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Asset management

Change management systems - safeguarding plant automation assets (28/03/2014)
Article image The increased use of plant floor automation to achieve production goals has created a dependency on PLCs, PC-based control systems, SCADA systems, robotic controllers and HMIs. It is therefore vital that companies ensure that proper safeguards are in place to protect and manage any changes made to control logic across the plant, says Andy Thorogood, product manager at MAC Solutions.
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Reap the rewards of an integrated maintenance solution (18/06/2013)
Article image Managers of maintenance systems continually strive for leaner, more optimised work flows for asset repair and maintenance services. Gaining access to, and harnessing information, is key to achieving this goal. Suzanne Gill reports on one solution.
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An economic case for reliability (19/04/2012)
Article image Ron Stallworth, global business manager, Asset Management at Honeywell Process Solutions, believes that a facility can now only be considered to be ‘world-class’ if they can create competitive advantage, for example, through the use of reliability and asset management programmes.
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First working prototype of FDI 14/11/2011
A Field Device Integration (FDI) host system prototype and the use of FDI device packages for Foundation Fieldbus, HART, and PROFIBUS device integration was presented at the NAMUR AGM, based on a multi-vendor system. Full Story...

Wireless transformation in global industrial facilities 01/11/2011
IMS Research reports that worldwide shipments of industrial products that are wireless-enabled are set to grow from an estimated 1.2 million in 2009 to more than 3 million in 2015, at an average annual growth rate of 18%. Since WirelessHART was approved in 2010 as the first international wireless communication standard, it has been validated and accepted globally by industry. Full Story...

RFID system for manufacturing and process applications 13/09/2011
A new RFID technology, based on Ethernet/IP and open standards, delivers flexibility and ruggedness to demanding industrial applications. Full Story...

Directly connecting the plant floor to the business level 07/06/2011
Today’s manufacturing processes rely as much on physical automation as they do on communications protocols to seamlessly integrate all areas of the production process. Full Story...