Machine and Process Management

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 traceability from “farm to fork” necessary?

With food safety incidents on the rise, more and more of us are worried about where our food is coming from.  We all expect our food to be safe and… Read more »

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The central control room in 5 basic disciplines

A central control room is the dream of any intensive operation: The desire to have in a single location,  several remote operations and the ability to take business decisions. But… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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How mobility, big data, and social media impact the mining and metals industry

I’ve always liked to write articles about trends and their applications in the heavy / process industries. Most of the time, I’ve focused on trends related to automation, process control,… Read more »

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Is your plant running efficiently enough to win a marathon?

Running your plant or business is just like running a marathon.  You need to set your goals right, short term as well as long term. You need to have a… Read more »

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Sustainability driving competitive advantage for the mining industry

For some time I have been thinking about the realism of society moving towards a sharing culture. What happens when we “borrow” instead of “buy”? I was reminded of this… Read more »

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Video analytics technology and the impact for the mining and metals industries

Even though the systems are high tech, the concept of the video analytics is quite simple: the ability of the camera systems to analyze images in a defined context. Without… 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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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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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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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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Situational awareness: Man vs Machine

Alert ! – situational awareness, the concept of knowing a complex dynamic situation and being able to decide and act on it quickly, and more importantly, decide better and faster than… 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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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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The Golden Age of Control

Real-time process control has been effectively applied across industrial operations to improve operational efficiency for decades. In fact, the application of real-time process control for efficiency improvement is so mature… 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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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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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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Why your industrial pumping system could be draining your budget – and what to do about it

While an industrial enterprise may realize its pumping system could be more effective, what may not be obvious is that energy-efficient pumps can help reduce utility expenses. Here’s why. Electricity… 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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My Vision of a Safer Industrial Future

In today’s industrial environments, progress is driving more change than ever. New challenges are arising, as well as new opportunities. We know today that the industrial plants of tomorrow will be… Read more »

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Should We Share Data and with Whom and Why?

Thanks to easy access and high speed internet, along with the availability of low cost internet devices, a new world of high volume data sharing has been created! This data… Read more »

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IIoT and Autonomous Industrial Assets

There is a direct analogy between emerging IoT enabled autonomous cars and the promise of IIoT enabled autonomous industrial assets. Real-time controls executing in IIoT enabled industrial automation platform will… Read more »

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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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Information, Digitization and Mobility Help Keep Track of Your Kids and Even Your Oil Wells

I remember listening to all that forward thinking talk in the 1980’s, ‘Information is the Next Big Thing’. I now realize that I had no idea what they were talking… Read more »

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Data Transparency, Access to Information and Efficiency

The other day it occurred to me that I’ve actually spent more than half of my life living in the United States. I was thinking about my time as a… Read more »

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Interconnectivity provides competitive advantage for OEMs and their customers

Ethernet connected automation systems save time and money for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and end users. One such OEM is Alexander Dodds in Grand Rapids, Michigan, makers of custom dovetailing… Read more »

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If You Cannot “Control” it, Try to “Manage” it.

Unfortunately, the language we commonly use is semantically very imprecise. This imprecision reduces effective communication. For example, looking at most English language dictionaries it is difficult to distinguish between the… Read more »

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