Remote Connectivity: The Right Approach Delivers Big Payoffs
The need for remote access to industrial equipment is growing rapidly, driven by a multitude of factors. But before plant managers open factories to outside control, they need to consider myriad issues such as security, ease of use and control of the network.
As Ethernet gains acceptance in the industrial world, it opens the door to remote access, letting managers use the Internet, cellular links or network gateways to access equipment from other corporate facilities, hotel rooms or even a technician's home. When approved people are allowed to work from remote sites, equipment can be run more efficiently and downtime can be reduced.
For example, one manager can set up all equipment in an enterprise using the same parameters to improve consistency... Read more
Five Ways Companies Can Reduce Energy Costs Today
Much has been made of the Smart Grid and how it will revolutionize energy management.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that the Smart Grid will rival the Internet in terms of the impact it will have on the way we all live and work. However, the Smart Grid is still a thing of the future. It still lies in the realms of predictions alongside the imaginings of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. As such it doesn't offer much help to companies wrestling with energy usage and cost volatility today.
Tom Fiske and Allen Avery, author's of “Energy Management at the Enterprise Level”, a strategy report from Dedham, Massachusetts-based ARC Advisory Group are clear on the problem, and declare that it will only get worse... Read more
Safeguard Networks From Cyber Security Breaches
Standards provide framework for preventing intrusions.
As industrial systems have evolved and become more open, that openness has brought many of the same security concerns found in business applications. But industrial security breaches can kill or injure humans, making it extremely important to prevent hackers from taking control of industrial machines or manipulating chemical processes.
As cyber security gains importance in industrial applications, standards that detail best practices are maturing and extending their reach. Standards have been helping safeguard commercial networks for some time, but versions that focus on industry have become available only in the past few years... Read more
Video Tutorial: Machine Safety Dilemma
Part 1 - Traditional Machine Safety maintenance situation role-play and its modern day solution
Learn how Siemens Safety Integrated systems can eliminate maintenance and troubleshooting problems often encountered in traditional hardwired machine safety systems. This is part 1 of a multipart series taped live at our Safety Innovation Tour showcasing time and cost saving benefits when implementing Siemens Safety Integrated systems. Full self-paced CD available upon request with complete video series and flash animation safety demonstrations... View now