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Plant IT: Integrating Information Technology into Automated Manufacturing, a book by Momentum Press, expands upon many Control Engineering manufacturing IT columns by Dennis Brandl.
December 14, 2012
Tighter integration of security software and control system software can reduce the need for manufacturing IT personnel to be security experts.
Dennis Brandl
December 10, 2009
Manufacturing IT projects contain more than just software. Knowing how to salvage manufacturing IT project components is key for intellectual capital preservation.
October 8, 2009
WBF recognized Dennis Brandl, principal consultant of BR&L Consulting, Inc., and Dave Emerson, principal system architect, Yokogawa Corporation of America by awarding them the Thomas G. Fisher Award for their outstanding contribution to the ISA-88 and ISA-95 specifications. The announcement and presentations were made during the WBF 2007 North American Conference, held April 30 - May 3 in B...
July 1, 2007
Integrator companies Eosys, NorthWind Technical Services and George T. Hall are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
CFE Media
November 23, 2022
Integrator companies Revere Control Systems, Hargrove Controls + Automation and Huffman Engineering are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
CFE Media
December 8, 2021
Smart Manufacturing is changing the overall economic landscape, but no one quite knows how it's all supposed to come together. A good Smart Manufacturing model can help change that.
John Clemons
March 20, 2021
Integrator companies Andritz Automation, Applied Control Engineering and The JDI Group are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
CFE Media
December 9, 2020
MESA International announced the release of Version 7 of the B2MML and BatchML specifications, which allows companies to integrate business systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management systems with manufacturing systems.
MESA International
November 24, 2020
Integrator companies Matrix Technologies, Malisko Engineering, and AutomationNTH are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.
CFE Media
December 11, 2019
If you’re stalled with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations or haven’t begun, consider these eight expert tips.
Mark T. Hoske
October 13, 2019
If you have the engineering resources and the business commitment to improve your value-add to the business, then real-time process optimization (RPO) may be right for your organization.
Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting
November 22, 2016
Engineering and IT Insight: Companies looking to determine what are information technology (IT) organizations and operations technology (OT) organizations should be focused on what the systems do rather than what they are to solve potential conflicts. See related article topic: IT, OT teams need to work together.
Dennis Brandl
October 4, 2016
Seven tips: Practical advice about project management can help with a control system integration project. Project management for system integration differs from project management in other areas.
Mark T. Hoske
August 12, 2016
Engineering and IT Insight: ExxonMobil is working to define a new architecture for distributed control systems (DCSs) by creating a system made up of programmable devices and distributed control nodes (DCNs) that can collective execute multiple layers of control strategies.
Dennis Brandl
August 3, 2016
Engineering and IT Insight: MESA International’s Manufacturing Operations Management Capability Maturity Model (MOM-CMM) is designed to improve operational processes by evaluating how the people involved in operations handle normal and abnormal situations in a variety of settings.
Dennis Brandl
July 9, 2016
Smart manufacturing is a convergence of capabilities from multiple areas to enhance productivity. Smart manufacturing is where smart business processes converge with smart operational processes, smart equipment, and smart product definitions.
Dennis Brandl
May 8, 2016
More answers about next-generation industrial HMIs, the topic of a Apr. 14 Webcast, are provided by two speakers. Topics include programming and software compatibility.
Dennis Brandl, John Boyd
May 2, 2016
Engineering and IT insight for career succession planning: Manufacturing companies need to have more than one engineer who can bridge the gap between automation and information technology (IT) to keep things moving smoothly in case that one engineer departs.
Dennis Brandl
April 27, 2016
The evolving sophistication of human-machine interface (HMI) software requires maintaining compatibility with applications created in previous software versions. System integrators and end users are faced with choices such as upgrading the operating system and HMI software versus selecting a new HMI software vendor.
CFE Media
April 14, 2016
Next-generation Industrial HMIs Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ETOne (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.Click here to register. The evolving sophistication of human-machine interface (HMI) software requires maintaining compatibility with applications created in previous software versions. System integrators and end users are faced with choices such […]
April 14, 2016
Manufacturing and IT insight: More lines of code in a software development project do not mean that a project will be successful; there is more to effective software development than just a sophisticated programming package. Software tools without proper programming training for the right people only lead to major headaches down the road for everyone.
Dennis Brandl
April 7, 2016
Engineering and IT Insight: The way Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, the ball is out of the user’s court. Instead, Microsoft has installed an automated ball machine that fires when it wants, even if the user isn’t ready. This new update scheme may wreak havoc for many mission-critical systems. Read this to know “why I should test” and why “Disable automatic updates.”
Dennis Brandl
March 8, 2016
Automation and controls vendors need to connect and interoperate in ways that will quickly facilitate benefits touted by the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 frameworks, or other suppliers will make automation functions increasingly irrelevant, according to several end users and analysts at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum.
Mark T. Hoske
February 10, 2016
Engineering and IT Insight: When we don’t learn from past mistakes, we are forced to repeat them, and true to form, it has happened again. An outsourced IT department–unaware of the manufacturing elements of IT–recently shutdown production in a multi-billion dollar manufacturing company.
Dennis Brandl
January 26, 2016