Scaling data: from the floor to the board

Effective industrial data collection, aggregation and visualisation software has made it possible for manufacturers to gain insights into their processes.

Rethinking automation in pharmaceutical processing

The global demand for pharmaceutical products has grown consistently since the turn of the century. Despite the growth in demand and market value, pharmaceutical manufacturing has by and large neglected many of the productivity and efficiency benefits presented by automation systems.

Capturing industry’s white whale

With many industrial data strategies falling short, can industrial businesses achieve an effective data strategy?

Getting back to a new smart factory

COVID-19 has revolutionised all our lives. The next big challenge that the manufacturing sector faces is getting employees back to work, safely, and kick-starting production.

Don’t believe the Industry 4.0 hype

alk of Industry 4.0 has been useful in helping businesses understand the value of industrial automation and connectivity. But a lot of it is just hype, and many of the technologies are not being adopted as broadly or effectively as they could be.

Keeping ahead of the data curve

This theme of increased data collection has become fossilised by modern automation, as well as health and safety standards, both of which rely on complete data handling to operate robotics and keep workers safe respectively.

Peak data equals peak production

Historian software systems, combined with thoroughly implemented monitoring equipment, collect data from every available variable on a production line.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

There are many ways that unplanned downtime can negatively impact a business. In continuous process industries downtime causes produce to be lost. The costs of this further impact the bottom line, beyond just lost profits.

Overcoming short-termism

With new technologies, plant managers should not only focus on short-term but also the longer-term future, and do so through continuous improvement.

Data and the new oil industry

The oil and gas industry is perhaps one of the most important to the global economy, with the combined economic value of upstream oil and gas sectors accounting for at least an estimated five per cent of the entire global economy.

Aligning Historian with cloud

For many operators, data analysis and management still sometimes becomes a matter of Historian systems versus the cloud. Instead, the best option may be to use the two together.

The strategic value of industrial data visualisation

With an estimated seven billion IoT devices in the world, it’s not surprising that companies can generate overwhelming amounts of operational and environmental data, bringing with it the potential for substantial process improvement.

Tackling transparency

The consumption of safe and nutritious food is a basic human right, with safe being a key word. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the safety of food to be called into question, leading to recalls and extensive investigation.

The importance of context in data collection

It’s no secret that data collection is important for generating valuable insight that helps plant managers improve efficiency in industrial systems. However, what seems unknown to many in the industry is the importance of understanding the context of the data being analysed

Understanding data servitisation and data ownership

Data is the most important raw material in industry. Yet few understand who owns it after it is created, or what rights they have while storing it. A lot of the issues that data ownership presents are not what they seem at first glance. We explain who owns what with regards to industrial data and explains what risks can arise and how to protect your business from them.

Out with the old, in with the new SCADA

Novotek was part of the team of companies that initiated PC-based SCADA back in the 1980s. While it was revolutionary in the automation industry, plants have changed enormously since then, so SCADA systems must reflect this. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) means that there are far more connected devices around the plant, all of which need monitoring by SCADA systems.

Efficient maintenance is virtually a reality

When we think of virtual reality (VR), many of us still think back to the bulky, unflattering headsets found in video game arcades in the 1980s and 1990s. However, modern VR and augmented reality (AR) technology is more than a quirky arcade attraction, with it offering a wealth of benefits to food and beverage maintenance engineers.

Digital twinning in the plant

NASA developed the first digital twinning project in the early days of space exploration to operate and maintain systems that were out of physical proximity. Digital twinning has advanced exponentially since then, with factories now able to duplicate their machines for better monitoring.

Manufacturing a digital counterpart

Throughout history and mythology, twins have been represented as counterparts; mirror images highlighted as having unique relationships and even their

Why your process data is useless

For many plant managers, the internet of things (IoT) can at times seem like an industrial get-rich-quick scheme. Sales people will tout an endless stream of benefits of an IoT-enabled device, from high return on investment (ROI) to enhanced operational insight, but this value is often exaggerated at best and businesses don’t experience the benefit.