System Integration

System Integration September 14, 2006

ProMat 2007 arrives at Chicago’s McCormick Place Jan. 8-11

ProMat 2007, sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America, will feature more than 700 exhibitors in the South building of Chicago’s McCormick Place from Jan. 8-11. Exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems.

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 September 1, 2006

Wireless standards committee work intended to benefit end users

More than 20 companies from around the world have responded to a call for proposals from ISA's Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee. 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 Staff
System Integration September 1, 2006

A business system for the shop floor

Effective automation is at the core of successful manufacturing enterprises because it provides tools to manage information and processes. Yet automation is more than making individual machines, groups of machines or even entire enterprises work effectively. That definition has now expanded to tying together all the islands of information within the enterprise – from the plant floor to th...

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
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 8, 2006

Siemens partners with Control Engineering magazine to produce FactoryVisionTM, an online, interactive medium for delivering engineering information

FactoryVisionTM helps engineers find solutions for today’s challenges through a state-of-the-art portal containing products, applications, and live tutorial sessions Hosted by Control Engineering, Siemens’s FactoryVisionTMpresents different overviews of live control and HMI applications from an end user, original equipment manufacturer, system integrator, and supplier point of view. The engaging Flash technology interface gives each engineer a unique automation experience with a customized system as his/her final destination. FactoryVisionTMshows how integrated control and HMI systems enable the engineer to visualize his/her factory at its full capabilities. FactoryVisionTMoffers information on manufacturing applications for control and visualization, such as localized machine control, control rooms, assembly and test, water treatment, and remote access via the Web.

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 3, 2006

News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 29th

FEATURES Share your favorite tips with other engineers PLANT ENGINEERING’S annual Tips and Tricks section offers some uniqueideas to solve common problems. Again this year, we look to ourreaders to provide their fellow plant engineers some insight oncreative solutions to solve some thorny plant floor problems.Every tip or trick selected for the August issue of PLANT ENGINEERINGwill receive a $25 American Express gift cheque. To submit your tip,send it to Editor Bob Vavra at BVavra@cfemedia.com or fax it to630/288-8781.

System Integration May 1, 2006

Interoperability standards group formed

The creation of the Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline Working Group, a collaborative venture of ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF, was announced recently. This group will develop an industry guideline that defines generic business process models between the operations management and business layers of the manufacturing support system.

By Staff