Articles Tagged: automation

Value for money : what does it mean now ?

Value for money : what does it mean now ? My grandma told me once that in the good old days, it was easy to have quality. High price used… 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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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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Lunch with Dick Morley and some Automation Talk

I was having lunch with Dick Morley on a recent afternoon and the talk turned to the future of automation. Given Dick can be credited with the developing modern industrial… Read more »

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CIP is a food safety “must”, but can it be optimized to increase your bottom line result?

Clean-in-place (CIP) is a method to clean closed systems (interior pipes, filters, fittings, etc) without taking them apart.  Quite frequently, CIP operations are considered a burden that have to be… Read more »

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Creating “social behavior” in a PLC

Today, technology gives us a great opportunity to communicate to others quickly and no matter where we are, and that’s one of the most important accomplishments if we consider communications throughout our human history…. Read more »

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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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Is your plant running efficiently enough to win a marathon?

Running your plant or business is just like running a marathon.  You need to set your goals right, short term as well as long term. You need to have a… Read more »

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The Challenges of Older Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 2: The Costly Consequences of Aging Buildings This is the second blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands… Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… Read more »

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New Generation of Sensors Enables IIoT Connection of Previously Unconnectable Assets

For farmers, mining engineers, highway transportation management personnel, operators of underground metro railway systems, waste management firms and utility substation operators, the possibility now exists to reap the benefits of… Read more »

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Why DCIM has succeeded and struggled?

Recent navel gazing about DCIM put me in mind of the Worst Predictions list curated on the Human Science wiki. It includes such gems as “The horse is here to… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… 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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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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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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Industrial Automation is ready for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is coming and in some industries is already here but is in its infancy. Industrial Automation is ahead of most other industries in the readiness for… Read more »

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What to Consider When Starting Your IIoT Journey?

Keith Blodorn is a Director of Program Management at ProSoft Technology, specializing in IIoT and wireless communication solutions. He has worked in the Industrial Automation industry for more than 20… Read more »

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Why DCIM has succeeded and struggled?

Recent navel gazing about DCIM put me in mind of the Worst Predictions list curated on the Human Science wiki. It includes such gems as “The horse is here to… Read more »

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Managing Risk Behind Bars : Project management approach to control system migration

I recently visited a jail in the U.S., not because I had committed a crime or anything like that but actually to write a case study as part of my… 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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GUEST POST: Trends in the wireless automation market – Part 1

In this guest post by Stephen Goodman, we hear about all things wireless. Steve tackles the questions about standards, “in-plant” wireless and “outside the fence” wireless solutions. Wireless Sensor Networks… 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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HMI and Alarm Standards and Best Practices – Impact on Operator Performance and Operations Excellence

Bridget Fitzpatrick is an HMI, Abnormal Condition Management and Human Factors Practice Lead for Wood Group Mustang in Houston, TX. She has 25+ years of experience in process engineering, control… 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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