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Using IoT for Supply Chain Visibility

Being old fashioned, I still thumb through physical journals and tear out pages. In preparation for writing this article, I spent time reviewing interesting pieces I recently got from industry magazines. One factor I noticed was that every article on the subject of the Internet of Things (IoT) was about applications inside the factory. For example, there were articles on machine monitoring, equipment monitoring, preventive maintenance and similar topics.

The Actuators That Drive Subsea Operations

The offshore oil and gas industry began in 1947 when the first well defined as “out of sight of land” was completed at a depth of only about 15 feet (4.6 meters) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Since that first well was drilled, the offshore sector of oil and gas has become a vital part of where we get these valuable resources. Because of this, exploration and production have moved to deeper and deeper water depths. Nowadays, producible oil and gas are commonly found at depths that are half-a-mile to two-and-a-half miles (1 to 4 kilometers).

Market Outlook 2021: Uncertainties Create Strategy Challenges

As the first virtual Market Outlook was occurring (Aug. 6 and 7), the world was in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession that was just starting to ease up. Yet the well-received VMA/Hydraulics Institute event was not all doom and gloom. One of the main themes that speakers repeated was that it is just such times of challenge when innovation and new ideas are born.

Valve Manufacturers Step Up During the Pandemic

Around the nation, companies and businesses have found ways to help with the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturers have supplied needed equipment to meet health care needs, reached out in various ways to support front-line workers and found ways to provide what people in their areas of the country need. For example, distillers are repurposing their production lines to make hand sanitizer. Apparel makers are sewing cloth masks and protective gowns. Automobile plants are making ventilators.

Pneumatic Valves: New Technology for a Digital Transformation

Principles built around the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have guided the automation industry’s rapid adoption and mainstreaming of many production systems. These systems are aligned with the concepts for digital transformation—including intelligent, networked production systems and components that leverage smarter information and communications technology.

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