How to reduce energy consumption

The cost of energy has increased rapidly. Manufacturing businesses can be particularly affected, especially those put off by the capital intensive nature of ...

Improving Your Automation System

The below quote, often attributed to Einstein, suggests whatever got us to where we are now can’t take us to where we want to be. This can definitely be said...

Programmable Logic Controllers

Programmable Logic Controllers are widely used to automate, control and monitor all manner of equipment and proceses. PLCs are available for installation in ...

Computer System Validation - a process

It’s quite a while now since I was first involved with Computer System Validation (CSV). It was around 1994 if I recall correctly and it was during a large p...

Should you replace your DCS with PLC-SCADA?

For decades owners of large, complex, continuous and batch processes have relied on Distributed Control Systems (DCS) to control their plants. This technolog...

Get to know Richard Banyard

Richard Banyard took a typical route into engineering, studying control and automation at Sheffield before enrolling onto ABB’s graduate scheme. During his 1...

Maximise your ROI from technology projects

There are several pitfalls I see affecting technology projects time and time again. To help clients avoid them I’ve written a lot about the common problems I...

Support available for ABB System 800xA

800xA is the world's leading* distributed control system (DCS). However its power and flexibility come with a cost. It's not known as the easiest system to w...

Using data to inform maintenance

How you use data analysis to inform maintenance activity can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your operations. It may never be possible to eliminate t...