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...
Tags: Culture, 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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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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: