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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Encouraging the Next Generation of STEM Scientists

According to the United States government, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs are expected to rise 14% between 2010 and 2020. The 2015 Presidential budget allocates $170 million for training the next generation of STEM workers. President Obama’s administration has set a goal of recruiting and training over 100,000 STEM teachers in the next decade, and hopes to graduate an additional 1 million STEM students.

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Tags: STEM, Robotics, Machine builders, OEM, InduSoft Educational

Categories: Machine Builder, Educational, Case Studies, Germany

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Máquinas Fix Develops Industrial Solution for the Manufacturing of Ecological Bricks

Awareness is growing globally for the need for more ecologically sustainable methods of production. One company in Brazil, Monteiro Tijolos, produces ecological bricks that have a much smaller carbon footprint and can be used in sustainable architecture instead of resource-heavy traditional fired bricks. Monteiro Tijolos’ ecological bricks are produced with a mixture of gravel and cement, and adhere to the standard NBR10834. Monteiro Tijolos contacted Máquinas Fix to develop an industrial solution for the manufacturing of their ecological bricks.

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Tags: Machine builders, manufacturing, TwinCAT, Beckhoff, Windows CE

Categories: Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies, Portuguese, Germany

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Surry Chemicals Creates Brilliant Results for the Garment Industry

Organic and synthetic fibers are not naturally a consistent shade of white. Imperfections in the fibers and the result of the handling process means that fibers used in the garment industry must eventually be bleached to produce a brilliant, even shade of white. For large hosiery producers such as Hanes, consistently producing the exact shade of white for a particular line requires a controlled dose of chemicals that will deliver the same result for every batch of socks produced.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Automated Batch Process Analysis for the Food and Beverage Industry

Few industries are regulated as closely as the food and beverage industry. Food safety standards are particularly critical to public health, and there are many regulating bodies that audit and dictate the standards that food manufacturers must meet. Among these regulatory bodies are the FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the United States), and independent organizations such as the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). Manufacturers of food products are often audited by these agencies for food safety, and as a result, recordkeeping for food manufacturers is vital to the process of food manufacturing and packaging.


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Categories: Food and Beverage, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies, Germany

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saving Lives and Property With Sandbags

During natural disaster situations, sandbags are used to protect people and property. In addition to becoming lifesaving tools during floods and storms, sandbags are also used to provide a steady base for oil, gas, and water pipelines. Sandbags are used in these situations because they provide consistent, flexible weight that enables them to become effective barriers and ballast in a variety of applications. One sandbag manufacturer, Sandbags, enlisted the aid of Quantum Automation in creating a system that would improve the monitoring capabilities and control of their existing sandbag machine.


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Monday, April 2, 2012

'Validator' Ensures Quality Control for Plastic Injection Machines

Schlemmer Associates develops a monitoring application to alert plastic injection machine operators to potential quality issues immediately.

No machine operator wants to see the result of a machine error after the fact. The ability to monitor a process as it happens and guard against problems is a cornerstone of an efficient production line. That’s why the well known Japanese manufacturer of the machine developed for Toyoda Gosei (TGKY), contacted Schlemmer associates to develop an application that would assist operators of a plastic injection molding facility in Lebanon, Kentucky, monitor their injection molding process in real-time.

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Tags: hmi scada software, hmi software, scada hmi, scada software, SCADA HMI software, factory automation

Categories: Automotive, SCADA, Manufacturing, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Better SCADA System for Textile Machines Helps The Turkish Textile Industry Stay Competitive

The dying and knitting of yarn for textiles is a process that has existed for thousands of years. This process has long been machine automated, but with advanced SCADA software that provides an intuitive development environment for robust monitoring and data acquisition applications, it’s possible to follow that process through every step from raw material to finished product. Using a SCADA system that gathers data from multiple textile stenter machines, Ekoten Textile, located in Izmir, Turkey, is able to record and compile data from every stage of their textile production process. With this data, Ekoten Textile can compare everything from output by machine, to the quality of the finished product.

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Tags: hmi software, indusoft scada, indusoft web studio, scada software

Categories: Machine Builder, Case Studies

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Surface Finishing Technologies Offers More Features With a Better HMI Solution

Metal coating and finishing technologies have become highly automated and technical requiring a need for precision equipment and advanced chemistry. Surface Finishing Technologies and its parent company Technic deliver specialty and cutting-edge machinery for electroplating, electropolishing and anodizing materials. Surface Finishing Technologies has taken advantage of the rich feature set in InduSoft Web Studio that allows the development of applications that offer their customers flexibility of features and support of a broad range of hardware.

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Tags: HMI platform, InduSoft HMI, Machine HMI, plating machine HMI

Categories: HMI, Manufacturing, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies, Portuguese

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thomson Technology Generates Huge Time Savings with InduSoft

Any facility is only as reliable as its power source. The equipment we depend on to ensure we have electrical power must be robust, and reliable. That’s why the equipment produced by Thomson Technology is so critical to power generation infrastructure, as is the HMI that connects those systems to their human operators. When Thomson Technology began to research a better development platform for their flagship Series 2400 switchgear, they needed to find a product that would be as reliable as the equipment they produce.

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Tags: indusoft web studio, scada software, InduSoft HMI, Switchgear HMI

Categories: Semiconductor & Electronics, HMI, Manufacturing, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Graham Engineering Reinvents Blow Molding Machine Interface

Plastics are ubiquitous in our lives. They act as packaging for nearly every good we purchase. They are present in many of the products we use daily, including the cars we use for transport and bottles we drink from. Today, plastics are shaped using blow molding equipment designed to create a variety of shapes and sizes, using plastic resins with varying mechanical and optical properties. These machines, including the extrusion blow molding machines designed by Graham Engineering Corporation (GEC) are taking advantage of the top HMI development technology in order to give operators more control of this advanced equipment.

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Tags: hmi scada software, hmi software, scada software, SCADA HMI software, blow molding HMI, plastics HMI, plastics SCADA

Categories: HMI, Manufacturing, Machine Builder, Case Studies, Portuguese

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stock America and InduSoft Meet Tough Standards in The Food and Beverage Industry

Goods prepared by the food and beverage industry must understandably go through a rigorous process of preparation that requires oversight to ensure that everything adheres to federal regulations in terms of safety and stability. This oversight ensures that the food and beverages we consume are safe, regulated, and prepared in a manner that will protect consumers from food borne bacteria. Because each product cannot be individually inspected in the United States by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and the machines that are used in food preparation here, and in countries that must meet similar regulations, meet strict criteria for compliance with safety regulations.

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Tags: FDA 21 CFR Part 11, CFR, FDA, FDA CFR, Food and beverage SCADA, Food SCADA, retort HMI, retort machine HMI, sterilization HMI, sterilization machine HMI

Categories: Packaging, Food and Beverage, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Temperature Controls Equipment Manufacturer Uses InduSoft Web Studio to Build Operator Interface

Friendly interface. Trustworthy reputation. Reliable software. These are adjectives used by Contemp Industria Comercio LTDA to describe why it selected InduSoft Web Studio to build an operator interface.

Established in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, Contemp builds an extensive line of temperature measurement and control instruments. Contemp was looking to build an operator station that would allow its customers to acquire data from dozens of field instruments, create detailed HMI (Human Machine Interface) displays and perform alarm, trend, and monitor applications.

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Tags: building SCADA, building HMI, facilities SCADA, facility HMI, temperature, temperature control SCADA

Categories: Building Automation, SCADA, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies, Portuguese

Friday, November 9, 2007

Micon Systems

Micon Systems, based in Houston, texas, has been building processor control systems for nearly 30 years based on the Unit Control concept. In 1972, it introduced the first micro-processor-based controller to the process control industry

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Tags: indusoft scada, scada software, scada

Categories: Oil & Gas, Semiconductor & Electronics, SCADA, HMI, Manufacturing, Machine Builder, OEM, Case Studies

Friday, November 4, 2005

MGE UPS Systems - Creating Intuitive Operator Interfaces with InduSoft CEView

Electric power is usually dependable but when it fails mission critical systems for computer, industrial, Internet, and telecommunications industries world wide, rely on MGE UPS SYSTEM to stay on line. MGE UPS SYSTEMS provides Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) to ensure the continual availability of electrical power regardless of the application. Such a mission is a tell order to be sure

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Fluke Corporation

As one of the world’s premier suppliers of electronic measurement and calibration instrumentation, Fluke Corporation has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of precision equipment.  When the company decided to upgrade their networked data logging equipment, a decision was made to build the configuration software using InduSoft Web Studio. While Fluke had the in-house capability to build proprietary data acquisition and configuration software, use of an InduSoft-based solution provides significant benefits to both Fluke and users of the new systems.


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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Advanced Vacuum Technology

The highest quality band saws, hack saws, reciprocating blade saws and hole saws all use bimetallic blades.  In order to produce these blades, the blade maker has to start by welding a continuous ribbon of M2 or M42 tool steel onto flexible backing material.  Welding is done by directing a high velocity stream of electrons at the two pieces of metal in a vacuum chamber while the two strips are brought together in one continuous operation.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

MPI, Inc.

Lost wax investment casting has been used for millennia to produce intricate metal objects that can not be created any other way. While this process has always made it possible for anything that can be modeled in wax to be precisely transmuted into metal, today’s sophisticated technology has moved beyond traditional uses such as fine jewelry and sculpture into the manufacture of specialized industrial parts.

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