Machine and Process Management

Open Architectures in Control

Businesses today, across a broad spectrum of industries, are looking to deploy integrated and cost effective automation solutions from the plant floor to the wider enterprise. As well as for… Read more »

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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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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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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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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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5 Ways to Fight Back Against Power Outages

Most of the time, the electrical power in your building or factory keeps on flowing. The lights stay on, computers keep working, production lines or processes keep running. Occasionally, you… Read more »

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Moving Your Clean-in-Place Operations to Quality 4.0

“Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 are more than buzzwords” recently wrote by a colleague Keith Chambers. In fact, Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Industry 4.0 are all necessary to support… 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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Digitizing industries – from the pushbutton up

As industrial companies move further and further into digitization, the opportunities and benefits become apparent across the spectrum and up the technology stack. While there are parts of industry that… 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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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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How Formula 1 Racing Provides a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

Guest Blogger:  Jeff Lund is responsible for Belden’s vision and product initiatives related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He also drives and coordinates cyber security and wireless product… 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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Digitizing industries – from the pushbutton up

As industrial companies move further and further into digitization, the opportunities and benefits become apparent across the spectrum and up the technology stack. While there are parts of industry that… Read more »

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Shortening preparation time and reducing downtime in the pasteurization/sterilization process by optimizing control loop design

The pasteurization and sterilization processes are among the most important unit operations in food processing. They consist of heating the food to high temperature for a predefined length of time…. Read more »

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Is downtime sucking profit from your business?

It’s probably happened in your household at some point; the vacuum cleaner breaks down half way through the housework. It leaves you with a partly cleaned floor, a hefty repair… 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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The Flatter, the Better: The Origins of Flush Aesthetics in Machinery

Question: What do witches and vampires have in common with industrial machinery? Answer: They’ve all undergone serious makeovers that have transformed them from ugly ducklings to graceful swans. The wart-covered… 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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