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20 Apr

Configuration Management and Version Control for System Integrators

Posted by Andy Robinson and Nishant Saini |
Apr 20, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, Project Management

As seen in Automation World, version control woes are still a real issue for many system integrators. Of course, they try to manage all the content associated with your projects, but sooner or later things can get out of hand and they end up in situations where they are spending a lot of time on just finding, recovering or recreating work that has already been done. The good news is that a lot...

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12 Apr

It is Past Time to Migrate from Allen Bradley PLC-5 to ControlLogix

Posted by Charles Duncan |
Apr 12, 2017

Tags: System Platform, Industrial Automation

We have known for several years that as of June 2017, the PLC-5 Control System will be discontinued by Rockwell Automation and no longer be available. Rockwell is encouraging customers to migrate from the PLC-5 Control System to the ControlLogix Control System. If not, companies may be reduced to looking for spare parts on eBay.

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06 Apr

AI and Manufacturing - Part 1: Four Critical Questions     

Posted by Jeff Miller |
Apr 06, 2017

Tags: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the concept of developing machines with intelligence. Not a new concept, AI is an evolution of machine learning we have seen for decades, and it can – and will – affect manufacturing. Here are four critical questions you should be able to answer about AI:

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27 Mar

Using Mentoring and Extensive Client Engagement to Grow Professionally

Posted by Omar Hamoush |
Mar 27, 2017

Tags: Culture, Recruitment, Mentoring

Now that I have been in my chosen career field of industrial automation for almost a year and a half, it’s a good time to look back on what’s gone right and what could be improved as I continue to grow professionally. Having recently been promoted to a Consultant II, I know that the biggest factor contributing to my promotion included adding to my skill set. In order to do that, I needed to...

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20 Mar

Why Critical Industrial Data is More Secure in the Cloud 

Posted by Jeff Miller |
Mar 20, 2017

Tags: Information Solutions, data applications, White Paper

General feedback from some of the largest companies in the world indicate that they do not feel comfortable storing intellectual property or sensitive industrial data in a public cloud facility. Largely, this is due to fear of this information falling into the hands of competitors.

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15 Mar

How System Integrators Can Help Purchasing Reach Their Goals

Posted by Ken Benedict |
Mar 15, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, Industrial Automation

As a project manager for a system integration company, I am constantly quoting projects with customers.  An example of a typical scenario for a large project would be receiving a bid package, having a walk down meeting, asking questions and then working on the proposal.  The proposal is then submitted and I anxiously await the call to find out if we are in the running for the final decision....

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24 Feb

Webinar: How AI is Transforming Smart Manufacturing [Now On Demand]

Posted by Anne Wear |
Feb 24, 2017

Tags: Smart Manufacturing

Leaders from MESA International, Bennit.AI and Avid Solutions discussed how the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we manufacture products and paving the way for the factories of the future.

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21 Feb

Troubleshooting Lessons from a Factory Acceptance Test

Posted by Steven Hazelton |
Feb 21, 2017

Tags: Performance, Quality Testing

We have all had that wonderful experience of getting to the end of a project, and stepping back to admire the glory after months of hard work.  After all the hours of programming, testing the programming, getting new information from the customer so that it’s necessary to go back and change the programming – the end is in sight.  At this point, for most projects, there still remains the...

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14 Feb

Avid Solutions Named a Rockwell Automation Solution Partner

Posted by Pete Lyons |
Feb 14, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions

I am proud to say that Avid Solutions has joined the Rockwell Automation Solution Partner Program. Our fast-growing system integration company now joins an elite group of system integrators that meet Rockwell program criteria for operational excellence, application expertise and customer focus. Avid Solutions achieved the Solution Partner level by possessing the industry and application...

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06 Feb

Applying the Jidoka Principle to a UV Coating Manufacturing Process

Posted by Ken White |
Feb 06, 2017

Tags: Process Industry, MES, Automation Solutions, manufacturing

In his book, “The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer”, Jeffrey Liker states that Alex Warren, former SVP of Manufacturing for Toyota, defines the Jidoka Principle as:

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