January 5, 2018 Damien Munroe

- 4 Most Common Data Collection and Controller Tuning Pitfalls

Ask technicians and engineers about manually tuning PIDs. Their responses usually fall into one of three different groups: 1) Some who will say it’s a “dark art” and won’t stray from an OEM’s Read More

December 20, 2017 Megan Ray Nichols

Anyone in the manufacturing industry knows injection moulding is an essential tool for creating plastic items — it’s one of those manufacturing processes that has stood the test of time and has changed very little since its inception. In spite of the lack of change, this field has always been Read More

November 22, 2017 Damien Munroe

Stop Chasing Symptoms by Asking 5 Simple Questions:

I’ve always thought of myself as a “systems thinker”. If you read my previous post here on PII about Read More

November 1, 2017 Damien Munroe

5 Keys to Transitioning from Startup to Optimisation Successfully

When reconnecting with a friend I was reminded of a project during my days working together in Oil and Gas. That job highlighted the difference in skills needed when starting up a process versus those that are needed to opt Read More

October 12, 2017 Megan Ray Nichols

Smart manufacturing might sound like the newest industry buzzword, but it has the potential to shape the entire manufacturing industry in the next decade or so. Countries across the globe are making plans to adopt smart manufacturing as a way to strengthen their own hold on the industry. Let's ta Read More

September 22, 2017 Sean Moran

Any experienced engineer who has been asked to make new chemical engineering graduates into assets rather than a drain on resources knows that universities are turning out graduates without a basic knowledge of our profession.

They can’t read a P+ID, lay out plant, or siz Read More

August 30, 2017 Megan Ray Nichols

Although some circles highly champion it, others consider lean manufacturing as nothing more than a passing fad. However, the five principles of lean listed below have a real potential to impact nearly any industry or company for the better. Read More

August 30, 2017 Dr Martin Hollender

ABB Corporate Research, Ladenburg, Germany Looking 30 years back, Information Technology has deeply transformed everyday life. The Internet, computer networks and mobile devices have rapidly spread. For many teenagers the smartphone is now the most important single thing in their Read More