Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing manufacturing operations and profitability

Users of Medium Voltage AC Drives Must Seek Low Harmonics Solutions

In the way that ARC segments this market, “medium voltage” AC drives are actually mostly higher power drives ranging from 200 kW and up. Applications for medium voltage AC drives range from controlling speed, position, and torque of various types of equipment, such as fans, pumps, compressors, conveyors, kilns, centrifuges, mixers, hoists, cranes, and extruders. When selecting these devices, it’s important…

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Will Open Automation Reverse Trend Toward Best Integrated Suite?

More than a dozen years ago, ARC conducted a broad survey to determine what was (at that time) the trend with regard to Best-in-Class vs. Best-Suite purchases of operational technology (OT). We anticipated that the answer to whether purchasers of manufacturing automation technology bought individual components or integrated products would largely depend on which components we were referring to, so we…

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Process Knowledge and Open Process Automation

Everyone knows that the prospect of a new and more open process automation system will be “disruptive”, but if you ask people to drill down and explain exactly what they think the disruptive effects will be, it gets harder to nail this down. There are many unknown variables here, and it’s important for BOTH end users and suppliers to get…

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Mandate: Changing The Yokogawa Company

In our first blogpost in this series we reported Yokogawa’s new vision and mid-term business plan, “Transformation 2017.” Focusing on customers, Yokogawa has been seeking to create new value to achieve high efficiency as a global company. In our second blogpost we wrote about Yokogawa’s vision for digital transformation in Industrial Automation and IT. At the Yokogawa European User Conference 2016,…

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Next 100 Years, a Forecast of Challenges

At a recent SAP conference, I had the opportunity to hear George Friedman of Geopolitical Futures speak on how geopolitical forces have superseded capitalism to shape the price of oil.  I found it interesting and wanted to share some of what was presented here. According to Mr. Friedman, oil prices are set geopolitically, and not by the standard influences of supply and demand…

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The Crossroads of Alarm Management and Process Safety

The role of alarm management in process safety can be unclear.  A good understanding of the role of alarms in process safety is necessary both for optimum operator effectiveness and plant safety.  Many end users are undergoing alarm management projects at their respective plants or across their companies right now.  In some cases, they are migrating from an old alarm management…

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