Storyboarding is a useful tool for the software design process

May 24, 2016 12:42:25 PM | Posted by David Tesche

Though storyboarding adds an additional step to the software design process, it is invaluable to the client and the engineer when used in software development because it offers transparency and clarity to the client while streamlining the process for the developers and engineers.

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Hardware design best practices are not static

May 17, 2016 2:47:25 PM | Posted by David Paul

Hardware design changes might not occur as frequently as software updates, but they need to be reevaluated to ensure they still represent best practices based on the latest hardware versions and application instructions from the manufacturer.

People in the automation industry understand that the pace of change and improvement on the software side of the business is relentless. The fact that the latest version of software issued yesterday may be obsolete in a week is just the nature of the industry. What many engineers and designers fail to recognize is that hardware design best practices also change, although at a slower pace than software.

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Tips for successful international projects

May 10, 2016 3:59:20 PM | Posted by Dave Cortivo

Gaining a basic knowledge about a country's culture, language, and working with the on-site team are several ways to make an international project a success for everyone involved.

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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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