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Matthew Bailey, 38, Controls Engineer, Hargrove Controls & Automation, Mobile, Alabama
Chase Beard, 30, Controls & Automation Engineer, Hargrove Controls & Automation, Johns Creek, Georgia
Iain Brearton, 30, Senior Controls Engineer, Concept Systems Inc., Kent, Washington
Andrew Edmondson, Project Engineer, Applied Control Engineering Inc., Newark, Delaware
Kristen Kosatka, 32, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Chad McDowell, 34, Technical Resource Director, Concept Systems Inc., Albany, Oregon
Systems integrators warned hyper-growth may be at an end; what to expect in the 2nd half of 2023 and beyond.
Systems integrators deliver sophisticated solutions to real-world challenges.
The Bundy Group reported five automation transactions in the month of March. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.
Plant owners must develop a strategic and comprehensive plan about their integration process to optimize production long-term.
The Bundy Group reported five transactions in the month of February. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.
The Bundy Group reported 14 transactions in the month of January. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.
A new manufacturing facility required developing and delivering a solution that emphasized enhanced process control, information access and building control.
Control system integrators serve as the hardware, software and networking glue to help plan, design and integrate automation and controls projects.
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.
Using analytics, data integration and advanced hardware helped a flour mill run smarter and leaner.
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.
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.
Supply chain, staffing and COVID-19 are main concerns among SI Giant system integrators.
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.
Systems integration is a complex process that requires time, dedication, and the ability to take an objective look at the bigger picture.
The Bundy Group reported nine automation transactions in the month of August. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.
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.
Modular enclosures can help manufacturers maximize the space they have and give them added flexibility in many different applications.
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.
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.
Agile software development brings an opportunity to create, leverage and improve documentation in ways that bring new value to projects and stakeholders.
System integrators lead the charge to productivity and return on investment in the future.
Integrator companies Revere Control Systems, Hargrove Controls + Automation and Huffman Engineering are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
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.
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.
Smart manufacturing can offer manufacturers a great return on investment (ROI), but that can only happen if they focus on the business benefits.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) named winners for leadership, integrator member, partner member and more in their 2021 ceremony.
While more expensive initially, turnkey manufacturing offers more long-term advantages over using independent contractors. System integrators can help.
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.
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
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
System integrator, Vertech, provided automation for AriZona Beverage Co.’s new greenfield facility
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
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.
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.
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.
Ask these 10 questions to improve support preparedness for manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital transformation is about transforming and changing the business for the future and creating new and better ways of doing business.
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.
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.
System integrators are taking on digital transformation as it becomes more realistic and attainable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Integrator companies Matrix Technologies, Malisko Engineering, and AutomationNTH are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.
See five lessons learned for a boiler control system upgrades, based on a system integrator’s experiences in the petrochemical industry.
Defining system language, look as important as operating parameters.
In a tight job market, finding outside partners is a global process
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.
California SI project delivers an efficient control system to provide clean and safe water for its customers.
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Best practices for integrators can create a great deal of improvement for a company's business performance and their clients' satisfaction.
While the economy for system integrators is good, the future remains unclear as companies struggle to hire and retain young talent.
System integrator helps Chobani streamline operations to provide more flexibility and efficiency.
Colorado State University's CSU) on-campus brewery is an automation leader with its Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program.
Modern control system preserves The Macallan’s singular tradition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developing a long-term relationship delivers better solutions across multiple projects. Six critical criteria are highlighted.
Look for alignment in business philosophy and technological needs.
Industrial gas-fired heat-treating furnaces can operate more efficiently—and safely.
A structured approach yields maximum value when engaging an integration partner.
IIoT brings much-needed transparency into the enterprise.
There are important factors to consider before investing in a new technology or adventuring into uncharted territory in plant processing.
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.
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Bridging the gap between strategy and asset execution.
Find the right application to match the motor need and know the conditions for using a variable frequency drive (VFD).
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.
Encouraged feedback and team empowerment allows a team to take ownership of a continuous improvement effort. Four tips for encouraging employees are highlighted.
The 2016 Plant Engineering Top Plant winner, MFC Netform, makes people the cornerstone of their manufacturing philosophy.
The use of VFDs has many benefits including improved process control, energy savings, higher reliability and reduced wear and tear.
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.
Software can be helpful in a root cause analysis plan, but it also can lead to potential problems.
Product developers take hopes and dreams and ideas and try to turn them into solutions to potential problems.
Asset performance management provides the power of combining all systems into one that can deliver actionable intelligence.
Properly implementing predictive maintenance (PdM) requires initial support from leaders, effective teams, and following through with the system at each step of implementation.
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.
Awareness and testing for potential shaft current on motors can help companies experience fewer problems with downtime and equipment failure.
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.
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.
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.
G-Series double-acting air cylinders ideal for use in product packaging, food processing, and high-speed product manufacturing applications.
How product innovations are revolutionizing pump monitoring and process control management.
Through the cooperation of controls suppliers, machine builders, educational institutions, and the end-users, the workforce as a whole will benefit.
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.
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.
Using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) allows even relatively low-grade byproduct heat to be economically converted to valuable electric power.
The RS4004 and RS2005 Security routers have network switch capabilities to simply Ethernet networks.
It’s important to understand what creates these harmonics and how the uninterruptible power supply design mitigates them in the power system.
Harmonics mitigation, filtering voltage spikes are two key issues.
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.
Relay logic by experienced integration engineers is the key to achieving optimized protection.
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.
Predictive analytics firm to become part of expanding global software offering.
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.
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?
Manufacturing Operations Management systems look to specific industry needs
Electrical power management systems deliver intelligence required
For manufacturers putting in a new line or in need of system upgrades, there are significant time and money advantages to outsourcing system integration.
Bosch-Rexroth wins Hermes award for innovation; Putin, Merkel speak at ceremony
Plant Engineering readers can receive benchmarking data for participating in report
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.
After 4% drop in 2012, AIA sees growth in the long term
‘Integrated Industry’ is theme of this year’s event
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.
J.P. Morgan/CSIA study points to firm optimism as projects get off the back burner
CSIA develops standards to help manufacturers meet changing needs.
Autodesk has acquired HSMWorks Aps, a Denmark-based developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software.
User habits will migrate from smartphones to the HMIs of the future.
With consolidation on the rise, ability to put systems together a key expectation for end users.
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.
Site to help customers plan and evaluate projects
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.
University of Michigan School of Nursing study finds more awareness, testing and protection needed
Part of a European motor efficiency standard allows use of a variable speed drive to meet energy-saving requirements.
One of the fundamentals of industrial cyber security is defense in depth, which should be the core of any security program.
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.
Beckhoff's XTS drive system combines rotary and linear systems for mechanical engineers.
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.
The FX1000 paperless recording system
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.
How to make 20th-century control systems work for a 21st-century manufacturing enterprise.
The Xe-Series control is a monitoring system that has been added to air compressor technology.
New products, new insights offered at Scottsdale event.
Organization sees reinvestment in production, new markets
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?
Finding a common standard in process automation is a challenge in a competitive market.
Partnership to provide greater visibility of energy asset performance metrics
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?
Phoenix Contact's Marking Box, a bundled marking system, is comprised of two printers and a pre-loaded laptop computer.
"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.
A new chairman and three directors have been announced by the Control System Integrators Association.
Alan Beaulieu addresses the CSIA Executive Conference in Orlando.
Organization charts new goals at Executive Conference
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.
Machine vision applications, solutions are just some highlights at Automate 2011
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.
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.
Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Automation Solutions Now Compatible with New Wonderware Corporate Energy Management Application
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Search for automation system integrators by company name, size, location, industries, geographic areas, engineering specialties, product experience, and professional affiliations.
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.
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.
Self-contained, battery powered RF field modems are compatible with Digi wireless networks.
Under the alliance, Apatar will support EnterpriseDB’s Postgres-based database products as both sources and targets of data integration initiatives.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Guide explains how to integrate ERP and MES systems using standard
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.
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...
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.”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.