Travel season is starting in the manufacturing and controls arena. In a couple of weeks I’ll be at the PAS user conference and the AFPM trade show and conference both in Texas. Later is Honeywell User Group, Rockwell RSTechED and Siemens Automation Conference. Then I’m off for a week for a mission trip to an […]
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One of the top benefits of membership in MESA International is a look into the full report of the “Metrics That Matter” research. MESA along with LNS Research just completed the latest edition of the survey. They are now ready to present some of the results in a Webcast live at 11 am EDT on […]
Companies are trying many methods and programs to get university students involved in manufacturing and production. Here are details of one from Honeywell. Honeywell has launched the annual UniSim Design Challenge, a series of process design competitions which recognize young talent from across three regions: Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). […]
Tim Sowell, who is an Invensys (Schneider Electric) vice president and Fellow, has been writing a series of blog posts on Third Generation Manufacturing Execution System (MES). He has been discussing configuring systems from building blocks rather than custom coding as a wave of the future. In his latest post on model-driven MES, Sowell posits […]
ODVA (originally the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association for historical context) has decidedly discrete manufacturing roots. As it migrated from an emphasis on DeviceNet to Ethernet (and its brand EtherNet/IP), it has also struggled mightily to develop protocols that exploit only commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet chips. It was able to conquer the challenges of Ethernet for real-time […]
I recently had the opportunity to interview Todd Gordon, computer/instrument technician leader at We Energies courtesy of the FDT Group. He discusses how the ability to see into smart field devices using diagnostics from digital networks and an asset management system prevented many production problems.