The primary message being delivered by the champions of wireless is that it will enable full access to the rich information contained in today’s smart instruments and in particular the diagnostic information thus providing you the benefits of complete predictive maintenance. Of course it is never quite this easy.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 18:40
Implementing integration between plant control systems and higher level computing platforms like ERP systems is more profitable now than ever. This is due to the increased cost volatility of most plants' two main inputs: energy and raw materials - along with more price volatility for plant product outputs.
Most of the gang is working long hours doing the electronic show daily at Emerson Exchange, and Walt is smoking up the wires with blog entries live from beautiful downtown Grapevine, Texas. Meanwhile, back at the Itasca ranch, we're getting reports in from the rest of the process automation world.
This morning, CDC Software released CDC Factory, which the company calls "the first packaged manufacturing operations management solution that integrates finite factory scheduling, MES, real-time performance management, quality, maintenance and analytics in one application."
Everybody knows, right? What are some of the things everybody knows? Well, in control system integration, everybody knows that SAP is the ERP system you must have experience with. But the truth is that SAP is for big enterprises.
Paul Miller, Hesh Kagan and Brian Courchesne from Invensys dropped in this afternoon to talk about the walk that's behind the press release I posted earlier today. Basically, as my colleague and predecessor in this chair, Paul Studebaker chief editor of our sister publication Plant Services, acutely pointed out, what...
Paul Whittaker is from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (after the merger with PhelpsDodge a couple of months ago). His paper won an award for best project at the awards dinner on Tuesday night. He began with a famous quote.