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The Global System Integrator Database has 522 system integrators list HMI, human machine interface among engineering specialties; 274 system integrators list PC-based control among engineering specialties. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
HMI, OI January 20, 2020

Industrial HMI migrations: Help with Microsoft Windows 7 expiration

Microsoft Windows 7 expired on Jan. 14, and manufacturers’ human-machine interface (HMI) software may still need help migrating to a supported operating system. System integrators can provide migration assistance to lower cybersecurity risk.

By Mark T. Hoske
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Industrial PCs January 16, 2020

Machine-learning tool predicts code’s speed on computer chips

MIT researchers have invented a machine-learning tool called Ithemal, which predicts how fast computer chips will execute code from various applications.  

By Rob Matheson
Figure 1: FreeWave’s ZumLink IQ integrated with Inductive Automation’s Ignition Edge MQTT installed at one of Sylvan Lake’s field stations. Courtesy: Freewave
Remote Monitoring January 12, 2020

Real-time monitoring and control for a water, wastewater operation

Water and wastewater operations improved with an industrial radio with messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) for faster communication and new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. A system integrator used the wireless system to help improve reliability and reporting and reduce risk.

By Crayton White
Process Manufacturing January 9, 2020

Subscription software drives digital transformation

A subscription delivery model can hasten adoption automation software required to progress in the journey toward digital transformation.

By George Bauer
System Integrators 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
Diagram of a spray dryer system. Courtesy: McEnery Automation
System Integrators December 20, 2019

System integrator upgrades spray dryer controls

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

By Michael McEnery
Jose M. Rivera has been CEO of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) since March 2015. Courtesy: CSIA
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
Figure 3: The new control center was created quickly. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
System Integrators December 17, 2019

Short timeline for automation infrastructure

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

By Jim Meyers
Manufacturers and plant operators have begun to appreciate the impact that i4.0 technology offers their businesses. However, the best way to maximize the potential of this technology is by also investing in and strengthening the application of lean principles and lean thinking to continuously address waste and error in their operations. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
Lean Maintenance December 16, 2019

Applying Lean tactics in the Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future can maximize the value and performance of every machine and production unit.

By Thomas Brown and Rodney Rusk
Figure 3: While Pactiv still uses compressed air in its production of molded fiber egg cartons, the iZ Systems upgrades reduced compressed air energy requirements by 45%. Courtesy: iZ Systems
Automation, Controls December 12, 2019

Food packaging company cuts compressed air costs by $250,000

IZ Systems minimizes equipment footprint and slashes energy requirements 45% by implementing PC-based automation and EtherCAT.

By James Figy