Optimation Blog

Reducing Lost Time Injuries & Costs

Posted by Hodari Pryce on Aug 31, 2017 3:08:57 PM

This month, Optimation surpassed two years without a lost time incident. In our line of work providing engineering, design and build solutions for industrial and manufacturing companies, this is a difficult feat. But it's not an unattainable one. It takes planning and training, employee dedication, and a culture of safety to make milestones like these possible. This means an investment of time and money for companies who are serious about working safely. But the cost of not working safely can be very high. 

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Topics: About Optimation, Safety

Platform as a Service and Automated Manufacturing

Posted by Mike Triassi on Aug 17, 2017 11:35:38 AM

Most of us use cloud services in our daily lives.  Our email, music, financial software, and shopping are regularly becoming a browser experience or a data connected mobile app.  This paradigm is now moving into for our automation platforms but what shape will it take as it pertains to Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

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Topics: Manufacturing, Automation, System Integration, Software

Machine Installation Planning for Glass Batch Houses

Posted by Wendy Smith on Aug 15, 2017 12:56:31 PM

Every type of manufacturing process has its own set of limitations or parameters that you need to work within, especially when planning a shutdown, maintenance, or equipment installations.  Glass manufacturing is no exception.  There are a few rules when working around glass.  You need to work safely, if you don’t you will get burnt or cut.  You need to respect the glassmaking process. 

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Topics: Equipment, Glass Manufacturing, Batch

Test Systems and The Edge

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 9, 2017 4:18:27 PM

Today’s technologies demand more of everything—more data, computing power, test cycles, security, reliability, everything.

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Topics: Trends, Internet of Things, Test Systems

Industrial Internet of Things and Cyber Security for Manufacturing

Posted by Bill Pollock on Aug 7, 2017 11:48:39 AM

As early as 2001, after 9/11, there was a major focus on developing cyber security to prevent attacks on infrastructure such as water plants, power plants, dams and critical manufacturing facilities.  At Optimation we began to look at networks, connections to the internet and vulnerabilities.  Since that time, the world is becoming increasingly connected.  There is huge power in this connectivity.  The power that comes from the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, (IIoT) is based on connectivity.  At the same time as more connectivity provides more power, the manufacturing industry along with all users of connected systems are facing increased risk from cyber-attacks. The only perfect protection from cyber-attacks is total isolation. But isolation is not an option, so more sophisticated alternatives are necessary. Each increased level of connectivity provides increased risk along with increased operational power. 

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Is your Roll-To-Roll manufacturing line operating on the level? Literally?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jul 31, 2017 9:36:36 AM

Here’s a good conversation starter:  Stop what you are doing and look around you for anything and everything that is a thin film or sheet made of paper, plastic or metal. In my office space I have a calendar (paper), a computer display (film), a crumpled wrapper of a roast beef sandwich (metal foil), sticky notes (paper), office memos (paper), a trash can liner (plastic)…you get the idea.  Products like these, manufactured from the noted raw materials (metal, plastic, wood) are all around us, within the touch of our finger tips.  They are so commonplace that we don’t give much thought as to how they were made, and what some of the challenges might have been to convert the raw materials into something useful for us.

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Topics: Equipment, web handling

Machine Safety, Machine Guarding and The Gotcha Stick

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jul 24, 2017 3:57:16 PM

Getting employees to follow the rules, even rules that keep them safe, is difficult. For some segments of the population this seems impossible.  Everyone knows, for example, that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, and against the law in most states. But a large percentage of the population continue to talk on a handheld phone while driving anyway. This is even more true of texting and driving.  And accidents and deaths continue. 

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Topics: Safety, Machine Guarding

Web Handling Problems? Don’t Treat Your Web Conveyance Equipment Like Your Car

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jul 20, 2017 11:23:13 AM

Have you ever experienced a problem with your automobile, where you hear an unusual noise, or feel a different dynamic (a hesitation or a loss of power), and wonder if your trusty transport is going to leave you stranded at the side of the road? 

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Topics: web handling

Process Monitor Analytics and Industry 4.0

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jul 11, 2017 2:19:06 PM

The Internet of Things is revolutionizing all areas of our lives.  In manufacturing, Industry 4.0 is a revolution as transformative as the first industrial revolution that began 300 years ago.  Advancements in manufacturing analytics are coming fast and furious.  Not all manufacturing analytics are totally new however.

 A quarter century ago, at the height of the silver halide dominance in imaging, systems engineers at Kodak had developed a process monitoring analytics system that was decades ahead of its time. This powerful toolset was one of the methods that enabled Kodak to manufacture high quality and consistently uniform chemicals, dyes, and emulsions in plants operating in five different continents.  Using the analytical capability of their proprietary product, Kodak was able to find process malfunctions before they occurred, predict product response performance, summarize massive and complex data to an actionable data subset and as a result they could reduce the manufacture of off-specification product.

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Topics: Data Logging, Technology, System Integration, Smart Factory, Software

Networking, Food, Fun and a Run

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jul 6, 2017 10:41:23 AM

In less than a week, The J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge will be held in Rochester.  We are getting a new venue and lots of other changes this year.  It’s the 26th year that Chase has held the event in Rochester, but Rochester was not the original event.  It began in NYC 40 years ago.  The event is an amazing blend of exercise, fun, food, drink, camaraderie, fundraising for charity and networking.   And the emphasis could be placed on the networking.  The original founders had little idea what would happen after the event was established.  Their inaugural event was set up long before running was popular and included less than 1000 runners. 

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Topics: About Optimation, For Fun

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