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MAVERICK Technologies offers an ever-expanding library of automation and control engineering white papers as part of our ongoing effort to build and share a foundation of expertise. Download the papers below, and contact us for more information or to suggest a topic for a white paper.

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

Creating automation systems that include elements from different eras and vendors can be problematic, but sometimes it’s your only choice — and you have to be prepared to deal with the resulting challenges. This white paper will help prevent disaster down the road by guiding you through the planning and evaluation of your upgrade project.
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Putting SPC to Work in Manufacturing: Reducing Variability and Increasing Productivity

By using existing data, statistical process control (SPC) software can perform real-time or historical analyses to identify opportunities for improvement and measure the effectiveness of corrective actions. Download this white paper to learn more about how SPC software can help you better control the quality and efficiency of your processes.
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Aligning Business and Automation Strategy

Manufacturers have been missing out on opportunities to advance their businesses through automation solutions. This white paper shows you how to view automation as a key business strategy and pursue projects with proven ROI. You’ll improve your competitive advantage and help make the U.S. manufacturing renaissance a reality.
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A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge

Build your automation and control expertise with three of the most informative chapters from A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Second Edition — provided as a complimentary manual for automation professionals. Download this manual to learn more about manufacturing execution systems and business integration, maintenance, long-term support and system management and automation benefits and project justifications. A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Second Edition defines the most important automation concepts and processes, while also describing the technical skills professionals require to implement them in today’s industrial environment.
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DCS Gap Identification: Part 2 — Avoiding Mistakes Through Design and Migration Planning

During DCS migration, you risk more by taking the “safe” route of replicating your legacy system. This second of two white papers offers tips for designing and implementing a new control system that meets your needs and delivers long-term value — with the help of the right partner.
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Augment Your Staff: Gain Agility and Expertise Through Flexible Staffing

Many plant managers struggle to justify adding permanent staff when the need for them is only temporary. That’s why many plants augment their staff with resources from providers like MAVERICK Technologies. Learn how on-site and remote solutions can help you adapt to changing needs — easier and less expensively than adding full-time in-house staff.
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Integrate Your Applications: Gain Efficiency Through Dissemination of Data

Other systems integrators only provide a limited set of services. OEMs only provide support for their technology. But only MAVERICK Technologies does it all — through PlantFloor 24. Learn why a platform-independent approach to integrating your applications is so important for getting the most out of your automation and integration systems.
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DCS Gap Identification: Part 1 — Avoid the Pitfalls of DCS Migration with Front-End Loading

An unfortunate stumble during DCS migration could trip up your career, but a clear path forward will deliver benefits for decades to come. This second of four DCS migration white papers walks you through DCS pre-planning step-by-step — from generating baselines to doing gap analysis — for a successful upgrade.
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You’re Agile or You’re Dead

Market activity shows that manufacturing in North America and western Europe won’t die anytime soon, but some manufacturers will. The future belongs to the agile, and this white paper is your survival guide. Learn how to implement change, achieve real sustainability and boost profitability for the long run.
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In Today’s Economy, the Best Investment Is in Your Own Back Yard: How to Invest in Yourself for Maximum ROI

Don’t wait for the economy to improve before you consider making capital expenditures. Invest in yourself by making improvements on the plant floor and in the back office that will yield high returns. Now is the best time, while business is slow and interest rates are low. This white paper helps you identify aspects of your manufacturing business that are suboptimized. You’ll learn how to pinpoint the specific improvements that will deliver the greatest business benefit. Graphs show your potential ROI for these improvements, and a step-by-step guide leads you through the process. Don’t miss this opportunity to come out ahead during the economic upturn.
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Upgrading Your DCS: Why You May Need to Do it Sooner Than You Think

As distributed control system (DCS) technologies evolve, you must make a choice: You can either plan now for a future upgrade, or you can struggle along until the system completely fails. The best approach is the proactive one, as it keeps you in control of your control system. This white paper discusses how to determine when to upgrade your DCS to avoid running an inefficient, ineffective system. Learn how to approach your DCS upgrade and read a case study about a complex, global migration.
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The 10 Essential Elements of a Successful DCS Migration

This tip sheet offers a wealth of advice for avoiding the inherent risk associated with DCS migration.
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MES: Take the Time Upfront

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) have the potential to deliver extensive financial rewards, but only the systems are properly designed and implemented. This white paper notes the importance of upfront definition, user requirements and the beginning stages of system development. Learn about the tools needed to support the MES project definition phase and the future direction of MES.
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APC: A Status Report (The Patient is Still Breathing!)

This paper traces the history of the development of process control, advanced process control and related applied engineering technologies. Explore reasons why the industry has encountered difficulties, and preview the future direction of APC.
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How to Succeed in Your Position in the Process Automation Organization

The relationship between manager and subordinate is crucial in the automation workplace. Understanding the responsibilities and challenges that each face can help to ensure future growth and success for the organization. 
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Choosing the Right Partner for Your Enterprise Integration Project

Get the most value out of your enterprise resource planning systems by partnering with a resource who understands every stage: ERP design, control system design and how to translate data between the two. Discover the pros and cons of working with internal staff, vendors and independent systems integrators. 
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How to Ensure Safety in Process Plants

Review the theories and standards behind safety and how to manage a safety program through hazard and operability studies and process hazard analysis meetings.
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Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Visualization Tools for LeanManufacturing Facilities

MAVERICK’s user-defined KPI Dashboard applications help managers and supervisors view comprehensive metrics that indicate how the entire business operation is functioning.
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Estimating the Cost of Enterprise Software System Implementations: It’s Often “Buyer Beware” (Dynamics AX)

MAVERICK offers a guide for estimating the true total cost of ownership for new software programs. It’s best to get complete pricing details upfront and to work with a vendor-independent partner to select the optimal solution.
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Take Control: Using Enterprise Batch Records to Build Your MES

Traditionally, manufacturers have built their manufacturing execution systems (MES) based on the MESA model. They’ve implemented a large platform that determines their manufacturing functions for them. And they’ve used a primary supplier for all ISA-95 level-3 functionality. But the traditional approach offers limited operational benefits and yields a large total cost of ownership. This paper proposes a new approach for the 21st century — one that’s data-based, tailored, scalable and more affordable.
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Transforming Your ERP System into a Solution for Higher Profitablility

It may be tempting to delay upgrading your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for as long as possible, but many organizations are able to reduce costs and improve efficiency with fully integrated and optimized ERP solutions. Learn how ERP systems address the dataflow challenges that are unique to the manufacturing and processing industries. Then follow the practical guide to finding the right system and service provider to help you achieve your business objectives.
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Alarm Management Best Practices: Highly Condensed

From the Seven Steps to a Highly Effective Alarm System to a run down of the ISA Alarm Management Standard 18.2, this condensed chapter from Bill Hollifield and Eddie Habibi’s book Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide shares practical and proven methods to optimize the performance of alarm management systems.
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The Road to Integration: Getting Acquainted with ISA-95

This excerpt from Bianca Sholten’s, The Road to Integration: A Guide to Applying the ISA-95 Standard in Manufacturing focuses on understanding issues within the industrial automation field and how they gave rise to the idea for ISA-95. It also shares details on how to apply the ISA-95 and what the advantages of application are.
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