You’re Agile or You’re Dead

Jun 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

The world is changing, and the companies unable to adapt quickly will simply vanish.

Strong words, but the message is true. Our times and the ways we do business have changed, and it is critical to understand how. In years past, a company unable to keep up might be left behind, but now it will simply 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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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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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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How to upgrade your control system with limited resources, budget

Jan 5, 2015 11:07:00 AM | Posted by Michel Ho

Take advantage of your system integrator’s time and expertise by allowing them to execute acceptance testing methods, freeing up plant personnel.

Are you faced with limited resource and shrinking budget when upgrading your control system? You are not alone. Many of the customers we work with face the same challenges. One way to address both issues at the same time is to have effective factory acceptance testing (FAT) and site acceptance testing (SAT).

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Migration projects: Incorporating the 'old' into the 'new'

Sep 9, 2014 5:08:00 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

Most distributed control systems migration projects revolve around ensuring that the new system can meet production targets of the old system immediately, but this isn’t always the case.

I’m currently in the midst of a migration project from an obsolete distributed control system (DCS) and the biggest challenge is convincing the plant that the team has done a perfect conversion in spite of the plant also wanting to take advantage of the latest thinking in controls—in particular the improvements in Batch. This is not unique to this project.

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Webinar Recap: Front-End Loading for Control System Migration

Jun 2, 2014 10:11:46 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Webinar Recap: Front-End Loading for Control System Migration

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