Value from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The IoT and the IIoT are all the buzz these days. It’s a pretty safe bet that the plant down the road, your competition, and/or your sister plants are making plans for an IIoT project. Maybe it is time to get on the bandwagon?   Hold your beer a minute.   The IoT is simply a network of smart things....

25 May

They’re Back: Customers Return for Solutions

There are two primary ways our customers work with us. Some of them believe that they achieve the highest value from ECS by purchasing services. To deliver services, we work on a cost-plus (hourly) basis on the customer’s challenges with our customer’s own technical resources. Teaming together blends our customer’s product and process knowledge with ECS’ extensive control and information system knowledge...

12 Dec

Total Process Automation = Industry 4.0

Simon Drexler of OTTO Motors recently blogged for ARC Industrial IoT/Industrie 4.0 Viewpoints, identifying The 5 Factors of Industry 4.0. Total Process Automation aligns with Industry 4.0 in many ways, some of which I discuss below.   1. Big Data ECS’ Total Process Automation, particularly when S88 Builder® is included, contributes to Big Data. Both time-based and event-based data is contextualized...

07 Dec

ECS Expands Process Capability with John Robert Parraga

Already an elite process control integrator, ECS Solutions strengthened that position this week with the addition of John Robert Parraga as a Process Specialist.       John is an experienced process, particularly batch process, engineer. He began that career at Sequentia, the firm that gave the world batch management as we know it. He became part of Rockwell Automation...

01 Nov

Service and Industrial Manufacturing Systems

The idea of remote support for industrial manufacturing systems is not new. The IIoT and the convergence of IT and OT are providing better platform technology than has ever before been at our disposal. How might we exploit today’s technology more fully? Back in the 1980s, back when we would place the wired, dial-faced telephone handset into a nest (a.k.a....

20 Oct

There’s No Innovation Left in Control Manufacturing

Did I get your attention? Good. Do I really believe my title? No. Does our industry -- integrated control manufacturing and information systems act as if my title were true? Sadly, too often.   As the saying goes, “No one ever got fired for buying IBM. “ IBM capitalized on the third industrial revolution, the digital age, like few others. Now, in...

05 Oct

Getting Control Systems Compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

  Are you on track to meet Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement deadlines?     According to recent Automation World survey results, 26% of respondents are not. Meeting requirements of the FDA FSMA act can require significant control system upgrades to monitor and record key aspects of the process and to track raw and produced materials throughout the process....

12 Sep

Examining Your Plant’s Production Process with a Total Process Automation Assessment

Examining Your Plant's Production Process with a Total Process Automation Assessment Total Process Automation is Smart Manufacturing. We are now offering  Total Process Automation Assessments to help you figure out how your plant can manufacture smarter—be more effective and be more profitable. ECS’ experts work with you to identify and place a value on opportunities to improve your operations and plant...

23 Aug

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – Maybe Not So New

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) - Maybe Not So New Apparently I am not the only one just a bit puzzled about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It seems familiar somehow. Peter Reynolds of ARC posted a very thought provoking blog under this title. I concur with essentially all that Peter has to say. Yes, in the process industries and in...

17 Aug

Taking a Sauce Processing Plant from Hodge-Podge to Modern using FactoryTalk Batch

Taking Sauce Processing Plant from Hodge-Podge to Modern using FactoryTalk Batch     Rockwell Automation TechED is the premier technical education event for Rockwell Automation control system equipment and software. Selection to present our project that used FactoryTalk Batch that will educate our peers is quite an honor.   This year’s theme was clearly “The Connected Enterprise” enabled by the industrial Internet of...

09 Aug