Software & IT

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.


Trends in security incidents in the SCADA and process industries: a summary — Part 1

20 September, 2007 by Glenn Johnson*

Historically, critical infrastructures and manufacturing processes have been monitored and controlled using industrial control and SCADA systems that have operated in isolated environments. These control systems rarely shared information with outside systems, and were typically composed of proprietary hardware and software components designed specifically for control operations.


Production data collecting

18 June, 2007 | Supplied by: Honeywell Building Solutions

The LETS machine interface (LMI) operator terminal enables information to be collected from production machines and fed to Honeywell’s line efficiency tracking software (LETS).


Plant safety and asset availability driving asset management strategy

02 April, 2007

A formal, strategic, integrated systems approach can help reduce cost, provide higher security and lower risk, according to new research.


SAP and IBM join forces

19 March, 2007

SAP Australia and IBM Australia today announced an agreement that will see IBM and its Business Partner network take SAP all-in-one industry-specific ERP solutions to the local mid-market.


Making plant data relevant

06 December, 2006 by Sylvia Aitken, Editor

Retrieving plant data across all facets of the production environment is vital for optimising productivity and making appropriate business decisions. The challenge is making that data relevant and available to everyone who needs it in the organisation


EDS-510A industrial gigabit ethernet switch

06 December, 2006 | Supplied by: CrispTech Pty Ltd

The EDS-510A from Moxa comes equipped with three gigabit ethernet ports, making it suitable for building a redundant gigabit turbo ring backbone, while leaving a spare gigabit port for uplink or ring coupling. The switch is designed especially for demanding communications applications such as process control, shipbuilding, ITS and DCS systems, which can benefit from a scalable backbone construction.


Data mining: a case study

08 November, 2006 by Tony Grichnik & Mike Seskin, Caterpillar; Thomas Hill, StatSoft | Supplied by: http://www.statsoft.com.au

Caterpillar Inc has reduced rotating machinery anomalies by nearly 45%, thanks to improvements delivered by data mining methods


Data mining: a case study

06 November, 2006 by Tony Grichnik & Mike Seskin, Caterpillar; Thomas Hill, StatSoft | Supplied by: http://www.statsoft.com.au

Caterpillar Inc has reduced rotating machinery anomalies by nearly 45%, thanks to improvements delivered by data mining methods.


Data mining

06 October, 2006 by Tony Grichnik and Mike Seskin, Caterpillar; Thomas Hill, StatSoft | Supplied by: http://www.statsoft.com.au

Data mining can offer manufacturers an effective solution when traditional methods of analysis are not suitable. The return on investment can result in improved product performance, less scrap and reword and decreased testing


Alarm management blunders: avoiding 12 costly mistakes

07 September, 2006 by Michael Marvan, P.Eng. (Alberta), Product Mgr, Matrikon, Inc. | Supplied by: Matrikon Asia-Pacific

Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment and plant profitability. Too often, alarm system effectiveness is unknowingly undermined by poorly configured alarms


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