Protecting Your Plant Floor Investment in the Post-Stuxnet Age

Mar 15, 2012 10:40:00 AM | Posted by Erik Goode

Everyone’s heard of Stuxnet. But what does it mean to us now?

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The Key to a Successful Automation Project

Mar 7, 2012 10:30:00 AM | Posted by Mike Gavin

Today, project management success is as much about the process and procedures followed during execution as it is about the project managers themselves. Definition, justification, specifications, proposal development, etc., are all important aspects of a successful project, as are the skill, experience and intangible assets of the PM. True success, however, sometimes comes from areas unrelated to one person. From a pure procedural perspective, the Project Management Institute (PMI) specializes in defining the processes for managing efforts in general, but a successful automation effort requires a tailored approach to managing a project.

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What's Holding You Back?

Feb 29, 2012 10:39:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

We’ve spent the last few weeks talking to you about DCS migration. Why it’s important. Why, if not done properly, it can be very painful. And why DCS Next is different.

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You’re Agile or You’re Dead

Feb 22, 2012 5:33:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Strong words with a true message. It’s critical to understand how times have changed. If you can’t react, you won’t just be left behind — you’ll be gone. As Bernard Baruch described the challenge of the Atomic Age, “We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.”

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Introducing DCS Next

Feb 15, 2012 10:09:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Last week we talked about a way to handle DCS migration without breaking the bank, shutting down production for months or waiting for results. We said it would change everything. We call it DCS Next.

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A Time of Great Change

Feb 8, 2012 10:20:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

The old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” must apply to your distributed control system.

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Going Live with a New Application

Feb 1, 2012 10:47:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

OK. You’ve found a new manufacturing application you want to implement. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. You’ve configured it, tested it and tested it some more, and now you’re ready to drop it on the shop floor. It’s going to do lots and lots of wonderful things for the company, for manufacturing operations and even for the people there on the shop floor.

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How Much Is Your Legacy DCS Costing You?

Jan 25, 2012 10:46:00 AM | Posted by Jim Ford

Our last blog post, “DCS Migration Checklist”, addressed several important questions to consider during the initial planning stages of a migration project. We referenced a white paper written by one of our technology leaders, Chad Harper, entitled, “Upgrading Your DCS: Why You May Need to Do It Sooner Than You Think.” Among the most important reasons was that the cost of staying with an old system eventually outgrows the cost of migration.

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