Recent Viewpoints

October 23, 2018 Damien Munroe

​It’s always best to use the right tools. If you like doing a bit of DIY like me, then you probably learned this lesson the hard way…just like me. Whether it involves cutting tiles for a bathroom floor, cutting timber for a deck Read More

September 26, 2018 Damien Munroe

​Regulatory control provides the foundation for advanced, supervisory capabilities. Neglect the PIDs and any visions of advanced control grandeur will quickly come crumbling down.

While I’ve been known to enjoy an occasional Read More

September 1, 2018 Damien Munroe

Technology Can Help You Remain on Top of Dynamics that are In a State of Constant Change

​As Practitioners we can all be a bit funny when it comes to energy conservation – generally mindful of energy consumption while at work but leaving items Read More

August 8, 2018 Damien Munroe

If you’re a controls or process engineer, then you’ve probably spent more time than you care to admit tuning PID loops, I certainly have! I shudder remembering some of the different methods I tried – a mix of guess and test procedures passed along or picked up from one job to the next. Fort Read More

April 18, 2018 Damien Munroe

Three Recent Developments that Should Make PID Optimisation a Priority

Whether you tune underperforming PID controllers manually or with the help of software, one thing that both approaches assume is: You know which loop is the bad actor!

A recent post of mine focused Read More

March 29, 2018 Guy Ullmann

Whether you send press releases or not, you more than likely read them every day. They have been, and continue to be a key news source, and are one of the most cost-effective ways to reach a mass audience.As a publisher, we receive 100’s each and every week, without fail and it takes an incredi Read More

February 2, 2018 Guy Ullmann

I have been working in the industry since 2005 and to this day it still amazes me how many client websites I visit that do not offer any form of newsletter signup, it’s crazy, especially when it's so easy to set it up!

Email marketing is something that every company should be doing, and y Read More

January 26, 2018 Damien Munroe

A Simple Method for Modelling Processes and Tuning Loops

Has a colleague ever commented: “How’d you manage that?” When the question is spoken like a statement, that’s when you know you’ve accomplished something special. Ironically, when it comes to tun Read More

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

December 13, 2017 Guy Ullmann

As marketers we are told every day, content is king when it comes to generating website traffic, no questions asked. However there is a very close second when it comes to what website-owners should focus on next and it is sadly often over-looked.Having recently re-launched our website, and ever-k 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 20, 2017 Guy Ullmann

In May 2018 one of the biggest data protection laws to ever hit Europe will be introduced, outlawing the ability to keep personal data of any kind without consent and without evidence of consent.It’s predicted that on average firms will lose around 75% of their data after the 25th May cut off date 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 Ed Neale

Before I fell into into my first job in industrial marketing in 1995, I have to confess to having had little interest in a career in engineering. An aversion to mathematics and science, largely due to poor teaching, had steered me into the arms of humanities subjects, which I saw as offering a sa 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

August 30, 2017 Guy Ullmann

It’s no secret that the trade magazine industry is going through challenging times, there are now an influx of other marketing channels through which marketers can spend their precious budgets, and each new service promises to be the best thing since the yellow pages.

In Read More