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20 Jul

DCS Migration Benefits and Optimization Considerations

Posted by Kevin Trantham |
Jul 20, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, Industrial Automation, DCS Migrations

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:

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08 Jun

Finding Pride in What You Do in Industrial Automation

Posted by Brandon Smith |
Jun 08, 2017

Tags: Life Sciences Industry, Automation Solutions

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...

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25 May

Online Startup at Paper Manufacturer Sets Precedent

Posted by Andrew Jones and Matt Lopez |
May 25, 2017

Tags: Automation Solutions, manufacturing, Pulp and Paper Industry

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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