Author Archive | Gary Mintchell


11:18 pm
September 24, 2014
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20 Years of Profibus Industrial Networking in North America

By Gary Mintchell This week’s edition of the PI North Americs (formerly PTO) annual general meeting in Phoenix celebrates 20 years of Profibus/Profinet/Profisafe industrial networking in North America. Chairman and Executive Director Mike Bryant began the session–the largest gathering so far–recounting the people and experiences that contributed to the growth of the organization and the technology over […]


8:58 pm
June 24, 2014
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Disney, Water Treatment and More at Siemens Automation Summit

By Gary Mintchell Siemens US held its Automation Summit June 24-26 in Orlando. Anton Huber, Siemens AG CEO of the Industry Automation Division discussed the digital revolution and Industry 4.0. Amid the challenges of accelerating time to market, competitive pressure to continuously reduce costs, and attaining higher levels of quality the complexity of manufacturing increases. […]


2:29 pm
June 20, 2014
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It’s All About Asset Health

Jay Lee, Professor of Engineering and Director of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems at the University of Cincinnati always tells me “It’s all about equipment health.” Dr. Lee’s doctoral and post-doctoral researchers have uncovered many equipment health issues in a variety of factory settings and developed analysis tools to help manufacturers correct and improve […]


1:21 pm
June 19, 2014
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Manufacturing Connection: Focus on the Big Picture

By Gary Mintchell, Executive Director Why do we have trouble focusing on problems that we know will happen, but will only occur in the future? Maybe that future is next year. Maybe five years. Still, we would rather devote our time on pressing problems of the moment. The urgency needed to solve tomorrow’s problems can […]


6:54 pm
June 17, 2014
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Analytics for Predictive Maintenance Featured at Rockwell Event

Rockwell Automation’s consistent theme for more than ten years concerns the connected manufacturing enterprise. RSTechED, the annual Rockwell Software user conference and training session, kicked off its 17th edition this week in Orlando with a record attendance greater than 1,900. The reality of the connected manufacturing enterprise is gaining ever more critical mass. Predictive maintenance […]


5:39 pm
June 6, 2014
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Honeywell Process User Group News

The 39th Honeywell User Group (HUG) assembled for the first time not in Phoenix. The User Group board (the User Group is run by a board composed of users with some Honeywell Process Solutions input) chose to move to San Antonio, Texas this year. This was a good decision as evidenced by attendance of 1,300 […]


12:38 am
May 21, 2014
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Reliability the Keyword at PAS Technology Conference

The PAS Technology Conference is in session May 19-21. PAS bills itself as the “Human Reliability” company, and indeed reliability broadly speaking was a conference theme. This is also a celebration of PAS’s 20th anniversary, and historical references were everywhere. Eddie Habibi, founder and CEO, introduced the Conference Theme of Connecting the Dots by looking […]