Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 14:16
Several of the engineers implementing device-level networks and Ethernet in our machines want more machine-to-machine communication capabilities to supposedly help our customers. Some of our managers are concerned that M2M traffic could quickly grow beyond our customers’ ability to monitor and control it, and so M2M might actually hinder machine...
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 10:01
For those of you who have machines and automation systems in the food and beverage industry, prepare to become better acquainted with The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011, if you aren't right now. It’s said to be one of the most sweeping legislative actions relative to Food Safety...
Is it a good idea to convert to wiring modules and quick disconnects for machine control systems? There look to be advantages for saving time and money when building the machines, for offsite troubleshooting, and for the customers' ease of reconfigurations. We'd like to hear from machine builders about this.
We provide after-sales support for the instrumentation on our heavy manufacturing machine. Measuring and collecting data on bearing wear, shaft damage, and other mechanical failure points actually is more important to us than manufacturing process data. We've avoided most major machine breakdowns with a regular on-site visit schedule.
One of our readers who is a machine builder is convinced that remote machine-status monitoring is a big value-add for its customers and a big competitive edge for it. Are you and your customers deploying similar tools? What's that conversation like? Let us know.