Plant Engineering Software
Enhancement includes OPC interface VisualMEM software has been enhanced to include an OPC (OLE for process control) interface and FOCAS Ethernet communications for GE Fanuc and Fanuc controls. It can now talk to I/O systems, such as Genius, Profibus, Device Net, or other OPC server networks. Data are collected from PLCs, CNCs, and other OPC-enabled equipment.
Enhancement includes OPC interface
VisualMEM software has been enhanced to include an OPC (OLE for process control) interface and FOCAS Ethernet communications for GE Fanuc and Fanuc controls. It can now talk to I/O systems, such as Genius, Profibus, Device Net, or other OPC server networks. Data are collected from PLCs, CNCs, and other OPC-enabled equipment. It is available with a front-end operator control station to aid in manual data collection when a PC is not available.
CimWorks (GE Fanuc)
Cut the chatter
ChatterMD is a PC-based software suite for real-time monitoring, diagnosis, analysis, and control of rolling mill vibration and chatter. It simultaneously alarms, isolates, identifies, tracks, trends, and analyzes hundreds of potentially different 3rd and 5th octave mill chatter vibration sources. It is used to optimize mill speed, improve product quality, and reduce scrap. The software operates under Windows 95/98 or Windows NT/2000.
Free software includes design tools and video
CD Resource Guide is a copy of the company's web site featuring product information, cut sheets, and technical information. It also offers a free download of Visio Design Tools software, along with the AutoCAD add-on, as well as a computer-animated demonstration video. The CD Resource Guide is free.
Program establishes best practices
Productivity Solution version 1.2 is the next level of operational effectiveness software to establish best practices in manufacturing plants. It is based on a model created and field tested for a decade to achieve operational effectiveness. The model is used to create a holistic suite of applications that represent domain-specific best practices. The software enables users to save money because of lower fixed and variable costs, less product giveaway, better plant capacity utilization, and improved mechanical reliability.
Software manages MSDS and EPA reporting
TERMS software electronically manages MSDS and prepares reports, such as EPA-approved Form R, Tier II, and EHS. Its features include VOC and HAP identification and tracking, CERCLA spill report, and a universal MSDS input module. Multiple user access to MSDS is available through the internet or intranet. The software includes multiple filter, search, and security features.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey