SKUs slowing you down in this age of consumer demand for customization and same-day delivery? Now you can rethink packaging machine design.

                  Bakery Upgrades Packaging Line for Delicate Goods

                  September 29, 2019

                  Historic bakery maintains its famed craft cake quality and gets faster tray format changeover by using a flexible packaging line with agile robotics.

                  How to Plan and Maintain a Network Infrastructure

                  September 28, 2019

                  Learn how to improve uptime by using a network management process that includes planning, design, implementation and continuous improvement.

                  Are You Ready for Chicago? Automation Fair Is!

                  September 27, 2019

                  Join process and automation industry professionals at the 2019 Automation Fair event to learn about the latest technologies offering improved control, optimization and IT/OT collaboration.

                  Understand Your Customer’s Packaging Business

                  September 26, 2019

                  As a packaging OEM, you can help solve your end users’ problems by getting to know their challenges as a company rather than depending only on technology.

                  3 Best Practices for Fire and Gas Detection

                  September 24, 2019

                  Understanding how to set up and maintain a fire and gas safety system in hazardous environments can help you protect workers, processes and facilities.

                  Why Does Edge Computing Matter to You?

                  September 24, 2019

                  Find out how edge computing compares with the cloud, how to use it, and trends driving its growth.

                  Simplify Instrumentation Preventive Maintenance

                  September 23, 2019

                  Hardware and software advancements can help with instrument configuration, condition monitoring, life-cycle management and more while cutting costs.

                  Editor’s Viewpoint: Every Package Sends a Message

                  September 22, 2019

                  Executive Editor Theresa Houck describes the strategies, technologies and methods packaging OEMs and end users are using to keep up with constantly changing consumer demands.

                  October 2019 Full Issue

                  September 21, 2019

                  Download the full PDF of the October 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

                  How to Reduce Mechanical Resonance

                  August 27, 2019

                  Low-voltage AC drives with advanced analytics can help cut costs by detecting and mitigating mechanical resonance issues, so machines run more efficiently.

                  eBook Helps Food & Beverage Producers

                  August 26, 2019

                  The new 2019 Food & Beverage eBook helps you understand how to integrate and optimize smart machines and use data analytics to show you where you can improve processes.

                  Machines Run Longer with Drive-Based Analytics

                  August 26, 2019

                  AC drives using predictive diagnostics settings monitor drive and motor operating conditions to show you the true remaining life of the drive’s components.

                  Design Automation Systems for Linear Actuators

                  August 25, 2019

                  These factors and principles help electrical and mechanical engineers early in the development process to effectively implement linear motion solutions.

                  5 Reasons to Use AC Drives with Safety

                  August 21, 2019

                  Boost productivity, simplify systems and optimize performance by using AC drives that provide advanced safety over Ethernet.

                  You Don’t Need Another Brain Teaser

                  August 15, 2019

                  Converting a legacy platform to a modern DCS may look complex, but using these best practices provides opportunities for significant process improvements.

                  How an Oil & Gas Company Achieves 99% Uptime

                  August 14, 2019

                  A modern distributed control system helped an offshore exploration and production firm achieve its first deepwater-field extraction in just 36 months.

                  Boost Efficiency During Power System Upgrades

                  August 13, 2019

                  As oil and gas facilities deal with aging power-distribution systems, intelligent packaged power can provide insight-rich data for performance improvement.

                  eBook Helps Food & Beverage Producers

                  August 12, 2019

                  The new 2019 Food & Beverage eBook helps you understand how to integrate and optimize smart machines and use data analytics to show you where you can improve processes.

                  Is Your Connected Device Secure?

                  August 11, 2019

                  Some IIoT devices are still playing catch-up with security, but technology advances now help protect connected devices from sophisticated cyberthreats.

                  Why Smart Factories Need End-to-End Traceability

                  August 11, 2019

                  With a traceability infrastructure, you can gather insight-rich data that helps improve manufacturing processes, compliance and supply chain management.

                  5 Mistakes When Purging & Pressurizing Enclosures

                  August 10, 2019

                  The technique is simple if done properly, but users often implement it incorrectly if they don’t know the standards or system’s characteristic gas flow.

                  Get Ready for Automation Fair in Chicago

                  August 6, 2019

                  The 2019 event offers a feast of technology and information covering the latest control, power and IT/OT best practices for industrial automation.

                  Editor's Viewpoint: The Global Economy’s Lifeblood

                  August 5, 2019

                  Editor Theresa Houck describes her admiration for oil and gas industry professionals, and describes how The Journal’s 2019 Oil & Gas eBook helps those pros boost reliability and safety.

                  August 2019 Full Issue

                  August 4, 2019

                  Download the full PDF of the August 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

                  3 Keys to Effective Industrial Network Security

                  July 13, 2019

                  Systems with multi-layer protection, built-in security, and technologies that combine safety and security are essential for connected operations.

                  Networks & Security eBook Protects Architectures

                  July 12, 2019

                  The new 2019 Networks & Security eBook from The Journal magazine is designed to help you maintain reliability and security for this vital asset.

                  What’s the Real Value of Cybersecurity?

                  July 12, 2019

                  Protecting your IT and OT networks before, during and after a cyberattack not only helps saves systems and equipment, but also reduces and prevents costly downtime.

                  Plant Managers! Do You Know About This Threat?

                  June 26, 2019

                  Cyberattacks from just one compromised device can open your entire enterprise to profound risk, so avoid acquiring surplus or repaired automation products.

                  Smart Batch Processing is at Your Fingertips

                  June 25, 2019

                  Pharmaceutical manufacturers can use IIoT devices for predictive and prescriptive analytics to optimize production and minimize process deviations.

                  VIDEO: Consultancy Platform Helps Workflow

                  June 24, 2019

                  EPLAN Software & Service, introduces the ground-breaking Panel-Building Automation Matrix (PAM), the first business consultancy platform in the engineering industry.

                  Manage Risk in Smart Manufacturing

                  June 23, 2019

                  Proper cyber hygiene, design, assessments and execution help you benefit from a Connected Enterprise without compromising productivity or profitability.

                  VIDEO: Cybersecurity Software Protects OT Networks

                  June 22, 2019

                  Claroty highlights its continuous threat-detection product that helps industrial users examine asset inventory, anomalous behaviors on the plant floor, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


                  June 6, 2019

                  Battery makers need a long-term automation strategy now if they’re going to keep up with the unprecedented growth of the electric vehicle market.

                  Making Electric Vehicles in the Age of IIoT

                  June 5, 2019

                  Learn how smart manufacturing strategies can help you produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk.

                  6 Key Factors for Cellular Wireless Remote Access

                  June 4, 2019

                  The always-on nature of cellular wireless communications and cloud-based networking provides real-time connectivity and boosts control-system efficiency.

                  Grober Nutrition Boosts Efficiency with Modern DCS

                  June 3, 2019

                  Company simplifies, optimizes animal feed production using controller-based batch and sequencing at its new milk replacer production facility.

                  New eBook Helps Process Manufacturers

                  June 3, 2019

                  Educational Oil & Gas eBook helps you prepare for new gas safety standards; develop safer, more efficient chemical operations; optimize well pads and digital oilfields; and more.

                  Webinar: Digital Twins for Modeled Machine Design

                  June 3, 2019

                  This short webinar explains how digital twins — dynamic models of machine performance — help you accurately, safely and cost-effectively size motors, gearboxes and other machine components.

                  How Smart Cameras are Changing Manufacturing

                  June 1, 2019

                  Some applications are better suited to one type of machine vision system versus another. Here’s how to evaluate systems and cameras to achieve your goals.

                  VIDEO: Planetary Gearbox Offers High Precision

                  June 1, 2019

                  Apex Dynamics, Inc., demonstrates its new AF series, a carbon steel, planetary gear box with high precision, quiet operation, and ≤1arcmin in a single-stage applications.

                  Smart Manufacturing Advances Electric Vehicles

                  May 31, 2019

                  Editor Theresa Houck explains how demand for electric vehicles is growing at an unprecedented rate, and automakers need a Connected Enterprise to keep up with demand and grow their business.

                  June 2019 Full Issue

                  May 30, 2019

                  Download the full PDF of the June 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork.

                  Is Your Machine Safety ‘On’ or ‘Off?’

                  May 28, 2019

                  Learn 5 steps that can help you mitigate risk, protect workers and stay in compliance with safety regulations.

                  Use Predictive Analytics to Avoid Downtime

                  May 28, 2019

                  Predictive models allow users to reduce maintenance costs and minimized unplanned downtime in high-power variable-frequency drive applications.

                  VIDEO: Magnetic Kit Encoders are Easy to Install

                  May 27, 2019

                  Patrick Maxwell, POSITAL FRABA Inc., demonstrates the new kit encoder, a rugged, accurate rotary position measurement sensor ideal for servo-motor manufacturers.

                  Download the Motors & Electrical Systems eBook

                  May 26, 2019

                  Learn how to get more out of VFDs; control multiple motors with just 1 VFD; convert to soft starters economically; create smarter electrical control systems; and optimize linear actuators.

                  VIDEO: Position Sensor Uses Smart Diagnostics

                  May 25, 2019

                  MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division, shows its powerful, Industry 4.0-ready magnetostrictive linear position sensing technology, with high resistance to vibration and high temperatures.

                  VIDEO: Smart Devices from Rockwell Automation

                  May 22, 2019

                  See how Rockwell Automation smart devices enable users’ Connected Enterprise by providing seamless integration and raw data to help enhance productivity.

                  Information is Power

                  April 7, 2019

                  Manufacturing execution systems help firms get better production visibility and plant-ERP connectivity to optimize the workforce, equipment and materials.

                  Cargill Achieves Sustainable Process Optimization

                  April 6, 2019

                  Agricultural firm boosts efficiencies, throughput and yield with global rollout of control loop performance-monitoring and advanced diagnostics solution.

                  How a Steel Producer Improved Yield by 3%

                  April 6, 2019

                  Railway track accessories company improved uptime and processes by using manufacturing intelligence software to eliminate manual data handling.

                  Search Your Industrial Plant Like Google

                  April 6, 2019

                  Explore volumes of production data with easy, search-engine-like abilities to monitor and improve operations in ways you haven’t even thought of yet.

                  Download the 2019 Oil & Gas eBook

                  April 5, 2019

                  New report offers unique perspective on how industrial process automation professionals can improve equipment performance and safety.

                  The Journal Celebrates 25 Years

                  April 4, 2019

                  Publication continues its mission, sharing the top industrial automation trends and best practices to help you maximize plant efficiency, profitability and productivity.

                  Prepare to get Savvy at TechED

                  April 4, 2019

                  Week-long event shares the latest technologies, applications and best practices and solutions for attendees to use in their own operations.

                  VIDEO: Spectrum Controls Expands Offerings

                  April 4, 2019

                  Spectrum Controls has announced four new or expanded offerings for its family of analog cards, InView displays, Webport solution and Universal Industrial Gateway.

                  Why Metals Matter to Me

                  April 3, 2019

                  Editor Theresa Houck describes her personal experience with welding, and how it relates to how an MES helps firms get better production management.

                  April 2019 Full Issue of The Journal

                  April 2, 2019

                  Download the full PDF of the April 2019 print issue of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

                  The Basics of Digital Twins

                  March 26, 2019

                  Every digital twin is different, so you can achieve improved efficiency by understanding how they work and appropriate applications.

                  Where to Start with Industrial Analytics

                  March 25, 2019

                  Use these tips to learn how to create useful information and drive real results in your operations.