Brian Fenn

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Analytics June 3, 2023

Four analytics areas for manufacturers to emphasize

Operational improvement can be met by digging into each step of the equipment's timing, accuracy and causes of process step disruption by analyzing the raw data.

By Brian Fenn
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Digital Transformation May 20, 2023

The importance of digital transformation support

Many manufacturing facilities are taking on digital transformation initiatives, and long-term maintenance and support needs to be prioritized.

By Brian Fenn
Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop tuning is a major component of process manufacturing operations. Courtesy: Avanceon, CFE Media and Technology
Video April 11, 2022

PID loop control tuning advice

Brian Fenn from Avanceon offers advice on proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop tuning using examples from a recent project at a food and beverage facility, explaining how operations improved with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). See video.

By Brian Fenn
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Analytics December 18, 2021

Getting the most value from a facility’s data

Companies are turning to their information technology (IT) departments to leverage and gain insights on the large amounts of data being generated.

By Brian Fenn
PID, APC February 26, 2021

Understanding PID tuning

Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning can be challenging to learn, but the experience gained can serve engineers well in other areas. See six things to do when a PID loop underperforms.

By Brian Fenn
Mobility June 29, 2019

Using mobile devices for communication, data collection

Mobile devices like Raspberry Pi are an inexpensive alternative for controllers in the manufacturing space and can be useful for particular input/output (I/O) applications.

By Brian Fenn
Project Management October 1, 2017

Benefits of using UML in agile development

Unified modeling language (UML) diagrams are designed to help clarify project requirements at the front end of agile development by providing a visual understanding of how a project should look and function.

By Brian Fenn