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Controls engineer in plant with laptop showing SCADA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Challenge of Old Controls in a Cheese Plant (The downtime is killing us): [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7054" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Background: The operations manager would suddenly see his whole process stop.  That’s not good – valuable production time was lost and blended product will need to be discarded.  He would call the controls guy ­who typically found one of two scenarios.In scenario 1 the SCADA computers would lock up and leave them...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Challenge:Truck receiving depends on streamlined operations along with accurate and timely records.  Our client receives trucks that haul regulated waste material in remote locations, often in harsh weather conditions.Striving to maintain efficient operations, our client faced multiple challenges within the receiving process: wrong data was occasionally entered, paper tickets from the trucks were sometimes lost and there were often hard to read written entries.  Front...

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Piping and process equipment in a dairy plant

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Problem They wanted to integrate this new instrument into their factory to test their milk for antibiotics. This most likely had never been done before since this technology had just been released.Solution Integrate charm technologies analyzer with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC using TCP/IP sockets programming.Outcomes The new Charm analyzer is directly linked to the PLC. If an antibiotic is detected in their milk, the PLC shuts down their truck...

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an automation machine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Problem This client had a cloud-based system for downtime tracking and OEE. It was slow, it missed events, and they couldn't customize it to fit their needs.Solution We switched them to an on-site system using software that was provided by Inductive Automation and a software company called Sepasoft. We linked product codes to MES databases for a seamless platform of plant-wide data.Outcomes They gained a higher-performance software that...

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three silver silos of a factory

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Problem Smart Grain Solutions wanted to connect many remote farm locations to their one server. Data from remote locations allows real-time monitoring and control from anywhere. This was one of the early applications of the internet of things.Solution Integrated application with advanced SCADA for alarms, history, and reports.Outcomes They gained a stable system with low bandwidth, low cost connections, and a fast response. It connects their server to...

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