It's All About the Outputs

May 4, 2016 9:43:30 AM | Posted by Jay Griffin

Inputs are nice to look at, but if you're not turning on outputs, you're not doing anything.

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A control system is only as good as the input/output (I/O) attached to it. The I/O is the pipeline to instrumentation in the field and is how the control system visualizes and manipulates the process.

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Evolution of .NET and Microsoft

Apr 27, 2016 3:32:32 PM | Posted by Bryan Cook

.NET Framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft that is evolving to strengthen their cloud service platform as well as meet the demands of users outside their own operating system (OS).

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Taking Good Notes Helps with Workflow and Efficiency

Apr 19, 2016 1:53:36 PM | Posted by Paul Darnbrough

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.

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Protecting HMIs from Ransomware Threats

Apr 14, 2016 2:06:01 PM | Posted by Bruce Billedeaux

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.

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Effective File Organization for Managing Projects

Apr 6, 2016 12:31:41 PM | Posted by Brad Ems

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.

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Choosing Between Historian and MES Integration

Mar 30, 2016 11:52:57 AM | Posted by Dr. Holger Amort

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. 

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Project Management Differences: Automation Solutions vs. Enterprise Integration

Mar 28, 2016 11:05:13 AM | Posted by Bill Zupon

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.

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Custom scripting as a potential safety hazard

Mar 15, 2016 3:35:55 PM | Posted by Osman Syed

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.

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