Automation

Downtime’s true calculated cost

November 7, 2013

Production is king, so maintenance personnel are lucky to get an hour per month on the equipment for fine-tuning, says JBT FoodTech’s Hanssen. “Yet you cannot run this way profitability, so food and beverage companies have to build in the time for preventive and predictive maintenance. Maintenance and production work more closely together,” continues Hanssen.


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TECH FLASH

Zen Guide to Manufacturing Intelligence provides enlightenment on quality metrics

A new eBook shows how to use data beyond the shop floor.
October 29, 2013

The guide covers five steps in the journey to data-driven wisdom.


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TECH FLASH

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation discuss merger

A combined organization could more comprehensively address field communications and intelligent device management.
October 29, 2013

A combined organization could more comprehensively address field communications and intelligent device management.


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10 steps to making analytics pay in manufacturing

Plant floor analytics have to be linked with customer-focused processes to be the most beneficial.
October 29, 2013

By choosing metrics to measure performance from a customer’s perspective, manufacturers can make analytics pay off.


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TECH FLASH

MOM software’s 11 most popular applications

For now, more operations are choosing to implement the software on an application-by-application basis.
October 15, 2013
Incidences of full-suite implementation are rarer.
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TECH FLASH

When supply chains are disrupted, the cloud can keep you connected

Unexpected supply chain disruption can cause big problems if all stakeholders aren’t on the same page.
September 25, 2013

Cloud technology can help companies keep track of inventory, productivity or the availability of alternative suppliers even when disaster strikes.


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TECH FLASH

FDT approved as national automation standard of China

The approval will allow multinational companies to deploy automation platforms on a global scale.
September 25, 2013

Adoption of the standard should improve device integration and asset management capabilities.


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TECH FLASH

ISA urges inclusion of ANSI/ISA99 in national cybersecurity framework

Automation Federation has worked closely with the government in an advisory capacity.
September 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has spearheaded the campaign.


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TECH FLASH

Five keys for low-temperature valve and fluid automation device selection

When temperatures drop, will your valves and fluid automation devices hold up?
September 11, 2013

From selection and delivery to operations and maintenance, low temperatures can cause problems for fluid automation devices and valves.


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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement: Culture transformation

Through methodical, and at times surgical, application of a continuous improvement framework, Snyder’s-Lance’s Columbus team made a full organizational transformation in only one year.
September 11, 2013

Performance was not the focus, but became the outcome.


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