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PLC driver software helps potato processors get away from manual processes.
Despite low-carb trends, Americans love their potatoes and—from roasted redskins to fries, wedges and chips—and food makers keep coming up with new ways to use them. According to www.potatogoodness.com, food processors saw a 30 percent volume increase in the demand for such specialty potatoes between 2011 and 2012. To keep up with demand, potato processors...
PLC driver software helps potato processors get away from manual processes.
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Gathering Potato Data with HMIs and PLCs

PLC driver software helps potato processors go from manually separating and weighing their products to an HMI/PLC system that delivers Web-based production information on-demand.
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Europe and Big Data Source: Groupe Steria SCA
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From Big Data to Business Intelligence, S’il Vous Plait

European manufacturers face the same BI challenges as their U.S. counterparts, according to a new survey.
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Big Data Meets Measurement in Manufacturing

All of the analog data acquired from manufacturing and products—a.k.a. the Internet of Things (IoT)—dwarfs what is currently known as Big Data.
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GE Iintelligent Platforms Leverages Hadoop to Analyze Industrial Big Data
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Massively Parallel Computing Comes to Asset Monitoring and Analysis

GE Intelligent Platforms’ new Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite leverages Hadoop, used by Google, Facebook and Yahoo, to analyze terabytes of data for advanced equipment operation and h
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NWA Focus EMI's Data Flow
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Manufacturing Intelligence from Existing Data

A new enterprise manufacturing intelligence software package from Northwest Analytics is designed to leverage data in existing databases rather than through creation of a new database.
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Energy Management Dashboard
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Making Sense of the Enterprise Energy Dashboard

Energy monitoring means different things to different companies.
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Manufacturing Intelligence for More Efficient Manufacturing
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Turn Data into Information with Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing intelligence systems offer manufacturers access to key performance indicators for increased troubleshooting, product tracking and downtime management.
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Change Management Software Adds Support for PC Backup

The AutoSave PC backup & recovery module allows plant floor employees to manage their PC backups through the same application that manages device changes.
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Kennedy Space Center Gets Smart About Power

New enterprise historian and trending software will collect and log data for approximately 150,000 real-time data points from power quality meters, protection relays and PLCs throughout the complex.
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The Art and Science of Production Knowledge

For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department.
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Industrial Big Data
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GE Tackles Industrial Big Data

By combining Proficy Historian 5.0 with Proficy Historian Analysis, GE Intelligent Platforms looks to address the strategic side of the plant floor-to-enterprise divide.
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Production Knowledge: SQL or NoSQL

Just as the debate between Mac or PC rages on, and polarized opinions persist over which industrial network protocol is the best, a new technology debate is breaking out of the clustered ranks of IT d
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Manufacturing Databases Explained

Even the briefest examination of databases can cause your head to spin if you’re not up to speed on the different kinds of databases and how they operate.
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Historian Best Practices: Distilling the Truth

Historians enable deep insight into the behavior of a process at a given point in time, but depending on which member of the automation team you are, you may not know enough about the data you’re capt
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GE Energy’s iCenter: A Historian on Steroids

This case history describes the data infrastructure supporting GE Energy’s iCenter operations management service center, a 24x7 operation that manages an enterprise-size data historian of more than 2
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Software Historian Essentials

In an exclusive interview with Automation World, an applications engineer with global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company M+W Group answers questions about software historians in
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Uses of Historian Data: A Tutorial

A systems integrator explains what software historians are and why production plants need a repository of real-time industrial data.
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Performance Based Industrial Infrastructures

Performance Based Industrial Infrastructures This 5-page whitepaper by Peter Martin, vice president, Invensys Systems Inc. discusses the changing role of plant historians.
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Tips on How to Use Historical Data

Struggling to fully use historian data? Take advice from these professionals.
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