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DATA: Data Warehousing – Bigger, Faster, and Easier To You

With the use of advanced data analytics being a part of today’s reality, now more than ever manufacturers are paying close attention to their data collection and storage capabilities. It’s been a best practice for years to collect all the data you can.  Why? Just in case.  But today collecting data isn’t always enough to allow for all of the newer solutions out there to work at their best and deliver the results you want. A recent trend we are seeing in Avanceon’s customers is that their data collection is outsizing their storage infrastructure, making queries run agonizingly slow, limiting the user experience and overall system confidence. Compounding this issue is the analysis of the information has become more difficult because, in order to get more context to the data, it requires connection to multiple disparate databases.  As the demand and scale grow, those disparate connections that they rely on can’t keep up with the retrieval demands. As the issue compounds, the need to solve this problem and streamline the access to information becomes critical to the viability of the analytics solutions. To help our customers address this issue, Avanceon’s data science team is undertaking various initiatives to upgrade the data infrastructure into a centralized data warehouse setting.
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UPGRADING: Palletizer Upgrade? It’s likely overdue.

Do you know that old dusty thing tucked away in your plants’ warehouse that no one ever thinks about but is likely one of the most critical assets you own? The dreaded palletizing system – most don’t understand its unique complexity has an aura of “don’t disturb the sleeping giant”. As a result of the stigma it’s frequently been poorly maintained, never upgraded, and not afforded a good Preventative Maintenance program. All this neglect despite being one of the hardest running pieces of equipment in your plant. It handles all of your production 24/7/365, running all day, every day, no matter what you throw at it When things go wrong with the palletizer there are two possible solutions, shut down production or hand stack. Shutting down production is a doomsday scenario. Hand stacking is a significant challenge because of the lack of people to dedicate to the high task. It’s not a farfetched scenario but imagine what would happen if it breaks down and the repair requires a number of obsolete parts that you can’t find, support, or replace anymore, even on E-Bay. Replacing an entire palletizing system is a large undertaking both from a logistics, financial and time sink standpoint. However, like other equipment, it can be treated as a targeted risk based obsolescence upgrade that considers the relevant mechanical and electrical issues.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT: How Not to Get Lost in the Weeds: Keeping Your Work on Track

When we find ourselves entrenched in daily tasks and responsibilities, there is a tendency to get hyper-focused, putting our noses to the grindstone, and not taking the time to come up from the trenches to smell the roses.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT: 7 Helpful Hints for Your First Project as an Engineer

Every engineer starts their career with their first project.  It’s an awesome and exhilarating feeling to manifest all your education and preparation to contribute to the greater good of a project.  In all that excitement it is possible to get caught up in the pressure and skip some key rules to make the most out of the experience and be successful.  Here is the list of “must do’s” that I developed from my experience and based on feedback from a number of other experienced engineers.
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DESIGN PLANNING: A Solid Foundation for Design

Just like when you build a house, before you do anything on an automation effort, no matter how great (or small) the task, you should always start with a solid foundation. In the manufacturing automation and information system world that foundation is design.
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