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31 Jan

MES Is Dead

Posted by Brian Briggs |
Jan 31, 2017

Tags: MES, Manufacturing Operations Management

As seen in Automation World, the idea that your company can gain a significant leg up on the competition by implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is over.  If your plant is not already reducing waste, identifying bottlenecks, and coordinating data across the corporation, then you are behind the curve and playing catch up.

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20 Jan

How to Ensure a Successful Start-Up after an Automation System Upgrade

Posted by Tim Green |
Jan 20, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions

In the United States, 94% of plants miss their scheduled start date after a process control systems upgrade. When schedules slip, expenses add up quickly. For plants operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a single day of lost production can cost $600,000 or more. At that rate, the price of a delayed start-up will surpass your capital investment within a week. Fortunately, with some advance...

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13 Jan

The Importance of Leadership in Industrial Automation 

Posted by Gibran Aguilar |
Jan 13, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, Leadership, Industrial Automation

Whether you are new to the world of industrial automation or you have been in this field for a while - there are some challenges that are encountered every time a new automation project is begun.

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30 Dec

Successful Project in the Power Generation Industry

Posted by Alan Lyon |
Dec 30, 2016

Tags: Power Generation Industry, Support

The importance of proper clean up and disposal of coal ash cannot be understated. It is imperative that this be done correctly to protect the environment. The power generation industry is spending thousands of hours studying data, building enhanced groundwater and surface water protection programs and identifying closure options that protect people and the environment in a cost-effective...

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16 Dec

A Backup Plan for a Batch-Ready System

Posted by Chris Darwin |
Dec 16, 2016

Tags: Process Industry, Chemical Industry

The process of replacing an existing batch system and providing for more transparency involves developing a system capable of full batch processsing but also of running phases manually if the full system becomes unavailable. 

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05 Dec

Avid Solutions: Green to Guru–Accelerating the New Grad Transition

Posted by Scott Childress |
Dec 05, 2016

Tags: Our Company, Culture, Recruitment

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) onboarding is “the process by which new hires get adjusted to the social and performance aspects of their jobs quickly and smoothly. They learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors required to function effectively within an organization.”

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22 Nov

The Goal of Avid Solutions is to Create a Perfect Candidate Experience

Posted by Vinaya Pai |
Nov 22, 2016

Tags: General, Our Company, Culture

During my more than five years at Avid Solutions, it has been both challenging and rewarding to be aligned with a company that consistently moves our candidate experience in the right direction. Our HR department works very hard to ensure that all of our candidates and employees have a special experience at Avid Solutions.

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09 Nov

Avid Solutions Named One of the Triad's 50 Fastest-Growing Companies

Posted by Anne Wear |
Nov 09, 2016

Tags: General, Our Company, Culture

The Triad Business Journal recently named Avid Solutions one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the area. The Triad Business Journal ranks each of the nominated companies based both YOY dollar growth and percentage growth. To be considered, companies must have completed three full fiscal years and had $2 million or more in revenues in 2015, and their US headquarters must be located...

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26 Oct

Automating Industrial Automation:The Benefit of Relational Data Models (Or Discovering Microsoft Access)

Posted by Andrew Jones |
Oct 26, 2016

Tags: General, Support, Automation Solutions

The goals of both automation solutions providers and their customers include working on higher quality projects on a faster schedule with increased value. The key to developing a superior project is automating automation. A variety of tools, programs, and macros are available to reduce the algorithmic piece of a project. This frees up the engineers to spend less time copying templates for...

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13 Oct

Becoming a Thought Leader in Industrial Automation (Or a Related Field)

Posted by Leigh Hamm |
Oct 13, 2016

Tags: General, Culture

Thought leadership is a term that is used widely but it varies in definition, which often makes it difficult to navigate a clear path to thought leader status. It can be challenging to pinpoint what a thought leader truly is and how one goes about achieving that title or career status.

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