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Maximizing the Value of a Functional Specification Part 2: Win-Win-Win Scenarios for Control System Migrations

Brendan Quigley | September 20th, 2016 In Part 1 of Maximizing the Value of the Specification Process, we began discussions on how the specification documentation process can bring value to planning a migration project. In Part 2, we continue to highlight the potential value that collaborative planning brings to the specification process, and also provide some insight to

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6 Immediate Action Items for Aging DCS/PLC

Jeff Morton | September 20th, 2016 If you are a plant, operations, facility managers, or C-level executives of a process manufacturing facility, then chances are you do not get deeply involved in the status of your control system and infrastructure. Your interaction with the control system may be periodic updates that you receive from an engineering

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The PLC-5: Upgrade and Migration Considerations

Jim Bowser | September 19th, 2016 Official Obsolescence of One of the World’s Most Robust Controllers The following statement appears verbatim on the Rockwell Automation website: Rockwell Automation announces that as of June 2017, the PLC-5® Control System will be discontinued and no longer available for sale. Of course, no one was surprised by this announcement, but it still

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How the Internet of Things Impacts Process Manufacturing Environments

Eli Jenkins | August 5th, 2016 Do you ever feel that by the time you get a chance to research a new technology it has already been replaced with a newer version? That is how I felt the first time I heard of the “Internet of Things.” We were sitting around conferences talking about the possibility

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Maximizing the Value of a Functional Specification Part 1: Benefits to Planning a Migration

Brendan Quigley | August 4th, 2016 In our blog Do You Really Need a Specification Document, we began exploring the value of using Functional Specification (FS) and Detail Specification (DS) for your control projects. These documents serve as a critical pathway for upgrading complex systems to newer versions or migrating to different platforms. Many plant distributed control systems (DCS) or programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have

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Remote Access for Industrial Control Systems

John Walker | July 18th, 2016 In the world of industrial control systems, “Remote Access” means different things to different people. It can be as simple as seeing historical data remotely to taking full control of a system from the opposite side of the world. There are many ways that you can remotely connect to a

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Cross Company Integrated Systems wins Siemens Customer Excellence Award 2016

Knoxville, TN – July 8, 2016. At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens awarded the Cross Company Integrated Systems group with the Siemens Customer Excellence Award along with Jack Daniel’s Distillery for our work on their distillery expansion project. Cross Company worked in collaboration with Siemens to provide design, programming, and implementation of the Siemens PCS 7 control system for the distillery

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25th Anniversary for Innovative Controls (Now Cross Company Integrated Systems)

Knoxville, TN – July 6, 2016. July 2016 marks the 25th year since Innovative Controls, now Cross Company Integrated Systems, first opened its doors for business in Knoxvile, TN. An ambitious local business, Innovative Controls started with a vision, a plastic picnic table, optimism, and two co-founders as its assets. Ken Vinoski handled the sales while Richard Consoli managed products

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Communicating Between Rockwell Controllers Part III: Redundancy

Chris Hardy | June 13th, 2016 Part 1 and Part 2 discussed UDT optimization and simple communication between Logix5000 (CLx) processors. This last part concludes with CLx↔CLx communication methods for redundant network channels and/or processor pairs running enhanced redundancy. Redundant channels can be used to increase equipment availability despite down equipment or to unload primary processor communication load. Redundant Channels Between Two CLxs

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