Achieving real world benefits with statistical process control

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. John is co-chair of The Connected Enterprise track at ISA Automation Week in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 5–7. Statistical process control (SPC) has been around for a long...
What kind of MES do you need?

What kind of MES do you need?

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. John is co-chair of The Connected Enterprise track at ISA Automation Week in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 5–7. I often have people ask me questions like “Which MES should we...

Automation Industry Career Tip: Appearance Matters

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #30. I was working on a large project early in my career and due to a last-minute design...
The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

This guest post is authored by Bill Stewart, vice president of corporate planning and strategy at MAVERICK Technologies. At the end of the day, a process automation project is measured by how it delivered the unit of production – or in many processes, the “molecule” –...
Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 2)

Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 2)

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. To read Part 1 of this post, click here. Last time I talked about the Top 10 pitfalls for manufacturing IT projects.  It putting that together I realized there were way...
Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 1)

Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 1)

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. To read Part 2 of this blog post, click here. I’d like to change gears a little and talk some more about successful and unsuccessful manufacturing IT projects.  There’s...
Industrial Automation Project Management Tips

Industrial Automation Project Management Tips

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #32. Over the years, I have learned a number of valuable tips, either the hard way or from my...
Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #41. You’re studying the elephant in school. You look at the pictures, learn about the anatomy...
Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #45. When I started my career I had no idea what anything cost. I would be asked to estimate a...

Why Control Panels Can Be a Source of Risk in Retrofit Projects

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #29. Project management is really just risk management, and a large source of risk to an...

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