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5 Questions with a CBT Hi-Tech Specialist

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The industrial automation industry is constantly changing and expanding. CBT has numerous resources readily available for our customers to assist in the selection and application of automation products. We like to call these individuals, hi-tech specialists, as they are in-tune with the robust hi-tech automation products.

Capacity Management via DCIM Whitepaper

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Capacity planning is one of the most difficult aspects of building a data center today, given the complexity and number of variables to consider. Proactive capacity management ensures optimal availability of four critical data center resources: rack space, power, cooling, and network connectivity. All four of these must be in balance for the data center to function most efficiently in terms of operations, resources, and associated costs.

Plant-Floor Improvements That Drive Competitiveness

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Smart manufacturing doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t result in better manufacturing. There’s a fog of hype about potential gains available via the Internet of Things (IoT), smart devices, embedded intelligence, etc. Yet if upgraded production can’t improve operations, what’s the point? A recent study on the IoT finds that the top three objectives for incorporating smart devices and embedded intelligence into plants and processes are improved quality, costs, and speed.

VOM: ACP ThinManager

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ACP ThinManager is the global leader Thin Client Management and Industrial Mobility Solutions. ACP provides software solutions for automation networks that enable secure, centralized configuration and deployment of applications and content to every PC, thin client, mobile device, and user. 

Data Security and the Internet of Things

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One of the biggest reasons manufacturers are hesitating to hop on board with the Internet of Things (IoT) is data security. When every device, network, application, and machine is connected many risks arise and your important data becomes vulnerable. When every device, network, and machine are connected you may face industrial sabotage, loss of intellectual property, and data breach. However, when every aspect of your application is connected, the benefits are innumerable. 

The IoT and LED Lighting: The Time for Balance is Now

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 In 2003, IEEE brought standardization to PoE with the ability to supply up to 15.4W over two pairs of a copper cable. With devices like wireless access points (WAPs) and pan-tilt-zoom cameras needing more power, IEEE 802.3af was introduced in 2009 to supply up to 30W of power, otherwise known as PoE Plus. Shortly thereafter, Cisco introduced Universal PoE (UPOE), expanding upon PoE Plus to deliver 60W of power over all four pairs. 

Energy Efficient Drives Support The Connected Enterprise

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Recent years have seen a shift toward energy efficiency as a way to reduce industrial costs. Legislation also has pushed for meeting emissions targets and ecological needs as the world’s natural resources bear the strain of the rapid growth of the global consumer market. There are 300 million motors in use in industry, infrastructure, and large buildings, and that figure is increasing by around 10 percent (30 million drives) per year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, consumption by manufacturers worldwide is projected to increase by 75% between 2010 and 2030. The world is becoming more, not less, thirsty for energy, and efficiency is becoming increasingly important. To help address this, any drives vendor in the European Union (EU) now must comply with the Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Directive 2009/125/EC.