Taking notes, whether it's in a journal or on sticky notes, is a personal endeavor for many, but it provides some useful benefits. Digital programs exist to help engineers improve their workflow and efficiency.
Good note taking during the course of technical work can be a key asset if done properly and consistently. Unfortunately, this topic has historically landed in the "do as I say, not as I do" category. However, there are some really good software products available to make note taking easier and more effective than ever. There are some useful benefits from consistently taking notes and junior engineers should be encouraged to do the same.
When it comes to industrial cyber security issues, a good backup is the best defense. This is especially true as companies are being targeted more and more by ransomware threats from hackers.
If everyone on a team is not on the same page when it comes to file storage and keeping everything orderly, the result can often lead to a mess that will require a project-sized effort to fix the problem.
While historians and manufacturing execution systems (MES) have been around for a long time, knowing which one to use and how to maximize the benefit of each for particular situations is key.
There are several key differences between automation solution and enterprise integration projects; the latter have several challenges that can be daunting for companies that aren't aware of the scope and testing required.
Most users don't consider custom scripting as a potential hazard or safety concern because custom scripting allows users great flexibility in human-machine interface (HMI) development. However, HMI development software for a newer distributed control system (DCS) has much greater functionality today than in legacy systems.
Alarms keep production running smoothly and safely, but how can you cut through the clutter and respond in an effective way?
Alarms are a critical part of every production process — but not all of them are created equal. An alarm could indicate an immediate source of pressing concern. It could flag a potentially damaging machine or process issue that could derail production and cause serious safety concerns. However, with alarms sounding all the time and from all directions, it’s easy for even the most experienced operator to get overwhelmed and miss critical corrective action steps.