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System Integration December 5, 2022

Increasing production with less capital

With operation performance unknown, forecasting the ability to meet increased market demand was ineffective. Building another plant seemed unavoidable, but the task would be time-consuming and expensive.

By Richard Phillips
System Integration December 4, 2022

Simplifying sortation system for recycling company

A recycling company looked at improve their automation system to improve their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) reporting for their customers.

By Nathan Ferrin
System Integration December 4, 2022

How data is making a flour mill run smarter and leaner

Using analytics, data integration and advanced hardware helped a flour mill run smarter and leaner.

By Bryan Monroe
System Integration November 30, 2022

Achieving on-stream control room relocations

A natural gas processing and compression facility control rooms had to relocate, which caused many challenges in an application with many potential hazards during the process. Project included control panel upgrades, communication digitalization and moving process control and process safety systems.

By Ted Hoffman and Charles Mills
System Integration November 29, 2022

Enhancing chemical company control system reliability, performance

A chemical manufacturing company needed an upgrade to its burner management system (BMS) and combustion control system, which were not automated and causing disruption to production targets.

By Brad Bonnette
System Integration November 28, 2022

Retrofit project for biodegradable plastics facility

A bioplastics company contracted a system integrator to retrofit a brownfield plant to make Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based resins, adapting existing on-site batch controls.

By Karen Griffin
System Integration November 25, 2022

SIs to increase US manufacturing competitiveness

Manufacturing has changed due to recent global events with an emphasis on being smarter and leveraging all around us. System integrators (SIs) can help manufacturers with digital transformation, smart manufacturing efforts.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration November 23, 2022

2023 System Integrator of the Year winners

Integrator companies Eosys, NorthWind Technical Services and George T. Hall are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

By CFE Media
System Integration November 23, 2022

Digital transformation at Gibson, control system integration for chemical, food and beverage

2023 System integrator of the Year, Eosys, excelled in digital transformation, batch control, and other control and automation system project integration, with emphasis on mentoring and continuing education.

By David Lax
System Integration November 23, 2022

System integration impacts: Feeding children, clean water, recycling

2023 System Integrator of the Year, NorthWind Technical Services, automation and control system integration projects help with feeding school children, delivering clean water, and manufacturing recycled building materials, among others. Related control and automation systems consume less energy, produce less waste, provide for a cleaner and safer environment and produce a better return on customer investments.

By Michael Bosworth
System Integration November 23, 2022

SI Giants 2023 average system integration revenue increases

Supply chain, staffing and COVID-19 are main concerns among SI Giant system integrators.

By CFE Media
System Integration November 23, 2022

SCADA upgrade without downtime: Golden project results

2023 System integrator of the Year, George T. Hall, excelled in SCADA, PLC, HMI, panel design and system integration in developing and integrating process controls for a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer and in a SCADA system for a Nevada gold mine.

By Michael Howard
System Integration November 9, 2022

Systems integrators support end user self-service

Farm, power plant and factory control systems have operated in the same way for decades, following static hard-coded automation logic. This automation logic is typically developed during an initial project development phase and is implemented by automation engineers, as it requires a highly technical skillset.

By Ketut Putra
System Integration October 24, 2022

Six strategic steps to make systems integration seamless

Systems integration is a complex process that requires time, dedication, and the ability to take an objective look at the bigger picture.

By Jaya Krishna Tummala
System Integration October 7, 2022

Identify, quantify and mitigate risk in industrial operations

Risk identification becomes the critically important first step, the one without which corrective actions cannot be undertaken.

By Randy Otto
System Integration September 29, 2022

The importance of a process functional ecosystem

The process functional ecosystem consists of a methodology for viewing the different functionalities that are utilized in most production areas.

By Randy Otto
System Integration August 26, 2022

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: August 2022

The Bundy Group reported nine automation transactions in the month of August. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
System Integration August 20, 2022

Three ways to shut down loads with thermal switches

Thermal switches can help mitigate damage in electronic products and keep a situation from getting worse. Three approaches to controlling heat buildup with thermal switches are highlighted.

By Randall Scasny
System Integration August 15, 2022

Benefits of modular enclosures in manufacturing applications

Modular enclosures can help manufacturers maximize the space they have and give them added flexibility in many different applications.

By Troy Miesse
System Integration August 3, 2022

Case study: Redesign the process, then the control system

Pharmaceutical control system integration: Fixing a blind spot in the process design helped user requirements for a heat exchanger control system. A control system may not be able to fix a faulty process.

By Kevin Tom
System Integration June 28, 2022

The future of work is shifting and changing

The CSIA Executive Conference returns for the first time since 2019 with the world grappling with the changes of a pandemic and many other challenges that are changing how people work and interact with others.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration May 15, 2022

Automating manual processes

Streamlining the most basic of operations on the factory floor is often overlooked, but it can have very positive impacts for operations and the workforce.

By Randy Otto
System Integration May 6, 2022

System integrators and the workplace’s future

The 2022 CSIA Executive Conference is themed “The Future of Work" with an emphasis on showing the new normal for workers as it relates to people, location and deliverables.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration May 4, 2022

System integrator conference emphasizes the “future of work”

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has chosen "The Future of Work" as the theme for its June 2022 Executive Conference.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration April 28, 2022

Integrator group provides support, complimentary memberships to Ukrainian members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Board of Directors awarded complimentary memberships for the years 2022 and 2023 to members of the Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration March 15, 2022

System integration group announces new members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed 15 integrator members and eight partner members to their ranks.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration January 28, 2022

Benefits of agile documentation for projects

Agile software development brings an opportunity to create, leverage and improve documentation in ways that bring new value to projects and stakeholders.

By Jeff Panning, PMP, ACP
System Integration December 26, 2021

How SIs can help manufacturers beat inflation in 2022

System integrators lead the charge to productivity and return on investment in the future.

By Michael McEnery
System Integration December 18, 2021

How to securely implement digital transformation for manufacturing processes

Security is a journey; this is especially true when dealing with manufacturing and operational technology (OT) systems.

By Jack Smith
System Integration December 17, 2021

Choosing a systems integrator to advance automation

A systems integrator should listen, advise and educate a plant's team on how tech will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality

By Rao Kolla
System Integration 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
System Integration December 9, 2021

System integrator competencies in the age of IT/OT convergence

System integrators (SI) play a critical role in the information technology (IT)/operational technology (OT) convergence journey.

By Yifan Jiang
System Integration December 8, 2021

2022 System Integrator of the Year winners

Integrator companies Revere Control Systems, Hargrove Controls + Automation and Huffman Engineering are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 8, 2021

Revere Control Systems is System Integrator of the Year, 2022

Revere Control Systems is the 2022 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Bob Adams, president and founder of Revere Control Systems, discussed his company’s approach in an interview with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 8, 2021

Hargrove Controls + Automation is System Integrator of the Year, 2022

Hargrove Controls + Automation is the 2022 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized Integrator Category. Karen Griffin, vice president of Hargrove Controls + Automation, discussed how her company approaches leadership in an interview with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 8, 2021

Huffman Engineering is System Integrator of the Year, 2022

Huffman Engineering is the 2022 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Category. Huffman Engineering's management team discussed the company’s success and customer relationships with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 8, 2021

The future of work for system integrators

The future, whether in the office or working remotely, looks bright for system integrators.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration December 6, 2021

2022 System Integrator Giants

The 2022 System Integrator Giants are adapting to the new normal with COVID-19 as new challenges await on the horizon.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 6, 2021

System integrator rebrands to reflect changes in company culture, focus

PREMIER System Integrators has rebranded its name to EOSYS to reflect their changing focus in terms of company culture and services the company offers.

By EOSYS
System Integration October 8, 2021

Case study: System integrator fixes food processing equipment from 3 OEMs

Automation was needed for a refrigerated line, but customized fabricated equipment from three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) wasn’t working. Work included simplifying the complexity of disparate systems.

By Jason Weedin and Keith Mandachit
System Integration September 21, 2021

Five OT vision planning steps

The operational technology (OT) world is moving fast and manufacturers and system integrators need to keep up. A vision plan can help provide guidance for the future.

By Matt Ruth
System Integration September 21, 2021

How to find the ROI in smart manufacturing

Smart manufacturing can offer manufacturers a great return on investment (ROI), but that can only happen if they focus on the business benefits.

By John Clemons
System Integration September 8, 2021

Unlocking smart manufacturing ROI

A system integrator explains six industrial data requirements for factories of the future using an apple-pie baking example.

By Prabhakar Shetty
System Integration August 8, 2021

The role of the system integrator in the digital transformation

Manufacturing automation is embracing digital transformation and the system integration plays a key role in facilitating it and integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

By Jack Smith
System Integration May 10, 2021

System integrators are a good investment

Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) provided benchmarking factors to improve operational and financial performance, as well as recruiting and retention for engineering and technology personnel.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integration April 20, 2021

System integration award winners announced

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) named winners for leadership, integrator member, partner member and more in their 2021 ceremony.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration April 9, 2021

Standardizing the delivery, performance of system integrators

Automation system integrators contractors can provide a central point of coordination and responsibility for all aspects of an automation project.

By Anil Gosine
System Integration February 18, 2021

The value in turnkey manufacturing

While more expensive initially, turnkey manufacturing offers more long-term advantages over using independent contractors. System integrators can help.

By Tom Catlin
System Integration February 6, 2021

Modernize legacy distributed control systems for a competitive edge

Expiration dates on legacy distributed control systems (DCSs) lead to component failure, high replacement costs and downtime. New process control system infrastructure brings open communications, easier integration, faster responses, analytics, advanced controls, virtualization and simulation for next-generation engineers.

By Travis Giebler and Hayden Serio
System Integration December 16, 2020

Integrators improve service value by moving providing an XaaS model

Integrators improve their value to manufacturers by adapting to a delivery system inspired by a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, which takes on many forms

By Stephen J. Malyszko
System Integration December 13, 2020

How to build a business case

Achieve that go/no-go decision and avoid killing a project before it begins

By Ryan Courtney
System Integration December 13, 2020

Advice for a manufacturing pandemic response plan

Now that we are several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be a good time to codify some of what has been learned into a new pandemic response plan

By David N. Erby
System Integration December 10, 2020

Tea time at AriZona Beverage Co.

System integrator, Vertech, provided automation for AriZona Beverage Co.’s new greenfield facility

By Paul Warning
System Integration December 9, 2020

2021 System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies Andritz Automation, Applied Control Engineering and The JDI Group are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 9, 2020

Pandemic transforms the system integration industry

We are determined to use forethought, creativity and resilience to help the association and its members meet this challenge and not only survive the transition but thrive

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration December 9, 2020

Andritz Automation Ltd., System Integrator of the Year, 2021

Andritz Automation is the 2021 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Adam Creery, PE, vice president, automation solutions at ANDRITZ Automation discussed his company’s approach in an interview with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 9, 2020

Applied Control Engineering Inc., is System Integrator of the Year, 2021

Applied Control Engineering Inc., is the 2021 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Category. Ian Burns, PE, president of ACE, discussed how the company is finding new ways to work with companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 9, 2020

The JDI Group Inc., is System Integrator of the Year, 2021

The JDI Group Inc., is the 2021 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Category. Mike King, principal and director of operations at The JDI Group Inc. spoke with CFE Media about its success and managing projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CFE Media
System Integration November 29, 2020

How to choose a systems integrator

A system integrator can help end users navigate the best path toward a new optimized automation system solution

By Lynn Njaa
System Integration November 6, 2020

Integrator group announces virtual events for 2021

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is hosting weekly virtual events as a replacement for their executive conference, which is being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration August 8, 2020

How to build a system integration business case for automation, controls

When starting any system integration project, consider four fundamental components to business case development: business needs, situational analysis, recommendation and evaluation to create due diligence for project management.

By Ryan Courtney
System Integration May 3, 2020

10 ways manufacturers can add COVID-19 support preparedness

Ask these 10 questions to improve support preparedness for manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
System Integration April 3, 2020

Digital transformation: time for industry to kick into high gear

Digital transformation is about transforming and changing the business for the future and creating new and better ways of doing business.

By John Clemons
System Integration March 9, 2020

Standards capture stranded data, help with device design, data integration

Standards update: Integrated systems and standards help support advanced information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) collaboration and optimization in three key ways. Also see four advantages of future process automation facilities.

By Ted Masters
System Integration January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
System Integration January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
System Integration January 7, 2020

Attracting and retaining top talent in the system integration industry

System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.

By Mary Bergjans
System Integration December 23, 2019

Strategies for integrating OEM equipment in water/wastewater projects

System integrators face common challenges with incorporating original equipment manufacturers (OEM) equipment into automation projects, but there are some proven strategies to drive success.

By Stephen Goldsworth
System Integration December 22, 2019

Bringing innovation and technology to Kentucky Distillers

System integrator gives advice on complying with Class 1, Division 1 as well as how to work with bourbon distillers in Kentucky.

By James Smith
System Integration December 20, 2019

System integrator upgrades spray dryer controls

Control system upgrade of spray dryer improves product quality and profitability.

By Michael McEnery
System Integration December 19, 2019

Designing an equipment model

System integrator offers expert advice on designing equipment and procedural batch models.

By John Parraga
System Integration December 18, 2019

System integration in the digital age: Why you need it and how to get the best

System integration has been going on for decades, and it is likely to continue; companies and integrators need to adapt as end users turn to their internal engineering departments.

By Jose M. Rivera and Lisa Richter
System Integration December 18, 2019

Partnering with Tillamook Creamery

Claiming the role of the system integrator in the digital transformation.

By Michael Gurney
System Integration December 17, 2019

System integrators claim their role in the digital transformation

System integrators are taking on digital transformation as it becomes more realistic and attainable.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration December 17, 2019

Short timeline for automation infrastructure

System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.

By Jim Meyers
System Integration December 16, 2019

System integrator expands brewery can line

Wicked Weed Brewing increased production by a factor of five.

By Eric Casciaro
System Integration December 14, 2019

System integrator partners with Rockline Industries to increases OEE

Each of five manufacturing cells have demonstrated an OEE increase of more than 20% compared to the prior system implementation

By Robbie Kerfoot
System Integration December 12, 2019

Certified for success: Building a better system integration business

Jose Rivera, CEO of CSIA, interviewed Dave Patterson, CEO of Grantek, a certified SI member of CSIA, about the company's challenges and successes as an integrator and how they've become a better business.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration December 11, 2019

Matrix Technologies, Maumee, Ohio, is System Integrator of the Year, 2020

Matrix Technologies is the 2020 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Dave Blaida, president and CEO of Matrix Technologies Inc., discussed his company’s approach in an interview with CFE Media. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 11, 2019

Malisko Engineering Inc., St. Louis, is System Integrator of the Year, 2020

Malisko Engineering is the 2020 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Category. Executives from the company share some of the company's success stories and advice. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 11, 2019

AutomationNTH, Lavergne, Tenn., is System Integrator of the Year, 2020

AutomationNTH is the 2020 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Category. Jeff Buck, vice president of engineering at Automationnth, shares some of the company's success stories and advice. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 11, 2019

2020 System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies Matrix Technologies, Malisko Engineering, and AutomationNTH are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.

By CFE Media
System Integration 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 Integration 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
System Integration November 27, 2019

System integrator upgrades complex batch system

Canadian food & beverage company, Grober Nutrition, expanded to the U.S. with the help of Optimation Technology Inc., and keeps growing.

By Jennifer Palumbo
System Integration October 8, 2019

Packaging system integration advice from NCC Automated Systems

Case study: A vegetable processor packaging project included integration of weighers, baggers, robotic case loaders, case formers and closers, robotic palletizing and conveyors. Changeovers happen regularly.

By Kevin Mauger
System Integration September 17, 2019

Improvement by association: engineers collaborate on best practices

At the core of Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) are people willing to share experiences and best practices to help each other succeed with business skills and technologies for control system integration.

By Lisa Richter
System Integration March 21, 2019

Steps to take for a successful integration project

A successful system integration project should have clear goals and solve problems that will benefit companies in the short- and long-term, but not every project applies. See tips for when integration does and doesn’t make sense for a project.

By Tyler Whitaker
System Integration February 7, 2019

Does your control system have style?

Defining system language, look as important as operating parameters.

By Jason Tippett
System Integration December 19, 2018

Marshal your virtual resources

In a tight job market, finding outside partners is a global process

By Heath Stephens, PE
System Integration December 19, 2018

A method to avoid the madness: Automation experts add productivity

A sound process and a main automation contractor can relieve stress for an integrator. Reduce risk and maximize plant productivity of large system integration projects in three ways.

By Amanda Geldhof
System Integration December 17, 2018

Clean water more than a pipe dream

California SI project delivers an efficient control system to provide clean and safe water for its customers.

By Annette Burak
System Integration December 17, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 10-16

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, System Integrator of the Year winners, the Top Plant winners, NFPA 70E standard changes, and selecting the right industrial gear oil were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 10-16, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration December 15, 2018

CSIA Best Practices provide business value

Best practices for integrators can create a great deal of improvement for a company's business performance and their clients' satisfaction.

By Jeff Miller, PMP
System Integration December 14, 2018

It’s busy today, but don’t lose sight of tomorrow

While the economy for system integrators is good, the future remains unclear as companies struggle to hire and retain young talent.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integration December 12, 2018

Yogurt plant improves active culture, technology

System integrator helps Chobani streamline operations to provide more flexibility and efficiency.

By Jim Meyers
System Integration December 11, 2018

Raise a glass to integration!

Colorado State University's CSU) on-campus brewery is an automation leader with its Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program.

By Dan Malyszko
System Integration December 11, 2018

Whisky distilling by design to enhance control system integration

Modern control system preserves The Macallan’s singular tradition.

By MacAllan Distillery
System Integration December 10, 2018

System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies E-Technologies Group, Polytron, and Northwind Technical Services are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 10, 2018

E-Technologies Group, West Chester, Ohio, is System Integrator of the Year, 2019

E-Technologies Group is the 2019 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Co-founders Steve Veldhuis and Doug Fagaly shares some of the company's success stories and advice. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 10, 2018

Polytron Inc., Duluth, Ga., is System Integrator of the Year, 2019

Polytron Inc. is the 2019 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Category. CEO Ron Rich shares some of the company's success stories and advice. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 10, 2018

NorthWind Technical Services, Sabetha, Kansas, is System Integrator of the Year, 2019

NorthWind Technical Services is the 2019 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. President Mike Bosworth shares some of the company's success stories and advice. See video.

By CFE Media
System Integration December 10, 2018

The SI as your partner

Developing a long-term relationship delivers better solutions across multiple projects. Six critical criteria are highlighted.

By Michael Prosser
System Integration September 18, 2018

Picking an integration partner: 4 steps to success

Look for alignment in business philosophy and technological needs.

By Dave Kaylor, Automation Plus
System Integration May 9, 2018

Understanding burners for heat-treating furnaces

Industrial gas-fired heat-treating furnaces can operate more efficiently—and safely.

By Gas Technology
System Integration February 7, 2018

Four steps to system integrator success

A structured approach yields maximum value when engaging an integration partner.

By Nobuyuki Tamaki, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
System Integration December 29, 2017

New Year’s projections for ERP

IIoT brings much-needed transparency into the enterprise.

By Bob Vavra
System Integration December 18, 2017

Four lessons for pioneering a new process in food manufacturing

There are important factors to consider before investing in a new technology or adventuring into uncharted territory in plant processing.

By Ryan Danhour, Stellar
System Integration October 13, 2017

Production scheduling: Five roads to cooperation

Overcoming the challenge of getting operations and maintenance to work together is no small feat. This article demonstrates five ways to begin the journey of getting two critical functions to not only work together, but improve performance overall.

By John Cray, Life Cycle Engineering
System Integration September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Krishna Dixit, 27

Assistant Manager, L&T Electrical & Automation FZE, Dubai, U.A.E.

By CFE Media
System Integration September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Charli Hon, 30

Lead Engineer, Panacea Technologies Inc., Montgomeryville, Pa.

By CFE Media
System Integration September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ben Hughes, 37

Principal Engineer/Project Manager, Avanceon, Exton, Pa.

By CFE Media
System Integration September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nathaniel Kay, PE, 38

Project Manager, MartinCSI, Plain City, Ohio

By CFE Media
System Integration August 10, 2017

Strategic management: 8 steps to success

Bridging the gap between strategy and asset execution.

By Matthew Popovacki, T.A. Cook
System Integration June 5, 2017

The ABCs of VFDs

Find the right application to match the motor need and know the conditions for using a variable frequency drive (VFD).

By Kevin Goodsell, Valin Corporation
System Integration January 19, 2017

Why CMMS implementations fail

Organizations that falter during their implementation project may end up falling short in their attempts to switch to effective strategies and spend the next few months scrambling to fix their mistakes.

By Smartware Group
System Integration December 12, 2016

Launching a continuous improvement program

Encouraged feedback and team empowerment allows a team to take ownership of a continuous improvement effort. Four tips for encouraging employees are highlighted.

By Chris Ruisi, AME
System Integration December 12, 2016

2016 Top Plant

The 2016 Plant Engineering Top Plant winner, MFC Netform, makes people the cornerstone of their manufacturing philosophy.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
System Integration December 5, 2016

VFD efficiency: Three best practices

The use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) has many benefits including improved process control, energy savings, higher reliability and reduced wear and tear.

By Gary Jacott, Motion Industries
System Integration December 2, 2016

Considerations for using VFDs with standard motors

End users desire speed and/or torque control procure and install VFDs to modify existing applications where a standard-induction motor is in place. There are a few areas of concern involving misapplication of a standard induction motor.

By Mike Howell, EASA Technical Support Specialist
System Integration December 1, 2016

Potential problems using software for RCA

Software can be helpful in a root cause analysis plan, but it also can lead to potential problems.

By Jon Bailey
System Integration November 14, 2016

In celebration of a little optimism

Product developers take hopes and dreams and ideas and try to turn them into solutions to potential problems.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
System Integration November 8, 2016

Connecting information, engineering and operational technologies

Asset performance management provides the power of combining all systems into one that can deliver actionable intelligence.

By Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley Systems
System Integration November 2, 2016

Troubleshooting predictive maintenance plans

Properly implementing predictive maintenance (PdM) requires initial support from leaders, effective teams, and following through with the system at each step of implementation.

By Smartware Group
System Integration October 19, 2016

VFDs offer cost-effective benefits for plants

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are designed to reduce energy usage by controlling the speed of the motor and can offer cost-effective benefits for plants.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
System Integration October 7, 2016

Prevent shaft current from causing motor damage

Awareness and testing for potential shaft current on motors can help companies experience fewer problems with downtime and equipment failure.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
System Integration January 25, 2016

System integration conference for education, best practices development

The CSIA 2016 Executive Conference will feature more than a dozen educational sessions, a best practices workshop, and an unconference designed to encourage collaboration among system integrators.

By CSIA
System Integration January 15, 2016

Modular test device for surge products

The Checkmaster 2 modular test devices checks protective elements such as spark gaps, gas-filled sure arresters, voltage-dependent resistors, and suppressor diodes in a single test cycle.

By Phoenix Contact
System Integration November 12, 2015

EtherCAT box series for Profinet applications

EP9300 EtherCAT box series provides cost-effective gateway to Profinet RT devices and networks and offers flexible connectivity for a variety of communication and industrial applications.

By Beckhoff Automation
System Integration October 15, 2015

Double-acting air cylinders

G-Series double-acting air cylinders ideal for use in product packaging, food processing, and high-speed product manufacturing applications.

By AutomationDirect
System Integration October 2, 2015

Using medium-voltage VFDs for better pump process control

How product innovations are revolutionizing pump monitoring and process control management.

By Rob Lax
System Integration September 15, 2015

Better training leads to a stronger workforce

Through the cooperation of controls suppliers, machine builders, educational institutions, and the end-users, the workforce as a whole will benefit.

By Randy Pearson
System Integration August 22, 2015

Energy-smart industrial architecture

Evolving industrial building codes, increased robotic operations, heightened ventilation requirements, and new energy technologies have changed the look and feel of today's factories and warehouses.

By Gas Technology
System Integration August 20, 2015

Offshored jobs coming home?

There are indications that this trend of "offshoring" has slowed and in some cases operations are being "reshored" — relocated back to their countries of origin for a variety of reasons.

By Gas Technology
System Integration August 18, 2015

Organic rankine cycle

Using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) allows even relatively low-grade byproduct heat to be economically converted to valuable electric power.

By Gas Technology
System Integration August 15, 2015

Security routers with integrated switch

The RS4004 and RS2005 Security routers have network switch capabilities to simply Ethernet networks.

By Phoenix Contact
System Integration July 24, 2015

Mitigate damaging harmonics with effective UPS design

It’s important to understand what creates these harmonics and how the transformerless uninterruptible power supply (UPS) design mitigates these harmful harmonics in the power system.

By John Steele, EIT, Jenya DeBenedetti, and Karla E. Bert, PE Mitsubishi Electric
System Integration June 4, 2015

VFD trends and solutions for drive systems

Harmonics mitigation, filtering voltage spikes are two key issues.

By Alex Ward, REO-USA
System Integration March 4, 2015

Still relevant: dc drives important in an ac age

For brute force speed control applications where positioning or extremely precise control are not required, it’s hard to beat a dc motor and drive. While the basic design of the brushed dc motor has not changed much, the technology used to control the dc motor’s speed has evolved over the years.

By Louis Lambruschi, Parker Hannifin Corp.
System Integration October 14, 2014

Microprocessor-based relays offer extra value

Relay logic by experienced integration engineers is the key to achieving optimized protection.

By Steve Nollette, Emerson Network Power
System Integration September 30, 2014

Young women avoid STEM careers due to negative images, stereotypes

Ginger Wange, STEM Development Manager for PBS Kids' SciGirls, explained that women are perceived and projected in the media as being bad at math and science, and this reinforced stereotype has discouraged young girls from pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers at the 2014 Women in Manufacturing Summit. See 7 tips to keep young girls interested in math and science.

By Joy Chang
System Integration September 30, 2014

Schneider Electric to acquire InStep Software

Predictive analytics firm to become part of expanding global software offering.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
System Integration August 11, 2014

Building public-private manufacturing hubs a key to global growth

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS 2014 will showcase regional hubs that have used public-private partnerships to strengthen manufacturing in the United States.

By CFE Media
System Integration May 9, 2014

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

Data is captured at the industrial automation and machine level, the manufacturing operations management level and the enterprise level. But is any of it really in real time?

By Paul Leavoy, LNS Research
System Integration December 20, 2013

Pre-configured software templates — are they effective?

Manufacturing Operations Management systems look to specific industry needs

By Mark Davidson
System Integration October 17, 2013

Five ways to reduce energy consumption in your plant

Electrical power management systems deliver intelligence required

By Marty Aaron, Eaton
System Integration April 9, 2013

Outsourcing control system integration makes sense

For manufacturers putting in a new line or in need of system upgrades, there are significant time and money advantages to outsourcing system integration.

By Kim Grant, Applied Sciences Group
System Integration April 8, 2013

‘Integrated Industry’ theme opens 2013 Hannover Messe

Bosch-Rexroth wins Hermes award for innovation; Putin, Merkel speak at ceremony

System Integration March 12, 2013

McGladrey study to look at manufacturing efficiencies

Plant Engineering readers can receive benchmarking data for participating in report

System Integration March 6, 2013

Why some industrial organizations find benchmarking difficult

Benchmarking, in the simplest terms, involves comparing performance to peers, understanding gaps in operations, and taking steps to close those gaps and improve performance. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as it sounds.

By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research
System Integration March 6, 2013

Machine vision market poised for a rebound

After 4% drop in 2012, AIA sees growth in the long term

System Integration February 27, 2013

Putin to open 2013 Hannover Messe on April 7

‘Integrated Industry’ is theme of this year’s event

System Integration February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: Stephen Goldberg

Stephen M. Goldberg is chairman of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) and director of information technologies for Matrix Technologies Inc., a CSIA Certified member based in Maumee, Ohio.

System Integration February 4, 2013

System integrators see strength in improving numbers

J.P. Morgan/CSIA study points to firm optimism as projects get off the back burner

By Bob Vavra
System Integration November 26, 2012

Shortage of qualified technical staff creates demand for control system integrators

CSIA develops standards to help manufacturers meet changing needs.

By Source: CSIA
System Integration October 7, 2012

Autodesk expands CAM portfolio with acquisition

Autodesk has acquired HSMWorks Aps, a Denmark-based developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

By Autodesk
System Integration October 4, 2012

Evolving ergonomics with multi-touch

User habits will migrate from smartphones to the HMIs of the future.

By B&R Automation
System Integration September 17, 2012

Mergers forcing more system integration, CSIA study finds

With consolidation on the rise, ability to put systems together a key expectation for end users.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration August 15, 2012

Vertical turning centers

The VTC 5000 by MAG are available in models up to 8 meters and have a load capacity of 250,000 kg. They can also be equipped with an optional live spindle for grinding and milling capabilities.

System Integration August 7, 2012

New CSIA Website offers in-depth information

Site to help customers plan and evaluate projects

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration July 26, 2012

Power semiconductor market to grow $9 billion over the next five years

The global power discrete and module market is forecast to grow by $9 billion to reach $26.2 billion in 2016, according to a new report from IMS Research.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
System Integration July 16, 2012

Hearing loss on factory floor a silent problem, study shows

University of Michigan School of Nursing study finds more awareness, testing and protection needed

System Integration June 19, 2012

Adding a drive to meet energy regulation

Part of a European motor efficiency standard allows use of a variable speed drive to meet energy-saving requirements.

By Frank J. Bartos, PE
System Integration May 31, 2012

Standards for SCADA security

One of the fundamentals of industrial cyber security is defense in depth, which should be the core of any security program.

By Eric Byres, ISSSource
System Integration May 11, 2012

PV system integrator rankings for 2011, Chinese companies make biggest gains

Germany’s BELECTRIC maintained its position as the world’s largest PV system integrator in 2011, with close to 400 MW of new PV capacity developed, according to a recently released report from IMS Research.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
System Integration April 26, 2012

HANNOVER MESSE: Extended transport drive system

Beckhoff's XTS drive system combines rotary and linear systems for mechanical engineers.

System Integration April 16, 2012

Branch circuit monitoring, overhead busway to drive growth for data center power distribution

More than 80% of the $440 million dollar global revenues in 2011 from data-center power-distribution hardware came from transformer-based power distribution units, remote power panels, and static transfer switches.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
System Integration April 16, 2012

Paperless recorder

The FX1000 paperless recording system

System Integration April 5, 2012

400 million ‘smart home energy management’ devices to present major opportunities for connectivity semiconductor suppliers

In the next five years, around 400 million ‘smart home energy management’ devices will be shipped globally, according to a recent study from IMS Research.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
System Integration March 2, 2012

DCS White Paper: You’re agile or you’re dead

How to make 20th-century control systems work for a 21st-century manufacturing enterprise.

By Maverick Technologies
System Integration February 20, 2012

Monitoring system added to air compressor technology

The Xe-Series control is a monitoring system that has been added to air compressor technology.

System Integration February 15, 2012

Annual CSIA Executive Conference to be held on April 25-28, 2012

New products, new insights offered at Scottsdale event.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration February 15, 2012

CSIA has positive outlook for 2012

Organization sees reinvestment in production, new markets

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integration January 8, 2012

Kratos – another big player?

If, as expected, Kratos Defence & Security Solutions has acquired Ingersoll Rand’s integration business, it will be an interesting move for the systems integration market. However, with the top 10 systems integration service providers to the US market accounting for only around 30% of revenues, what impact will it have on the industry as a whole?

By Niall Jenkins
System Integration January 3, 2012

Process automation protocols: A three-horse race where everyone can benefit

Finding a common standard in process automation is a challenge in a competitive market.

By James Powell, PE, Siemens AG
System Integration October 31, 2011

AssetPoint, Schneider Electric team up on energy solutions

Partnership to provide greater visibility of energy asset performance metrics

By Source: AssetPoint
System Integration October 31, 2011

Counting the cost of the floods in Thailand

The recent flooding in Thailand might pose significant global implications to the video surveillance market. Thailand produces approximately one quarter of the world’s supply of hard disk drives. As much of Thailand’s manufacturing and storage facilities are disrupted by flood water, the question is: how will this affect the video surveillance market?

By Samuel Grinter, Analyst, Video Surveillance and VCA, IMS Research
System Integration August 30, 2011

Comprehensive, low-cost printing system

Phoenix Contact's Marking Box, a bundled marking system, is comprised of two printers and a pre-loaded laptop computer.

System Integration June 15, 2011

CSIA members find the value in certification, audits

"Certification is not an event; it represents a culture of quality and continuous improvement," said Ed Diehl, chairman of the board of CSIA and president of Concept Systems in Albany, Ore.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
System Integration May 20, 2011

Chairman, directors elected for CSIA

A new chairman and three directors have been announced by the Control System Integrators Association.

By SOURCE: Control System Integrators Association
System Integration May 2, 2011

Economist: “Two years of opportunity” in economy for manufacturing

Alan Beaulieu addresses the CSIA Executive Conference in Orlando.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
System Integration April 27, 2011

CSIA seeks greater connection with end user community

Organization charts new goals at Executive Conference

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
System Integration April 26, 2011

Users accountable in security solutions

End users are becoming more aware they need a security solution these days, but the problem is they need to be able to sit down and to focus on their main priorities.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
System Integration March 10, 2011

Machine Vision technology at Automate 2011

Machine vision applications, solutions are just some highlights at Automate 2011

By SOURCE: AIA
System Integration March 7, 2011

Global robotics market showed strength during 2010

New analysis from Frost and Sullivan, Strategic finds that the market earned revenues of $1437.9 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $2969.3 million in 2016.

System Integration July 6, 2010

Achieving secure, remote access to plant-floor applications and data

Among the key benefits of open-standard networks is the ability to remotely access automation systems and share plant data, applications, and resources with engineering personnel and external partners, regardless of physical location.

System Integration December 9, 2009

Cypress Envirosystems and Invensys Form Technology Alliance

Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Automation Solutions Now Compatible with New Wonderware Corporate Energy Management Application

By Company Supplied
System Integration August 3, 2009

Intelligent motor control centers help drive savings

It's easy for engineers to overlook one of the keys to success: leveraging technological advances to integrate smart devices, device-level networks and software into motor control systems.

By Keith Blodorn, Rockwell Automation
System Integration August 1, 2009

Intelligent motor control centers help drive energy, productivity savings

Manufacturers are continuously seeking new ways to increase productivity, streamline processes and boost their profit margins. Plant engineers can play an important role in this effort by helping to select and implement control solutions that reduce costs, save time and increase the flow of information within automation systems.

By Keith Blodorn, Rockwell Automation
System Integration July 13, 2009

ESE achieves CSIA certification

Marshfield, WI-based ESE Inc. has achieved the Control System Integrators Association certified member status. It passed an independent third-party audit on criteria that encompass business and project management processes, procedures and performance.

System Integration June 1, 2009

MESA chair: Plant floor talent at ‘center stage’

Could 2009 be a transformative year for manufacturing? At MESA International, we say, “Yes!” We suggest that it’s time for the shop floor – and its ability to make enterprise work processes more responsive and reliable – to get the attention it’s been lacking for so long.

By John Dyck
System Integration March 1, 2009

Schreiber joins Bachelor Controls

Philip Schreiber has joined Bachelor Controls Inc. to lead the company’s expanded efforts in providing manufacturing information management solutions using analytical and intelligence software tools.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration October 15, 2008

Drivers bring automation systems to life

Sure, the engineer is proud of his human-machine interface (HMI), highlighting the realism in the displays, the color coordination of the data and the mastery of the navigation.

By Roy Kok, Kepware Technologies
System Integration September 12, 2008

Double win: Atos teams with Apriso for Manufacturing Operations Management excellence

A new alliance allows IT services supplier Atos Origin to implement Apriso FlexNet Operations Execution System (OES) to enable real-time visibility and control over global operations.Apriso FlexNet synchronizes plant-level operations with warehouse, maintenance, and quality processes to effectively fill the gap between ERP and automation equipment systems.Benefits include:• Enhanced agility across global manufacturing operations;• Accelerated integration between plant-floor automation systems, manufacturing operations, and business planning applications; and• Expanded throughput by seamlessly coordinating internal and external production, warehouse, quality, maintenance and other operations processes.The partnership is actively engaged with one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers. Atos Origin will work with Apriso to design a set of best-practice business processes for integrating manufacturing operations across existing plant automation systems.“We are pleased to offer the Apriso OES solution as an alternative to traditional [manufacturing execution systems] for those clients seeking a wider scope of operations performance improvement,” says Gene Wells, VP of consulting and systems integration, Atos Origin North America. “Working with Apriso allows us to establish highly collaborative operations environments while enabling the acceleration of our client’s ERP deployments—a double win for our customers.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integration June 15, 2008

Research reveals changing role of packagers, obstacles

With an economic value of nearly $133 billion annually in the U.S., packaging is big business, so Control Engineering and Packaging Digest set to investigate this dynamic market.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration June 15, 2008

Adept’s Dulchinos re-elected to RIA board

John Dulchinos, president and chief operating officer of Adept Technology, has been elected to serve for his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA).

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration June 1, 2008

Ayoka brings American business acumen to apps development, systems integration

The U.S. manufacturing industry has lost its share of jobs to overseas competition, so when these companies seek outsourcing assistance, they may well prefer to work with U.S. partners. Arlington, Texas-based Ayoka offers an affordable onshore alternative for software outsourcing, targeting underserved industries such as manufacturing.

By William Atkinson, contributing editor (w.atkinson@mchsi.com)
System Integration May 12, 2008

First phase of packaging automation study released

The 2008 Packaging Automation Benchmark Study is a year-long, three-part research project that reveals the technology, market and business issues affecting packagers, machine builders, and system integrators. In Volume 1, research results and analysis focus on the packagers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration April 29, 2008

Integrator Guide

Search for automation system integrators by company name, size, location, industries, geographic areas, engineering specialties, product experience, and professional affiliations.

By PLE Staff
System Integration April 21, 2008

OPC Foundation creates system integrator, distributor membership class

OPC Foundation created a program specifically to provide technology and certification for system integrators and distributors. OPC needed to provide a mechanism and membership class to facilitate the system integrators and distributors being able to design, develop and certify the custom software.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration April 15, 2008

Siemens, RIT announce partnership

Rochester Institute of Technology and Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. announced a new research and education partnership, which seeks to enhance real-world training for engineering students, while improving the safety and design of automated systems used in manufacturing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration February 22, 2008

Modems

Self-contained, battery powered RF field modems are compatible with Digi wireless networks.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration February 8, 2008

Apatar allies with EnterpriseDB on data integration

Under the alliance, Apatar will support EnterpriseDB’s Postgres-based database products as both sources and targets of data integration initiatives.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration January 25, 2008

Batch software

Proficy Batch Execution-Version 5.1 contains new features that focus on ease of use, performance and system integration and is designed to improve productivity and reduce system operational costs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration September 28, 2007

Debunking the ERP myths

The goal of having one enterprise resource planning solution for all business processes is still popular, yet the idea is no longer practical, particularly in asset-intensive industries.

By Terry Ray, IBM
System Integration August 24, 2007

IFS embeds enterprise application search

“Google-like” search capabilities integrated with ERP system said to provide better results than outside, bolted-on search engine, be secure and enhance bottom line.

By Staff
System Integration August 21, 2007

Proven performance: Bowater, Nestlé choose Cognos BI platform for systems integration and replacement needs

Bowater Inc. has standardized on Cognos performance management capabilities to quickly and efficiently analyze and report on its production operations, measure the effectiveness of its sales initiatives, and automate its financial consolidation processes.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integration April 13, 2007

ISA releases guide for ISA-95 standard

Guide explains how to integrate ERP and MES systems using standard

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration March 15, 2007

Website assists in changes to Daylight Savings Time

Square D has launched a Website to assist electrical contractors, system integrators and commercial building owners and managers in updating lighting control products for the coming changes in Daylight Savings Time. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated that Daylight Savings Time in 2007 will start the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

By Staff
System Integration March 1, 2007

Tie Lean, Six Sigma strategies to plant worker’s knowledge

While manufacturing improvement strategists have their supporters, researchers who look at the implementation of such programs understand that engaging workers at the plant floor level is crucial to success. “Most people on the plant floor are not used to being asked questions, but it is a key leap of the continuous improvement program,” said Ralph Rio, research director for ARC Adv...

By Bob Vavra
System Integration February 28, 2007

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By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration February 21, 2007

HighJump, Microsoft join forces

HighJump Software, a 3M company, will integrate its Supply Chain Advantage suite and Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, Microsoft’s ERP product. The company said the integration will improve implementation times. As companies look to combine business processes between the warehouse and back office operations, such systems integrate customer returns, purchase order processing, order fulfillment, quality holds and cycle counting. “An increasing number of our clients are using Microsoft Dynamics AX, and we needed to support integration to help ensure key supply chain data is transferred throughout their businesses quickly and accurately,” said Joel Levinson, president, HighJump Software. “We’re proud to have worked side-by-side with both Microsoft and Columbus IT during the development process and believe our clients will be very happy with the results.”.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration January 24, 2007

MESA appoints Bauer chairman

Achieving plant-floor execution excellence is one area Matt Bauer will address as the recently-appointed chairman of the board of directors for the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International. Bauer will also work with MESA to promote the exchange of best practices, strategies and innovation for managing manufacturing operations. Bauer, market development director for Information Software at Rockwell Automation, also will be involved in the planning direction for the MESA conference, which many consider to be an industry barometer. MESA is a community of manufacturing end users, system integrators, hardware and software suppliers, industry analysts and consultants.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration November 1, 2006

WINA joins Automation Federation

The Automation Federation announced recently that the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance will join the umbrella organization as a charter member. WINA is a coalition of industrial end-user companies, technology suppliers, industry organizations, software developers, system integrators, and others interested in the advancement of wireless solutions for industry.

By Staff
System Integration October 18, 2006

WINA joins the Automation Federation

The Automation Federation announced recently that the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) will join the umbrella organization as a charter member. WINA is a coalition of industrial end-user companies, technology suppliers, industry organizations, software developers, system integrators, and others interested in the advancement of wireless solutions for industry. "WINA's dedication to influencing and supporting standards, developing information materials, and forming industry partnerships is consistent with the goals of The Automation Federation," said Ken Baker, The Automation Federation board chairman. "WINA is a strong organization with a strong identity in the marketplace, and we look forward to helping them increase their successes in the future." WINA's ongoing operational activities focus on education and professional networking. This includes web seminars, participation in industry trade shows, presentations at industry conferences, and contributions to industry standards activities.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration September 5, 2006

Plug-in relays

The new family of Zelio plug-in relays is built with features specifically designed to meet the most demanding application requirements as well as accelerate return on investment by streamlining installation and management to save time and money for OEMs, panel builders and system integrators. The space-saving relays are easy to integrate into existing panels and offer features that simplify installation and integration. Schneider Electric https://www.us.schneider-electric.com https://www.us.telemecanique.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration August 10, 2006

End users to benefit from wireless standards committee work

More than twenty companies from around the world have responded to a call for proposals from ISA's Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee. The committee is holding a preliminary proposal review meeting Sept. 11-15 at ISA in Research Triangle Park, NC. The ISA-SP100 committee is establishing standards, recommended practices, technical reports and related information to define procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment, with a focus on the field level.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration August 1, 2006

From system integration to Silly Putty, solutions abound

Here’s why manufacturing is such a fascinating topic to cover: Sometimes the solutions to the problems faced daily on the plant floor are solved with dazzlingly effective technological advancements we would have deemed impossible just a decade ago. From 3D imaging to advanced monitoring of equipment to business-level plant execution systems, we have sophisticated ways of measuring and aff...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
System Integration May 23, 2006

Wireless working groups formed

Two new working groups emerged from a recent meeting of the ISA Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee, known as ISA-SP100. Both working groups will coordinate their activities to enable SP100 to provide a complete and integrated set of standards for industrial wireless applications. SP100.14 will define wireless connectivity standards optimized for the unique performance and cost needs of a wide range of industrial monitoring, logging and alerting applications. SP100.11 will define wireless connectivity standards that address a wide range of applications optimized for, but not restricted to, the unique performance needs of control applications, ranging from closed-loop regulatory control through open-loop manual control. The ISA-SP100 committee is a collaboration of end users and technology suppliers working to establish standards, recommended practices, technical reports and related information that will define procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment with a focus on the field level. "The ISA-SP100 standard will allow compliant devices that are relatively low complexity, reasonable cost and low power consumption to support long battery life where needed,” said Committee co-chair Richard Sanders of ExxonMobil.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration May 1, 2006

Code changes affect the plant floor

The National Electrical Code typically views an industrial control panel as a piece of equipment with proper installation being the major concern. Titled the “Standard for Safety for Industrial Control Panels,” UL 508A covers industrial control panels intended for general industrial use, operating from a voltage of 600 V AC or less.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
System Integration April 1, 2006

Standards group for interoperability formed

The creation of the Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline Working Group, a collaborative venture of ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF, was announced this week. The Working Group is the next step in the previous announcement by the Open Applications Group and ISA-SP95 to converge their standards for manufacturing interoperability by working to support the OpenO&MTM Initiative.

By Staff
System Integration March 2, 2006

Hesh Kagan to serve as WINA president

The Board of Directors of the Wireless Industrial Networking Association has elected Harris (Hesh) Kagan to serve a second term as WINA board president.round-breaking, standards-based I/A Series automation system.  Kagan currently directs the wireless strategy across Invensys and is the architect of the company’s unique managed wireless network approach, announced at the ISA 2005 EXPO in Chicago. “This is a particularly exciting time to serve in a leadership role at WINA,” said Kagan.he vendors who are providing wireless products and associated services. These activities include the formation of the ISA SP100 wireless interoperability initiative, accelerated vendor activity in low-power wireless radio devices for sensor mesh networks developed in accordance with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, and WINA’s own successful educational Webinar series.” WINA ( www.wina.org ) is a coalition of companies, industry organizations, technology suppliers, software developers, systems integrators, and others interested in accelerating the adoption of wireless solutions for industry.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration February 10, 2006

ABB saw excitement at AHR conference

ABB executives saw enthusiasm for their own products and the air-conditioning, heating and refrigeration sector at the AHR Expo. The January event drew a record 37,000 visitors and almost 2,000 exhibitors. “The resurgence of interest in the particulars of this industry was apparent everywhere -- and it's exciting,” said Jeff Miller, HVAC sales manager for ABB Inc., Low Voltage Drives. “A key indicator was the number of building owners and engineers on the floor -- taking an active role in what vendors like ABB can help them achieve.” With energy prices at record levels, energy efficiency in this sector was a major driver of business.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration February 1, 2006

Small plants can benefit from CMMS, too

Most managers find it increasingly difficult to control rising maintenance costs because of inadequate or outdated procedures. One tool that can help is a computerized maintenance management system. The need for and use of a CMMS is not specific to any one industry or type of application. Any industry requiring equipment and/or asset maintenance is a potential candidate for using a CMMS.

By Kris Bagadia, PEAK Industrial Solutions, LLC
System Integration January 27, 2006

CSIA meeting is May 11-14

The Control System Integrators Association’s annual meeting of its members will take place May 11-14 at the Marriott Bay Point Resort in Panama City, FL. The conference brings together CSIA members from North America and around the world to network with their peers, share experiences, exchange ideas and solutions, and gain insights from the world’s leading automation suppliers about leading-edge techniques and technologies. “Each of the last five years has seen attendance records set at our annual conferences,” CSIA Executive Director Norman O’Leary declared, “and judging by early interest, we expect another large turnout in Florida. “As we have since our first conference in 1993,” he continued, “the program will be directed at top management of our system integrator-members, with content heavily focused on business — in support of our belief that being a good system integrator goes hand in hand with operating a good business.” “The three-day meeting provides a unique forum for control system integrators of different sizes, specialties, and experience to meet under a common umbrella,” said CSIA executive council chairman Ray Bachelor, president, Bachelor Controls, Inc., Sabetha, KS. “The curriculum and camaraderie of our annual meeting make the gathering a‘must’ for our members.”.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration November 29, 2005

Wonderware joins MESA board

Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., announced the appointment of Claus Abildgren to the board of directors of the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International. Abildgren, who serves as program manager for Wonderware's production and performance management software solutions, will serve as MESA's "board member at large." MESA is a non-profit organization that promotes the exchange of best practices, strategies and innovations to achieve plant-floor execution excellence. MESA's industry events, symposiums and publications help manufacturers, systems integrators and vendors improve manufacturing operations and manufacturing quality.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration July 1, 2005

Bentley acquires Optram

Bentley Systems has acquired Optram, Inc., a Massachusetts-based supplier of software for railway track maintenance. Optram's users are some of the largest freight and passenger operators in the world, including AMTRAK, CSX, New Jersey Transit, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

By Staff
System Integration July 1, 2005

Integrated design produces big savings for small HVAC

Small packaged heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, up to 10 tons per unit, are among the most common HVAC systems found in small commercial buildings, yet they often use far more energy than necessary to accomplish their space-conditioning goals. According to a study funded by the Public Interest Energy Research program of the California Energy Commission, the problems arise b...

By Ira Krepchin, E Source, Boulder, CO, Pete Jacobs, Architectural Energy Corporation, Boulder, CO
System Integration May 6, 2005

Panel builder/integrator cuts install time; improves efficiency

BDI identified two prime areas to improve the panel integration process: reduce installation time and decrease labor costs. Because the end-users’ panel requirements constantly change, BDI needed to build panels that easily accommodated upgrades.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration May 6, 2005

Growth predicted in industrial Ethernet devices market

Industrial Ethernet brings together a complex mix of participants. Plant engineering, IT, and independent systems integrators become involved. Ethernet technology is rapidly penetrating the device level of the automation hierarchy. This provides one of those rare opportunities where a new technology can upset the supplier landscape.

By Plant Engineering Staff
System Integration April 1, 2005

Making a difference with information standards

Most organizations continue on their relentless push to do more with less as a fundamental business strategy. As everyone seeks greater efficiencies, plant engineering, operations, and maintenance staffs have less time to apply to anything other than focusing on their current workload. Unfortunately, the same situation applies to the vendors providing the products and services that enable plant...

By Alan T. Johnston
System Integration March 10, 2005

OPC to launch unified architecture

The OPC Foundation (OPCF) has joined the international cooperative team of the three leading fieldbus organizations, the Fieldbus Foundation (FF), HART Communication Foundation (HCF), and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), to extend the reach of electronic device descriptions (EDDs) into the OPC unified architecture.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING magazine
System Integration December 10, 2004

Is RFID ready for the plant floor?

The latest in wireless identification technology offers potential for using radio frequency identification (RFID) on the plant floor for asset maintenance. Most people use RFID technology on a daily basis without even realizing it. Have you ever used an electronic device in your car to automatically pay tolls? Do you use an access card or fob to gain employee entrance to your workplace? These e...

By Richard Padula
System Integration April 1, 2000

Ethernet and OPC promote plant floor and enterprise-wide connectivity

The internet continues to change the way we do business. Whether we interact with suppliers by e-mail, track orders through the web, or market and sell products online, the internet is vital to what we do.

By Stefano Zanetti, Automation Software, National Instruments, Austin, TX
System Integration September 1, 1999

Web solutions making maintenance e-commerce a reality

Many of the e-commerce commercials out there today have both entertainment and educational value. I especially like those from IBM that portray supply chain problems being solved by IBM's electronic commerce solutions.

By Tom Singer
System Integration August 1, 1999

Tune in the warehouse

Radio Beacon CD-ROM provides a complete tour of a warehouse and explains advances in management technology. Case studies show how the product is used. A complete, downloadable, five-user software package is included.

By Staff
System Integration June 1, 1999

Unleashing the power of networks: Pulling building control into the era of integration

The world's economy has fundamentally changed. If you doubt that, go back to a day in September 1998 when an innocuous item in the newspapers declared Microsoft Corp. had become the most valuable U.S. company.

By Jay S Bayne, PhD