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Evaluating your Control System Failure to Recovery Methods

If your control system failure experiences are anything like mine, most of them haven't occur on weekday mornings when it's convenient for you and your team to evaluate how good your recovery procedures are. Instead, they're more likely to occur...

Monitoring Control Loop Performance

In most cases, control systems are not behind the curve in performance. Many systems boast detailed, well designed graphics and millisecond alarming capabilities. They offer fast and reliable processing and I/O control. However, no matter how much performance you have...

Maintenance Management Of Programmable Controllers

Programmable Controllers are the brains behind high industrial performance today. And because they are so critical to the operation of so many facilities, it's very important to do what you can to avoid unplanned failures of your Programmable Controllers. Maintenance Management...

Updating a ControlLogix Redundancy System

When I think about controller redundancy, the first thought that crosses my mind is “I better do my research, because the components have to be exact.” If you are familiar with the redundancy setup, you know what I am referring to....

The Realities of Project Management: The Second Effort

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month.” These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to many...
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Controls and Automation: The Physical and Mental Demands

I started in controls and automation at the age of nineteen, nearly twenty years ago. At the time, I had no idea what lay in store for my future and, little did I know, I was right where I...

Regaining Control Of Your Control Systems: Begin With Housekeeping

Have you ever ventured into a server room or opened a control panel which contained mission critical equipment, and just looked right past legacy equipment that hasn’t been used in years? Like old parts propped up in a corner, and...

ControlLogix Redundancy System Alarm

How many times do you walk around your facility and visually look upon every control system that is currently in operation? If you are anything like me, it may be months in between the times I see some control panels. Along...

Becoming Self Sufficient: Taking Ownership of your Control Systems

There are many challenges to having the right technical people on staff to be able to support complex control systems. And there are often times where these technical people (automation engineers, electronic techs, maintenance electricians) get handed something and are...

New Year's Resolution: Learning New Skills

Resolutions are a tradition of good intentions that rarely make it through the first month of the year. The dreams of exercise and weight loss are usually soon clouded by a schedule that doesn’t allow for the results that...

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