Eight Things to Avoid in Control System Automation Projects

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Successful control system automation projects all have common attributes that make them successful. Likewise, failed projects also have common missteps that have a significant negative impact. Proper execution of a control system automation project is a process that involves continual monitoring and adjustments by project leaders. This process encompasses multiple critical steps to ensure the project is being executed properly to meet the end-user goals.

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Four Lessons for Pioneering a New Process in Food Manufacturing

Stellar recently completed a new, state-of-the-art hatchery for poultry processor Bell & Evans. The facility — which is the first certified organic, humane, animal-welfare focused chick hatchery in the United States — is an example of trailblazing a new approach to traditional food processing.

Not only does it employ fascinating and cutting-edge technology, but this food processing project contains lessons for any food manufacturer looking to pioneer or experiment in their own particular market.

Regardless of what sector of the food industry you are in, there are important factors to consider before investing in a new technology or adventuring into uncharted territory in plant processing.

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The Most Talked About Industrial Automation Trade Shows

Industrial automation is an ever-evolving industry. To be competitive in today's market, it is important to read industry publications such as  Fabricating and MetalworkingControl Engineering  and  Plant Engineering. But reading articles and blogs is  not enough. This industry has diversity in technology products and services, as well as a vast global reach. Trade shows, expos, and fairs are the perfect venue for meeting prospective customers, presenting new ideas and seeing what direction the market is moving toward. 
 
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Best Practices for Power Plant Personnel

Over the years, electronics, software and technology in general have become less expensive for power plants, but operators' wages continue to rise-especially as the labor pool diminishes. As equipment is becoming engineered for more reliability and controllability, power plants are becoming more automated. This has become the justification for fewer power plant operators on staff, with some facilities attempting to become or successfully becoming completely unmanned. 

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How ISO 9001:2015 Certification Benefits Customers

 

ISO 9001:2015 certification is a positive achievement for an organization.  This achievement is very important for a company as well as the customers it services.


For Radwell International, there were certain key points that we recognized as major external benefits to our customers upon achieving ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

 

  • Improved Quality and Service—By adhering to the ISO 9001: 2015 standard we enhance all aspects of the products and services we provide for our customers, from the level of repairs we offer, testing capabilities we provide, and the effective turnaround of new, surplus, and repairs we offer. This allows us to provide a higher level of customer service throughout our organization.

 

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How ISO 9001:2015 Certification Benefits A Company

ISO certification is a lengthy and detailed process. Achieving a positive result is very important for a company as well as the customers it services.

For Radwell International, there were certain key points that we recognized as major internal benefits to our company upon achieving ISO 9001: 2015 certification. These key points would apply to just about any organization going through the process of ISO Certification.

 

 

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Understanding the Value of Best Practices

 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a "best practice" is "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption."

The important words in this definition are "experience" and "optimal results." When developers build solutions following corporate best practices, they'll follow proven designs established through experience for general program structure, user interface, and operation. If their organization's standard best practices are already good, then following them will help the developers deliver the quality results their organizations demand.

But what about this thing called "optimal results?" How do standardized best practices provide them? The real answer lies in how they are implemented.

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Vendor Managed Inventory: Five Things to Consider When Choosing A Vendor

After research, you’ve decided that vendor managed inventory might be the right solution for your operation. Perhaps the benefits are enticing for your business, or you’ve realized that your equipment is at a place in its lifecycle where regularly managed inventory will increase the lifespan of your machinery.

If you need a refresher on some of the advatanges of a VMI system for your organization., be sure to read Advantages of a Vendor Managed Inventory System.

If you’re unsure what your next steps are to finalize a VMI vendor relationship, here are five things to consider before making your final decision on a vendor:

  Senior Management Support: For both the vendor and buyer, senior management acceptance and support of the program is the first step in a successful and working vendor managed inventory system. Without the support of senior management it will be very difficult for the VMI system to translate through the rest of the organization as a recognized and working program.

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Advantages of a Vendor Managed Inventory System

Vendor Managed Inventory Systems can be a great asset for many types of businesses. For businesses that have equipment maintenance needs and can’t commit to cost prohibitive solutions, VMI might be a great answer. What is the definition of Vendor Managed Inventory? Vendor Managed Inventory (or VMI) is a business model in which the buyer of a product provides certain information to a supplier of that product, and the supplier takes full responsibility for maintaining an agreed upon inventory of the material. For many companies, vendor managed inventory is the next step in supply chain management. There are many benefits to vendor managed inventory.

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