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Vertech Rolled into ICC

ICC 2019 is in full swing in Folsom, CA. The Ignition Community Conference brings together the entire Inductive Automation ecosystem of integrators, third-party suppliers, and the entire Inductive staff including executives, developers, sales, marketing, support and more. Ten Vertech team members representing all three of our offices are attending. Here are a few impressions and comments from the team.

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Essential MES Tool # 4: Asset Management

Asset management systems are used to track a variety of information on your assets (machines), including their manuals, maintenance records, spare parts inventory levels, maintenance schedules, and more. This data is typically stored using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). In the manufacturing environment, there is the added benefit of colle cting real - time information about these assets using the numerous sensors and controllers on the plant floor. Bringing these systems together creates a truly powerful tool for maximizing asset productivity.

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Trying to "Catch Them All" Using Unit Testing

Unit testing has long been the standard practice in the world of software development and it’s easy to see why.  Unit testing is the practice where individual ‘Units’ of code are tested to make sure they act as suspected.  With the ever-evolving world of software and constant updates being made to most software products it is more important than ever to be able to test specific ‘Units’ of the code to make sure that recent updates did not have adverse effects on other portions of the code.

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Essential MES Tool #3: Data Entry Automation

In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?

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Seeq Predictive Analytics Demo for RO Membranes

Check out Roger’s latest Seeq video demonstrating predictive maintenance for a reverse osmosis train. Roger uses linear regression on real (not simulated) RO normalized flow data to predict a timeframe for the next membrane cleaning. This same solution can be used to adjust pre-treatment chemical feeds by monitoring the rate at which the membranes are fowling.  Enjoy.

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Essential MES Tool #2: Downtime Tracking

As discussed in the first post in our nine-part series on manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, manufacturers can use MES tools to better understand where their optimization efforts will be best spent. This post focuses on downtime tracking, which can help you see not only when a machine is unavailable, but why it is not running.

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Essential MES Tool #1: Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Until you achieve maximum production efficiency, continuous improvement should be an integral part of your business. With manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, you can bring efficiency to your organization through streamlined data flow, which will increase your production capacity without the capital expense. And, rather than embarking on continuous improvement initiatives that may or may not benefit your organization, you can use MES tools to show where your efforts will be best spent. This is the first post in a nine-part series that examines what we believe are the most essential MES tools to improve business performance.

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Seeq Data Analytics: Compressor Efficiency Example

We talk a lot about data and analytics in our industry today with the goal of finding and rooting out waste and inefficiency in our plants. Until recently, however, the benefits of big data have been limited to very large enterprises that can afford custom solutions. Seeq's data analytics package is changing all that with their reasonably priced, but very powerful data analytics tool. In this post, I walk you through the process of analyzing cooling system compressor efficiency using Seeq.

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6 Tips to Delivering a Successful MES Project

A successful MES project has the potential to deliver huge efficiency improvements that can boost production and save money. Critical steps along the way such as how you plan your project, map your process, leverage actionable information, and design your user experience can make or break the success of your project. Here are six strategies you can put into action right now to improve your MES implementation.

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Choosing the Right Industrial Data Analytics Tool

Most manufacturing organizations have data in process historians or more traditional databases that can provide significant insights if analyzed with the right tools. Software tools that specialize in reporting, dashboarding, analytics, and/or visualization can provide valuable information to improve operational efficiency in manufacturing and processing environments.

There are a myriad of tools available today for industrial analytics. Some of these tools come from traditional automation software providers, but many come from companies that we are more used to seeing in the office. Here are a few products we have run across that provide an idea of what is out there, and hopefully will provide a starting point for further exploration.

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