Alarm management is a hot topic, perhaps because incorrect presentation of alarms often confuses operators. This article shows how better alarm management empowers operators to improve plant performance.
As the boundaries defining traditional industrial PCs used in manufacturing disappear, theyre morphing into new, fanless, diskless forms, and taking on tasks once reserved for PLCs and other plant-floor devices.
In this week's featured Podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, interviews founder and CEO of Transpara Inc., Michael Saucier, on the companys first new product: a Visual KPI software application that delivers rich scorecard data and trends to mobile devices.
Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at the HMI marketplace and finds today's software packages are getting better and cheaper, but are increasingly disappearing into control system vendors' portfolios.
CONTROL's contributing editor Wayne Labs notes that while that well-known spoonful of sugar may work for sick kids, manufacturers may need a dose of industrial computing to cure ailments in their processes.