Machine and Process Management

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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