Overcoming Network Obfuscation

Oct 30, 2012 5:20:38 AM | Posted by Karl Schrader

Within the field of manufacturing automation, we face hurdles unique to the ways industrial control systems communicate. This often leads to piecemeal approaches to communication architecture development and installation. With a careful approach, legacy communication systems can be converted to higher performing systems, capable of providing connectivity without sacrificing security.

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Seven Reasons to Integrate Your Applications

Oct 25, 2012 3:26:07 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski


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Scoping Automation And Control Projects

Oct 23, 2012 10:00:44 AM | Posted by Shane Hudson


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What You Can Do To Avoid Wrong Turns

Oct 18, 2012 2:20:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Everybody makes a wrong turn now and then on a project. Most of the time you can correct the wrong turn and get the project back on track pretty easily. Sometimes it’s a lot harder to get the project back on track and sometimes the project can’t be recovered at all.

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Just Who is the Customer and What Does He Really Want?

Oct 17, 2012 5:24:00 AM | Posted by Robert Henderson

The customer is the individual who pays the bills. The customer is the group that will use the product. The customer is the executive who judges how well the project meets the business needs of the company. We could add more examples to the list, but each of these customers looks at a project slightly differently and judges it in unique ways. As engineers, we must always try to understand these different viewpoints and be responsive to the needs of the various voices that speak for a collective customer. If we do not understand how different stakeholders offering input on a project might be in conflict with each other, we open ourselves up for some nasty surprises.

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Developing A New Breed of Automation Professionals

Oct 10, 2012 3:37:05 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Friends in manufacturing:

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Secrets of Effective HMI Design

Oct 9, 2012 10:56:32 AM | Posted by William Zupon

Over the course of my career, I have seen hundreds of different HMI applications. Some of them have been very good, while some of them have been painful to look at and worse to actually use. The most important purpose of an HMI application is to allow an individual to interface with the control system as effectively and efficiently as possible. When developing an application from start, I break the development process into two parts: functionality and layout.

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4 Common Commissioning Mistakes To Avoid

Oct 2, 2012 3:39:10 AM | Posted by Steve Cochran

Commissioning is usually that undefined time between construction and plant start up. If commissioning doesn't go smoothly, you can count on start-up not going smoothly. I have commissioned dozens of plants over the past 27 years and have seen firsthand the difference between a good plan and a bad one. If you avoid these following mistakes I've witnessed over and over again, your efforts will be more trouble free with fewer self-induced headaches.

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