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20 Mar

Why Critical Industrial Data is More Secure in the Cloud 

Posted by Jeff Miller |
Mar 20, 2017

Tags: Information Solutions, data applications, White Paper

General feedback from some of the largest companies in the world indicate that they do not feel comfortable storing intellectual property or sensitive industrial data in a public cloud facility. Largely, this is due to fear of this information falling into the hands of competitors.

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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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24 Feb

Webinar: How AI is Transforming Smart Manufacturing [Now On Demand]

Posted by Anne Wear |
Feb 24, 2017

Tags: Smart Manufacturing

Leaders from MESA International, Bennit.AI and Avid Solutions discussed how the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we manufacture products and paving the way for the factories of the future.

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21 Feb

Troubleshooting Lessons from a Factory Acceptance Test

Posted by Steven Hazelton |
Feb 21, 2017

Tags: Performance, Quality Testing

We have all had that wonderful experience of getting to the end of a project, and stepping back to admire the glory after months of hard work.  After all the hours of programming, testing the programming, getting new information from the customer so that it’s necessary to go back and change the programming – the end is in sight.  At this point, for most projects, there still remains the...

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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, β€œThe 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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31 Jan

MES Is Dead

Posted by Brian Briggs |
Jan 31, 2017

Tags: MES, Manufacturing Operations Management

As seen in Automation World, the idea that your company can gain a significant leg up on the competition by implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is over.  If your plant is not already reducing waste, identifying bottlenecks, and coordinating data across the corporation, then you are behind the curve and playing catch up.

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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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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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