Machine and Process Management

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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Energy Efficiency for Financial People

Having spent many years promoting the benefits of energy efficiency within the industrial and commercial environment and the utilization of Variable Speed Drives in particular there has always been a… Read more »


The “Internet of Things” and Automation

I was introduced to the concept of the “Internet of Things” by Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, in 2005. Neil saw the… Read more »


The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. 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 »


Creating “social behavior” in a PLC

Today, technology gives us a great opportunity to communicate to others quickly and no matter where we are, and that’s one of the most important accomplishments if we consider communications throughout our human history…. Read more »


Process control requirements for a Steel Mill (and some myths)

After 20 years working with process control and personally helping steel users design some of their systems  I would like to open a discussion and share some insight on how… 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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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »


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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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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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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People: The Human Side of Mining Operational Excellence

Visit any mine or head office and you’ll notice they are hives of activity where people are busy performing a wide range of tasks, all of which contribute in some… 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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New goals for process automation: continuity, safety, and security

For decades, industrial automation systems have progressively improved process efficiency and productivity. But that productivity is facing a growing number of risks, from outside and inside the plant. Fortunately, modern… 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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Unlocking Insights on Energy Efficiency & Asset Management Through Field Devices

Industrial energy use accounts for one-third of the world’s total energy demand. Rising concerns about climate change further heightened the importance of energy efficiency. Policymakers ticked energy efficiency as the… Read more »


3 Ways that Services Oriented Drives (SODs) and IIoT Improve the Efficiency of Industrial Operations

According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the industrial sector consumes one third of the world’s total energy. Although industry has significantly improved its energy efficiency in recent years,… Read more »

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IIoT is alive and well in Ekaterinburg!

At the beginning of July I had the honour of speaking at the Smart Manufacturing conference at Innoprom 2017, an annual Russian trade fair focused on the priorities driving world industry… Read more »

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Defining 5 Terms to Demystify Digital Transformation

Regardless of the industry you are in, the digital transformation is upon us. While this content references market factors directly affecting the global Oil & Gas industry, the digital transformation… Read more »

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Contactor requirements for hoisting machines under IEC 60204-32 – Part 1

Within the field of electrical technology, the “contactor” has been for many years, the main actor of the motor starting systems , being the most widely used at the time… Read more »

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Managing the unknown

The Water & Wastewater Industry is a peculiar sector. Its members often meet to share best practices, to discuss adoption of new technologies, and always share their best success stories… Read more »

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Investing in SCADA for a bright industrial future

As the information management world evolves, the use of real-time information to power functionally-rich business applications is driving greater value for industrial companies. Specifically, this translates to the ability to… Read more »

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How IIoT can turbo charge great data for better business

In today’s industrial world, it’s very easy to generate masses of data – process data, sales data, customer data and so on. The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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What do a Deck of Cards and a Services Oriented Drive Have in Common?

Everyone has played a card game at least once in their life, so everyone knows what a deck of cards is: an ensemble of fifty-two “pieces of paper” with four… Read more »

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Variable Speed Drives: An IIoT Tool That Benefits Both OEMs and Manufacturers

Manufacturers, in their efforts to remain globally competitive, face many challenges including fluctuating demand, mass customization, high productivity/output expectations, and consistency of high quality. And the machine builders (OEMs) that… Read more »

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Mining New Business Opportunities with the IIoT

Digitization with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies is allowing industrial companies to play a major role in the new digital economy. In a world of fast-evolving demand requirements,… 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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4 tips on how to limit cable-length related electric motor damage

Your electric motors may be ageing prematurely.  How variable speed drives (VSDs) are cabled to electric motors can have a major impact on performance. Let’s look at the potential issues… 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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