In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?Read More
The industrial automation industry is behind the times.
Every year more and more people are abandoning traditional computing for more convenient and user-friendly options. We at Vertech understand that and we want to give operators a sense of pride and accomplishment and managers the customization options to best help their productivity.
The industrial automation industry is behind the times- but not for long. Vertech is proud to announce Vertech Freemium™ a new SCADA for the modern world.Read More
All of us in the OT world understand that cyber security is a big deal. Doing something about it has been a challenge, however. The relationship between IT and OT has long been documented as a difficult one, but manufacturing and critical infrastructure enterprises are rapidly acknowledging the need to work together to protect networks, data, and production.Read More
Check out Roger’s latest Seeq video demonstrating predictive maintenance for a reverse osmosis train. Roger uses linear regression on real (not simulated) RO normalized flow data to predict a timeframe for the next membrane cleaning. This same solution can be used to adjust pre-treatment chemical feeds by monitoring the rate at which the membranes are fowling. Enjoy.Read More
As discussed in the first post in our nine-part series on manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, manufacturers can use MES tools to better understand where their optimization efforts will be best spent. This post focuses on downtime tracking, which can help you see not only when a machine is unavailable, but why it is not running.Read More
Successful automation projects provide increased value by improving operations, safety, or quality; reducing costs; or directly increasing profitability. The investment made to achieve one or more of these goals can be significant, and that investment will only pay off if the project is successful.Read More
We often see requirements for backup PLCs in specifications as clients understandably aim to improve their control system reliability. Adding a redundant controller can be a good choice as part of a holistic approach to system availability and reliability. When specifically addressing PLC failures as a cause of system downtime, here are a few tips to keep in mind:Read More
Inductive Automation’s long-anticipated Ignition 8 is slated to be released in the upcoming weeks. One of its many awesome new features is the introduction of the Perspective module which creates a seamless browser-based user experience using HTML5. This new front end allows for responsive screen design that will adjust automatically to a monitor, tablet, or a mobile screen as needed.Read More
Until you achieve maximum production efficiency, continuous improvement should be an integral part of your business. With manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, you can bring efficiency to your organization through streamlined data flow, which will increase your production capacity without the capital expense. And, rather than embarking on continuous improvement initiatives that may or may not benefit your organization, you can use MES tools to show where your efforts will be best spent. This is the first post in a nine-part series that examines what we believe are the most essential MES tools to improve business performance.Read More
We talk a lot about data and analytics in our industry today with the goal of finding and rooting out waste and inefficiency in our plants. Until recently, however, the benefits of big data have been limited to very large enterprises that can afford custom solutions. Seeq's data analytics package is changing all that with their reasonably priced, but very powerful data analytics tool. In this post, I walk you through the process of analyzing cooling system compressor efficiency using Seeq.Read More