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      1. The Journal

        from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork?

        The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork? is a bimonthly magazine, published by Putman Media, Inc., designed to educate engineers about leading-edge industrial automation methods, trends and technologies.

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        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.

        Webinar: How Digital Twins Aid Machine Design

        March 24, 2019

        Digital twins help designers create safer, more cost-effective machines. In this short webinar, see how they can help you accurately size motors, gearboxes and other machine components.

        VIDEO: Electronics Built into Transmitter’s Cable

        March 19, 2019

        Endress+Hauser shows its extended Liquiline transmitter family with the new CM82 compact transmitter that has electronics built into the cable, for Endress+Hauser Memosens sensors.

        VIDEO: Router Communicates Regardless of Protocol

        March 18, 2019

        HMS Networks demonstrates its eWON Flexy, the first industrial modular M2M router and data gateway for OEMs, system integrators. It allows universal communication regardless of protocol.

        Video: Optimizing Remanufacturing Services

        March 13, 2019

        In this facility walk-through, learn how the Rockwell Automation remanufacturing process extends equipment life and gets your Allen-Bradley? product back to you functioning like new.

        Video: VFD Cables Help Prevent Motor Failure

        March 12, 2019

        Southwire Co. describes its line of VFD cables, which run from the drive to the motor to supply power and solves problems such as motor failure and issues with PLCs.

        Video: Flame/Gas Safety System Globally Certified

        March 11, 2019

        In this video, Det-Tronics shows the Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) control flame and gas safety controller with DLR outputs, a SIL-2 capable, fault-tolerant, addressable system.

        Today’s Smart Devices Teach Us Lessons

        March 3, 2019

        Smart machines now can be connected from contactors and sensors to a plant’s CMMS and to the engineers, technicians, operators and managers.

        EPCs Can Reduce Risk in E-house Design

        March 2, 2019

        An intelligent packaged power system can help you deliver smarter e-houses at a lower cost with benefits for your customers.

        Cloud Solution Lets Panel Builders Produce Faster

        March 1, 2019

        EPLAN Software & Service shows its engineering and design workflow software that helps panel builders slash manufacturing time by publishing user data to the cloud.

        Webinar: Smart Motor Control for Smarter Machines

        February 28, 2019

        This webinar on Smart Devices discusses how you can use an integrated, data-driven approach to improve productivity avoid motor failures.

        Transformers are Designed for Hazardous Locations

        February 26, 2019

        Hammond Power Solutions shows its Sentinel Series of transformers with an IR window and a surge protective device that complements the transformer’s ability to attenuate voltage spikes.

        The Smart Food Revolution

        February 7, 2019

        For food and beverage companies wondering about smart machines, ask your OEM about these three factors to find out if smart machines can help you.

        Brewery Increases Capacity by 50% in 2 Weeks

        February 5, 2019

        Process automation system upgrade and integrated software help craft beer maker meet growing consumer demand, improve quality and avoid high capital costs.

        February 2019 Full Issue

        February 5, 2019

        The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork

        How OEMs Use Smart-Machine Services to Help Users

        February 5, 2019

        Machine and equipment builders can use remote monitoring, consumables and other scalable services to remain competitive and help customers prosper.

        2018 Automation Fair Taps into IIoT

        February 4, 2019

        Annual event showcased to attendees from around the world the ongoing adaption of the Industrial Internet of Things and convergence of IT and operations technology.

        Are You Ready for the New Gas Safety Standards?

        February 4, 2019

        These proposed changes to IEC standards for hazardous gas detection expected to take effect in 2020 will impact process manufacturers.

        How to Increase Industrial Control Panel SCCR

        February 4, 2019

        Using control-panel components designed to perform in the worst-case scenario will help keep people and equipment safe should an incident occur.

        Mondeléz Rolls Out its Integrated Digital Factory

        February 4, 2019

        Mondeléz's Bob Pegher describes how the company has begun to roll out a standardized data-enablement methodology across its global fleet of production facilities.

        VIDEO: Edge Computing Solution Helps Operators, IT

        February 4, 2019

        In this video, Stratus Technologies introduces ztC Edge, an industrial computing platform that helps understaffed manufacturers boost operator efficiency, reduce IT burden and cut downtime.

        9 Industrial Automation Trends You Must Understand

        February 2, 2019

        Free report shows how the shift to smart manufacturing is affecting manufacturers of all sizes.

        Excellence Abounds in Our Industry

        February 2, 2019

        Executive Editor Theresa Houck invites you to submit nominations for the 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing (IWIM) awards.

        Ambassador Observes WITTENSTEIN’s Apprenticeships

        February 1, 2019

        Rare emissary visit is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support manufacturers’ programs advancing workforce development.

        Steps to Optimize Your Machine Safety Systems

        January 16, 2019

        Safety-system design, standard and technology changes now allow OEMs and end users to boost efficiencies and compliance and be more profitable.

        Tips for Developing a Safer Chemical Operation

        January 15, 2019

        A proactive, standards-based approach that addresses a plant’s process safety throughout its life cycle can help reduce both risk and costs.

        VIDEO: Predictive Maintenance System Uses IIoT

        January 15, 2019

        Grace Engineered Products shows its predictive maintenance system of smart devices that combine low-power wireless smart-sensor technology with advanced data analytics.

        Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

        January 14, 2019

        Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

        VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor is Liquid Cooled

        January 13, 2019

        In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

        Survey: Manufacturers Use Safety to Boost Profits

        January 12, 2019

        EHS, operations and engineering functions are collaborating to improve all aspects of safety, and thus efficiency and profits.

        Security & Safety Work in Concert

        December 6, 2018

        Increasingly, network security breaches are creating safety risks for connected, smart manufacturing, so safety and security must be managed together.

        Cybersecurity: A Process, Not a Project

        December 5, 2018

        Protect production, workers and intellectual property by maintaining cybersecurity with these best practices.

        Polarization Cameras Advance Product Inspection

        December 5, 2018

        Production-line vision systems now can use cameras with polarized image sensors that remove glare from objects for more efficient product analysis.

        Cyber Safety & Security: A Shared Responsibility

        December 4, 2018

        The emergence of physical and digital convergence requires an innovative fusion of once disparate disciplines: cybersecurity and physical safety.

        Modern DCS Helps Convert Wastewater to Safe Water

        December 4, 2018

        Pollution control agency improves control over process and data, helps water treatment facility save millions and supply recycled water for crops.

        VIDEO: IP69K Linear Motor has Liquid Cooling

        December 4, 2018

        In this video from 2018 PACK EXPO International, LinMot USA demonstrates three new features for its linear servo drives and guides.

        14 Years and I’m Still Fascinated

        December 3, 2018

        In her December 2018 Editor’s Viewpoint, Theresa Houck says she’s still excited about our industry’s evolving technology after 14 years, and is sharing an Industry Trends Report.