Security - The next frontier

Shop floor data security was a topic at The Automation Conference held last month with security expert Eric Byres of Tofino Security sharing his experiences and the results of government studies on the topic.
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MES/MOM as a strategic business enabler

MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) has announced the launch of a new program aimed at showing the business value of MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management) solutions to company executives considering such investments.
Factivity's MES software features a strong OEE component and facilitates plant floor access to data.
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A window into lean production

Plant floor and management visibility of OEE data provides European packager with better inventory control and a reduction in raw material use.
Controls Product Brief

Omron Automation and Safety: New Websites from Omron

Omron Automation and Safety announces the launch of three new websites for the United States, Canada, Latin America—all accessible through

Podcast: Tips on hiring a control system integrator

Podcast: Packaging World’s Pat Reynolds caught up with Robert Lowe, executive director of the Control System Integrators Association, and asked for a few highlights from CSIA’s stimulating panel presentation at The Automation Conference 2013.

Podcast: Purdue prof digs Berkeley prof's message about the cloud

Dr. Niaz Latif, Dean of the School of Technology and Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet, was among those who attended The Automation Conference. He talks with Packaging World’s Pat Reynolds about a stimulating presentation by Arnav Anand of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley.

Podcast: Automated, wireless replenishment of packaging materials

At The Automation Conference 2013, contract OTC pharma manufacturer Perrigo presented their Stage By Component process, where Automated Guided Vehicles bring packaging materials to packaging lines on demand. Packaging World’s Pat Reynolds talks with Perrigo’s Trent Martin, Lean Sigma Black Belt, about the project.
Controls Product Brief

SATO America, Inc: Linux and Mac OS X drivers for thermal printers

Sato’s Linux and Mac OS X drivers have been developed for use with its thermal printers, allowing Linux and OS X users to integrate thermal printing seamlessly into their computing system for simple and convenient support of SOHO (small office home office) and enterprise based printing needs.

Lots to learn at The Automation Conference

Not everybody was able to attend The Automation Conference May 14-15 in Chicago. So I figured I’d share a few things I heard while there.
Bryan Cleal (left) and Jeff Russell address The Automation Conference.

PepsiCo: Forming an IT/Automation partnership is like merging two companies

Keynote session number one this morning at The Automation Conference provided a unique glimpse into how challenging but potentially rewarding it can be when the IT folks and the Automation folks find ways to work cooperatively.


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