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The Plant Automation Design and Implementation Process

How to get turnkey plant automation solutions implemented at your facility. Many manufacturers can capitalize on automation in their plants, but actually implementing it can be a tricky process. Since 1995, we at EPIC have helped producers worldwide implement long-lasting automation solutions. That experience – combined with the first-hand in-plant knowledge our employees gained on […]

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3 Ways Predictive Maintenance Saves You Money in the Long Run

Seventy percent of manufacturing equipment ‘loss of usefulness’ is caused by either mechanical wear or corrosion, as observed by Dr. E Rabinowicz at M.I.T.  In other words, most equipment fails because of small, invisible-to-the-naked-eye factors like abrasion, fatigue, corrosion, and erosion that wear out parts, degrade lubricants, and eventually cause performance issues. But in the […]

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Is Automation 4.0 Real or Just a Buzzword for Your Process Automation System?

Industry 4.0 a.k.a. “the modern industrial revolution,” is the increasing digital connectivity of products, each process automation system, and distribution networks with new technologies. Some say it is the fourth major step-change in modern manufacturing, following the lean revolution in the 1970s, outsourcing in the 1990s, and automation in the 2000s. And it’s the biggest […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Upgrade Your PLC-5s

  Rockwell Automation announced that as of June 2017, the PLC-5® Control System is discontinued and no longer available for sale. Are you one of many manufacturers still using PLC-5s? If so, you should consider upgrading from the now obsolete PLC-5 to a modern, currently supported controls platform sooner rather than later. Relying on an […]

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8 Steps to Debug Your Process Control System

From this month’s installment of Plant Engineering, we’ve consolidated this eight-step plan to help you to discover and debug your process control system which can be developed and applied as time goes by. Starting with nothing more than a pencil and paper and with the help of some commonly available tools, you’ll gain the right focus […]

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PLC vs. DCS

At EPIC Automation, every practical, beneficial and cost-efficient automation solution we develop is based upon industry research and trends.  Before any design or development takes place, our engineers take the time to research and gain a thorough understanding of the process.  In October of 2011, Bill Lydon, Editor of Automation.com wrote an article called “PLC […]

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The New Line Integration Landscape

Line integration has changed over the years. It’s not just about making several machines work together through controls and mechanical adjustments.  New technologies such as machine vision and robotics have made more possible with less, but have also created new challenges for automation experts. New emphasis on line efficiency analysis, demands for validation assistance and the increasing desire […]

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The Human Element of Automation

Recently, Tube and Pipe Journal published an article called “An Automation Project Is A People Project” which featured an interview of John Schott, President of EPIC Systems, Inc. The article and Mr. Schott emphasize that a project cannot be successful without the people involved. In fact, having the right people involved at the right stage of the […]

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