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Innovative Thinking

How to Adopt OEE More Effectively

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Peter Dorsey

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is used on a global scale to help manufacturing companies improve production and reduce losses. OEE is a measure of how effectively your equipment is being used in your production line. It is not a measure of your plant as a whole, but rather a measure of each machine that is a part of the process.

The goal of OEE is to isolate parts of your production process that can be improved. OEE is best adopted as a measurement tool to help you identify and track the progress of changes in your line. If OEE calculation is about using your equipment effectively, how can you use OEE itself to the best effect?

How to Integrate Your HMIs for Plant-wide Control

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Jeff Hessom

How do you keep up with your processes – walking from machine to machine?

Integrating your HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces) into an Ethernet networked control system gives you a centralized window into your entire process. It works by gathering data from the control system and distributing it to different areas of the facility. One PC at an operator station or in a control room can lay out real-time processes, report data over time, and make live adjustments to day-to-day operation.

HMI Server/Client Configuration breaks down into just two components: Servers and Clients.

Remote Monitoring with Telemetry, Part 2

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Jeff Bishop

In Remote Monitoring with Telemetry: Part 1,  we reviewed the top 10 advantages of using radio telemetry for remote monitoring. Those benefits included faster response time, lower cost, security, low maintenance, ease-of-use, and more. But there's also more to telemetry than the basics. In Part 2, we'll take a look at transmission distance and signal power for use of telemetery in automation solutions.