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#PLANTLIFE: Preparing for your First Solo Start Up

During the early stages of your career as a controls engineer, many hours are spent at customer sites. And a good majority of that time is spent with other engineers who are teaching you the ropes and helping you get a feel for field work. Eventually, at some point there will come a time where you will be on your own, which can be pretty nerve-racking. These few tips can help ease some of that anxiety to get you rolling for a successful solo site visit.
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UPGRADING: Ride the (PLC) Five No More

Once upon a time in the 1970s, when Controls Engineers rode brontosauruses to work each day, the only way to automate a control system was to fill a medium-sized room with relays, wires, and a whiff of desperation.
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UPGRADING: Getting Swamped by the Obsolescence Wave? Tech Tips for Keeping your Ship Afloat

Most manufacturers and utilities with an established base of vintage PLC systems have either started chipping away at modernization or nearing that phase. These projects can seem simple – after all, they won’t be touching the field devices or processing equipment, and there’s no change to operation. You think that all that you need to do is swap in new PLC hardware in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and convert the program, but there’s more to the story.
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DATA: Use Your Abundance of Data in the Best Possible Way

There is so much data in the manufacturing process that it is often overlooked. When we think of manufacturing, we often think about the tangible production of a product as the primary goal. While this is certainly true, many steps of the production process generate valuable data as a byproduct. Well-known areas within manufacturing like procurement, operations, and engineering all generate an abundance of consumable data waiting to be utilized. Implementing data science and analytics techniques on this data is a competitive advantage in areas like quality, efficiency, and cost reduction.
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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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