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: Operator Training, Alarm Management
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...
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.
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...
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.