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Why wireless sensor networks are everywhere (almost)

It seems like it was not so long ago that there was a serious debate over whether or not wireless sensor networks — and wireless communications in general — were a technology suitable for industrial applications. If you take a look around, that debate is over.
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Ethernet gateway modules communicate with multiple legacy systems
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Ethernet gateway modules communicate with multiple legacy systems

ProSoft's Ethernet IP gateway allows you to talk to various legacy systems. Stand-alone gateways let you talk to multitude of manufacturers' control systems--100 different protocols for industrial automation as well as building control, fire control air conditioning systems.
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TURCK, Inc: Ethernet gateway

TURCK’s BL67 Ethernet Gateway for Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP provides a reliable communication solution for on-machine, modular I/O applications, and is suitable for use in environments where conditions may not be conducive to traditional I/O.
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Rockwell Automation: Industrial Ethernet switch features scalable managed switching capabilities

Built with Rockwell Automation and Cisco technology, the highly-scalable, compact-sized Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch meets a broad range of switching capabilities including entry-level, machine-builder applications and converged or IT-ready integrated user solutions.
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OEE: A Controversial Figure

This performance metric takes center stage as a growing number of users turn to it both to boost the efficiency of their equipment and to compare the performance of machines and production lines. But is this increasingly popular metric really this versatile?
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OEE facts

OEE is a measure of the utilization of an asset’s productive capacity in terms of three factors—availability, performance (throughput), and quality—expressed as percentages of their ideal values.
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OEE numbers 
shine a light on packaging machine performance

OEE helps a plant wring more production 
out of existing equipment without the need to invest in new machines or personnel. So why are many users not getting full value 
from their OEE investment?
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Time for the big show – PACK EXPO Chicago

Get the big picture – whether in your home theater or your packaging lines
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AutomationDirect: Field wireable connectors and T-couplers

AutomationDirect’s field-wireable M8 and M12 connectors and T-couplers (T-splitters) are suitable for making patch cables in custom lengths from existing cables or bulk wire.
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How safety technology improvements increase productivity

Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.

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