Machine and Process Management

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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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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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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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(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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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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Improving the efficiency of your packaging systems

A disruptive force known as the fourth industrial revolution is already underway. The phenomenon – known as the Industrial Internet of Things, the digital enterprise or simply “smart manufacturing” –… Read more »

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FLEX: A Framework to Help Cut Costs and Increase Speed in Industrial Project Delivery

Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group is part of the automation consulting team covering PLC/PAC platforms, HMI hardware/software, business visualization, and analytics. He is the primary analyst for ARC’s… Read more »

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Products that go beyond minimum environmental regulations

For today’s manufacturers of electrical and electronic components, the RoHS and REACh requirements are the toughest environmental standards in the world. RoHS, which stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, took… Read more »

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Remote Control Modes – Local vs Remote

This amounts to a short note really. Nothing too mind bending, just the usual confusion with language we sometimes have…. Often Control Selectors and Mode switches are provided to assist… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. Read more »

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Servitization, Redefining the Concept of Ownership in the Digital Era

Software is eating the world, sharing economy is generating a wave of economic disruption, servitization is emerging as a new economic paradigm. It’s clear that these statements are no more… Read more »

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Collaboration and relationship-building get big boost at events for SI Alliance partners

Recently, I had the great pleasure of witnessing the true value of face-to-face collaboration when our SI Alliance partners, Collaborative Automation Partners and Schneider Electric employees came together at the… Read more »

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What is the impact of Industry 4.0 for system integration engineers?

The Industry 4.0 report outlines how many jobs and tasks will change as a result of smart plant deployments and the convergence of IT and OT. For system integration engineers… Read more »

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5 Reasons Why the World Needs Mining …And Always Will

Thanks to all the recent headlines about the decline in commodity prices and the resulting difficulties being faced by virtually all companies involved in the mining sector, there has been… Read more »

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Straight talk on cyber security threats to industrial control systems

Hackers are always gravitating towards the easiest systems to exploit and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are now among the most popular hacking attack targets. If control systems (like programmable logic… Read more »

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Industrial Technology Architectures are Changing and Unleashing the Benefits of IIoT

Industrial organizations are looking to deploy power, automation and control solutions faster and more efficiently than ever before. The need to stay competitive by lowering costs while increasing production has… Read more »

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