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6 Critical Factors For Achieving Success In The Chemical Industry

April 14, 2015 12:01 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Like almost every other industry, chemical companies are looking for new ways to manage highly fluctuating economic conditions, uncertain markets, global competition, and continuously increasing regulatory requirements. So what will help these organizations drive innovation and value?

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 1

March 24, 2015 4:57 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance...

Must-Know Tips For EHS Asset Performance Management — No. 2

March 24, 2015 4:55 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance...

Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 3

March 24, 2015 4:32 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance...

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Top Tips For EHS Asset Performance — No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

This week, we're counting down the top five environment, health and safety asset performance management considerations chemical manufacturers need to know. On the list today: Risk management is a driving force.

Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business.  

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 6, 2015 11:28 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations — the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. He’ll also be a featured speaker at the upcoming SAP-Centric EAM Conference taking place March 8-11.

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes. Eight-five percent of respondents also said their businesses planned to increase investments in their operations this year compared to 2014.

Essential Questions on A&D Manufacturing Tech

December 23, 2014 12:09 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Blogs | Comments

On Dec. 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Here we'll reexamine questions from the event and give answers to a few that went unaddressed.

Remote Monitoring Provides an Enhanced Solution For OEE

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Blogs | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: A facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered "World Class." However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE.

Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 20, 2014 11:20 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?          

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Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 21, 2014 1:00 am | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and well integrity are the primary concerns. In order to provide operators with real-time information that would help them to drill more safely and efficiently, PML began looking for a solution that would enable driller to take advantage of of the extensive data capabilities of cloud technology.

CEC 2015 Engineering Buyers Guide

June 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chem.Info | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to view the CEC2015 Engineering Buyers' Guide, the technology resource for processing professionals.

Barcode Reading Software

June 12, 2014 9:39 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation announces its DataMan®  5.2 software release with expanded tuning and scripting capability as well as a new test mode for its popular DataMan 300 and 503 series of barcode readers.

Pipeline Assessment Software

May 29, 2014 5:26 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Creaform announces the release of Pipecheck 2.2, its new and upgraded pipeline integrity assessment software.

Safety Software

March 21, 2014 9:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

ACM Facility Safety releases SafeGuard Sentinel safety monitoring software to continuously measure, monitor and alert operations and management to process safety risks. 

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Supply Chain Management Technology

March 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Wercs, Ltd. announced the release of WERCSmart (Supply-chain Management and Reporting Technology) to the broader industrial marketplace, with a specific focus on manufacturers in aerospace, electronics, and paints and coatings.

Open Source As An Engine For The Internet Of Things

March 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Evans, Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech | Articles | Comments

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently organized an international workshop centered on Internet of Things (IoT) standards at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyb

Wireless Technology Heightens Manufacturer Security Risk

February 20, 2014 1:00 am | by IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks.

Processing Trends, Chemical Industry Knowledge Lead To Custom Approach

February 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Regulatory changes, raw material volatility and supply chain fluctuations continue to dominate product development and resource planning for the chemical processing marketplace. Few know these dynamics as well as Don Mahoney, global head of SAP’s Chemicals Industry Business Solutions, who shares some insights on trends impacting the marketplace.

Is Lubrication Data Missing From Your KPIs?

January 29, 2014 1:00 am | by William D. Correll, Generation Systems, Inc.; Kirk Williams, Albemarle Corporation | Articles | Comments

In industrial operations the world over, lubrication remains a vexing challenge. Indeed, when machine bearings fail, there’s a better than seventy percent chance that faulty or insufficient lubrication practices are ultimately to blame. Lubrication-specific key performance indicators can go a long way to addressing this costly problem.

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Ford | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, which facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

Multi-Core CAD Software

December 20, 2013 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

TransMagic, Inc. announces the release of TransMagic R10 sp1, which features multiple additions and improvements including the release of multi-core processing, refined PMI technology, and new features and formats. 

The Risks And Benefits of Bring Your Own Device - Part 2

October 28, 2013 12:50 pm | by Nancy Cam-Winget, engineering, Cisco on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

Different businesses will approach BYOD with different expectations across a spectrum of adoption scenarios. Every business needs a BYOD strategy, even if the intention is to deny all devices except IT approved and managed devices. Part 2 of this series will show where your business can fit now and could fit in the future along the BYOD adoption spectrum.

ERP Considerations for Process Manufacturers

October 23, 2013 2:41 pm | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Stop us when this sounds familiar: your company faces challenges with its current software, comprised of a mix of accounting systems with some inventory control and many spreadsheets. C-suite executives can’t get adequate reporting on financial performance, procurement is buying on “gut feel,” sales representatives fight over product allocated to other customers and production management spends their day reacting to emergency jobs...

Crude Assay Management Software

October 16, 2013 4:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Invensys announces integrated Spiral CrudeSuite crude oil knowledge-management software with its SimSci PRO/II design and ROMeo optimization software. 

Energy Logger for Electrical Energy Waste

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the 1730 Three-Phase Energy Logger, an intuitive, easy-to-use tool with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

Cloud Readiness For Logistics Providers

September 3, 2013 9:06 am | by Joe Pampel, Consulting Director, SunGard Availability Services | Articles | Comments

It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.

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