Live, Instructor-led, Online Training to Help with Travel Restrictions

In the last few weeks, we have seen travel across North America come to a halt as business executives work to protect employees and their families in the workplace. During unprecedented times like this, we realize that projects still need to be completed and deliverables met. The associated training to support those cannot wait in

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It’s Upgrade Season for Your AVEVA | Wonderware Systems

Upgrading software and moving to new hardware is not the most pleasant of propositions for some as it represents change and possibly some disruption. There can be an upside to upgrading since there is ample opportunity to improve your overall plant floor operations systems in terms of reliability, flexibility and cost of ownership. Consider the

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Combatting the Forgetting Curve: Use the Performance Walk

During a recent technical solution client deployment, I overheard the conversation around pre “go-live” classroom training for operators. There wasn’t much confidence that the classroom material would be retained enough to be useful on the production floor. To make matters worse, it would take two weeks to train all the required individuals, since the training

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We Miss You Reliability. Please Call Home.

Your organization has invested heavily in asset performance technology to support and enable a reliability culture, but something seems to be missing. The new CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) is functional with an updated asset hierarchy and integration to the parts warehouse and purchasing. It’s working better than expected. The massive activity of analyzing and

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Start the New Year with Trained Workers

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the educational needs for a new year. New projects, new employees, and new technologies create the need to be on our toes constantly. Manufacturing technology represents constant change and all employees need to be equipped and then refreshed with the necessary skills to

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Reactive to Proactive Lean Operations: “Show Me How”

The scope of the engagement was to replace the existing home-grown manufacturing IT systems with a modern Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that integrated with their existing business systems. Aligning the current workforce from floor associate through plant management (People), with the existing production processes (Process), and the soon to be deployed technical solution (MES Technology)

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Why You Need a Digitization Strategy?

If you didn’t make it to the recent ISA Energy and Water Conference (EWAC) in Orlando, we wanted to share a small snippet of what you missed. Today’s digitization movement impacts everyone in a slightly different way. There is no single slam-dunk idea or industry 4.0 technology that will solve all the challenges of industrial

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AW North Carolina Raises the Bar: Digital at the Point of Entry

Digitization in manufacturing is a very hot topic, but how many manufacturers are actually achieving it? Research shows that manufacturing lags other industries in digitization of work as well as digital asset management. Laggards are being negatively affected. But conversely, those companies, like AW North Carolina, that make the digital transformation now are seeing the

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Deploying Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): 7 Ways to Fail

Clients often ask us to assess their Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment and identify any gaps that are limiting their ROI. In other words, “Why aren’t we getting the results we expected?” Since MES is normally a significant investment, often in the millions of dollars, corporate oversight is warranted and justified. Here is a short

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Summer Training “Learn-cations”

With summer already upon us, one idea for staying cool is to take some time to equip yourself with the latest knowledge by attending one of our training courses (in an air-conditioned room of course).  In fact, why not make it a “Learn-cation”.  Depending on personal preference, you might want to combine training with a

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The Power of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – What to Expect

My role allows me to work in various manufacturing facilities across America.  One of the programs most of these plants can benefit from is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) management. If you are considering embarking on an OEE program or looking to re-vitalize an existing program, I’d like to share an element of what to expect.

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