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June 28, 2017

Four Things to Remember about DCS Migrations

Plant and operations managers don’t wake up one day and realize their distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) may be approaching obsolescence and […]
June 28, 2017

Three Keys to Food & Beverage Manufacturing Compliance

In the U.S., federal law states food manufacturers, not the Food and Drug Administration, are responsible for ensuring that products are safe, sanitary and properly labelled. […]
June 21, 2017

Machine Safety Lifecycle… Achieving a Safe & Productive Workplace

From a purely functional point of view the more efficiently a machine performs its task of processing material then the better it is.  But, in order […]
June 16, 2017

Sensors 101: Control system inputs

Most engineers who specify equipment think of sensors as discrete or analog devices, proxies or photoelectrics, flow or pressure sensors, thermocouples and the like. If asked […]
June 14, 2017

Cable Pull Switches – Can They Be Improved?

Once you have invested in safety controls for machines and conveying systems, you may wonder if there is any reason to upgrade or change it down […]
June 1, 2017

Striving to Achieve a ‘Reliable State’ for Improved Productivity

In today’s rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive global economy, companies are under tremendous pressure to function at the peak of performance, and do so cost-effectively. But […]
June 1, 2017

Know the score on the plant floor

We’re on the cusp of another baseball season, and I am once again preparing for my annual fantasy baseball draft. This will be the 33rd season […]
June 1, 2017

Learning Tough Lessons from ICS Attacks

Industrial control systems (ICS), much to the industry’s chagrin, are not immune to data breaches, ransomware attacks, viruses, malware, insider attacks or any other form of […]
May 19, 2017

Future-Proofing Purchases

How do you “future-proof” your daily plant electrical purchases and exactly what does that mean? We’ve had discussions here at Rumsey about that phrase and some […]