Software & IT

Realise the benefits of Design, Operate, Maintain thinking today

25 June, 2008 by Christian Klingspoor* | Supplied by: IFS Australia

Design, Operate, Maintain (DOM), the term coined by industry analysts ARC Advisory Group, gives us a vocabulary to talk about some of the key concepts in asset management and in industrial maintenance, repair and operation. Industrial facility designers and those that operate and maintain those facilities need to work together closely if plant efficiency and business profitability are to improve over time.


Optimising service: cutting the costs of equipment ownership

15 June, 2008 by Ian Joseph*

Irrespective of whether you are a professional service provider, a manufacturer, an educator or a retailer, technology-based equipment plays a significant role in your ability to produce and supply services or goods to your customer. It logically follows, therefore, that failure of technology, plant or equipment in your business will impact upon your ability to supply — either in absolute terms, or by impacting on quality — with a consequent increase in costs to your business, erosion of profitability and loss of credibility with your customer.


Software integration to improve business performance

18 May, 2008 | Supplied by: Cogita

Hayes International specialises in the design and manufacture of roll forming machinery for the production of roofing and wall cladding profiles, structural sections, long length power folding machines and a wide range of associated metalworking equipment. Hayes has developed a worldwide reputation for proven performance and high-quality machinery built in its modern facilities in Rotorua, New Zealand and Queensland, Australia.


Intergraph acquires TechServer

08 May, 2008

Intergraph Korea has acquired TechServer Corp, a Seoul-based software and services company specialising in automated drafting, data exchange and system integration in the shipbuilding, process, power and offshore industries.


Citect appoints global CEO

23 April, 2008

Citect, a leading international real-time intelligence and industrial automation software company, has appointed Christopher Crowe as chief executive officer.


The case for condition-based maintenance

09 April, 2008 by Matrikon Inc. | Supplied by: Matrikon Asia-Pacific

Keeping physical assets in proper working order is essential to any organisation. Today, most maintenance is still performed either according to a set calendar schedule or according to that most ancient of operating procedures: “if it breaks, fix it”. But in a modern, data-intensive industrial environment we can do much better, and take plant performance to the next level with condition-based maintenance (CBM).


USB data acquisition modules

20 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Interworld Electronics and Computer Industries

Interworld Electronics supplies a range of USB data acquisition modules including multi-function analog I/O, analog output, digital relay output, TTL I/O, isolated input and counter timer modules.


Factory scheduling software

21 January, 2008 | Supplied by: SYSPRO Software Pty Ltd

Syspro has released a range of factory scheduling software to provide the ability to schedule production in factories to a detailed level.


MES the way forward for manufacturers

20 December, 2007

Increased regulatory pressure is forcing manufacturers to improve production agility, enhance reporting capabilities and reduce overall costs by investing in manufacturing execution systems, according to a market analysis by Datamonitor.


Design software update

17 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Autodesk Australia

With the release of Autodesk Inventor Service Pack 1, Autodesk Inventor software is fully supported on the Windows Vista operating system. Customers with Inventor 2008 and Windows Vista will enjoy the native support of the Microsoft Direct3D application programming interface, the underlying graphics technology for Windows Vista and all 64 bit Windows systems.


Discrete-event simulator

17 December, 2007 | Supplied by: MathWorks Australia

The MathWorks has introduced SimEvents 2, which now supports the modelling of complex discrete-event and hybrid dynamic systems across the Simulink family of products.


Alarm management: realising the value

14 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Matrikon Asia-Pacific

The alarm system is the primary tool for identifying abnormal operations and helping plant personnel take timely, appropriate action to move the process back to operational targets


Toyota and Denso committed to model-based design

14 December, 2007 | Supplied by: MathWorks Australia

Toyota and Denso have been using model-based design and automatic embedded code generation technology by The MathWorks for simulation, modelling and code generation products in their production software development programs


Tackling the Seven Deadly Wastes

16 November, 2007 | Supplied by: QMI Solutions

Waste is the enemy of any process. By identifying and eliminating it, you can transform your company into a leaner and, ultimately, a more profitable organisation


Trends in security incidents in the SCADA and process industries: a summary — Part 2

20 October, 2007 by Glenn Johnson*

In Part 1 of this article we discussed the findings from the Industrial Security Industry Database, which indicated a significant rise in cyber attacks on SCADA, manufacturing and processing systems.


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