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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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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...

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21 Apr

8 Important Questions to Ask Today that Will Affect Your Future Plant

Posted by Joel Tawney |
Apr 21, 2016

Tags: Support

Most of us would agree that the future is important. We make many decisions every day that affect our future.  This can be anything from what we eat, to how much we exercise and even to what we buy.  For example, when it comes to buying a car, the desire may be to purchase a Porsche. But, the car’s value does not increase over time. So, the wiser choice would be to purchase a more...

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31 Mar

4 Ways an Automation Systems Upgrade Can Save You Money- Evaluate These 4 Variables to Quantify Cost Savings of New Automation Systems

Posted by Eric Mayer |
Mar 31, 2016

Tags: Process Industry, Support

Companies once approved new plant automation systems simply to maintain up-to-date computer and instrumentation systems. But with today’s tight budgets, you now need to define a clear return on investment to win approval for your automation or information solutions upgrade.

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09 Mar

How to Write a Successful Automation Systems Upgrade Proposal

Posted by Eric Mayer |
Mar 09, 2016

Tags: Process Industry, Performance, General, Support, Our Company

Many facilities run on antiquated and inefficient control systems. This means that maintenance teams often struggle to support the plant’s outdated hardware and software, and corporate engineers have trouble accommodating the disparate legacy systems in use at different sites. 

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18 Jan

MES Can Be a Powerful Motivation and Empowerment Tool

Posted by Brian Briggs |
Jan 18, 2016

Tags: Process Industry, Performance, General, Support, Our Company, Culture

One of the often overlooked, but frequently a very important and powerful aspect of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), is its use as a motivational tool.

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19 Nov

The Value of a Thin Slice vs Big Bang MES Implementation

Posted by Brian Briggs |
Nov 19, 2015

Tags: Process Industry, Articles, General, Support

As seen in Automation World, in today’s world there are many variables that can drive an organization to investigate the viability of implementing a manufacturing execution system or MES.  One of the more important things that can be overlooked or discounted in the larger effort to evaluate and plan is the value of a true pilot or proof of concept strategy.

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