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.
For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department. But with the volume of production data typically residing in numerous databases in a manufacturing facility, engineers and operators need to be more aware of the databases that house their critical production information.
A confluence of trends around mobility, always-on networks and information is having a tremendous effect upon automation and manufacturing.
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Originally, I meant to write this column about state-of-the art factories, where everything is automated and controlled from a distance, thus saving a lot of labor costs.
The calibration trend Ed Shuler sees now is the push for reduced manpower in instrumentation and electrical (I&E) shops on unnecessary calibration.
Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, technology is proliferating in the factory, but it’s not the best answer for everything. Will Wi-Fi take over the industrial world?
Every morning, senior managers at Valero Energy Corp. gather in the company’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a daily operations call to each of the company’s 15 refineries in the United States, Canada and Aruba.
By providing improved visibility of plant floor data, enterprise manufacturing intelligence software enables smarter decisions that yield bottom-line results.
The RemoteLog and Datalogger is a combination of RTU (Remote Terminal Unit), datalogger, real-time database client and telemetry interface in one compact, installation-ready package.
Proficy Intelligent Production Solutions provides a broad range of integrated, easy-to-use software applications and services designed to allow users to improve productivity, profitability and competitive advantage by enabling the real-time enterprise, says the vendor.
Home and office remedies are good medicine for factories. Using commercial technologies for industrial automation is proving to be valuable. Not only are commercial, off-the-shelf products available sooner than dedicated equipment, they often cost less as well. Personal digital assistants, Tablet PCs, commercial software and wireless networks are increasing productivity in manufacturing today.
Factory floor-to-boardroom linkage promises efficient, profitable operation.
The latest version of Web-based enterprise asset management software known as 7i contains new features to help companies improve productivity by automating the management and maintenance of capital assets.
The Foxboro A² automation system is an expandable distributed control system (DCS) designed to provide end users in pharmaceutical, biotech and similar process plants with an automation solution that fits their applications better than programmable logic controllers and costs less than traditional DCSs.
OptiVision PKS, an order fulfillment and production management solution for the pulp and paper industry, is a new release that includes refined management tools for timely, accurate monitoring and analysis throughout a single mill, or across multi-mill enterprises.
A new Operator Station for the APACS+ process automation system adds user-requested functional enhancements and brings new capabilities to APACS+.
Designed for use in industries including oil, petrochemical, chemical, iron and steel, and paper and pulp, Exapilot Release 2.20 is an upgrade to the Exapilot line that provides aid in automating those areas of non-steady-state operations that traditionally must be performed manually.
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