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How to Improve on Ones Engineering Skill Set

Engineering. What does it really mean? Some may think it’s the application of a theory to create a new product or improve upon an existing one. Others may think it’s using mathematical or technical knowledge to meet a need or solve a problem. No matter the answer, knowledge (creation and retention) is the key to engineering. So how do Engineers go about improving their knowledge? There are tons of ways to accomplish this but they boil down to some core approaches. Let’s take a look at a few tried and true ideas.
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It’s 2am on Sunday Morning – Can You Troubleshoot your PLC Code?

Tips on writing supportable PLC code


I’m writing this blog article on behalf of the maintenance technicians and control engineers who get called in the middle of the night to figure out why the line won’t run. They didn’t write the code. They have had no need to study it closely. Now the line is down, people are standing around, the Plant Manager is getting impatient, and they need to figure out what’s wrong. Here are some tips on how we can help them out when we are creating the PLC code:
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The Plant Floor Isn’t for Basketball

In early March 2017, the Pentagon sent out a notice to its employees:
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Industry 4.0 is here – are you ready?

The ‘smart’ industrial facility is upon us. We’re already accustomed to having information about nearly anything at our fingertips; Industry 4.0 looks to extend that immediacy and extract vital information from your sensors, equipment and plant floor. You may say “well yeah, we’ve been doing that for years,” and to some extent that’s true; we’ve been able to organize and promote information from machines for years, bridging the gap between plant floor operators and upper management.
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MES – Eating the Elephant

As they do in any business, corporate manufacturing leaders know, with as much certainty as they know that the sun will come up in the morning, that they have some amount of error, waste, and inefficiency in their operations.
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