Machine and Process Management

Power Distribution Redefined – Part 2

Power distribution is entering a new chapter in its history. A digital age which will impact our lives and business as much as electricity did at the end of the… Read more »

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In the IIoT technology race, your people remain your best bet

There is a great deal of discussion and articles out there around the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and its promises: Smart connected technology is radically revolutionizing the industrial landscape at… Read more »

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How IIOT, IT/OT Convergence, and Your ERP Will Finally Truly Help You …

Efficiency / Productivity: where are we? In the last 10 to 20 years, a lot of companies have optimized their “business processes” by implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system… 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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A case study: Comparison of MV and LV solutions for mine conveyor applications

Conveyor applications are some of the most common, and the most essential, in the mining, minerals, and metals industries. Typically motors for conveyor applications range from several kW to 1200… 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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New Lift Standard Calls for New Motor Starter Selection Rules

It is one of the most common modes of transportation, carrying many times the world’s population every month. It is also a very safe way to travel. There is a… Read more »

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From Mining to Mineufacturing

Digital disruption in mining is gaining momentum fueled by the intensifying zeal of industry leaders to adopt attested manufacturing philosophies like Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-time production and Total Productive Maintenance.  Led… Read more »

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The Perfect Mining Production Day, Each and Every Day

I’ve had some very interesting conversations recently that have made it clear to me there is a lack of understanding on how to improve a production organisation. My ex-colleague from… 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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Increased cement production drives up energy costs and emissions, forcing manufacturers to overhaul the energy used within production

During 2011 and 2012 we saw the global consumption of cement rise to new levels of 3585Mt in 2011 and 3736Mt in 2012*.  With production rising, the cement industry faces… 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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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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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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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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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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The next BIG THING for Industrial Energy Management is BIG DATA: Get Ready!

As I reflect on the brilliantly written blog, “Industrial Process Data – A Potential Productivity Gold Mine”, by my colleague John Boville, I’m reminded about the impact of industrial energy… Read more »

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IT / OT Convergence Part 2 – Realizing the benefits of a connected enterprise

The concept of the connected enterprise is based on the use of open IT standards as a means of connecting devices, equipment, processes and systems in a way that promotes… Read more »

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Evolving the Human Machine Interface (HMI)

I am a strong believer in the coming of the Internet of Things. In some areas it is already here, not in its final form but in its infancy. Considering… 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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How to select the appropriate motor control system for your pump?

The Extended Product Approach (EPA) methodology When it comes to build an energy efficient pumping system, the choice of the appropriate motor control system is crucial. As a response to… Read more »

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Virtual reality training for mineral processing plants

In previous posts I have stressed the challenges the mining industry is already facing in trying to close the “qualified” workforce gap. The following “gap” figures help reinforce the message that… Read more »

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The value of software in industrial operations

Industrial operations today are faced with many challenges. Aging and new workforces, new regulatory requirements and the pace of change in a flat world economy that requires a flexible way… 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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Mining the “Gemba” from Big Data – The Answers are Simpler Than You Think

“People who can’t understand numbers are useless. The gemba* where numbers are not visible is also bad. However, people who only look at the numbers are the worst of all.”… Read more »

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Technology evolution: from relays and wires everywhere to smart motor starters

I remember when I started to learn about motor control, and my first class was really boring, today this statement could be a little confusing since I am now a product… Read more »

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Social media for system integrators

In a recent blog on increased market competition for automation system integration companies, I discussed the growing trend of panel building companies moving into the system integrator space through business… 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 »

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How to handle increasing competition for System Integrators

Rise of the panel builder I am privileged to have the opportunity to talk with many of our system integrators that are part of our SI Alliance Partner Program, and… Read more »

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Why Industrial Ethernet and how exactly?

“Why Ethernet?” That was a question posed to me during a recent meeting with a plant manager. He said, “I have been using serial Fieldbuses for many years, but now… Read more »

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