Machine and Process Management

Mining the “Gemba” from Big Data – The Answers are Simpler Than You Think

“People who can’t understand numbers are useless. The gemba* where numbers are not visible is also bad. However, people who only look at the numbers are the worst of all.”… Read more »

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How tomorrow’s plant automation systems will empower users and simplify tasks

Industrial automation systems have helped processing plants increase production value, reduce costs, improve safety, comply with environmental regulations, and more. However, as plants increase in size and complexity, there is… Read more »

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The Art of Simply-Complex and IIoT

Generally speaking, the simple typically evolves into the complex when left unchecked. This is true for most everything from consumer products, to tax laws to, companies, to governments. Over time,… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and Your Preparedness

Cybersecurity Risk Management – Blog Series Part 3 The single biggest threat to cybersecurity – misunderstanding the risks Common cybersecurity misunderstanding number one – Many businesses think the cybersecurity problem… Read more »

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Productivity Secrets: Don’t Underestimate the Power of PLC Scan Time

People who know me (especially my family) will tell you that I have an impatient streak. This sometimes comes out when I am driving. I am not a candidate for… Read more »

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Six IIoT Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

Craig Resnick covers the PLC, PAC, HMI, OIT and Industrial PC markets as well as the Packaging, Plastics and Rubber Industries for ARC.  He is the primary analyst for many… Read more »

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5 Harmonic Mitigation Methods That Help Keep Costs Down and Production Running

If you’re running an industrial process of any kind, you can’t afford any downtime. Every minute a production line is down is costing you money, and that’s eating into your… Read more »

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Machine Diagnostics and the IIoT

Guest blogger:  Tim Senkbeil is a product line manager for Belden’s Lumberg Automation brand. In his role, Senkbeil manages new and existing connectivity products and offerings from both Lumberg Automation… Read more »

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The Dream of a Unified and IIoT Enabled Industrial Communications Network…How Close Are We?

Some of us are old enough to remember the days just before the internet became a permanent fixture in our lives. At that time, the IT industry had been struggling… Read more »

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Process safety management: eliminating plant safety uncertainty

If you’re working in the industrial world, you know that process safety is always a high priority, with occupational safety helping protect personnel, and functional safety helping avoid large-scale disasters…. 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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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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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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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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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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Avoiding cyber attacks: An inside look at industrial security fundamentals

Cyber security incidents are escalating in number and complexity. As industrial processes integrate with outside networks, plants are at risk. For that reason, operations teams need to know about security… Read more »

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