Control system migration projects can provide significant value to industrial operations by ensuring a smooth transition to newer technology with virtually no changes to physical wiring or intellectual property.
Cover Story: Wireless transmitters provide process information and increase energy efficiency in facilities.
Energy usage is a major factor associated with manufacturing facilities. Tracking energy usage at the plant, production line, and equipment level can help monitor and reduce energy usage, saving valuable resources.
Think Again application summaries: Machine data integration saves time, predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime, and a control room designed for 2020 attracts young engineering prospects, among other benefits.
Application examples: Machine data integration saves time and increases throughput, according to Mazak; technologies being demonstrated in the plant may be offered on future machines for better asset utilization, among other benefits.
Think Again about this application example: a control room designed for 2020 attracts young engineering prospects, among other benefits. See five control room design challenges and three control room design tips.
Think Again automation application example: predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime and improves service offerings, among other benefits, for an oil rig equipment provider.
MGP saved an estimated $3 million with an upgrade using virtualization, compared to a rip-and-replace alternative.
Integrator Update: A fully automated integrated control and information system helped Whitmore Manufacturing, an industrial lubricant manufacturer, increase production capacity 28% with a 9-hour decrease in cycle time, adding 150 batches per year while increasing quality for one product line. System integrator Innovative Control Inc. helped with batch software, temperature control, motor control for mixers, flow control, a historian and enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) software.
Collaborating on seemingly disparate projects could help companies save money by having the different departments focus on areas where their interests and agendas overlap.