Can IIoT and a Modern OT/IT Infrastructure Help Address Food and Beverage Manufacturing Challenges?

The food & beverage industry is facing a number of key manufacturing operational challenges. Food & beverage manufacturing typically consists of complex processes, such as clean-in-place, traceability, capturing mislabeled products, and serialization. The industry needs to ensure the utmost consistency of brand and product quality, taste, and safety while simultaneously lowering the costs of production

By Jay Jeffreys, Stratus Technologies Read More

InTouch 2017 OMI is a Game Changer for Industrial Visualization. Pass the Orange Juice!

Here in Florida, one of the things that I see plenty of are oranges. Today, our Wonderware InTouch HMI solution is involved in every step of the process as the oranges are received, juice extracted, blended, cartons filled, labeled, pasteurized, and packaged for consumption to the distribution warehouse. Operators creatively use touch screens to navigate

By Glenn Yancey, System Consultant, InSource Solutions Read More

What on Earth is Prometheus?

Imagine a future where you can build complete process automation capabilities with the same high level tools and libraries you use today to build your HMI (Human Machine Interfaces), MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and process Historians. Now imagine that when you first built your system, you used Rockwell controllers but now you’ve decided to switch

By Mark Delfunt, Director, InSource Solutions Read More

Obsolescence Can Cause Downtime and Production Loss

Industries across the country receive thousands of end-of-life (EOL) notifications throughout the year. What are the possible consequences of these notifications? What are the risks involved in a delayed response when handling obsolescence? An industry average of approximately 20% of identifiable plant equipment is obsolete. Obsolescence, simply put, is the transition from availability from the

By Jason Paquette, Product Marketing Manager Read More

A Simple Approach to Operational Excellence in Water and Wastewater

Whether you’re running control processes for a municipal water / wastewater facility on the edge of a metropolitan city, or in rural America, sharpening operational excellence is critical when you are under continuous public scrutiny, dealing with pending risks and penalties for lack of compliance with regulations. Naturally, one of the key themes to operational

By Jay Jeffries, Stratus Technololgies Read More

If a Disconnected PLC Runs the Wrong Program in the Field and No One Notices, Does It Still Create a Problem?

Ahh, the proverbial tree falling in the proverbial woods question…can something exist without it being perceived? Does the same question apply to a water company’s disconnected automation assets out in the field if the utility doesn’t know that there is problem with the device? That question can be answered quickly with a definitive “yes.” The

Our Water Supply Networks – Under Fire

Many local governments and municipalities are facing major challenges in their water supply networks. This is due to water shortages, economic constraints and ageing water supply networks. You don’t have to look far to find indicators of the condition of our water supply network. The number of current and anticipated pipe bursts and leaks offer

By Aaron Evans, Vice President, InSource Solutions Read More

Recipe Management: What Took Us So Long!

Sometimes an enhancement to life comes along and you say to yourself, “well, why in the world didn’t we think of that before?” Like adding wheels to luggage. It’s hard to think back now and picture how we traveled before luggage on wheels. My teammates at InSource and I have been consulting on recipe management

By Lewis Talley, System Consultant, InSource Solutions Read More