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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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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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How to Get the Most Out of Your Plant Data

Everyone collects an exuberant amount of industrial data about their products, materials, and processes. And as we have also discussed at-length, manufacturers continue to struggle to completely leverage this data.  Raw data tables and reports tend to be the most common, but they are often tied to the plant floor or use specialized software that is limited in its accessibility so it cannot be beneficial for all of the stakeholders involved.
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Don’t Fall Victim to Commissioning Gremlins: The Value of a Controls Expert

During a new commissioning, have you ever found yourself fighting the “gremlins”? As a Controls Engineer, I know this feeling all too well. These gremlins can be anything from a poorly placed sensor to a philosophy process that seems fantastic in theory, but the specific conditions and ramifications cannot be duplicated on the actual production floor in practice.
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The Pros & Cons of Remote Work

When I joined the Avanceon team, I was asked if I would be willing to relocate to Pennsylvania or not. This question came right after I purchased my first home in Oklahoma. I had finally gotten everything set up to my family’s liking, we weren’t too keen on packing up and leaving after just getting settled. Luckily, Avanceon accommodates a remote workforce that allows me to be an active team member without having to go through the hassle of moving. However, that does not mean that working remotely is always preferable. Hopefully by sharing my experience, you will be able to decide what work environment is best suited for you.
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