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Optimize Your Industrial Automation System with a Resilient Design Strategy

In a previous post regarding good automation system design concepts considered the issue of robust design at the controller and communication levels. This time we shift the focus to software best programming practices, both at the controller and the operator interface levels, which can help result in a solid automation system. Probably the No. 1 […]

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Design Automation Systems with a Focus on Diagnostics and Situational Awareness

My first post regarding good automation system design concepts approached the issue of robust design from the field level, looking at field devices and wiring practices. This time we move up the automation food chain to look at the control platform, which is made up of controllers, input/output (I/O) modules, and the networking means that […]

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Value Price

How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

For many people in the controls systems industry the word that seems to get thrown around a lot is value. What is value? It is defined differently to the various stakeholders in any project (engineering, maintenance, project manager, management, purchasing, EH&S and the vendor), which often leads to misalignment of the desired outcome vs. actual […]

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