Principles for more Effective Automation

Jan 5, 2017 2:51:50 PM | Posted by Rocky Chambers

Programming is a big portion of process control and following principles such as customer collaboration, responding to changes, and emphasizing individuals and interactions can help a great deal in creating a successful project.

Programming is a big portion of process control. Consider these four principles for effective and efficient program development:

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Using FEED for a Successful Batch Implementation

Dec 23, 2016 9:50:01 AM | Posted by Robert Henderson

Batch implementation projects are much more likely to be successful when a thorough front end engineering design (FEED) is performed and if several questions are addressed during the implementation process.

A batch (ANSI/ISA-88) implementation is appropriate for many types of process and industries. If it is appropriate for your project, there are many different choices and decisions that need to be made during the planning stages that can dramatically alter the complexity, cost, and final implementation utility. As with many projects, batch projects are much more likely to be successful when a thorough front end engineering design (FEED) is performed. There are several key questions that FEED should address during the project.

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Clear Communication is Key During Projects

Dec 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM | Posted by Miguel Gutierrez

Clear communication during a project allows everyone to understand what the goals are and how to overcome potential problems and cab vital in many unexpected ways.

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Automating a Task? Start Here.

Dec 2, 2016 1:39:08 PM | Posted by John Gist

Automating tasks can improve quality and reduce the time required to complete projects, but certain considerations need to be taken to make sure time is not wasted.

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Develop a Process to Make Informed Decisions With Big Data

Nov 17, 2016 9:56:57 AM | Posted by Patty Feehan

Big Data can help synthesize information and provide users with the exact data they need to make informed, intelligent decisions. Developing a process that benefits everyone in the plant from the top on down is crucial.

There is a tremendous amount of information out there; dissecting the information can be overwhelming. Especially when the information comes from different sources and may not be accessible to everyone who needs it. Big Data can help synthesize this information and provide users with the exact data they need to make informed, intelligent decisions. Knowing how to capture the Big Data and make it useful is the key.

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Configuration Implementation Considerations for Distributed Control Systems

Nov 3, 2016 1:22:06 PM | Posted by Ronnie Harris

There are many manufacturers that have designed and built distributed control systems (DCSs) and there are several methods that can be performed to make the plant implementation process more efficient.

There are many manufacturers that have designed and built distributed control systems (DCSs) with a large selection of features and enhancements to choose from. No matter what the control systems platform's structure is the tag name/point name implementation methodology is basically the same. There are some things that can be done before the actual plant implementation is done onsite to make this process more efficient. Once the necessary research and proper investigation of interface circuitry for field instruments is done, the configuration process is more reliable and cost-effective for the client-especially during a plant turnaround with time restraints.

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Making an Integration Project both Pretty and Functional

Oct 25, 2016 2:03:01 PM | Posted by Mayann Stroup

Presentation sometimes takes a backseat in the heat of a project, but it’s worth considering because how something appears on the outside has an effect on the customer and their impressions of the work and care that went into creating the final product.

makeitpretty.jpgMAVERICK, like many companies, starts meetings with a safety moment. Recently, we've added the practice of having a quality moment as well, and in one recent case, it delivered an unexpected teaching moment. A coworker was asked to give a quality moment. As a joke, he said, "Make it pretty." He was kidding, and we knew that. Then we started talking about it.

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Five Reasons to Invest in MES

Oct 5, 2016 4:06:19 PM | Posted by Russ Durham

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help companies measure performance, improve processes, attain productivity improvements, and acquire a general competitive advantage by being faster and leaner.

In the current economy, manufacturing industry leaders are often determined by their ability to operate more efficiently, with higher quality, and at a lower cost than their competitors.

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