Machine and Process Management

One size no longer fits all

The global economy in recent years has certainly become increasingly volatile. It is more and more difficult to make forecasts about what the economy will look like by the end… Read more »

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Are you doing everything you can to protect your operation from severe weather?

As someone who has worked in the mining and metals industry for many years, I am always looking for new specialty solutions that  could be aligned with this industry.  One of… Read more »

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100 years of catastrophic accidents leads to a safer Process Industry

So much to be learned from taking a look at the history of “safety standards”… In the last 100 years many catastrophic accidents have occurred in process industry around the world: Bhopal India… Read more »

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How to attract new (and skilled) professionals to the mining and metals industry

In many industries, the aging workforce combined with the lack of qualified new professionals arriving to those industries has become a major problem. Some studies believe that the gap between… 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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Rising electrical costs impact Food and Beverage Industry

France, as well as most of the EU countries are announcing a significant rise in electricity costs over the next few years. From 2013 to 2017, France can experience up… Read more »

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Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »

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Reflecting on IP/Ethernet protocol

I started this blog post out after replying to a somewhat confused sales person about the use of the trademarked EtherNet/IP protocol with their local telecoms provider. “Could we order… 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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Back to Bauhaus – with Windows 8

So far when I think of Windows 8 as a possibility for control systems visualization, I think mainly of the International Style and its Euro roots in Bauhaus and the… Read more »

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Are you ALERT or just waiting dear M2M machine

Are you alert, or just waiting for the situation to pass.  Are you alert for something which might happen, something perhaps with danger requiring your constant situational awareness, or just… Read more »

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(Moore) Lawbreaking – In a P.E.R.F.E.C.T. way !

In 2009 The DARPA Red Balloon Challenge made headlines, but I didn’t take a lot of notice at the time.  I didn’t see any red balloons either. However… In Oct 2012… Read more »

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Software Patents Determination of Interest

I read in CNN Tech that a legal determination had been made referencing ‘computer implemented inventions’.  The judgement decision was against and Australian companies seeking legal patent protection for an… Read more »

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Grow Grow Grow !

Wednesday Jan 29th @ Wonderware, Irvine, CA: “Grow! Grow! Grow!” –  Jean-Pascal Tricoire as CEO Schneider Electric spoke eloquently about how in just 100 days or so, we Invensys were to… Read more »

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Combining Image Capture with Monitoring

I’d been looking around for an article on the relationship between image capture and more conventional measurement and instrumentation. In SCADA systems there have been instances I recall where image… Read more »

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Englebart and Bose As We Might Think and hear Mr Mouse..

This last month, July 2013 saw the passing of two great American electrical engineers of our mum’s and dad’s generation. We read obits. about Amar Bose and Doug Engelbart, both pioneers of the development… Read more »

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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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How Formula 1 Racing Provides a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

Guest Blogger:  Jeff Lund is responsible for Belden’s vision and product initiatives related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He also drives and coordinates cyber security and wireless product… Read more »

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Are today’s customers loyal?

I don’t think this question can be answered with a simple yes or no. The market in which we operate today does not lend itself to being able to plainly… Read more »

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Is the automation industry changing its focus from CAPEX to OPEX? And how is this influencing purchasing decisions?

As a business leader, these are two questions I have been considering recently.  I suppose the first thing to think about is that until quite recently we have been living… Read more »

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Five tips to reduce downtime and gain a whole lot more

Whether you’re mining iron ore in Brazil, operating a water treatment plant in China, or on the production line of a pasta making factory in Italy, unplanned downtime is expensive… Read more »

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Less Effort, More Gain…by Dynamic and Colorful Power Monitoring

Efficiency is not only about better usage or management of water/electricity resources, but it’s also about maximizing the usage of the controls and monitoring functionality/features. I would like to address… Read more »

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Process Safety and The Human Factor

  As a young engineer my first large control engineering project was for an automotive paint system in the English Midlands. Unlike many of the videos we see today where… Read more »

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The Flatter, the Better: The Origins of Flush Aesthetics in Machinery

Question: What do witches and vampires have in common with industrial machinery? Answer: They’ve all undergone serious makeovers that have transformed them from ugly ducklings to graceful swans. The wart-covered… Read more »

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