Machine and Process Management

(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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Protective Gear for Workers: Does your facility meet labeling requirements?

Electricity – I have heard it called ‘an invisible servant’. It is one of those things in life which you can’t see but you know is there. Most of the… 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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IT / OT Convergence Part 2 – Realizing the benefits of a connected enterprise

The concept of the connected enterprise is based on the use of open IT standards as a means of connecting devices, equipment, processes and systems in a way that promotes… Read more »

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Lunch with Dick Morley and some Automation Talk

I was having lunch with Dick Morley on a recent afternoon and the talk turned to the future of automation. Given Dick can be credited with the developing modern industrial… Read more »

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In the “efficiency economy,” digitization changes everything

The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2013  conducted earlier this year asked CEOs, presidents and chairmen around the world to identify their top 10 business challenges for the coming year. The results revealed… Read more »

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The fusion of two cultures…Information and Operational Technology convergence

In today’s mining world there are many trends shaping the future of mining. Some trends challenge the economic, social and environmental aspects of the industry. Others provide opportunities for mining… Read more »

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How to keep facilities running at top of their game with baby boomers retiring

The 2009 recession has driven large facilities, factories and businesses in general to run leaner and meaner than ever before. In turn, cutting costs to remain competitive in the face… Read more »

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Cyber attack – a clear and present danger

As cyber attacks become more high profile and more prevalent, cybersecurity is an increasing concern for industrial automation and control system users and vendors. Cyber attacks happen for any number… Read more »

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5 Steps to transition from “Facilities” Energy Management to “Industrial Process” Energy Management

My previous blog  introduced the five “Process Demand Functions”, which are the things you can do to an industrial process to make it more efficient.  This should be the focus… Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… 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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More than just a “pretty face:” Good HMI screen design is good for business

Good design, by definition, improves functionality. It is not just about the aesthetics. At its best, when the combination of form and function is successful, the user can utilize the… Read more »

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Intelligent Pumping: Water’s Simple Solution for Big Savings

I was talking to a customer the other day who was lamenting about how difficult it is to meet goals related to energy and cost savings when dealing with an… 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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IIoT-enabled Technology Ignites the Profit Engine of Industry

Industrial companies have been installing computer-based automation and control systems for decades. Unfortunately, most of the systems installed in industry have been significantly underutilized and are, therefore not generating the… Read more »

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For Operational Technology (OT), Make Cyber Resiliency and Reliability of Operational Process and Assets Your Top Priority

Cyber attacks no longer focus only on stealing credit card numbers from banks. Disruption of core business processes via industrial control systems at manufacturing sites is also on the hacker… 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 4 keys of Operational Excellence in Mining

As stated in my previous blog entitled, “Mining operational excellence…shoot for the stars, but be happy to land on the moon,” Operational Excellence can broadly be defined as a state… Read more »

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Stand out from the Competition with Energy-Saving Smart Panels

The new industrial revolution is changing how builders of control panels, switchgear and panel boards design and operate today. To remain competitive and profitable, panels will have to be smarter… Read more »

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Can Industrial Productions Grind to a Complete Halt Because of a Single, Faulty Pushbutton?

The concept is as old as humanity:  Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. Known in some parts of the world as “Murphy’s… Read more »

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What are the rules for defining PLC’s obsolescence?

Every day we live with a lot of different devices that help us to have a better life, such as cell phones, music players and car GPS.  All these devices are… Read more »

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Qualify for future funding and incentives through Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

This year’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, organized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy, seemed to have a powerful yet “unwritten” focus on strategic energy management… Read more »

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5 ways to solve the harmonics challenge

As any plant manager would tell you, an invisible liability lurks in the electrical system: Harmonics can hamper operations and cause equipment to wear out way before its time. For… 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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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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Maximize Economic Return with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving that last mile of efficiency and squeezing everything they can from their existing asset infrastructure. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial… Read more »

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Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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IIoT: Acting on All Big Data

By Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries When data comes to mind, what do you think of? It might be definitional, such as facts and statistics. For others,… Read more »

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Can We Get the Best Out of IIoT by Doing What We’re Doing?

The New Year is a time of reflection for most of us. But it was as I tucked into my Christmas turkey that I got to thinking about my US… Read more »

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