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How to Leverage ISA Standards to Achieve Sustainable Benefits During Industrial Project Design

In previous posts in this series (click here and here), I’ve talked about the need and desire for companies to significantly improve their operational capability and flexibility to compete successfully in a world market, and described some likely hurdles encountered in that journey. I’ve also implied that how those improvements are implemented can be more […]

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Webinar Recording: Large Industrial Project Execution

Driven by a desire to reduce risk with large projects, many owner organizations utilize a strategy where an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) company is sole-sourced to manage and execute the entire scope. While EPCs are well-suited to execute the civil and mechanical scopes that make up most of the cost in a large project, they […]

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Webinar Recording: How Machine Learning is Advancing Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

In 2014, I made a decision to walk away from manufacturing after more than 32 years of immersion in the space. My manufacturing experience started as a controls engineer way back 1982, when the Allen-Brady PL2 and GE Series Six were the hot technologies. Over the years I rode the technology wave starting with PC […]

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What’s It Like to Work Today as an Industrial Engineer?

Here’s the bottom-line about careers in industrial automation, engineering and manufacturing technology: relatively stable employment, avenues for professional growth, plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your ability to develop innovative solutions to technical and business challenges. Engineers are working at a faster pace than ever. They are taking on more complex projects, though with less resources […]

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Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

At its core, a manufacturing execution system (MES) is used for managing and monitoring work-in-progress activities and data for a manufacturing process. With particular emphasis on the execution part of the name, any corresponding narrative will naturally focus on real activities involved in the production process – including all information associated with the intent, methods […]

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Simple Enhancement of PID Control

The venerable PID is assuredly the most widely used algorithm in industrial process control. Its simplicity, reliability and familiarity make it a staple for closed-loop control throughout the industrialized world. Many control engineers apply this tool to every process or system requiring closed-loop control. Despite this default status as the “go-to” solution for feedback control, […]

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