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20 Jul

DCS Migration Benefits and Optimization Considerations

Posted by Kevin Trantham |
Jul 20, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, Industrial Automation, DCS Migrations

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:

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13 Jul

How Industrial IT can Support OT in ICS Development 

Posted by Greg Guilmette |
Jul 13, 2017

Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, 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...

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15 Jun

Return to Process Control Fundamentals–Applications of Override Control

Posted by David Earl |
Jun 15, 2017

Tags: Process Industry, Industrial Automation

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.  

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08 Jun

Finding Pride in What You Do in Industrial Automation

Posted by Brandon Smith |
Jun 08, 2017

Tags: Life Sciences Industry, Automation Solutions

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...

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01 Jun

Using Gigasoft Software to Create Highly Customizable Plotting Graphics

Posted by Braden Hahn |
Jun 01, 2017

Tags: Power Generation Industry, Software, HMI

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...

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25 May

Online Startup at Paper Manufacturer Sets Precedent

Posted by Andrew Jones and Matt Lopez |
May 25, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, manufacturing, Pulp and Paper Industry

Work in the Pulp and Paper manufacturing industry is never without unexpected challenges. In order to ensure a successful project, our engineers at Avid Solutions had to adapt to unplanned scheduling changes in such a way as to provide the customer with a safe, secure startup while the plant was stilll online.

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18 May

Professional Pointers for Surviving the Transition to the Workplace

Posted by Emily Goldberg |
May 18, 2017

Tags: Culture, Recruitment

The transition from attending a university to your first professional job for both engineering students and others can be a challenging one. Not all major concentrations spend enough time preparing students for success in the working environment. Many students enter the workforce well trained on the technical aspects of how to do their jobs, but not very knowledgeable about how to survive all...

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11 May

AI & Manufacturing–Part 2:Three Ways to Use AI in Manufacturing Automation

Posted by Jeff Miller |
May 11, 2017

Tags: Information Solutions, Artificial Intelligence

In AI and Manufacturing – Part I, we discussed what artificial intelligence is, and how has it has evolved to affect manufacturing. Today, we’re going to share three key ways to implement AI in plant floor manufacturing.

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04 May

Using OSI PI to Help a Pulp and Paper Manufacturer to Monitor Costs

Posted by Ken Jones |
May 04, 2017

Tags: Pulp and Paper Industry, PI

The challenge - the consumer packaging division of a major pulp and paper manufacturer needed help capturing data from five local mills, transforming the data to be consistent across each of the mills, and then pulling the data into a corporate grade costing application. The answer - OSIsoft PI applications.

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27 Apr

Tips and Tricks for How to Trend in Logix Designer and RSLogix 5000

Posted by Cristobal Rivero |
Apr 27, 2017

Tags: data applications, Project Management

It is important to understand trending in Logix Designer and RSLogix 5000, the one application to configure, program and maintain the entire Allen-Bradley Logix 5000 family of controller’s products and related devices. Its intuitive programming environment allows users to work collaboratively to design and maintain their systems.

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