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Posted by Mike Triassi on Apr 13, 2017 12:38:33 PM

It seems that its time has come and its more than we imagined.

As an ABB Chemical Business Unit employee in 1991, I attended an internal meeting by a corporate "think tank" group within the company that postulated on automation and where it was trending. The main theme was that user interfaces would be multi-faceted. Displays that offer configuration forms, loop drawings, and P&ID views for engineering; at the click of a button morph into a version with setpoint entries, alarm status feedback, and real-time trends for operators; another click transforms to I/O troubleshooting, statistical reports, and repair orders for maintenance; still more variations with cost of operation, yield and order status for production and management. It sounded like a great idea, but no products offered this type of seamless operation between stakeholders.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Trends, Smart Factory

Making the Most of a Control System Migration

Posted by Mike Triassi on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Manufacturers utilizing control systemswith obsolete components are faced with the daunting task of needing to replace their system, even though it may meet their production needs and is very well understood by the operations team.  What can be done to help improve the success of a control system migration

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The ROI of a migration project is sometimes difficult to justify. It is often viewed as an "insurance policy" against losing the ability to replace a "likely to fail" subcomponent. In many cases this type of justification gets postponed for many years but most likely there are features of a new system that can improve a migration's value.   

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Topics: Manufacturing, DCS, Controls

What's in store for automation in 2017?

Posted by Mike Triassi on Jan 10, 2017 4:06:37 PM

As we erase the mismarked year on our check book (scratch out 2016 and mark down 2017), it's time to reflect on where things are headed for the new year.   Many believe it is going to be about “digitization" or adopting recent IT technology to maximize digital resources.  Each market space has its own take on it.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Trends, Automation, Internet of Things

Energy Consumption and LED Lighting

Posted by Mike Triassi on Dec 19, 2016 3:08:29 PM

In many ways automation is predicated on improving quality, consistency and efficiency.  As process engineers, efficiency is a fundamental aspect of designing systems. It is probably true that efficiency of time, labor, or raw materials has had more priority than energy in our professional lives.  While production cost is important, a national goal for less dependency on foreign oil and a global initiative to reduce our impact on the environment should drive our personal choices as it pertains to energy consumption.

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Rockwell's PSUG 2016 in Retrospect

Posted by Mike Triassi on Dec 7, 2016 4:56:07 PM

It's been a few weeks since Rockwell's Automation Fair and I wanted to capture my thoughts before too much more time had transpired. I was mainly there for the Process System Users group meeting (PSUG) and it did not disappoint, but before going into the technical review, let me share some pleasantries about the city that is "too busy to hate."

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Topics: Rockwell

Loading Batch IDs using the Orders database

Posted by Mike Triassi on Nov 3, 2016 3:39:26 PM
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Topics: Rockwell, Controls

Virtualization Best Practices at the Process Solutions User Group

Posted by Mike Triassi on Oct 11, 2016 1:31:25 PM

This post originally appear in Automation World's CSIA Guest Blog.

As Rockwell Automation's Process Solutions Users Group Meeting draws near, what do you want to learn about your PlantPAx systems? For me, I would like to devise an even more standardized way to configure the virtual deployments.

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Topics: Rockwell, Virtualization

Weighing System for a Food Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Triassi on Aug 29, 2016 2:29:09 PM

Optimation has just been awarded a batch weighing system for food grade products. The system handles sequencing of different ingredients into a scale and then discharge of the scale into a mixer.    These formulations are normally 10 to 12 different ingredients and there are hundreds of different formulations.  The typical run size is in tons with approximate 2 tons per batch; therefore 5 to 20 batches of the same formation will be scheduled consecutively.

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Topics: Rockwell, food industry

Device Calibration

Posted by Mike Triassi on Aug 8, 2016 1:37:18 PM

Whether designing dedicated test stands or developing control systems, it may be necessary to calibrate the signals that are being measured. One of our test system specialists has written a detailed article for Control Design magazine, Process variables and the art of calibrating instruments. 

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Topics: Test Systems

HALT!  Who goes there? Industrial System Security

Posted by Mike Triassi on Jun 14, 2016 1:47:59 PM

Password management gets more important as we access financial websites, corporate portals, and an ever-increasing number of cloud-based resources as part of our online activity. In addition to passwords, it is good to secure personal data such as Social Security numbers and other sensitive information that should be kept out of the wild from identity thieves.   

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Topics: Technology, Trends, Controls, Smart Factory

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