Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered is a podcast series featuring industrial automation subject matter experts answering questions about automation technologies submitted by end users from the discrete and process manufacturing industries.
Can Operations Technology Be Secured and Managed With IT Tools?
In this episode, we connect with James Destro of ServiceNow and Carey Blunt of Fujitsu to explore how operations technology (OT) devices can be discovered, secured, and managed with the same kinds of tools used by IT, with an eye toward downtime avoidance and change management for asset management and cybersecurity.
Is Fieldbus Technology Still Effective?
In this episode of the "Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered" podcast series, we connect with Duane Grob of system integration firm Avanceon to learn about the combined use of fieldbus and Ethernet industrial networking technologies, even as Ethernet increasingly becomes the plant floor network of choice.
How to Train Workers for Automated Environments
Modern industrial workforce training requires the ability to assess workers’ skills and deliver the training needed in bite-sized, memorable steps to ensure retention. Training also often requires the use of simulation to adequately prepare industrial workers and be delivered in a hands-free format so the employee can do their job as they’re being guided to complete various tasks. Find out how these new training technologies are being deployed to improve operations and ensure worker safety in this conversation with Vincent Higgins of Honeywell Process Solutions.
Moving Control System Maintenance to a Proactive Strategy
In this episode of the "Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered" podcast series, we connect with Bart Winters of Honeywell Process Solutions to learn about shifting your industrial control systems from a reactive to a proactive maintenance strategy.
Can MES Replace SCADA?
In this episode, we connect with Sam Russem, director of the smart manufacturing practice at Grantek (a system integration company), to answer a reader's question about whether it's possible to replace supervisory control and data acquisition systems with manufacturing execution systems technology? Sam address the overlaps and differences between the two technologies and how their functions can be combined, with an example of a manufacturer that has already done it.
What Are Digital Workflows for Manufacturing?
In this episode, we connect with James Destro of ServiceNow to learn how digital workflow software can provide visibility into plant floor equipment and direct operations on a day-to-day basis to connect people, functions, and systems.