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Traditional plant task management is time-consuming, tedious and cluttered with paperwork. Essential information is hard to keep track of and often overlooked. Electronic log books now simplify the process, optimise task management efficiency and provide a platform from which to increase your profit margin.
Sensors in analytical equipment require regular servicing to ensure plant safety and process reliability. Knowing when to maintain, service or replace them has been unclear in the past — up to 60% of sensor maintenance is conducted needlessly.
Due to extreme process conditions, most gas analysis technologies are unreliable. New tunable diode laser analysers have emerged, however, that deliver dependable measurements, have a long lifespan, and are simple to install and maintain.
ARC Advisory Group surveyed the industrial sector on this hot topic. Results clearly indicate that industrial organisations are seriously looking at the IoT and what it can do for them.
Electrical switchgears too often deteriorate long before they should. As a result, electrical equipment and automated processes fall into unplanned downtime. This risk is notably reduced, however, with the proper maintenance.
Network redundancy ensures that network failures do not disrupt a control system's I/O network. Although duplicating the network is an obvious way to achieve network redundancy, it carries with it significant additional costs.
In a decentralised control system, motor control functions are removed from a central control cabinet and distributed out on a machine. With reduced engineering time and material expense, total cost savings of up to 30% can be achieved compared to a centralised system.
To remain competitive, many distributed control systems (DCSs) need to increase efficiency within an ageing system — a tall order. When new technologies result in large productivity and economic gain, migration is a viable option.
Replacing industrial equipment before its use-by date, due to excessive current and voltage distortion, can add up to 15% in capital expenditure and 10% in operational costs. These costs can be avoided if the appropriate harmonic mitigation solution is implemented.
Characterised by extreme conditions, non-stop operation and ever-increasing processing requirements, transportation deployments must manage immense performance standards. To maintain an optimal operational capability, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) enable better management decisions and make safer, smarter use of rugged networked technologies.
An older distributed control system (DCS) cannot operate a modern process plant at optimum levels. Upgrading to the next-generation automation system means superior overall performance, a reduction in downtime, and lower maintenance and operational costs. The sufficient return on investment from this handful of measures justifies an upgrade.
The manufacturing industry is on the brink of the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, which will transform systems architecture, connectivity and sensors as we know them. This revolution will lead to the development of ‘smart factories’. Smart factories of the future are going to need smart sensors and smart connectivity solutions for these smart sensors. IO-Link will be a fundamental component of it all.
Web server technology has unlocked new pathways for data exchange and communication, radically changing the world of industrial production and automation. For the user there are now standardised tools that enable simple device operation, while for the developer there are fewer restrictions and greater flexibility.
Today’s economies are increasingly competitive, placing heavy emphasis on tight budgets and cash flow control. To remain lucrative, plants need to consistently reach peak performance and forever adapt to evolving operational dynamics. Dependability, repeatability and safety are the common demands of their market that need to be met.
Developed manufacturing nations are under pressure to enhance their capabilities to stay competitive, while developing nations such as China are looking to provide an edge. Networked manufacturing has the potential to secure competitiveness for both types of economies.