Schneider/Citect has released Version 4.0 of their MES software, Ampla. The latest release features the Inventory module which has been built on the ISA-95 standard to assist mining companies to increase production efficiencies and return greater profits.
Science, business and government organisations are starting to support the fact that reducing greenhouse gas is an inevitable and integral component of doing business. Environmental awareness, particularly as related to excess greenhouse gases, has seen a surge of visibility from the international and domestic business communities. Thus, businesses worldwide are turning their focus to increased environmental awareness through reduction of resource consumption, particularly of fossil fuels, which is the leading cause of excess greenhouse gases.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced Proficy Real-Time Information Portal 3.0, designed to allow users to gain business insight from plant data in real time. It enables real-time decision support, continuous process improvement and enhances the return on current and future IT investments.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has released a new version of its Proficy Tracker software that helps companies realise lean initiatives by managing the execution of orders and the related flow of materials.
Honeywell has announced Uniformance Process Studio, a desktop software package that allows plant engineers to more easily analyse process performance. The user-friendly interface includes workflow management applications that enable engineers to build trend graphs and graphics with minimal training or manual configuration.
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.
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.
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 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, a leading international real-time intelligence and industrial automation software company, has appointed Christopher Crowe as chief executive officer.
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).
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.