Articles Tagged: automation

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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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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How IIoT and “Smart Pumping” can Contribute to Solving the Global Water Crisis

Scarcity of water resources, growth in urban population, environmental regulations and process inefficiencies are all contributing to a crisis in the Water & Wastewater industry. It is estimated that the… Read more »

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The Grandfather of IIoT…Transparent Factory Architecture was a Great Vision

Mark Fondl was Vice President of Schneider Electric and under his leadership created the Transparent Factory Initiative with teams in France, Germany, and the US. Mark originally joined Modicon in… Read more »

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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… Read more »

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It’s the “Moment of Truth” for Automation Providers

No matter which industry you are dealing with, four key trends are impacting on the core of customers’ automation: Connectivity Security Agility Resources efficiency For industrial automation providers, however, these… Read more »

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Can We Get the Best Out of IIoT by Doing What We’re Doing?

The New Year is a time of reflection for most of us. But it was as I tucked into my Christmas turkey that I got to thinking about my US… Read more »

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What is Really Going on in Industrial Automation?

In my 40 years working in industry and industrial automation I cannot recall a period in which there has been so much technological jargon. Almost every periodical, advertisement, blog, article,… Read more »

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Should We Share Data and with Whom and Why?

Thanks to easy access and high speed internet, along with the availability of low cost internet devices, a new world of high volume data sharing has been created! This data… Read more »

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A Love Letter to Ugly Buildings

My Dear Building, People think you are UGGGLY!!! Look at you, sitting there in this residential neighbourhood behind a cheap chain-link fence, complete with tacky Golden Retriever ornaments. Your paint… 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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COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… 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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The Grandfather of IIoT…Transparent Factory Architecture was a Great Vision

Mark Fondl was Vice President of Schneider Electric and under his leadership created the Transparent Factory Initiative with teams in France, Germany, and the US. Mark originally joined Modicon in… 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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Industrial Electronic Repair – Good For the Environment and the Bottom Line

A year or so ago the constant pressure to finally clean out my basement got the better of me. There was lots of stuff which I didn’t want to part… Read more »

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#Demystified – 8760 the magic number for energy efficiency!

8760 is the magic number, absolutely fundamental to your energy efficiency. If you haven’t heard about it, then not to worry, it is explained below. It is clearly evident that… Read more »

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Is it safe? Cybersecurity and Automation of the Data Center

I always enjoyed Eddie Izzard’s assertion that people writing software would deliberately leave a “back door” into their programs, just in case they needed to get back in later. Providing… Read more »

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DCIM For a More Distinct Flavour of Colocation Service

The English have a fondness for mustard. Not the brownish stuff that they eat in France, nor the green condiment that no respectable sushi would be seen without. Not even… Read more »

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The Technology Tipping Point for IIoT

When debating our strategy to address the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we inevitably end up in the details – a discussion about platforms moves very quickly into Ethernet and… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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Where Have All the Control Engineers Gone?

When I joined The Foxboro Company in the 1970s, the industry was generally referred to as the Control Industry. Most of the engineers at Foxboro and other suppliers were experts… 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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Machine Diagnostics and the IIoT

Guest blogger:  Tim Senkbeil is a product line manager for Belden’s Lumberg Automation brand. In his role, Senkbeil manages new and existing connectivity products and offerings from both Lumberg Automation… 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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How will Industry 4.0 create an increased need for continuing professional development for software and system integration engineers?

The convergence of IT and OT at the plant floor level requires evolving tasks. This means that job roles need to change to encompass broader technical, organizational and social contexts,… Read more »

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The Grandfather of IIoT…Transparent Factory Architecture was a Great Vision

Mark Fondl was Vice President of Schneider Electric and under his leadership created the Transparent Factory Initiative with teams in France, Germany, and the US. Mark originally joined Modicon in… Read more »

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Why waste your energy?

Automation systems reliably and effectively build quality products. To do so requires energy, the quantity of energy is determined by its design efficiency (equipment and process) but also by the… Read more »

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Optimizing the manufacturing “clean-in-place” processes can result in big savings and help ensure food safety

At the heart of every food or beverage plant is a clean-in-place (CIP) system: the big “washing machine” that cleans and sanitizes every piece of equipment at regular intervals. The… 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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