Machine and Process Management

Is it always true…”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Last month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cell phone.  It was in April 1973 when a Motorola engineer used the famous DynaTAC brick phone to make the historic… Read more »

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The maturity scale of your Industrial Energy Management Program

We see a lot of industrial end users moving beyond facilities-based energy management to process-based energy management—that is, mitigating energy loss on the process floor, since that’s where the majority… Read more »

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How can we best communicate our message of Energy Efficiency in social networks?

Who are we? That’s a big question, one of the most important questions that we should solve in order to transmit any message. Communications is a simple transmission of information,… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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Trying to understand (SIS) Safety Instrumented Systems?

As automation process engineers, we know about safety instrumented systems in process industry, but safety systems are in multiple industries and applications with their own safety standards and their own… Read more »

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Moore’s Law presents Opportunities and Challenges for Industrial Automation and Aerospace Manufacturers

Intel was founded in 1968 by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. I, like many others have a sticker on my laptop that reminds me that their microprocessor products are in… Read more »

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Without information mining stops!

In Australia, I have seen a bumper sticker that states “Without trucks Australia stops”.  This statement is in reference to the important role that trucks play in the process of… 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 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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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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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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Mobile Storage in Industrial Automation Applications

In our modern life style we are using different kinds of mobile storage to cover our daily needs during trips between home and work, university, gym, business travels, vacations, etc.  For instance,… Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… 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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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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How circular economy thinking offers a more focused approach to recycling

In our previous post, we discussed how we are developing ways to reuse some of our products, following one of the 5R ways to move toward a circular economy. In… 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 Cybersecurity Business Case: An Arduous Challenge – Part 2

In Part 1 of my previous blog, “The Cybersecurity Business Case – An Arduous Challenge”, I talked about the 3 key elements of a typical business case and the creation… Read more »

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Adding smart technologies to material working machines in the new digital economy

From heavy metalworking machinery to precision glass cutting systems, material working systems are part of the new digital OEM enterprise. To increase customer satisfaction, you must supply safe, efficient and… 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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Improve Asset Reliability with Predictive Analytics at Power Utilities

It’s no secret that regulators and consumers are pressuring utilities to operate at the highest level of efficiency, reliability and safety. With the demand for electricity slowing, capital expenditures rising… Read more »

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Optimize Operations with Industrial Data Management and Predictive Analytics

When managing a large fleet of assets across numerous sites, making sense of the streams of operational data from multiple systems and from remote sources can become an impossible task…. 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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Mineufacturing: Lessons in Partnerships

Today, we are seeing the transformation of many mining companies to move to a manufacturing way of thinking or what we call “Mineufacturing”.  The level of maturity in managing variability… Read more »

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Why Cybersecurity Matters in Food & Beverage?

May 2017, the world faced one of the most serious cyber-attacks. The Ransomware Wannacry put at risk 200,000 companies spread over 150 countries. Immediately after, every company, including those in… Read more »

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How to use real-time navigation services to improve failure response time in the Water & Wastewater industry

Today we see two major challenges facing the Water & Wastewater industry all over the world:  Cost: the price of water (wastewater treatment or drinking water treatment) is remaining more… Read more »

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Virtualization Brings Great Benefits to Manufacturing – But Only If It’s Highly Reliable

The benefits of server virtualization in the data center are well documented, from server consolidation to improved utilization and simplified management. Now we’re starting to see the technology bring benefits… Read more »

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The top six uses of an Historian. Number 2 may surprise you…

Wonderware surveyed their customers with the question, “What are the most important uses of an Historian in your business?” The results are interesting and typical of what we see in… Read more »

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IIoT, Mobility, Cloud, Enterprise APM – A Look Back at 2015 and What’s Coming

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud services, mobility, enterprise APM and remote monitoring are just some of the trending topics you’ve no doubt heard a lot about this year…. Read more »

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