Significant improvements can be demonstrated in updating automation in either independent machine controls or an entire facility. More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There […]

  Control Systems Engineer with twenty-five (25+) years in engineering, programming, design, construction, commissioning and start-up in the Oil/Gas production, refining, power and petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing industries. Experience includes: Project and construction management, Process Instrumentation, DCS, PLC, ESD and SCADA; Compressor control and anti-surge systems, GE Multilin motor protection, Variable Frequency Drive – […]

Currently available for an interim role as a control systems specialist utilizing his current and up to date experience with Siemens PCS7 applications and programming. Recently handled a project including Charts, SFC and CFC through existing system migration as well as utilizing P&IDs and I/O Lists. Also familiar with WinCC graphics, interlock, alarm and functional […]

Project justification is critical to driving corporate competitiveness Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification. Although this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from increased production, reduced raw material costs, or increased uptime, it is also about “soft” benefits, such as reducing risks and improving agility. All contribute to making […]

Schneider Electric SA (SU) agreed to buy the U.K.’s Invensys Plc (ISYS) for 3.4 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) to add software and control systems used by chemicals makers, oil refineries, and mining companies. The world’s biggest maker of low- and medium-voltage power gear is offering the equivalent of 502 pence a share, with shareholders able […]

There are a number of areas where interpreting published information and applying it in the real world has proven to be problematic. By James Agalloco The aseptic process simulation (or media fill test) has been a compliance expectation for aseptic processing operations since the 1980s. Industry guidance from the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), Pharmaceutical and […]

Abbott Labs cuts 550 jobs

by Bill Fester on October 29, 2012

in Industries, Jobs, Pharmaceutical

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug and medical device maker Abbott Laboratories said today that it has cut 550 employees globally and plans to eliminate several hundred more positions next year. A spokeswoman for the North Chicago company says the layoffs were in Abbott’s nutrition, medical devices, established pharmaceuticals and molecular diagnostics divisions. In January Abbott announced […]

from: The Industrial Ethernet Book. Highly public lapses in the guarding of industrial networks have led to a new awareness. Security is an essential element of network design and management in today’s industrial enterprise. Guidelines produced by the ODVA, and abridged here in two parts by James Hunt, introduce the concept of cyber-security for Industrial […]

10/17/2012 By Agnes Shanley From: So far, 75 people have responded to our latest mini-survey on manufacturing excellence and goals for the year.  Of these respondents, 45 answered every question in the brief survey.  The results, while not statistically important, still suggest some trends…. When asked whether manufacturing operations were becoming more complex. 22% […]

Fines are not enough to reform drug industry, warn lawyers The global pharmaceutical industry has racked up fines of more than $11bn in the past three years for criminal wrongdoing, including withholding safety data and promoting drugs for use beyond their licensed conditions. From: Jeremy Laurance The Independent