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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

Gold Standard Partnerships

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jan 25, 2017 10:54:03 AM

One of the relationships that has been foundational in Optimation’s growth and success over the years is the one we have with National Instruments. NI is the test, measurement, and control systems innovator based in Austin, Texas. For over a dozen years, Optimation has been a partner with NI. We have together been engineering, deploying, supporting, and training in innovative solutions based in the NI ecosystem. Applications range from medical device testing to very high-pressure test system design and fabrications, to custom programming and software design.  Our clients have benefited from the combination of Optimation’s creative engineers and developers with NI’s state-of-the-art suite of open software, innovative solutions, and globally-sourced electronics and systems.

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Topics: Data Logging, Controls, Test Systems, Software

BIG DATA Beckons

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:58 PM

One of the biggest topics in business this year is big data and related analytics. Thousands of companies are rapidly investing heavily in these technologies and practices, knowing that they are core to accelerating their advancement and also just maintaining their market presence.

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Topics: Data Logging, Manufacturing, Trends

Using data acquisition and control systems to monitor plant subsystems

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 16, 2016 3:57:43 PM

How well do you know your weak link?

If you operate a continuous manufacturing process, then you know the importance of maintaining your systems' operational performance. No doubt you gave a considerable amount of thought to your system architecture, understanding the critical parameters for producing the highest possible quality product.

You pay attention to safety, process control, reliability, and quality through constant monitoring of key performance indicators to oversee the health of your system in order to assure your products' quality.

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Topics: Data Logging, Automation, Controls

Data Logging Communication System for Improved Maintenance

Posted by Levi Gustin on Oct 13, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Ever see the "Check Engine" light come on in your car, and have no idea what could be wrong? For the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, this was the reality - except they didn't have a mechanic to plug in an instrument and give them a diagnosis. They had to shut their train down, walk around to try and find the problem, and then determine if they had to call maintenance. 

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Topics: Communication, Data Logging, Light Rail

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