MAVERICK CEO Paul Galeski to Receive Two Awards from ISA

Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team on September 5, 2012 @ 8:32 am

Speaking at the recent grand opening of PlantFloor24, Paul Galeski said, “Here at MAVERICK, we’re about making U.S. manufacturing better and more competitive. But people prefer to do business with people, and we have a lot of good people here.” Paul was absolutely right — MAVERICK’s strength is its people. The experience and knowledge our automation experts bring to the table are what drive our success and the success of our customers. But we wouldn’t be able to assemble such an inspired team if it weren’t for our visionary CEO — someone who’s passionate about ideas, about solutions and about helping our customers grow their businesses and stay ahead of changing technology trends. That’s why it’s no surprise t... Continue Reading

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The Danger Of What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

Posted by Bruce Brandt on September 4, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

Engineering disciplines, just like may other disciplines, have become very narrowly focused. At some level this is a necessary trend, since to be expert in every aspect of a field has become something that is almost impossible to accomplish. Very few mechanical engineers are experts in metallurgy, hydraulics, machine design, HVAC design, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, strength of materials, metal cutting operations, metal forming operations, and, well, the list goes on. An engineering student attempting to delve deeply enough in every aspect of his or her chosen discipline to be an “expert” would never finish college. What's more, most colleges don’t even ... Continue Reading

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Understanding ISA 95: A Must for the Manufacturing Evangelist

Posted by Nick Schleich on August 28, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

In this post, I would like to share ideas relating to operations management and software development within the problem domain of manufacturing. For this discussion, I will draw on my experience in an industrial / manufacturing engineering capacity within various discrete manufacturing organizations, as a quality engineer for a leading HMI vendor, and as a software developer for control system firms. The ISA 95 specification can assist in this discussion. As many are aware, the ISA 95 specification encompasses the modeling of the maintenance, quality, logistics, and pro... Continue Reading

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How Recipes and Specs Impact Your Entire Company – Part 2

Posted by John Clemons on August 22, 2012 @ 7:37 am

The last time we talked about recipes and specifications I made a big point that while only a few people in the company were responsible for managing recipes and specifications, almost every single person in the company used some data from the recipes and specifications at some time or the other. I hope you’ve had some time to think about this.  And, I bet you’ve come to the conclusion that I may not be 100% correct in that everyone in the company uses the recipes and specifications from time to time, but you realize that there are a lot more people that use the recipes and specifications than you ever thought about before. So, this time, I’d like to talk about one other aspect of the recipes and specifications that is very important.  And, I’d like to frame it in terms of some questions. Continue Reading

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4 Steps to Keep Your DCS Migration Docs Current

Posted by Bruce Brandt on August 15, 2012 @ 9:34 am

I sat through a demo the other day of a software application that extracts all the information from your control system and puts it into an offline readable format that the user can query to create custom reports. While it is a wonderfully done package, it would be absolutely useless in many of the plants I’ve visited recently. Most of those plants are in the process of migrating their existing obsolete systems to a platform with current technology. While you might think a package like the one I saw would be perfect for documenting the before state of the migration, in reality it only covers the DCS or PLC in a lot of facilities. The problem is the number of things exter... Continue Reading

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