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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...

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....

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...

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:

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...

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.

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...

09 Sep

We Are Ready for the Industrial IoT

Posted by Jeff Miller |
Sep 09, 2016

Tags: Automation Solutions, Information Solutions, Internet of Things

As seen in Automation World, we would like to respond to the allegations of unpreparedness in the article - The IIoT Integrators Are Coming.

17 Aug

Automation Solutions - Wire and Cable vs. Pharmaceuticals

Posted by Neil Nuzum |
Aug 17, 2016

Tags: Automation Solutions

Years ago, I worked at a wire and cable factory in Omaha, Nebraska. When I was talking with some of the vendors then, they would say “This is the biggest plant you will ever see.” I was lucky to be younger and spent my days walking for miles, crisscrossing the plant.

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