Digitize Your Operator Rounds Easily

Do you know the number one application in manufacturing for maintenance and safety inspection rounds? Do your thoughts go immediately to a technology provider? It’s a common first thought but it’s incorrect. The number one solution used manufacturing today is…good old fashioned pen & paper, often used in conjunction with the second most used solution, Excel® spreadsheets! Surprised? You

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Using Industrial Forms for Reducing Paper

This blog will discuss how utilizing electronic Industrial Forms reduces paperwork and improves access to actionable intelligence within any manufacturing or industrial facility. Those who work in industry are likely aware of the paperwork that is generated daily from those working in the plant.  Paperwork comes in many forms and from many departments: Material handling

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The Quest for Ideal Maintenance Worker

Maintenance teams are foundational members of the up-time cadence in industrial facilities. We depend on them to have the knowledge and skills to quickly assess an issue and resolve it in minimal time to minimize downtime.  While engineering a modern industrial automation system is critical, learning how to keep one going is a different skill

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The Importance of Rounds

Operators and Maintenance Technicians regularly conduct rounds to identify potential safety and compliance issues, identify impending maintenance interventions and keep plants running efficiently. This historically accepted way of doing business is being challenged in many industries. As the existing experienced workforce retires taking their tribal knowledge and experience, the value of rounds is being challenged

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Employee to Associate to Owner – Yes! But How?

The level of engagement of the people of an organization drive its ability to succeed and to sustain success.  Dynamic market conditions are forcing companies to find new ways of competing successfully. A differentiating asset can be its people, but how do we get more value from existing employees? The 2017 Industry Survey “The Global

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Get Greater Results by Adding Continuous Improvement (CI) Training

Add CI to your Wonderware (or other industrial software) Training Plan Over the past several years, we have been collecting more and more data from various automation systems into our process historians, alarm and quality databases. We love those multiple trend lines overlaying one another, looking for correlations to a process excursion, an event, or

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Apprenticeship Is Still Alive

Getting the training we need to be successful, as fast as possible, is key in today’s fast pace culture. We, at InSource, often hear during our training classes that students are looking for how to quickly apply the knowledge they just received to their specific application or project. One of the best ways to help

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Simplify Wonderware Training with InSource Training Tracks

For some time now, we’ve been making it a part of our mission to help simplify life for our clients; “make the complex simple,” as we say. While we have room to improve, one thing we wanted to do was make training a little simpler. When clients come to our training web site, they are

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Equipping the Knowledge Worker for Success

Since Peter Drucker introduced the idea of the Knowledge Worker in the mid 1990’s, it has caused us to think about how we evolve and the skills and competencies required to be effective in our jobs. In manufacturing, the challenges are significant to be able to keep up with the pace of change and shifting

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