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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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21 Jan

Justifying Cyber Security

Posted by James Cage |
Jan 21, 2015

Tags: Process Industry, Power Generation Industry, Life Sciences Industry, In The News, Security, Archestranaut

“SIs are responsible for system designs, and like it or not, security is a part of every system.” – Jeff Shearer, Principal Security Architect for Rockwell Automation.

For the last several months, I’ve had the privilege of working with Jeff Shearer, one of a handful of genuine security experts with deep knowledge of industrial control systems.

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30 Dec

Expanding Your Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profits

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Dec 30, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Power Generation Industry, Life Sciences Industry

Successful companies continually look for ways to expand their triple bottom line – people, planet and profits. Hiring a knowledgeable systems integration company with engineers who are experts in your field is the most important step you can take to increasing all three components.

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11 Dec

Could This Remote Terminal Unit Replace Your Small DCS or PLC Application?

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Dec 11, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Power Generation Industry, Life Sciences Industry, In The News

Terminal Units (RTUs) were basically dumb devices, with a limited set of data acquisition features. Modern RTUs can replace PLCs and even DCS controllers in many applications. Today, Avid begins a new video series on YouTube with a review of Honeywell’s RTU2020.

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18 Aug

Keeping the Startup Gremlins Away

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Aug 18, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Power Generation Industry, Life Sciences Industry

During automation projects, the rubber hits the road at startup. This is the time when you find out if months or years of work will succeed or fail. A good startup allows you to go home and sleep undisturbed, but a bad startup ensures months of lack of sleep answering calls in the middle of the night because Gremlins are running amuck in your system.

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28 Jun

System Integrators, raising the bar and offering solutions

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Jun 28, 2014

Tags: Life Sciences Industry

As manufacturers all over the world race to compete in a dynamic and global market, process improvement, waste reduction, and safety all become more and more pivotal within organizations in every industry. More and more frequently, it has become necessary for all types of manufacturers to address outdated technologies and processes with some regularity.

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24 Jun

Five Steps to Avoid the Nightmares When Replacing a Legacy Control System

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Jun 24, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Life Sciences Industry

Replacing a legacy control system holds endless opportunities to create a real nightmare. Follow these steps to avoid the pitfalls and create a success story when replacing your legacy control system.

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30 May

Automation for Continuous Bioprocessing

Posted by Avid Solutions |
May 30, 2014

Tags: Life Sciences Industry

How viable is the concept of continuous processing in a bioprocessing environment? The notion that batch is the only option is being challenged. Researchers believe that this is the next big step and they are proving this in the laboratory.

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15 May

Getting Value Out of an Electronic Batch Record System

Posted by Avid Solutions |
May 15, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Life Sciences Industry

Why do so many Electronic Batch Record (EBR) initiatives fail to deliver value? The answer is usually simple; the results that would be deemed valuable were never defined up front.

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08 Apr

Ramblings on KISS Principle, Einstein, & Occam in Automation

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Apr 08, 2014

Tags: Process Industry, Power Generation Industry, Life Sciences Industry

A few days ago, I received a story in my inbox about solving engineering problems and the tendency to over engineer a solution.

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