Simple Tips for Project Estimating

Jun 23, 2016 3:00:00 PM | Posted by Jason Montroy

estimate.jpgFor successful automation projects, lean on subject matter experts and historical data to develop the most accurate project estimate possible.

Many who have been in automation have likely encountered a project that ran far astray of estimates. This can cause the project team undue stress, derail the project schedule, and harm working relationships with clients and co-workers.

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5 tips for planning a successful automation project deployment

May 20, 2015 4:16:00 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

Project deployment is a critical time in the life cycle of a process automation project. It follows design/development and precedes startup/commissioning. During this project stage, the process automation team ‘deploys’ the applications they have written and tested with the customers into the plant’s systems and hardware.

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Avoid the pitfalls of ‘reuse’ on your automation project

Oct 22, 2014 9:06:00 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

When used appropriately, reuse can dramatically reduce the upfront engineering time and cost for a project.

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IT Support of Industrial Control Networks

Sep 20, 2013 1:37:10 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

Ask most plant personnel what they think of IT support for their industrial control systems (ICS) and you’re likely to receive a barrage of complaints in response. But why?

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5 Things You Can Do Long Distance: Manage Your Control System Remotely

Apr 30, 2013 4:20:00 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

Did you know that an off-site provider can perform many of the activities required to keep your control systems healthy?

With the convergence of information technology and operational technology (IT and OT), off-site providers can execute more and more control system tasks remotely. Reduction of onsite costs and the ability to focus resources on production has led many manufacturers to take advantage of remote management. It also makes for smart strategic planning: over the next four years, up to 40% of the automation workforce will be retiring. What does this mean? Manufacturers must get creative about how they staff their plants from an automation standpoint.

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More Than A Story, A Process Narrative Can Define Your Next Automation Project

Nov 27, 2012 4:55:54 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

I recently sat down with an automation manager responsible for a subsection of a large manufacturing business. His company is embarking on an effort to standardize the use of process control narratives for all automation projects. To my surprise, the concept of process narratives was new to him. He didn't understand their purpose. But he was intrigued and asked many good questions I was happy to answer.

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MOC for Plant Control Systems

May 30, 2012 2:52:00 AM | Posted by Jason Montroy

Management of change (MOC) can apply to nearly anything from organizations to projects to IT infrastructure. But does it apply to plant control systems? Considering that control systems need to change over time - process optimization drives changes in control logic and software updates occur on at least a monthly basis – the answer is: MOC is essential for plant control systems.

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