Jack Smith


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Cybersecurity December 31, 2021

Cybersecurity and resilience in manufacturing

Having an OT/IT convergence strategy is essential to OT cybersecurity.

By Jack Smith
Duke Energy established the Mount Holly Microgrid Innovation Lab to help learn how to deploy new technologies for reliability and efficiency as microgrids become more common.
Sustainability December 17, 2021

Resiliency, sustainability and conservation best practices

Duke Energy helps customers with conservation, sustainability and carbon goals

By Jack Smith
System Integrators December 12, 2021

System integrators: Cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence champions

Cybersecurity is becoming a larger focus and priority for system integrators (SI) as the nature of the workforce changes.

By Jack Smith
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Process Manufacturing November 3, 2021

Endress+Hauser inaugurates Texas campus

Endress+Hauser brings instrumentation, services and solutions closer to users in the process industries.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI April 4, 2021

Insights on remote operations and HMIs

A look at how COVID-19 is changing remote operations and human-machine interfaces

By Jack Smith
Automation, Controls October 9, 2020

Insights on DCS migration and mobility

Many software and hardware technologies have been developed that allow companies the means to remotely monitor and control business processes from anywhere, via any device, at any time.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI May 30, 2020

Upgrading HMIs and change management

The June issue of AppliedAutomation looks at high-performance HMIs (HP-HMIs) and remote monitoring in the age of COVID-19.

By Jack Smith
Remote Monitoring April 14, 2020

Remote monitoring and data visualization

Remote monitoring and data visualization are key to improving overall manufacturing efficiency.

By Jack Smith
HMI, OI February 16, 2020

Configuring HMIs and hiring SIs

Have a plan when it comes to configuration your human-machine interface (HMI) and hiring the next generation of engineering talent.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators December 9, 2019

2020 System Integrator Giants

The overall gross revenue for the top 100 system integrators and their parent companies topped $26.4 billion as most businesses saw growth.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators December 9, 2019

System integrators at their best

The December issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on system integrators (SIs) providing quality work to their customers.

By Jack Smith
Workforce Development October 9, 2019

Workforce development, batteries

The October issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on workforce development through universities and colleges and battery safety.

By Jack Smith
Process Safety August 6, 2019

Safety and controllers

Safety and controllers are looked at from different angles in the August issue of AppliedAutomation.

By Jack Smith
Safety & PPE June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
Remote Monitoring April 7, 2019

Data visualization, monitoring remotely

Improving data visualization and implementing cloud-based remote access is also the first step to implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 applications for said data visualization.

By Jack Smith
Plant Automation December 8, 2018

How to enhance automation systems with instrumentation, advanced analytics

Automation can be enhanced in a number of ways whether its through improving process instrumentation or unlocking the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)

By Jack Smith
Automation, Controls December 3, 2017

Looking back; looking ahead

The December 2017 issue of AppliedAutomation highlights natural gas utility maintenance using data analysis, PID, and radar sensors for liquid level measurement.

By Jack Smith
Automation, Controls May 2, 2017

Four things to remember about DCS migration

Whether it’s a refinery, chemical plant, or other process-related facility, the primary control system must operate efficiently, safely, and economically. If it doesn’t, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.

By Jack Smith
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance December 16, 2013

Top Plant 2013: A spark of excellence

Many factors determine how well a manufacturing plant performs. Those that perform best are qualified to become a Top Plant.

By Jack Smith
Safety & PPE December 17, 2012

Top Plant 2012: Masco Cabinetry

Real time, just in time: Masco Cabinetry reduces lead time, waste, energy costs, and downtime.

By Jack Smith
Safety Standards December 17, 2012

Top Plant 2012: Pfizer Global Supply

An Rx for manufacturing success: Focus on safety, quality, and uptime is the right prescription for progress at Pfizer.

By Jack Smith
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics January 2, 2010

Infor appoints Bruce Richardson as chief strategy officer

Industry veteran, luminary and leading enterprise software analyst joins Infor team

By Jack Smith
Motors & Drives July 13, 2009

Product Exclusive: Soft starter technology matches profiles, loads

Reduced-voltage starters have been autotransformers, wye/delta or part winding electromechanical starters that reduce inrush line current vs. across-the-line starting. The ASTAT XT soft starter uses advanced digital technology to do the same thing, and to protect and better control motors.

By Jack Smith
Energy Efficiency & Management July 18, 2008

ISA perspective on the convergence of IT and manufacturing

ISA InTech editor Gregory Hale said about the convergence of manufacturing and IT: “Bringing the two together is like a Wilfred Brimley oatmeal commercial: ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ It is also inevitable.” Find out what else Hale had to say.

By Jack Smith
PLCs, PACs April 15, 2008

Acument acquires, reopens Camcar

In a move that will create jobs and open a new chapter in the city’s long history of supplying assembly systems and technology to global producers of commercial and military aircraft, Acument Global Technologies Inc. announced it will re-enter the high-performance aerospace threaded fastener market with the opening of a production complex in Rockford, IL.

By Jack Smith
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 15, 2008

Wireless infrastructure gets an upgrade

Focusing on integration and management of a facility’s wireless infrastructure, Moffett Field CA-based Apprion, has released R3 of its ION system. The release allows facilities to improve management of users, devices and systems across a large network and plant area, while enhancing plant communications, increasing productivity and satisfying regulatory mandates.

By Jack Smith
PLCs, PACs June 27, 2007

Apprion’s Lambright discusses wireless issues, new system

Next generation ION system addresses security reliability and scalability in large process manufacturing plant wireless network applications.

By Jack Smith
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety June 15, 2007

Selective coordination solutions, challenges covered in Webcast

The importance of selective coordination as a strategy, and the dangers of ignoring such a strategy, were emphasized during PLANT ENGINEERING's Webcast on the topic May 25. The Webcast, sponsored by Cooper Bussmann, is one in a series of Webcasts planned this summer to focus on key safety and maintenance issues on the plant floor.

By Jack Smith
Motors & Drives May 15, 2007

Collaboration, growth mark Automation World

Guests enjoyed dinner while watching colorful and acrobatic circus-style performers at the opening reception of ABB’s 2007 Automation World in Orlando. The troupe wowed the large crowd with a vivid display of ornate costumes and graceful, athletic maneuvers that set the pace for a high energy week of collaboration.

By Jack Smith
Switchgear February 1, 2007

Wireless system detects open circuits

St. Louis-based circuit protection manufacturer Cooper Bussmann has expanded its fuse-making role to become another company to leverage the benefits of wireless technology. Announced on Feb. 13, the Cooper InVision system not only detects when a circuit protection device has opened, it also alerts maintenance personnel which device has operated; where it is located; the part number of the repla...

By Jack Smith
PLCs, PACs November 1, 2006

Schneider’s Initi@tive 2006 showcases company’s solutions

Nearly 1,400 Schneider Electric North American Operating Division customers packed the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from Sept. 28–30 attending “Initi@tive 2006: the Gateway to the New Electric World.” Schneider Electric showcased its applications and solutions in power, automation and control to its customers and partners.

By Jack Smith
Asset Management November 1, 2006

Wireless solutions, technology the focus at Emerson event

The word of the week was 'wireless' at the Emerson Global Users Exchange hosted by Emerson Process Management Oct. 2–6 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville. John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management; Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson's Rosemount Division; and Bob Karschnia, director of technology for Rosemount shared in making the announcement of Em...

By Jack Smith
Material Handling October 6, 2005

MAVERICK acquires GE Energy’s automation services business

MAVERICK Technologies, a US-based global systems integration and operational consulting company, announced the acquisition of the Automation Services business of GE Energy, expanding MAVERICK’s reach into new markets and augmenting its overall service offering. Paul J. Galeski, P.E., CAP, MAVERICK Chairman and CEO said, “The purchase of GE Energy’s Automation Services represents a strong strategic addition to our mix of automation, business and reliability solutions, and is an integral part of our long-term strategy for sustained growth. Also, the acquisition will allow us to take advantage of the many cross-selling opportunities to our expanded customer base, broaden our national footprint and enhance our global presence in the semiconductor, power generation, water and wastewater, pulp and paper, and automotive markets. “The primary benefit of this acquisition,” Galeski continued, “is the talented group of engineering, management and administrative professionals who will be coming on board as part of this transaction.

By Jack Smith
Power October 1, 2005

Wonderware a Gold Partner with Microsoft

Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., has achieved Gold Certified Partner level in the Microsoft Partner Program. The Microsoft and Invensys alliance was established to combine Invensys' strengths in process and manufacturing applications and expertise in key industry segments with Microsoft's platform, technology and enterprise products.

By Jack Smith
Energy Efficiency & Management September 1, 2005

Johnson Controls to purchase York

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. announcement Aug. 24 that it will purchase York International in a $3.2 billion deal is expected to strengthen Johnson's position in the U.S. building market. As a result of the acquisition, Johnson Controls will design and sell integrated controls and HVAC&R equipment; become the largest global provider to the high-margin building services market; and ...

By Jack Smith
Energy Efficiency & Management August 25, 2005

Johnson Controls to buy York

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. has agreed to purchase York International in a $3.2 billion deal that will strengthen Johnson’s position in the U.S. building market. As a result of the acquisition, Johnson Controls will design and sell integrated controls and HVAC&R equipment; become the largest global provider to the high-margin building services market; and capitalize on significant opportunities to supply products and services to each other’s customers.

By Jack Smith
Switchgear August 15, 2005

Transformer fluid to be discontinued

Cooper Power Systems has announced that it will discontinue sales of R-Temp fluid by December 31, 2005. The decision affects R-Temp transformers and fluid sales for retrofill. The company cited increased marketplace acceptance of its Envirotemp FR3 fluid, which has led to declining sales of R-Temp fluid, as the key reason for the decision. The company will sell the discontinued fluid until current inventory is depleted, estimated to be at year’s end.

By Jack Smith
Switchgear August 15, 2005

ABB to restructure transformer business

ABB announced that it will initiate restructuring activities within its North American transformer business unit. The efforts are part of a global effort to strategically realign the transformer business for profitability and service to its customers. Several North American operations will be affected by the changes. The Guelph, Canada facility will be closed.

By Jack Smith
Energy Efficiency & Management August 1, 2005

CAFTA passage hailed by trade groups

The narrow victory for the Central American Free Trade Agreement in the U.S. House in the early morning hours of July 28 was hailed as a victory for President Bush and a victory for the manufacturing sector. The National Association of Manufacturers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, both of which had lobbied aggressively for passage in the House, were pleased with the 217-2...

By Jack Smith
PLCs, PACs August 1, 2005

Schneider Electric expands Telemecanique PLC distribution

Schneider Electric will supply Telemecanique PLCs and related automation products through its Square D distribution channel, effective July 1. According to Schneider Electric, this decision followed growing customer demand for automation products outside traditional industrial applications. Bill Snyder, Vice President, Channel Development, for Schneider Electric said that the company will conti...

By Jack Smith
Power Quality June 1, 2005

Collaboration a message at ABB user forum

Integrating products is one key for an automation company's success. Another, as speakers at the 2005 ABB Automation World Conference noted, is to find collaboration between companies working to find integration solutions. That was the message at the April 19 event in Houston, as keynote addresses highlighted the opportunities and challenges of such collaborations.

By Jack Smith
Wireless February 15, 2002

Test software, smart meters, and CAD libraries

ODVA introduces test softwareThe Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) recently introduced protocol conformance test software for EtherNet/IP products. The software allows developers to test devices against the EtherNet/IP specification to pinpoint conformance-related errors. The test helps users ensure that their industrial Ethernet selection is truly open and that multivendor hardwar...

By Jack Smith