MES – Seeing the Big Picture by Looking Small

May 23, 2012 2:41:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

I’ve said this before- any system, be it MES or MOM or even ERP, if it’s going to be considered successful it has to meet the needs of the organization. It has to actually bring value to the company and do something that the company needs doing and is valuable to the company.

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Ten Tips for Successful Team Leadership, Part 1

May 22, 2012 3:49:00 AM | Posted by Control Engineering Team

They say that some are born to lead, but to paraphrase Mr. Orwell’s wonderful line from Animal Farm, “Some leaders are more born than others.” Here are some suggestions of things you can do should you find yourself in a project or team leadership position that will make the experience an enjoyable one for you and your team.

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Getting More Out of your Historian – Part 1

May 17, 2012 2:42:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

You probably already have a data historian of some kind. And, if you don’t, get one! The data historian collects some data and probably gives you some reports and what not and that’s probably about it. It works pretty well. No one ever thinks about it. It just does its job and not much else.

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Uncovering Unknown Risks with a Safety Risk Assessment and Analysis

May 16, 2012 2:55:00 AM | Posted by Gene Niewoehner

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

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Control is in the Details

May 15, 2012 3:02:00 AM | Posted by Karl Schrader

Over the range of projects we work on, we find ourselves constantly shifting focus from very distant overhead views to the minutest details. For the most part, we tend to relate the big picture information effects to big picture decisions. After all, little detail oriented decisions really only affect a component level change. While we certainly do not hold these guidelines to be law, these concepts oftentimes cloud our judgment and narrow our view of root cause options. Sometimes something small can have a big picture effect.

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Is Your Control System Training Program Up-to-Date?

May 9, 2012 3:02:00 AM | Posted by Bill Stewart

When it comes to control system training, you’ve undoubtedly heard this phrase said to new folks:

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HART: New Lease On Life

May 8, 2012 3:56:00 AM | Posted by Sergei Kuznetsov

Working in our industry it is impossible to avoid bumping into the HART Communication protocol. Introduced in the mid-1980s by Rosemount as an attempt to find an inexpensive, almost trial way to get more information from smart field instrumentation, it later developed into something that finds its way back even when it seems to have outlived its purpose.

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Pardon me, your Slip is Showing!

May 2, 2012 3:58:00 AM | Posted by Lori Hayes

The corporate world we live in today relies on the information highway, an interconnected network system where business transactions are carried out in cyber space. Left undiscovered, a system’s vulnerability can lead to Intellectual Property (IP) loss, financial loss and confidential data exposure. In the Industrial Control System (ICS), hidden vulnerabilities can be exploited through malware, such as viruses and trojans, and can cause similar outcomes including unpredictable operations and expensive downtime, resulting in a loss of production and compromised safety systems.

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