Monday, December 1, 2014

Wonderware Historian--it's not just for data storage anymore!

With the advent of Schneider Electric's acquisition of Invensys, our social media will be consolidated, and I'll be getting a new blog account and address.  I hope you'll follow me to my new address.  In the meantime, I'd like to share some findings from our +TechValidate Software account:
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What's interesting about this study is that one normally views a data historian as merely a vessel for storage, versus a means to enable quality and other performance improvements. Over 55% of our customers cite improved quality as a benefit of using Wonderware Historian,  46% gained compliance ensurance, and 44% increased production. Substantial improvements attributed to a commonplace plant software application.

But look at what we've done to improve Wonderware Historian in the past year.  It's pretty impressive, and brings it into what we call an "Enteprise Historian" space.
So the next time you think Historian, think Wonderware Historian! And I'll be back soon to let you know where my new blog is.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Key Solution Systems de Mexico Uses Wonderware Workflow for Process Facilitation

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Solutions partner Key Solution Systems de Mexico implements complex projects in the MES space.  This case study is an compilation of their experience using Wonderware and Microsoft technologies, together, to enhance and improve project development, roll out and performance.  It's a great story and we thank Key Solution for their contribution!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Repost, with comments: Putting Your Brand Champions at the Center of Everything | Public Video | Video Library | All MKC Content | ANA

Putting Your Brand Champions at the Center of Everything | Public Video | Video Library | All MKC Content | ANA

This very short video from #General Mill's VP of Marketing tells a great story on finding your brand's purpose. He uses their Betty Crocker brand as the basis for reinventing and re-invigorating sales by uncovering who uses the brand and for what reason. I think about the @SchneiderElectric purchase of #Wonderware as ancillary example, and how we're looking at brand extensions, fit within the greater Schneider Electric portfolio and one thing is very clear--that the benefits that Wonderware has brought to the industrial automation market for over 25 years still exist and are still drivers to this day.  Customers struggle with legacy application integration, homogeneous control environments, implementing new technology into a changing workforce.  It was true over two decades ago, and it's still true today.  It takes commitment, it takes vision, and it takes a collective effort to ensure that your strategies and goals for automation, information management and operations tuning get executed.  We are a tool in your portfolio of solutions, (albeit an important one!) but without the drive and cooperation of many, it doesn't get the impact or the results.

“Wonderware has streamlined our ingredient batching system and our ability to track ingredient inventory.”

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Direct quotes from customers are the strongest proof point for the efficacy of how your solutions help them to be more profitable and productive. This small food food company processor, using Wonderware Historian to supplement their Wonderware InTouch installation, have gained efficiencies in batch material tracking, subsequently increasing product quality by over 10%.

Monday, October 27, 2014

4 Star Rating for Wonderware Historian from Major Food Producer!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Customer Success: Johann Hay Automobiltek Uses Historian & InTouch HMI for Operations Excellence

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How can you increase your operations productivity, quality, visibility? Consider using Wonderware Historian along with Wonderware InTouch. As shown above, gain improvements in quality, reduce energy usage and manufacturing costs easily using applications that are designed for collaboration.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Repost, with Comments: LNS Research: Data: 43% of Manufacturing Professionals “Don’t Understand” the IoT

The LNS Research findings for IoT (Internet of Things) is not surprising given all of the hype around "talking refrigerators" and wearable devices.  It is sometimes difficult to connect the dots between a technology advance like a wearable, and a realistic use for manufacturers.  But let's think about this in another vein.  Manufacturing, for YEARS, has had IoT.  We called it DeviceNet, we called it OPC, programmically it was first DNA for Manufacturing and then .NET, but it was all about connecting the plant for communications.  Why?  To provide context into the information gathered, to be able to control the process and more importantly, predict when the process could get out of parameter.

The IoT, to me, is an extension of this paradigm. It brings other devices and entities into context to broaden, enrich and enhance the decision making capabilities of an enterprise. It's about using technology that makes sense to bring additional aspects within the environment that are integral to the process--for example, ambient temperature within a plant, or weather forecasts that could drive humidity to unacceptable levels in a process.

LNS's results indicate a need for continuing education, bringing "real life" examples and solutions to manufacturing that will help them gain additional productivity, quality, and competitive standing.  Like the cloud for manufacturing, first it's cool, but then it's a real provider of value, cost savings, and operations excellence.  IoT is in this nascent stage, so it's up to us as an industry to bring that education and value to our users.