Strategies for Upgrading PLC Hardware

The programmable logic controller (PLC) first came out in the late 1960s. It’s important to know when to  update old hardware and controllers with new technology updates and to ensure replacement parts are available in the event of an emergency. Buying replacement parts on the internet isn’t a reliable best practice.
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Picking An Integration Partner: Four Steps to Success

Plant floor automation, data integration, and optimization of facilities processes are critical to overall business success in today’s global business environment. The focus on information, coupled with the introduction and implementation of Industrie 4.0, places an even greater emphasis on selecting the best partner to drive success within automation-focused projects. Knowing this, it is crucial to establish a relationship with a system integrator that understands your needs and offers the best solutions for your business.
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Four Industrial Robot Implementation Challenges for Manufacturers

Implementing industrial robots in a manufacturing setting isn’t as simple as buying the robot and plugging it in. There are many different financial and logistical considerations to take into account before a robot can productively automate anything. While industrial robots may serve a wide variety of purposes, the challenges manufacturers face when implementing them are relatively similar.

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Three Phases of Industrial Digital Transformation

Manufacturing, packaging, and logistics companies are unlocking new potential through digital transformation with the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics.

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7 Ways to Maintain A Safe Warehouse Environment

One of the most important things to have knowledge of when working in an industrial automation or warehouse environment is maintaining a safe workplace for all employees. Jim Malia, Warehouse Manager, and Gary Wenrich, Logistics Operations Manager, both at   Radwell International 's headquarters offered some basic operating principles that can help anyone in a warehouse environment operate in a safe manner.

PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IN THE WAREHOUSE: It's a great idea to set up a requirement in your warehouse that all pedestrian traffic is to use specifically marked aisles. If your warehouse doesn't designate specific aisles for pedestrians with clear markings, it's a good idea to put those markings in place. Having things clearly marked makes it easier for employees to understand the expected behavior when they are moving around in the warehouse.  All other aisles should be chained off to prevent people from walking in them while equipment is being used. If a forklift or other large machine is in use in one of the walkways, the aisle should be chained off at both ends and the alternate walkway must be used by all pedestrians. When an aisle is chained off, it let's pedestrians know that this is not a walking aisle. 

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HMI Systems: An Operational Cornerstone

In this day and age, human machine interfaces (HMIs) are everywhere. Think about every point of contact a human has with technology and it becomes a reminder that as humans, we interact with machines in just about every aspect of our lives. Self-service checkouts at supermarkets, using a SAT NAV or getting some cash at cash machines are all examples of instances when humans interact with an interface designed to help foster human/machine communication.

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Where Does Surplus Inventory Come From and What Happens To It?

Surplus inventory is often talked about but not always clearly defined. What is the definition of surplus inventory? Where does it come from? Why is selling surplus a good idea? Here are answers to your surplus questions.

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Four Ways Your Manufacturing Operation Can Go Green and Save

In today's business environment, it is no longer an option to run a manufacturing facility as greenly as possible - it is a necessity. Finding ways to help the environment and reduce costs is a new standard, a standard that many companies are working hard to achieve in their daily business operations.

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Industry 4.0 Will Have the Impact of the First Industrial Revolution, Squared

If you're wondering how Industry 4.0 will impact your organisation and other manufacturers across the globe, you're not alone. This new operational shift is changing things faster than most people realise, and if some futurists and experts are right, Industry 4.0 will lead to a sort of brave new world in manufacturing, unlike anything we've ever seen before. 

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Four Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions

A supply chain is a network of individuals, businesses, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the production and sale of a product from establishment through to delivering the product to end users. Supply chain management is the oversight of all resources that go into the supply chain process.

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