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22 Aug

The Big Picture – Improving Situational Awareness for Operators

Posted by David Lee |
Aug 22, 2017

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...

31 Jul

Why Using a PI Historian May be Right for Your Manufacturing Process

Posted by Craig Davis |
Jul 31, 2017

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...

20 Jul

DCS Migration Benefits and Optimization Considerations

Posted by Kevin Trantham |
Jul 20, 2017

Tags: Automation

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:

13 Jul

How Industrial IT can Support OT in ICS Development 

Posted by Greg Guilmette |
Jul 13, 2017

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...

15 Jun

Return to Process Control Fundamentals–Applications of Override Control

Posted by David Earl |
Jun 15, 2017

Tags: 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.  

08 Jun

Finding Pride in What You Do in Industrial Automation

Posted by Brandon Smith |
Jun 08, 2017

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...

01 Jun

Using Gigasoft Software to Create Highly Customizable Plotting Graphics

Posted by Braden Hahn |
Jun 01, 2017

Tags: Automation

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...

25 May

Online Startup at Paper Manufacturer Sets Precedent

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

Tags: Automation

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.

18 May

Professional Pointers for Surviving the Transition to the Workplace

Posted by Emily Goldberg |
May 18, 2017

Tags: Culture

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...

11 May

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

Posted by Jeff Miller |
May 11, 2017

Tags: Smart Manufacturing, Automation

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.