Machine and Process Management

Innovation in Mining: “If Everyone is a Fast Follower, Then Who is Leading?”

The mining and minerals industry is constantly fascinated by innovation, and it is proverbial that everyone wants to be a “fast follower” rather than to be on the “bleeding edge.” … Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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Transforming Industry with Digital Services: A Collaborative Industrial IoT Approach

Digital transformation is a key focal point for today’s industry. It’s about companies connecting their existing devices and implementing new, scalable platforms to drive maximum value from their efforts. But,… Read more »

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How circular economy thinking offers a more focused approach to recycling

In our previous post, we discussed how we are developing ways to reuse some of our products, following one of the 5R ways to move toward a circular economy. In… Read more »

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The IIoT Success Formula: Leverage software to convert new workplace capabilities into business value

Several years ago, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era launched with a big bang. Much talk was generated regarding how the industry would be forever changed. Although the speculation… Read more »

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The Power of Partnership … in Real Life

To extend the concept of the Power of Partnership, a real-life example will help make the concept more concrete and will help expose the concept in a more vivid and spirited… Read more »

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How to protect your plant against mistakes and failures with a Change Management System

Matt Lawson is the Director of Technical Operations at MDT Software. Matt has 23 years of experience in a variety of engineering roles, many within automation manufacturing industry. He holds… Read more »

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A Real World, Multi-Vendor, Single Security Solution on Display in Hannover Messe

Schneider Electric will take part in a system demonstrating advanced cybersecurity concepts sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) at Hannover Messe that will take place from the 24th-28th of… Read more »

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A Profit Engine for your enterprise? It’s under control…

It may seem like an obvious statement, but technology can have a major impact on the profitability of a business. When the right technologies are applied in the right areas,… Read more »

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How to get on the road to Smart Machines: The ABC’s of Machine Setting

Designing a smart machine means making a lot of choices – from the biggest parts down to the push-buttons and types of interfaces. A machine builder has to take many… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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The Basics of MQTT-The Messaging Protocol for the Internet of Things

MQTT is a machine-to-machine  (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) open protocol standardized by the OASIS Technical Committee (www.oasis-open.org). The protocol is easy to adopt for a wide variety of… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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Technology and digitization: our industry lost a battle, but how do we win the war ?

Once upon a time, not so long ago (maybe 20 years), the adoption “flow” of new technology was simple and easy. First we saw it in high level university labs –… Read more »

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3-D Printing creating changes in Industrial Automation

In my last blog I presented a brief view of the future of automation as seen by Dick Morley. Dick’s adaptive manufacturing concept relied in part on 3-D printing. I… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights with Enterprise Data Management

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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Integration of secure power into the management system is the end goal

In a previous post, I explained why a secure power solutions provider should possess expertise which spans multiple “domains,” from information technology (IT) management to process control systems for automated… Read more »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Industrial process data – a potential productivity “gold mine”!

I was thinking the other day about how industrial control, building management and power components have changed over the years. Literally, I was amazed (pushes jaw back up with finger)… Read more »

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Variable speed drive: Back to the features

A Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is obviously able to run a motor at variable speeds, but it is also a smart actuator, fully capable of being connected and integrated into… Read more »

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Is complex automation the only way to get food and beverage traceability?

I’m wondering why we are not  performing good traceability “manually” or at a simple machine level? Why does traceability systematically seem to imply large, automated SCADA solutions? Tiger economies such… Read more »

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What does “Energy Savings” mean in the industrial automation field?

Every day we are hearing “energy saving” expressions but what does it really mean, specifically in the industrial automation field? How much savings we can have? Is it a fixed… Read more »

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What is Really Going on in Industrial Automation?

In my 40 years working in industry and industrial automation I cannot recall a period in which there has been so much technological jargon. Almost every periodical, advertisement, blog, article,… Read more »

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One size doesn’t fit all: The value of a highly differentiated SCADA offer

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software is a mature offer that has been around for over 30 years. At its core, it includes basic functionality such as data acquisition… Read more »

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Food crisis is looming but our trash bins are full of wasted food!

Being part of a traditional French culture that places a high priority on the enjoyment of food, it’s hard to imagine the subject of food waste.  However, according to the… Read more »

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Technology and digitization: our industry lost a battle, but how do we win the war ?

Once upon a time, not so long ago (maybe 20 years), the adoption “flow” of new technology was simple and easy. First we saw it in high level university labs –… Read more »

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Open Architectures in Control

Businesses today, across a broad spectrum of industries, are looking to deploy integrated and cost effective automation solutions from the plant floor to the wider enterprise. As well as for… Read more »

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Industrial Electronic Repair – Good For the Environment and the Bottom Line

A year or so ago the constant pressure to finally clean out my basement got the better of me. There was lots of stuff which I didn’t want to part… Read more »

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Do automation systems provide “improved business value”?

My newest book, The Value of Automation: The Best Investment an Industrial Company Can Make was recently published by ISA. The title of this book begs the question: “Do industrial… Read more »

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