Bringing productivity information to the plant floor

02/24/2006


The promise of driving information to plant engineers and plant workers was the recurring theme at the 2006 ARC Next Generation Manufacturing Forum in Orlando on February 20-22.

With strategists from the major automation providers on hand, the discussion at the three day event focused on new tools that will migrate maintenance and productivity information from the control level to workers on the floor that will give them real-time information on performance standards.

Sid Snitkin, vice-president of the ARC Advisory Group, said the need to link design, operations and maintenance has been around for a long time, but it is just now gaining traction among manufacturers looking for new ways to increase plant productivity.

The interdependence of design, operations and maintenance can result in consistent processes, relieve inventory issues and increase productivity. It can also help better measure exactly what is being produced, and how well.

Snitkin said manufacturers need to understand the importance of the design, operate and maintain interoperability and to learn more about emerging standards and systems that can help measure those areas of the plant. His call to product suppliers to do the same had already been heeded. During the ARC event, there were several systems providers in both hardware and software who discussed the move toward plant floor-level information that would quantify work flow and provide real-time productivity feedback.

For example, John Berra president of Emerson Process Management, told the forum’s 600 attendees that among its business goal was to help customer effectively use process automation systems to better analyze manufacturing processes.

Ralf-Michael Franke, president of Siemens Industrial Automations Systems, told the forum that the seamless integration of business and production systems allowed the same data to flow throughout the plant, giving managers the ability to create plant production objectives and for plant workers to measure and react to changes in meeting those objectives.

PLANT ENGINEERING was a media sponsor of the ARC Next Generation Manufacturing Forum. For more on the forum, go to www.arcweb.com .





Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
Choosing an automation controller, Lean manufacturing
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me