Control's Keith Larson was on hand for the Invensys SimSci-Esscor/IntelaTrac user group meeting October 15 in Houston and talked with Matthew Webster, CEO of Spiral Software, as well as Harpreet Gulati, director, simulation and optimization, Invensys Operations Management, on what Invensys' acquisition of Spiral means for the two companies' mutual clients in the petroleum refining industry. Watch the video.10/18/2012
Kaizen, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, total quality management and continuous improvement; all of these terms refer, in some form or another, to the efforts of companies as they strive to become more competitive in a global economy. While various strategies are implemented in order to improve productivity, they all have two things in common: one, the collection of key performance indicators (KPIs); and two, the communication of those KPIs to the people who can most affect improvement, the production floor personnel.
This moderated discussion webcast serves as an introduction to the concept of visual management and how it invokes the "Hawthorne Effect" to increase efficiency and reduce downtime. The various solutions for collecting and displaying KPIs and andon messages will also be discussed. We'll conclude with a real-world example of an installed solution, the effect it had on the customer's productivity, and questions and answers from our audience.10/15/2012
Although a relatively small portion of the overall investment in processing plants, automation systems can have a large impact on operational performance and return on investment throughout the lifecycle of the facility. This discussion will offer expert and end-user perspective that control systems may be systematically evolved to new technologies to ensure continual performance improvements. You will learn how modernization can be more sustainable, preserving physical and intellectual assets while delivering high value to the your organization. Live Q+A follows discussion.10/26/2012
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds, senior consultant at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about advanced process control, and how to make it simpler to implement and maintain.11/29/2012
Dick Hill at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the three new inductees in Control's Process automation Hall of Fame for 2012 -- Mark Nixon, Tom Phinney and Vernon Heath -- and some of the issues raised by their experiences and the challenges they see the process control field facing in the future.02/24/2012