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OEE for the Enterprise
September 22, 2014

OEE for the Enterprise

By Salvatore Castro, SAP
The common view of OEE is the localized one of an operator trying to control the machine better during the shift. The more modern spin on OEE is trying to improve all operations to run more efficiently with the lowest overall cost back to the business.

Asset Performance Management: So Many Approaches, Yet Little Execution
September 19, 2014

Asset Performance Management: So Many Approaches, Yet Little Execution

By Dan Miklovic, LNS Research
The basic concepts of Asset Performance Management (APM) have been around for nearly 50 years. In this article, we'll discuss the wealth of knowledge on different maintenance approaches available to today's professionals, and also the main challenges with putting those approaches into action.

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Disturbing Trends in Manufacturing
September 19, 2014

Disturbing Trends in Manufacturing

By Thomas Seubert, Contributing Author
Over the past two years (since the end of the recession), there have been some disturbing trends within manufacturing, specifically the automation/controls engineering profession. The author highlights these trends and suggests actions to counteract them.

September 19, 2014

Care in applying Analytics for Prediction and for Management Decisions

By Carlos W. Moreno, Ultramax
What analyses of a database enable predictions which are valid in decision making. This review does not introduce new technical concepts. It explains to engineers why their knowledge of the processes that generate data needs to be integrated in the analysis of the data, and at what level.

September 18, 2014

Addressing FDA CFR Regulation Compliance with Cloud based ERP Software

By Bill Nolan, Rootstock Software
Many regulated manufacturers use paper-or Excel-based processes to address compliance. For discrete manufacturers who are required to have FDA CFR compliance, the Salesforce1 Platform connected an ERP system offers some distinct advantages.

Emerson updates burner management system at Sasol
September 18, 2014

Emerson updates burner management system at Sasol

Emerson migrated an old burner management system on a distillation column furnace to Emerson’s DeltaV during the plant’s annual scheduled shutdown this 2014.

September 18, 2014

Three common pitfalls of pressure calibrations

By Roy Tomalino, Beamex
Calibrating pressure devices has its own unique challenges. This blog describes three of them.

Datapaq measures floodlight temperatures
September 18, 2014

Datapaq measures floodlight temperatures

When the sun comes out on a rainy Wimbledon match day, the roof over Centre Court can be retracted, but only after the floodlights have cooled down sufficiently. Datapaq measured how long it takes.

ATEX Certified Sensors Meet Hazardous Requirements for Europe
September 18, 2014

ATEX Certified Sensors Meet Hazardous Requirements for Europe

By Jean Carl, Macro Sensors
Blog discusses how, in the European market, sensors specified for use within potentially explosive atmospheres must be certified to ATEX standards.

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September 17, 2014

The Energy Sector is Under Attack: How to Protect the Smart Grid Infrastructure

By Kenneth Tom, Wurldtech Security Technologies
Today, the smart grid is under attack. We need to protect this infrastructure and provide proper visibility into the network threats by taking advantage of the latest technology for Industrial Control System (ICS) security.

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September 17, 2014

Observations From An ERP Buyer’s Experience

By David J. Bush, C.P.I.M
In early 2012, we began an earnest search for a replacement for our legacy ERP system. We wanted a new ERP package that could handle the needs of our electronics industry demands. We were in for a big and disappointing surprise.

Ultrasonic Technology Helps City of Charlotte Pursue Increased Energy from Renewable Biogas
September 16, 2014

Ultrasonic Technology Helps City of Charlotte Pursue Increased Energy from Renewable Biogas

By Steve Milford, Endress+Hauser
The City of Charlotte, NC, uses Endress+Hauser ultrasonic flowmeters to measure the flow and methane content of biogas from anaerobic digesters that treat sludge in the wastewater treatment facility. The biogas is used to generate electricity.

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spining at 1,100mph
September 16, 2014

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spining at 1,100mph

Micro-Epsilon supplied sensors for a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.

Picture Perfect Reception with IP Wireless
September 15, 2014

Picture Perfect Reception with IP Wireless

By Elsa Madrigal and Dan McGrath, Panduit
Multiple-in-Multiple-Out (MIMO) is a new technology adopted by new IEEE 802.11Wi-Fi standards. Under 802.11n and 802.11ac, the antennas in the access points receive various reflected signals and, using digital signal processing, stitch them together into a unified, clear signal.

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Software Defined Networks
September 15, 2014

Software Defined Networks

By Dave Cronberger, Cisco
Software defined networks (SDNs) are a hot topic at the enterprise-level. The reasons vary – but they’re piling up. The most promising – and potentially profitable – benefit of an SDN is its potential in making the network directly programmable.

From Virtual to Real-World Manufacturing
September 15, 2014

From Virtual to Real-World Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Siemens continues to make large investments in software for manufacturing industries aimed at increasing the productivity of design, engineering, commissioning, operations, and maintenance in discrete and process industries. Siemens COMOS is targeted at process industries and is analogous to Siemens PLM for the discrete industries.

Centralized or Decentralized?
September 12, 2014

Centralized or Decentralized?

By Dr. Arne Linder, Kollmorgen
Decentralizing servo technology can bring machine and plant construction savings during installation. Two additional advantages include reduced cabinet heat loads and more straight forward drive architecture. The question arises however, which technology is better, an integrated motor/drive solution or a detached motor and drive?

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Multi-camera vision system inspects engine rings
September 11, 2014

Multi-camera vision system inspects engine rings

By Russ Butchart, Puffin Automation
Vision system for an unnamed manufacturer inspects defects as small as 0.008" on all four surfaces of an engine ring with a changeover time of less than 1 min.

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September 09, 2014

GE Software analyzes Cincinnati Sewers

Proficy will assist the city in bringing together information about their wastewater system from remote locations to provide a system-wide view of what’s really happening across its watersheds.

Bill’s Automation Perspective on Business Integration
September 05, 2014

Bill’s Automation Perspective on Business Integration

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Should the control room operator be responsible for making business decisions? Focusing solely on improving operator interaction may be a mistake. Your competitors may be focusing on increased automation and integration to gain a competitive business advantage.