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Digital Transformation In Pharmaceuticals

With the current pandemic surpassing all countries globally, the life sciences industry is under pressure to find a vaccine through clinical trials and deliver high quality medicines.


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As the manufacturing process becomes increasingly complex, digitisation is enabling organisations to evolve traditional linear supply chains into interconnected digital supply networks

Manufacturing supply chains are designed to save costs by moving the manufacturing process to the most efficient locations and by minimising inventory.


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Predictive analytics in automotive manufacturing.

predictive analytics plays an important role in improving product quality and reliability across the manufacturing sector.


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The current situation around COVID-19 will most probably induce a shift in the verticals that look into 5G deployment.

The current situation around COVID-19 will most probably induce a shift in the verticals that look into 5G deployment.


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Risk Assessments For Long-Term IoT Success

In combining peripheral sensors, gateways, and cloud resources, IoT applications are becoming unprecedented targets because of the number of potential attack surfaces and security vulnerabilities they contain.


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Cloud Trends Defining 2020

Rackspace foresees three trends taking off in 2020 that could shape the C-suite’s strategy to overcome those challenges and capture the opportunities.


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Technology enabling data capture and analysis, connectivity, monitoring and control is becoming the new baseline for smart buildings of tomorrow.

Technology enabling data capture and analysis, connectivity, monitoring and control is becoming the new baseline for smart buildings of tomorrow. Understanding what it is and where it is headed is critical.


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Mitigation of cyber security threats is a task that concerns all the parts and parties of an energy monitoring and building automation installation.

With cyber-attacks being an increasing occurrence, industrial, commercial and residential installations need a strategy to guard their IT networks.


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Digitising the Dark: Cyber-attacks against Power Grids Threaten Modernity Itself

As international conflicts migrate to the digital domain, state-sponsored hackers are increasingly targeting energy grids, intending to cause outages that could disrupt the critical infrastructure of entire nations.


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Single Pair Ethernet For More Continuity

Wireless technology and optical cable have already been often heralded as the future transmission technology. Article by HARTING Singapore Pte Ltd.


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Powering AR In Manufacturing With Edge Computing

Flowserve uses a decentralised IT architecture bringing computing closer to the edge, and this is expected to be a prerequisite for future digital production processes.


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Bringing Clarity to Edge Computing

Edge computing is growing fast, and network architectures must adapt to support this growth.


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What’s The Protocol?

Wireless protocols to consider for your next Industrial Internet of Things application.


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What Makes Fibre Optic Cables A Superior Transmission Medium?

As the more effective alternative to copper, optical fibre infrastructure provides virtually unlimited bandwidth capacity and a highly scalable system.


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Critical Infrastructure – The Ultimate Test for Cybersecurity

For businesses operating critical infrastructure systems, the risks have never been greater. There are consequences that reach far beyond business and reputational damage.


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Safety And Security In Industrial Plants Needs Rethinking Industry 4.0

The future of the process industry is digital worldwide, under the banners of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).


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New retraction system for energy chains ensures fail-safe operation of robots in modern factories. Article by igus.

New retraction system for energy chains ensures fail-safe operation of robots in modern factories. Article by igus.


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Blockchain technology is, in fact, poised to disrupt the manufacturing industry over the next few years with its potential to fundamentally redesign core manufacturing and supply chain processes.

First used in 2009 for the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin, blockchain technology has moved far beyond its initial adoption in the financial services sector and is being applied across many industries, including manufacturing.


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Accelerate Smart Factory Construction With TSN Technology

The CC-Link Partner Association has created a new industrial open network specification “CC-Link IE TSN” as the next generation CC-Link IE network.


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Considering Transition to Industrial IoT Networks?

We are living in an era of digitally transforming world, networking billions of smart solutions across and producing a huge amount of data. Considering Transition to Industrial IoT Networks?


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Manufacturing is rapidly entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where the old and formerly closed environments systems meet new, connected ones.

Manufacturing is rapidly entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where the old and formerly closed environments systems meet new, connected ones.


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Is Your ERP System Industry 4.0 Compatible?

The Promise Of The Edge In Asia’s Manufacturing Industry That is where the edge comes into play: the place where computing occurs, in between the data centre and the cloud.


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Data: The Key To Unlocking The Value Of IoT In Manufacturing

Computing infrastructure is an ever-changing landscape of technology advancements. Current changes impact the way companies deploy smart manufacturing systems to leverage advancements.


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Simplifying Cloud Networking

Enterprises are deploying SD-WAN solutions to provide secure and direct branch connectivity to the cloud while lowering overall WAN costs. By Rami Rammaha, Director of Product Marketing, Silver Peak.


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Maximise Return On Asset Investments

For industries that rely on physical assets, smart connectivity enables vastly superior performance by unlocking value from digital transformation. At the heart of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are Smart Connected Assets and the evolution of APM 4.0.


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Of the more than 700 IT decision makers surveyed for the report by 451 Research, 56 percent say at least a quarter of their data centre and cloud capacity is already supporting IoT. By Martin T. Olsen, VP of Global Edge and Integrated Solutions, Vertiv.


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Securing Privileged Accounts In ICS

IAA spoke with Cynthia Lee, Regional Director, ASEAN, CyberArk, about the cyber threat landscape in the region and why privileged accounts are important in cybersecurity.


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Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Improves Cybersecurity

In today’s world, cybersecurity is necessary to ensure critical automation systems remain safe and fully operational. However, implementing cybersecurity controls is a very technical and labour intensive task. Article contributed by Honeywell.


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Cybersecurity For Industrial Control Systems: A New Approach

Industrial control systems (ICS) underpin individual businesses and critical infrastructures around the world. They maintain control of power stations and nuclear plants, water distribution systems and manufacturing sites – and today, they are routinely targeted by cyber attackers.


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SCADA systems have been part of the industrial and utility landscape for many decades. For pipeline SCADA systems, the wide area coverage and operation of processes in remote locations provide a number of unique cybersecurity issues. By Kevin L. Finnan, System Consultant, Yokogawa Corporation of America.


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Putting IIot In Reach Of Every Industrial Company With Task-Specific Apps In A Digital Ecosystem

Every industrial company today is discussing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Experts say that IIoT enables companies to engage technology and expertise more than ever before. Managers know that instruments and systems they buy can be equipped with digital technology to gather real-time data at every measurement point. By Susan Wang, Wireless Manager, Asia Pacific, Emerson Automation Solutions.


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Machine Builders Take Initial Steps Towards Digitisation-Driven Support Services

Today’s manufacturing environment is facing the challenge of rapid acceleration in both the speed-of-business and in the proliferation of new digitised technologies. These trends are impacting all of society and most workplaces. The amount of change taking place is breathtaking. Innovation is making its presence felt at all levels. Consider the fact that 48 percent of the organisations currently listed as Fortune 500 companies were not on the list in the year 2000. Innovators have displaced traditionalists and those that continue to succeed do so in large part thanks to their ability to reinvent themselves.


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Ixia Enables VMware NSX Partners To Accelerate Testing, Reduce Certification Time From Months To Weeks

The solution uses Ixia’s IxNetwork to enable network equipment manufacturer partners to self-certify their products with VMware NSX in a range of network topologies, helping them save significant costs while improving time-to-market.


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EOS Promotes Integration Of 3D Printing Into Internet Of Things

Singapore: EOS, a technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, has joined the MindSphere World e.V. (registered association) that promotes the open, cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere. This organisation comprises companies including Siemens, Festo and Kuka. EOS is to chair the organisation’s Additive Manufacturing work group.


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Future-Proof Safety Technology For Railway Industry

As the railway technology is going digital, the interplay of safety and security is becoming increasingly important. By Sedat Sezgün, Head of Rail, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt. Railway technology is increasingly digital. More and more vital control processes are being implemented as cloud-based or internet-based solutions. Even in the digital age, safety controllers form the basis for critical applications such as level crossings, rolling stock and interlockings. The interplay of safety and security is becoming increasingly important, and even in the ‘Rail 4.0’ era COTS controllers can be more flexible and more economical than proprietary safety technology.


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Rockwell Automation Simplifies Analytics For Industrial Productivity

Empowered with machine learning capabilities, FactoryTalk Analytics learns the process and looks for trends in the data, proactively presenting users with insights before an issue arises.


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2018 Marks The Year of The ‘On-Demand’ Economy

Against the backdrop of an ‘on-demand’ economy, Asian businesses are finding it necessary to provide better, more compelling and personalised customer experiences. By Ryan Goh, VP and GM, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific


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Smart IoT Strategies: Enhancing Machine-to-Machine Integration And Enabling The Smart Connected Factory

Machine-to-machine integration and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) are reinventing manufacturing as we know it, giving birth to the Smart Factory that is connected, intelligent and aware – enabling newfound levels of productivity and predictability. By Vincent Tang, regional VP, Asia, Epicor Software.


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Living In The Automated Vehicle Age: Transforming Society And Creating New Business Models

Autonomous cars are set to totally transform our driving habits but they could also have a major impact on society, from city planning to mobility. By Ludovic Lassauce, Director, Business Development, Business Collaboration, Mobility and IoT at Tata Communications


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The Future Of Paperless Manufacturing

Going paperless is one start-point of the digital revolution in manufacturing, known by many as the Smart factory, or Industry 4.0. By Michael Ford, Aegis Software


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Blockchain May Hold The Key To Successful IoT Projects

Since the technology first emerged in 2008, blockchain has quickly become synonymous with the digital currency bitcoin and the financial sector. Blockchain’s association with bitcoin stems from its role as a foundational concept in the original bitcoin paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto. In his paper, Nakamoto proposed a peer-to-peer electronic payment system, and the blockchain is used to secure bitcoin transactions without the need for a centralised governing body or trusted intermediary, such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), or a bank.


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Digital Twinning: The Future of Manufacturing?

The term ‘digital twinning’ is gaining in popularity with the advancement of Industry 4.0, which is seen as the next phase of the digitisation of the manufacturing sector. By Terri Hiskey, VP Product Marketing, Manufacturing, Epicor Software


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Meltdown And Spectre Intel Processor Vulnerabilities: What You Need To Know

Microsoft, Linux, Google, and Apple started rolling out patches addressing design flaws in processor chips that security researchers named Meltdown and Spectre. Contributed by Trend Micro


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Manufacturing Sector Set For Significant Change In 2018

Where are the enablers for growth in 2018 likely to come from? Here, we identify the top trends that Epicor believes will be central to success in the upcoming year. By David York, regional VP, UK and Ireland, Epicor Software


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Your Company Can Be Google Smart Too – You Just Need Some Learning - Machine Learning That Is

Thanks to advances in technology, infrastructure frameworks, and growing cloud adoption, companies no longer need to rely exclusively on data scientists to reap the benefits of Machine Learning. By Jason Bissell, Senior VP and GM, APAC, Talend


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Wi-Fi Can Be KRACK-ed. Here Is What To Do Next

A security researcher has revealed serious flaws in the way that most contemporary Wi-Fi networks are secured. By David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice, University of Western Australia


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CEO Predictions - Cloud Infrastructure Market 2018

David Hughes, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Silver Peak shares his thoughts on what 2018 holds for the Cloud infrastructure market.


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Industry 4.0 Held To Ransom

Digital technology, automation and the Internet of Things are dramatically improving manufacturing quality and reducing costs. By Cynthia Lee, Regional Director, ASEAN, CyberArk


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What are the tipping points that could push Industry 4.0 in the direction of becoming a fully realised concept? By Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation


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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?

Data is the new battleground. For companies, the situation is clear – their future depends on how quickly and efficiently they can turn data into accurate insights. By Mike Tuchen, CEO, Talend


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12 Steps To Minimising Industrial Cyber Security Risk

Honeywell General cyber security protects against cyber-attacks that compromise IT systems where the consequences might involve the loss of intellectual property, databases or loss of operation. What follows are 12 steps that should be performed to minimise the risk of an industrial cyber security attack. By Thomas Ayral, Cyber Security Specialist, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security


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A privileged account security solution is designed to be a complete solution to protect, monitor, detect, alert, and respond to privileged account activity. Privileged accounts represent the largest security vulnerability an organisation faces today. By Jeffrey Kok, Director of Pre-Sales, Asia Pacific and Japan, CyberArk


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Business Transformation Through Digitalisation

In an exclusive interview with Industrial Automation Asia, Eric Duffaut, Chief Customer Officer, Software AG explained…


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10-Step Cyber Security Checklist For Smart Cities

As the number of connections increases through the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), security becomes a central issue to protect data. By Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) Team, Trend Micro


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Priming The Pipeline

Modernising pipeline operations can enhance flexibility, data management and security. By Jason P. Wright, PlantPAx Business Manager, Rockwell Automation


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With the rise of Industrial Automation (IA) in manufacturing, legacy Operational Technology (OT) has become increasingly outdated. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is paving the way for industrial organisations to harness the latest technologies and remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry. By Michael Fyson, Regional Sales Director for ANZ & ASEAN, Stratus Technologies


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This article offers a look into the factory of the future and presents fundamental steps that every manufacturer should take now to prepare for seamless integration when the Internet reaches the factory. Contributed by marketing department, Microscan systems


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Is Your ERP System Industry 4.0 Compatible?

With industry 4.0 increasingly upon us, the enterprise must ensure their ERP systems are compatible with new standards. By Sabby Gill, executive VP, International, Epicor Software Corporation


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An ABB manufacturing execution system raises productivity for DSM Nutritional Products. By Matilda Steiner, ABB


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Industry 4.0 Needs Horizontal Integration

Understanding the proper way of implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in the context of Industry 4.0 is important to gain the most benefits. By Sascha Graef, MPDV Asia


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Down To The Wire – Building A Resilient Network Infrastructure

Building a resilient network infrastructure is an important element of any industrial communication system.


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Security Tracking Gets Smaller And Smarter With M2M

Creating a small security tracking solution does not mean asset tracking is about to go mainstream.


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Building Connections With RFID

RFID technologies are growing in prominence with the rise of smartphones and technologies such as NFC. IAA interviewed.


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As Internet-connected devices continue to increase, so will the need for more data centres. Industrial automation is as important as ever in ensuring the efficient operation of these data centres. By Patrick Flynn, group leader of sustainability, IO.


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Evolution Vs Revolution: Why Industrial Ethernet Has Evolved Inside And Outside The Factory

Connectivity is evolving and with that new challenges are emerging. With greater connectivity, security.


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IT Meets Automation

The challenges for future-proof Industrial Communication Networks will be discussed. By Andreas Rehm.


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Top 10 Recommendations For Plantwide EtherNet/IP Deployments

The top 10 recommendation for plantwide ethernet/IP deployments will be given. By Du Xiaohan, Business Manager.


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Changing With The Times

While in recent years the M12 connectors had only been used for connections on the sensor-actuator level the range of applications meanwhile has extended itself to data transfer and power supply.


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Caring For Cables

Cables can degrade if they are not maintained and properly cared for. Cable carriers are designed to guide and protect cables and hoses on moving machinery, ultimately extending the cables life.


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Distributed Design Is Now The Norm: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It

With the emergence of the cloud, distributed design has now becoming the norm, rather than the exception, with designers working in different locations to achieve their design aims.


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Rollin On Forward - Schaeffler

With more autonomy to the Southeast Asian operations, Schaeffler hopes to get a further foothold in the region with its offerings.


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Control Systems Migration Concerns And Solutions

Most system migrations are due to obsolescence but the modernised system is proven to benefit plant owners and addresses cyber & network security concerns which will be discussed here.


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ERP In The Cloud

IAA interviewed Joe Cowan, CEO, Epicor Software, on the company’s cloud solution and the future of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). By Mark Johnston.


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MES - But Do It The Right Way

Understanding the proper way of implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in the context of Industry 4.0 is important to gain the most benefits. By Sascha Graef, MD, MPDV Asia.


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PLM’s Evolving Role In The Internet Of Things

Initially introduced in the aerospace and automotive sectors connecting CAD with engineering and manufacturing requirements in order to speed up product development cycles as well as managing quality and cost, PLM is now a ‘strategic business approach to solving the problem of managing the complete set of product definition information,’ as defined by CIMdata.


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