More news soon…!
Find the Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric Glass Worldwide article in which Christopher Ashworth and Klaus Lachmann discuss the impact on our glass industry business now that Eurotherm became part of Schneider-Electric here: http://www.eurotherm.com/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=129984
With Glasstec still fresh in our minds, next week the glass world will meet again in Columbus, OH at the Glass Problems Conference. You will find Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric and me at booth 26. We are really looking forward meeting you to hear about your glass manufacturing plans, ideas and concerns and we would like to discuss how we can help you to get the most out of your process.
Glasstec 2014 has been a great success for Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric. Many people came, visited us, and shared their ideas and projects with our multinational booth team. We tried to capture as much as possible in visit reports and we will try to follow up all leads as soon as possible now. We would like to thank all that came and hope to see you soon at your facility to continue our discussion. Perhaps we will see each other next week already at the Glass Problems Conference.
It’s tradeshow season!! Eurotherm launches the E+PLC at Furnaces North America (FNA2014) – watch the interview below between Reed Miller (Industrial Heating Editor) and Peter Sherwin (Eurotherm).
Tom Morrison (CEO, MTI – Metal Treating Institute) recently introduced a video about “The Keys to Connecting Specifications and Audit Performance” and spoke about the high potential costs of quality compliance in Heat Treat operations – potentially as much as 13% of a Heat Treaters gross sales. Using the average MTI Heat Treaters Sales revenue, this could be as much as $780,000 per year – a significant expense!
Tom interviewed Jim Oakes and Andrew Bassett to get their views on conforming to Heat Treat standards and asked them about two or three keys to help Heat Treaters improve compliance to the standards.
1. Good understanding of the standards. Don’t take shortcuts! Get outside help if needed.
2. Well documented Control plan to deal with situations when you have a deviation.
3. Good training (mainly due to experience retiring from Industry).
For more information, please click on the image below to watch the original video.
Eurotherm will be exhibiting at FNA 2014 Oct 7-8 (next week!). Please spend 5 minutes with us at booth #414/416 so we can show you some methods using existing and/or new technology to help you reduce this high cost of quality compliance. http://www.eurotherm.com/fna2014
Please refer to the post from Janusz for background information. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140910062553-16477895-future-of-the-heat-treatment
It’s been fascinating to watch and be part of the developments in Heat Treatment over the past 25 years (migrating from a so-called Black Art to a Science) and know that the best is yet to come.
I think current decisions around material type and selection, processing options and the overall production cell configuration are more complex given the broad selection of Heat Treat and related processes on offer. The route taken today may or may not be the optimum route for your processing needs tomorrow – furnaces need to be able to offer a level of flexibility just in case a process change is required throughout the furnaces relatively long life.
Today’s control systems do offer a level of flexibility that allows for process improvements and/or changes to be made relatively easily, this was not possible in older systems.
Reference the point about the link between the Control Layer and Production Software for greater efficiency; I am part way through a new book by Peter Martin and Walt Boyes about “Real-Time Control of the Industrial Enterprise” http://www.amazon.com/Real-Time-Control-Industrial-Enterprise-Martin/dp/1606503596 – this describes in detail how control systems link to the enterprise and how this potentially impacts profitability. Full disclosure; Peter is a colleague at Schneider Electric (formerly Invensys).
The last point made by Janusz centered on furnace control systems and automatic reasoning, this is a really interesting topic. In the past the hardware and software technology available and complexity of programming has dictated what is commercially possible, we are about to challenge this situation.
Over the past two years we have been developing a new PLC and will launch the Heat Treat version of this PLC at the upcoming FNA show in the US http://www.furnacesnorthamerica.com/. The major development in this technology is that we have been able to build on the widely supported open PLC platform technology of CODESYS and have embedded unique Functions that start to enable solutions relating to predictive/reasoning technology at a commercially acceptable price.
I do think this ‘type’ of technology will start to change what’s possible in Heat Treat control.
The E+PLC family of products can be found here: http://www.eurotherm.com/eplc/.
The link to the Eurotherm FNA Heat Treat show page is http://www.eurotherm.com/fna2014
Hope to see many of you at FNA2014 in early October.
Check-out our Glasstec webpage http://www.eurotherm.com/industries/glass/glasstec/
In retrospect it seems that Glasstec 2012 took place only yesterday but if we think about what has happened in those two years, Eurotherm, even as insiders are amazed at what has been achieved and how our business has changed. In that time, we have developed a brand new product line and improved our existing process and power control offerings. In addition, recently Eurotherm became part of Schneider Electric and as a result we are now in a completely new position, equipped with the capability to provide a hugely extended product and services portfolio. Come and visit us at Glasstec to find out more about our transformation, new products and ideas and also to discover that we have not changed our attitude to unconditionally provide service to all our customers great and small. Curious? Find us at booth 15D14.
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric – we have recently become part of the Schneider Electric organization (the global specialists in Energy management) and to celebrate joining our new family we have produced an updated overview video about Eurotherm and how we help you get the most from your process.
Eurotherm – What we do
We are the leading OEM of Industrial Precision Process Control and Data Management Products and we have global expertise to produce fully engineered Industrial control systems. We specialize in key Regulated Industries, including – Materials Processing and Heat Treatment, Life Sciences, Plastics, Glass and Food & Beverage and also have strong experience in many other industrial sectors.
Eurotherm – We can help
We support the entire Life Cycle of your Control systems - from Engineering, Operation, Maintenance, Process Optimization through to replacement and Modernization of aging control infrastructure. We help you get the most from your process.
Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric
We are very happy to be part of the Schneider Electric organization and have worked quickly to extend our product portfolio, increase the breadth of support services and enhance our solution capabilities. More details to follow soon …