Reducing Energy Consumption Offers Huge Potential Savings
Equipment makers help in the drive to cut energy usage.
A number of factors are pressuring companies into going green and conserving energy. Uncertainty about spiking prices and an increasingly stringent regulatory environment, not to mention changing public perception, are all driving companies to curtail energy consumption and reduce emissions.
Plant and machine operators need to make significant reductions in the amount of energy they use. The list of areas being targeted includes heating/refrigeration, lighting, compressed air and many others.
The potential for savings is huge. Taking a national view, more than one-third of all energy in the United States is used by industry. That rises to more than 40 percent if transportation of manufactured goods is included... Read more
Cutting Cost With COTS: Leveraging Commercial Hardware
Office technologies are taking hold, but not without changes.
The ubiquitous PC architectures, Ethernet and wireless networking are transforming industrial applications, helping integrators reduce costs. The industrial world is continuing to move to commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies used in offices, but that push will always be tempered by the need for far more ruggedization.
Industrial consumers are adopting COTS products, but the hardware is often beefed up with sturdy housings, enhanced power supplies and other technologies that ensure that plant floor systems won't suffer maladies like the blue screen of death. These extras add cost, forcing companies to closely balance their need for rugged equipment with the cost of additional hardware like extended temperature ICs and extended testing... Read more
The Many Benefits of Biomass Energy
As the fastest growing renewable energy industry, biofuels offer manufacturers a low-cost, sustainable and proven energy source.
As political and social pressure mounts to adopt more sustainable energy practices, there has been a burst of research aimed at developing new energy sources and improving existing technologies. One of those existing technologies is biomass, which has exploded in popularity for a number of reasons.
At the beginning of February, President Barack Obama unveiled a new strategy aimed at reinvigorating the production of biofuels in the United States. With the stated goal of reducing America's dependence on foreign oil, Obama announced that the Environmental Protection Agency had tripled its mandated U.S. biofuel production target from the 11.1 billion gallons produced in 2009 to 36 billion gallons by 2022... Read more
Video Tutorials: Control System Simulation Made Easy
Part 1 - Getting started with STEP 7 PLC-SIM Software
See how easy it is to configure, program, and test your control system in Simulation mode. This is part one of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP 7 PLC-SIM software... View now