Jack Smith, Senior Editor

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PLCs, PACs June 21, 2007

Sadlowski, Batra reflect on UGS acquisition

Speaking on June 12 at Siemens Automation Summit in Orlando, FL, Dennis Sadlowski, president and CEO, Siemens Energy & Automation (effective July 1, 2007) said, “Combined portfolios of (Siemens) A&D and UGS will enhance customer efficiency and success throughout the entire product life cycle."

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Energy Efficiency & Management June 21, 2007

ABB moves Process Automation HQ to Houston

ABB is relocating its global Process Automation division headquarters from Norwalk, CT to Houston, effective Aug. 1.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Energy Efficiency & Management June 20, 2007

MES sessions at Siemens Automation Summit

Paul LeMert, Siemens Energy & Automation, kicked off a 2-1/2-day-long series of presentations framing the Siemens SIMATIC IT MES product line. The overview session highlighted market trends, ERP to MES interoperability and MES to PLC/DCS synchronization.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Asset Management December 15, 2006

Why Georgetown? Toyota builds world-class cars in Kentucky

Travel south on I-75 through the northern part of Kentucky and you’ll never know it’s there. But the people of Georgetown know exactly where the Toyota plant is, and have known for 20 years. The impact Toyota made on their lives is nothing short of life changing. “When Toyota came to town, some people were a bit apprehensive,” said John Poff, assistant manager, general assembly at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc., Kentucky.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Material Handling December 1, 2006

Driving continuous improvement

We have the same equipment as our competitors, said Tom Zawacki, general manager, general administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc., Kentucky (TMMK). “We use the same raw materials. They come from the same suppliers.” “When people come here, they ask, 'What’s that silver bullet? What’s that thing that makes Toyota different?’” added Rick Hesterbe...

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Workforce Development September 1, 2006

A business system for the shop floor

Effective automation is at the core of successful manufacturing enterprises because it provides tools to manage information and processes. Yet automation is more than making individual machines, groups of machines or even entire enterprises work effectively. That definition has now expanded to tying together all the islands of information within the enterprise – from the plant floor to th...

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Wireless July 1, 2006

Wireless: New tools, strategies change how plants are monitored

The Clinton Utilities Board needed to control and monitor devices at two outage-prone sites at substations in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Terrain and distance were barriers to the solution, but wireless technology extended the board’s monitoring reach into the substations more than an hour away.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Motors & Drives April 1, 2006

Thinking inside the box: Energy costs drive ac-drive innovations

The types of ac drives used with ac induction motors are V/Hz, encoderless and flux vector. While there are many drives available for synchronous and servo motors, induction motors have the majority of applications. Sensorless vector control is the same as encoderless vector control, which better describes its operation.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Material Handling December 1, 2005

DaimlerChrysler: Building cars, building teams

The last Dodge Neon rolled off DaimlerChrysler's Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant in September. Eight weeks later, employees were ready to begin assembly of the new Dodge Caliber, due for introduction at the Detroit Auto Show next month. A decade ago, when Chrysler changed over from the Dynasty to the Neon, the assembly line changes took approximately four months.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Workforce Development October 1, 2005

Out with the old

An annual or semiannual plant shutdown gives maintenance staff time to repair equipment, retool for a new production run or even wax and seal the floors. Plant facilities are upgraded or equipment is overhauled during these planned shutdowns. The key word is "planned," especially when it comes to the electrical distribution system.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
HMI, OI November 1, 2000

Scanning Your Perspective

Have you ever wondered how some plant engineers have time to surf the web when you barely have time for lunch? This situation brings to mind even more questions: How much time do plant engineers spend using the internet? Where do they go to look for information? For what types of information do they search? Do they make internet purchases and, if so, how do they feel about them? What changes in e-business internet usage do they expect? These questions can be combined into one basic question: "How can you make the best use of the time you spend on the internet?" All good questions. These questions, as well as others, are addressed in an exclusive Plant Engineering magazine survey. This article summarizes the survey results. Time you spend on the internet Plant Engineering magazine asked: "How much time do you spend using web-based tools in a typical work day?" The chart in Fig.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor