We all heard the news last week that Rockwell Automation has purchased Maverick Technologies. Rockwell is a leading manufacturer in North America (The Control/ARC List ranks them fourth). Maverick Technologies is one of the leading systems integrators in the United States, and according to the press release, with revenue approaching 100 million dollars and over 300 employees. (Control Engineering System Integrator Giants List for 2015 lists Maverick as the 5th largest SI in the USA with revenue of 68M).
This past weekend we as a nation celebrated Labor Day. Americans observe Labor Day partly as a tribute to those who came before us in the workforce who established principles for equitable pay, safe work environments and reasonable conditions, and other improvements as new paradigms emerged.
Of course Labor Day is also the traditional beginning of fall and the end of summer so it’s a good time to take stock of things, and we look here at the role and value of "labor" which today is a lot different from where it was 100 years ago in part because of the efforts of those early pioneers of workers rights and the dawn of the new modern industrial age.
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.
Reading an industry insight report recently, I recognized a condition that plagues many companies operating in today’s manufacturing markets: Change, Complexity, and Costs are so dynamic in ways and at speeds previously unequaled. How can our clients keep up with such challenging factors while achieving their goals and maintaining their advantages? How about exceeding those same goals and increasing their differentiating values?
As one of the industrial automation companies that assists clients in maintaining their competitive edge, we frequently participate in capital upgrade projects for industrial automation controls that embrace the application of automation as a means to keep production costs low and product quality consistently high. We have frequently been invited to engage in our client’s projects at the time they are studying how they manufacture their goods, and are asking the question, “What will be the most effective use of the latest automatic processing technology in my operation?”