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“Real-time” information: It’s all relative
“Real-time” information: It’s all relative

“Real-time information” is a term that's bandied about by vendors and end-users alike when it comes to discussions about manufacturing and enterprise software. For example, we talk about real-time data, real-time visualization, and real-time reporting. It’s also a term that can be used liberally by marketers to... Read More

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Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations
Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations

I’m going to make a bold statement right up front by saying: All air-cooled chillers are over-sized. Now let me explain why I take this position. Among other considerations, Air –cooled chillers are... Read More

Three ways to improve your proactive maintenance plan
Three ways to improve your proactive maintenance plan

1. We are all capable of preventing or containing every single failure that may occur: Manufacturing managers have to believe that with careful study and continual refinement, each and every failure... Read More

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Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers
Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers

Small and medium-size manufacturers compose about 90% of manufacturing establishments and use only 50% of the energy consumed by industry. But these facilities also pay higher energy prices, so... Read More

Can there be a single wireless protocol for field devices?
Can there be a single wireless protocol for field devices?

Process industries do not adopt new technologies instantaneously. On the contrary, they normally begin gradually and methodically with applications where that technology provides enough benefits to... Read More

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