PCs In The Workplace: Will They Survive?

Posted by Art Howell on July 9, 2013 @ 7:53 am

shutterstock_79421479I have noticed a lot of chatter lately on various forums and in articles about how tablets and smartphones are starting to become significant players in today’s workplace. The word is that the new devices are slowly replacing the PC on more common tasks such as email and even more complex tasks such as process control. This brings up an interesting question, how will the steady popularity and functionality of tablets and smartphones affect the presence of the PC in the workplace? Will the PC survive or will it gradually yield more tasks away to the newer devices? Or will it revamp a... Continue Reading

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Understanding State-Full Programming Methods

Posted by Jeff Monforton on July 2, 2013 @ 8:47 am

When considering the solution to a programming task, there is generally no shortage of approaches. These typically range from the mundane to the extremely complicated. There is one approach to consider when solving a problem and that is through the use of a state machine. The basis of a state machine is in fundamental theory of computation. The specific construct is a deterministic finite acceptor. We won't get into the arcane mathematics, but a basic understanding is in order. The basic elements are: 1. An understanding of the starting point or condition 2. What all of the intermediary steps / states are 3. What the conditions are to transition to the next step / state, and 4. What constitutes the end point(s). What should be apparent from this is that the problem has to be considered fully and outlined before any work can be done. This is one of the key points of this type ... Continue Reading

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ABB Automation 800xA Control System Services

Posted by Control Engineering Team on July 1, 2013 @ 8:00 am

MAVERICK Technologies has the trained professionals to satisfy all of your ABB 800xA system needs. Our engineers have project experience with batch control, continuous control, discrete manufacturing and SIS applications utilizing industrial IT. MAVERICK specializes in 800xA system architecture design, system configuration, system maintenance and upgrades as well as migration planning and execution from virtually any DCS or PLC platform. Our device and 3rd party interface experience includes ethernet/IP, Modbus, ModbusTCP, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, OPC, TRIO, HART and Foundation Fieldbus. We can help enhance and maintain your control system through expertise with asset management, information management history and reporting as well as system diagnostics and server and client virtualization. Our engineers are well versed and trained in OperateIT, Control Builder M and the PG2 and VB6 process g... Continue Reading

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How Virtual Machines Can Fit In Your Workplace

Posted by Art Howell on June 25, 2013 @ 8:34 am

Machine Virtualization ImageA virtual machine (VM) is essentially a software implementation of a machine (i.e., a computer) that runs in a virtual environment and executes programs like a physical machine. The processor and hardware are shared between the machine and the VM. The concept was originally designed to help programmers who wanted the flexibility to be able to run several different operating systems on a single machine instead of having to purchase several machines. This helped cut down on initial hardware costs and upkeep. Industrial users are adopting the idea and loading VMs onto machines in a ... Continue Reading

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Flying By The Seat Of Your Pants?

Posted by Bruce Brandt on June 19, 2013 @ 9:18 am

Flying By The Seat Of Your PantsThere was a time in the history of aviation when “flying by the seat of your pants” had real meaning given the relative lack of gages in an early airplane’s cockpit. Yet, in many ways we still operate our plants this way. We instrument what we consider to be critical measurements based on historical operation, but we don’t necessarily perform a detailed analysis of the process to determine if there are other things that might be just as important to the operation in terms of throughput or quality or, possibly even more importantly, to uptime and equipment longevity. Even those organ... Continue Reading

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