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Smart Manufacturing

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

Manufacturing Trends 2017 –Adaptive Analytics

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jan 31, 2017 10:31:29 AM

For the past decade and more there has been steady progress toward greater and greater use of advanced automation in manufacturing. While Manufacturing 4.0 and the Internet of Things are new in their implementation, they were preceded by continuing and steady improvements in process control systems, SCADA and historians which have been in place for decades. Capturing process and product data from the plant floor and using analysis techniques such as SPC has been the manufacturing model for decades.  One of the challenges has been dealing with the massive amount of data available to use, storing, analyzing, and using the results to meaningfully improve quality and throughput.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Trends, Smart Factory

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

The Rime of the Modern Mariner

Posted by Steve Beyer on Apr 13, 2016 3:45:32 PM

We could say, “Data, data anywhere and not an answer in sight” with apologies to Mr. Coleridge.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Smart Factory

How to apply the Industrial Internet of Things to your operations

Posted by Steve Beyer on Mar 29, 2016 11:53:31 AM

The Smart Factory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), being “connected”... All these terms and topics are driving manufacturers to consider new and innovative ways to tie together their assets, and make their processes more safe, agile, and productive. The bottom line: realize greatly reduced costs and dramatically increase profits. You might consider this a mythical “Holy Grail,” but it's on everybody's to-do list and you better believe it's possible. Not only that, your competitor is doing it right now.

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Topics: Trends, System Integration, Internet of Things, Smart Factory

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