Mike Triassi

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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

Ready for Process Graphics with Responsive Design?

Posted by Mike Triassi on May 4, 2016 3:07:38 PM

Control system specifications regularly involve deciding where operator interfaces will reside. More recently, a choice must also be made on whether or not to use mobile devices.

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Topics: process design, responsive design

Virtualization for Control Systems

Posted by Mike Triassi on Apr 6, 2016 3:13:11 PM

Most automation suppliers are embracing virtual environments. Here are some examples of what they are saying about it:

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Business Lessons from the Syracuse Comeback

Posted by Mike Triassi on Mar 28, 2016 1:02:54 PM

As a long time Syracuse Basketball fan, I feel compelled to comment on the first-ever visit to the final four by a number 10 seed. What business lessons can this comeback teach us?  

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Topics: Business, For Fun

The Manufacturing Business of Beer

Posted by Mike Triassi on Mar 16, 2016 1:50:50 PM
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Topics: Manufacturing, Rockwell, food industry, Controls

Rochester Engineers Making a Difference

Posted by Mike Triassi on Mar 1, 2016 1:18:07 PM

On the heels of the 65th Engineers Week, I would like to highlight the accomplishments of the Rochester Engineering Society (and specifically RES Board Member Lee Loomis) in launching a tutoring program with our city schools.  Serving on the board for a number of years, most recently as treasurer, I have been involved with this program as it has come off the ground.  I think it is a fine example of how engineers are making a difference in our local communities.

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Topics: Volunteer, Education

Change Management for Controls Systems with Git

Posted by Mike Triassi on Feb 24, 2016 11:36:39 AM

It is difficult to search software titles for very long without coming across something being sourced by a Git server (such as GitHub).  As the default workflow for over 10 million software developers, coupled with the recent announcement that Google Code is being retired, there seems to be every reason to believe that Git is here to stay.  How can those of us writing software for controls systems take advantage of this tool in our everyday work flow?

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Topics: Technology, Controls

Collaborative Robots With Coordinate Measurement

Posted by Mike Triassi on Jan 13, 2016 10:57:33 AM

I had seen early adaptations of collaborative robots at a Hanover Fair in 2007, but it was only last year when they started showing up here at Optimation.

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Topics: Trends

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