System Integration

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