Articles Tagged: automation

The increasing overlap between cybersecurity and process safety

World news has always fascinated me – I think I got this from my Grandmother. Growing up, every so often everything stopped, the house fell quiet and the silence was… Read more »

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The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things

Previously, I wrote about our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy, where we stand on the topic and how we are ensuring the value of what we are doing in… 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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Mining operational excellence…shoot for the stars, but be happy to land on the moon

The mining industry has always been at the mercy of many different forces impacting the way in which mining companies operate.  Commodity prices, labor costs, consumables, and diminishing ore grades… Read more »

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OEM Helps Automotive Parts Companies Improve Efficiency and Costs

People love their automobiles, so it’s no surprise that the global automotive industry is booming again following the recent downturn. That’s good news for auto parts manufacturers that are seeing… 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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The Industrial Internet of Things is an “evolution” not a “revolution”

The next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – whatever you want to call it, is one of the primary megatrends impacting on our market today,… Read more »

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What does “Energy Savings” mean in the industrial automation field?

Every day we are hearing “energy saving” expressions but what does it really mean, specifically in the industrial automation field? How much savings we can have? Is it a fixed… 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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#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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A formal introduction… Process Optimization, meet Energy Optimization in Cement Manufacturing

We have been talking about Process Optimization Systems for many years, but today the industry is striving for more! There is a need for a combination of both “Process” AND… 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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How to Successfully Leverage IoT; It’s Not Technology

Our future: technology convergence and IoT There is a lot of talk about the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will reshape… 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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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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#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 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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Mining operational excellence…shoot for the stars, but be happy to land on the moon

The mining industry has always been at the mercy of many different forces impacting the way in which mining companies operate.  Commodity prices, labor costs, consumables, and diminishing ore grades… 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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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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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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Cows don’t make 2% Milk

I am often asked “Why are distributed control systems necessary” and I’ve often found myself going into layers of deep technical explanations and customer requirements in seeking a response. 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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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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