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The White Box, one of Vertech's OEE and downtime tracking solutions, was featured in the November issue of Processing magazine. The article covers Vertech's work in optimizing craft brewery operations through plant efficiency software and discusses the specific implementation at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. The digital version of the article can be found here.

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The Adelanto Public Utility Authority in Adelanto, CA wanted to participate in the local clean power plan (CPP) that incentivizes the reduction of energy usage during periods of high grid demand. However, this was a challenge since the utility did not have a system-wide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its three reservoirs and 22 pumps. Thus, the utility company engaged in a project with Vertech to connect all of its sites to a central SCADA and provide controls to automatically load-shed during CPP events. 

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If you missed our recent live webinar around using plant floor data to transform your business, the recorded session is now available. During this webinar, Vertech teamed up with London Consulting to discuss the technical and organizational aspects of moving to a digital factory, enabling technologies and best practices, and the efficiency enhancements they can bring. 

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Web-based technology is becoming more prevalent in industrial applications as information technology and operational technology continue to converge. Responsive web applications provide the flexible, high quality user experience that everyone has come to expect in an application. Using web development technologies within an OT platform opens up new potential for industrial user interface by leveraging the same tools used to build traditional web applications.

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Vertech's project submission titled "Creating the Ultimate SCADA System for Solar Energy," was recognized as one of the 18 best projects of the year by Inductive Automation at their 2017 Inductive Community Conference. The project used Ignition to remotely monitor and control five utility scale solar power plants with combined generating capacity of more than 200MW.

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When it comes to upgrading systems that control the utilities we rely on, in addition to designing and developing reliable systems, strategic implementations need to be planned to avoid shutdowns and service interruptions. In this case, our client had two active wastewater treatment facilities running on aging Allen-Bradley SLC-500 PLCs and Wonderware InTouch. Another issue is that documentation did not exist for many of the existing control panels, and the client had no faith in the drawings they had.

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Manufacturing enterprise management is becoming less of an art and more of a science as information becomes more available and flows more freely in organizations. This transformation is bringing tangible business results to organizations embracing it, and it is setting the competitive bar higher for those who have yet to determine what it means for them. Welcome to the age of the Digital Factory!

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If your systems work differently from plant to plant or machine to machine, you have experienced the downside of a lack of standardization. PLC programming standards are a great tool to ensure that functionality and operator experience are identical within your organization. This reduces training time and prevents costly mistakes. This is a custom world, though, and systems tend to be “the same except.” How do you maintain the benefits of standardized code while remaining flexible enough to handle inevitable equipment differences?

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If you have been around Vertech much, you have probably heard us refer to ourselves as Control Freaks. The name has been around for a few years now, and it really does effectively capture our passion for automation. We quite literally wear this passion on our shirt-sleeves, and our Control Freak t-shirts have become somewhat of a fashion statement in the industry (almost). So in case you have ever wondered what that term means, we put together this little video to provide an explanation.

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The Santa Elena Mine in Northern Mexico is in a remote location where there are extremely limited local resources. For efficiency and safety purposes, the mine needed to fully automate its on-site processing of gold and silver ore under tight schedule requirements. Because of the remote location, the client required a modular process control design that was prewired and tested before arriving on site.

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