Smart manufacturing, the art of possible, and Industry 4.0 have become big buzz words in recent years. By combining the latest technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning, the potential for achieving never-before-seen results in productivity, decision making, and cost savings seems limitless.
Tags: Smart Manufacturing
Tags: Information Solutions, IoT
Avid Solutions today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, is honoring the company with a 2017 IoT Innovators award. CRN’s newest awards program, IoT Innovators, recognizes North American solution providers and systems integrators whose design and implementation of breakthrough solutions place them at the forefront of the IoT revolution.
Tags: Automation, 3D Modeling
As seen in Automation World, some of the latest technology is not only fun to use, it can also help to save your company significant time and money when it comes to your automation projects. The use of virtual reality (VR) and 3D modeling in automation controls might be easier than you think. Investing time in VR and 3D modeling for your project can help to lower your overall budget and it can...
Tags: Operator Training, Alarm Management
Although many companies recognize the benefits of improving situational awareness for operators, they often go about this with very focused initiatives around such things as resolving issues with alarm management. However, this may not be the most effective approach. Improvements to alarm management can have a positive impact on workload, and might even improve operational and safety...
Tags: Industrial IT
If you are trying to troubleshoot or optimize different aspects of your manufacturing process, consider adding an historian. This software is used to store and analyze vital process and industrial data. Historians fall into their own category in the world of industrial software due to the critical role they play in the success of analysis and decision making. Unfortunately many companies have...
Distributed Control System (DCS) migrations, even if the desire is to limit replacement to ONLY duplicating current functionality, offer the following benefits when properly implemented:
Tags: Industrial IT
Like many in the field of Information Technology (IT), I find that technology shifts before our eyes at a nosebleed pace. Technologies come and go. Some technologies are replaced quickly, while others seem to hang around for the long haul. As seen in Automation World, I believe it is important to stay relevant and knowledgeable about new technologies for those of us who are in the field of...
Override Control is a control architecture that allows a process to run within a natural process or safety limit, without interlocking or shutting down the process.
Tags: Culture, Automation
Sometimes in our jobs as industrial automation specialists we forget about the things that make the job enjoyable. We forget about the small pieces that give us a feeling of accomplishment or self-satisfaction. We often get so wrapped up in thinking that money and other similar compensation is the only worth we get from our jobs that we tend to lose focus on the items that make us LOVE what we...
During a recent project for a nuclear power plant, the consultants at Avid were tasked with converting more than a hundred HMI screens to Honeywell. These screens had varying degrees of complexity, from simple status screens to crowded, dynamic process graphics. The fact that this changeover took place as part of a nuclear project also required strict documentation, validation, and testing for...