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:
Tags: Automation Solutions, Industrial Automation, DCS Migrations
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...
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.
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...
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....
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...
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:
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...
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.
Automating Industrial Automation:The Benefit of Relational Data Models (Or Discovering Microsoft Access)
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...