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01 Jun

Using Gigasoft Software to Create Highly Customizable Plotting Graphics

Posted by Braden Hahn |
Jun 01, 2017

Tags: Power Generation Industry, Software, HMI

During a recent project for a nuclear power plant, the consultants at Avid were tasked with converting more than a hundred HMI screens to Honeywell. These screens had varying degrees of complexity, from simple status screens to crowded, dynamic process graphics. The fact that this changeover took place as part of a nuclear project also required strict documentation, validation, and testing for...

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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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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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06 Oct

Migration to Virtual Systems

Posted by James Cage |
Oct 06, 2014

Tags: Power Generation Industry, In The News, Virtualization, Archestranaut

My first impression? I thought it wasn't a good plan to put all your eggs in one basket. I still get that a lot from potential users. It represents a misunderstanding of what virtualization is all about.- Jay Pritchett, Director of Engineering at Altran North America.

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09 Sep

Avid in the News

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Sep 09, 2014

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

Automation World Magazine has selected a column by Avid engineer James Cage for their print edition. The column (3 Tips for Safe and Effective Virtualization) was originally published online as a guest blog on the Automation World web site.

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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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21 Jul

Improved Cascade Solutions

Posted by Avid Solutions |
Jul 21, 2014

Tags: Power Generation Industry, In The News, Security, Articles, Virtualization, Archestranaut

Previously, we looked at the use of simple cascade control for heat exchangers as one method to improve efficiency by reducing process deviations. In this article, we will first provide a potentially more efficient solution to the simplified cascade

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07 Jul

Virtualization - Safe and Effective

Posted by James Cage |
Jul 07, 2014

Tags: Power Generation Industry, In The News, Security, Articles, Virtualization, Archestranaut

If you haven't already installed a virtual process control system, the chances are that you will soon. Virtualization, particularly platform virtualization, has swept through process control at a speed that would have been difficult to believe a few years ago. But are these systems as safe and effective as they could be?

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