Adding Ethernet for I/O: Pros, Cons and Crucial Things to Know for Industrial Automation Design

Industrial input/output (I/O) devices make up the central nervous systems of many modern machines and, by extension, industrial plants. In the past ten years the use of Ethernet as a physical layer has been one of the most important advancements in industrial automation design for fieldbus I/O devices. Modern EtherNet/IP (Ethernet Industrial Protocol) combines traditional […]

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Is Automation 4.0 Real or Just a Buzzword for Your Process Automation System?

Industry 4.0 a.k.a. “the modern industrial revolution,” is the increasing digital connectivity of products, each process automation system, and distribution networks with new technologies. Some say it is the fourth major step-change in modern manufacturing, following the lean revolution in the 1970s, outsourcing in the 1990s, and automation in the 2000s. And it’s the biggest […]

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At EPIC Automation, every practical, beneficial and cost-efficient automation solution we develop is based upon industry research and trends.  Before any design or development takes place, our engineers take the time to research and gain a thorough understanding of the process.  In October of 2011, Bill Lydon, Editor of wrote an article called “PLC […]

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The New Line Integration Landscape

Line integration has changed over the years. It’s not just about making several machines work together through controls and mechanical adjustments.  New technologies such as machine vision and robotics have made more possible with less, but have also created new challenges for automation experts. New emphasis on line efficiency analysis, demands for validation assistance and the increasing desire […]

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The Human Element of Automation

Recently, Tube and Pipe Journal published an article called “An Automation Project Is A People Project” which featured an interview of John Schott, President of EPIC Systems, Inc. The article and Mr. Schott emphasize that a project cannot be successful without the people involved. In fact, having the right people involved at the right stage of the […]

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Ask An Engineer: Should I Install Remote Access?

Question: Should I add remote access to my blending operations for my automation provider? They keep telling me it will save me money in the long run but I’m not convinced it’s safe. Answer from Jason Baron, Automation Engineer: Remote access does provide a lot of advantages from a cost standpoint, your provider is correct about that, especially […]

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Don’t Let Your Integrator Hold You Hostage: Do It Better

Can you modify all your automation programs? Do you have the engineering drawings for everything on your manufacturing floor? Unfortunately for most manufacturer’s, the answer to one or both of these questions is “no.” A lot of integrators don’t relinquish their controller and HMI programs or drawings to the end client. This protects the design […]

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System Integrator’s Inside Tip: When To Automate

Your packing operations are probably somewhere between fully automated and completely manual on the automation scale. Thanks in part to system integrators, automation has become common place for industry, but knowing which processes to automation, at what time, is key to your future success. Automation can be both a blessing and a significant expense. Mike […]

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