Exclusive Webinar: Front-end Loading for Control System Migration

Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team on May 5, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

Exclusive Webinar: Front-end Loading for Control System Migration May 29, 2014 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST) Brought to you by ISA and MAVERICK Technologies Your control system was originally designed to meet your plant’s specific needs, but considering how much those needs have changed over the years, has it really kept up? Performing a major upgrade on your control system can be intimidating. And with good reason — it’s a monumental decision that’s not without risks. That’s why, before you can begin, you have to pre-plan. Front-end loading (FEL) the engineering requirements and design phase will significantly reduce the amount of time, effort and money spent on the project. Even more importantly, it can prevent catastrophic mistakes. Continue Reading

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Upgrading control systems: Phase migration vs. complete replacement

Posted by Dave Cortivo on April 30, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

After receiving the approval for a control system replacement project, how do you decide between phased migration and a complete replacement? Do you keep some of the old and integrate the new, or just go with a fresh start?

Now it’s t... Continue Reading

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New ideas for quality management: Part 6

Posted by John Clemons on April 23, 2014 @ 10:02 am

Managing manufacturing quality is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Each situation differs and requires unique approaches to technologies, information, and training.

As I promised last time, I’m finally wrapping up this topic on the management of manufacturing quality. If you’ve been following all this, you’ll know that there are a lot of cool new ideas out there and a lot of cool new technology as well. It all means that you can have a pretty big impact on the shop floor and a pretty big impact on the bottom line for your company. What I thought I’d do with this post is try to wrap up this topic and try to give you a bit of a road map on how to make some changes, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be. But before I start I guess I need to mention a few things. First, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. This road map is just a suggestio... Continue Reading

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New ideas for quality management: Part 5

Posted by John Clemons on April 16, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

By implementing a process of testing rationalization whereby only a minimal number of tests are actually run and more tests are run only when problems occur, a process of management by exception may be implemented.

Well, I thought I was wrapping up these on the new ideas for quality management, but I’ve thought of a few more things that I’d like to talk about. The last couple of posts we talked about technology and all the cool technology that’s out there to support the management of manufacturing quality. But I think I would be remiss here if I didn’t mention a few things about business processes that are needed to support manufacturing quality management. And, some of these processes are pretty new as well. First is adopting the concept or business process of multi-level testing. The idea is that the initial level of testing is to monitor the process and make s... Continue Reading

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Distributed control systems: Four things to consider when emulating a third-party application

Posted by Josh Bozeman on April 9, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

The capabilities of a DCS appear so limitless that we’re sometimes asked to replicate an external third-party application in the existing control system. Keep these four considerations in mind.

The modern distributed control system (DCS) is extremely powerful and highly versatile. The capabilities appear so limitless that we’re sometimes asked about the option to replicate an external third-party application in the existing control system. Typical justifications include saving thousands each year in maintenance costs and product support while streamlining operator training. Though it would appear that this might be a fairly small project, there can be a lot more to consider than meets the eye, especially to someone that's not highly attuned to complex control configuration. Before signing on the dotted line, here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Evaluate the exist... Continue Reading

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