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13 Nov

The Art of Possible: 3 Smart Manufacturing Success Stories

Posted by Chanakya Gupta |
Nov 13, 2017

Tags: Smart Manufacturing

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.

18 Oct

Avid Solutions Named to CRN’s Debut IoT Innovators List

Posted by Pete Durand |
Oct 18, 2017

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.

22 Sep

Virtual Reality and 3D Modeling in Automation Controls

Posted by Cristobal Rivero |
Sep 22, 2017

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...

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...