The High Cost of Poor Planning

Jun 13, 2016 1:30:00 PM | Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team

poorplanning.jpgA few appropriate costs early in a project can create major savings down the road and avoid a whole lot of aggravation in the process.

DCS upgrades and migrations are a major part of our business at MAVERICK, and we work on 50 or more projects of various sizes in a typical year. With that many, we see all kinds of situations. Some are well planned and move smoothly while others have their challenges.

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DCS Migration Project Checklist

Jun 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM | Posted by Jim Ford

Checkmark.jpgPlanning for a major project, like installing a new main control platform, can never start too early. The long-term effectiveness of the new system depends on it.

If you feel like you’re seeing discussions related to DCS migrations everywhere you turn these days, you aren’t imagining it. Lots of people are talking about it because so many of those systems are getting very old, but surprisingly few companies have started replacement projects. The failure rates are only going to get worse and some of those companies without a plan may soon be in trouble.

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Converting Control Systems: Don’t Forget Strategy Improvements

Jun 8, 2016 11:30:00 PM | Posted by Mayann Stroup

strategy.jpgConsider investing the time to write a scope that includes control strategy improvement and open the door to taking advantage of the functionality provided by a new control system.

One of the most frustrating specifications I see in scope documents is, “Convert the existing control system as-is. We will leave control strategy improvements for later.” It’s painful because if I’ve learned anything during 24 years in systems integration, later never comes.

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Statistical computing in manufacturing through historians

Jun 7, 2016 3:28:48 PM | Posted by Dr. Holger Amort

Statistical software packages allow high-level analysis of production data by connecting through historians.

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How Much Are You Paying For Your Legacy DCS?

Jun 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM | Posted by Jim Ford

Your old DCS could be costing more to maintain than to replace. It’s a shocking thought, but it’s often true when all costs are considered.

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Seven vital tools for a “go bag" in the field

Jun 2, 2016 12:30:09 PM | Posted by Evan Pederson

For field projects, it’s good to bring a bag with tools that might come in handy for specific purposes or to prepare for any unforeseen challenges that sometimes come up.

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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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