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Sam Hoff Talks About Digital Transformation

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Intro (Sam Hoff did a podcast interview with Bryan Powrozek, Sr. Manager, Industrial Automation at Clayton & McKervey, and discussed digital transformation. Here are some highlights of the podcast.) What […]

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BlogControl Systems IntegrationIgnition

Why Ignition Is Growing On Us

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Since deciding to join the Ignition certified integrator program and investing in training, our engineers have really grown to like Inductive Automation’s SCADA platform, Ignition. Our engineers have been finding […]

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30 Projects for 30 Years

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Today marks 30 years of Patti Engineering.  Back in 1991, three weeks before Sam’s wedding day, he founded a company named after his bride-to-be.  Today, the company is more than […]

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BlogIndustry 4.0 / DigitalizationSiemens

How Does a Neural Processing Unit Make AI Accessible to Manufacturers?

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The SIMATIC S7-1500 TM NPU (neural processing unit) is the new AI (artificial intelligence) module from Siemens.  It enables you to bring AI into any SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC without a separate computer. […]

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Why Virtual Commissioning?

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Especially with visitor and safety restrictions over the last year, more of our customers have been requesting virtual commissioning on their projects.  Find out why.   Read about a project […]

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What Can Go Wrong When You Underestimate The Edge

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We’ve all heard about the importance of The Cloud when it comes to digitalization and modernizing your facility.  The Edge, however, may be the most overlooked and underestimated part of […]

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Profibus Debugging

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A customer was having a problem with their Profibus communication. The Profibus nodes were dropping out occasionally. This caused their ovens to stop working and required a system reset. This […]

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Coming Back from COVID Quarantine

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A lifetime ago, back in March, we reached out to you all to ask: What can we do to help? The most immediate need we are hearing from you is […]

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The Role of Manufacturing During COVID-19

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To our valued partners and customers, During these unprecedented times, I’ve been thinking about our industry. While things are changing every day, it is becoming clear that manufacturing will have […]

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Patti Project Process

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If you’ve never worked with us or if it’s been a while, you might be wondering what to expect.   Every project we discuss and work on goes through the same […]

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Robot ROI Checklist

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A common misconception about Robot Return on Investment (ROI) is that labor cost savings achieves an acceptable payback period.  This is often not the case – simply replacing a human operator with a robot is […]

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BlogFANUCIndustry 4.0 / DigitalizationRobotics

Improving Robot Cell Efficiency Using ROBOGUIDE simulation

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Have you ever wanted to try some new ideas to improve your robot cell efficiency?  Many people think of testing robot arm paths when they think of ROBOGUIDE simulation software, […]

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Drafting Scope of Work for Controls Projects

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How and why to draft a scope of work when considering automation controls projects. Lots of facility engineers and facility managers walk around with a long mental list of projects. […]

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Eliminating Bottlenecks Using Cycle Time Analysis

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Bottlenecks.  They handicap your throughput, mess with your utilization, and throw a wrench in your schedule.  Sometimes the solutions can be very obvious – and sometimes obviously prohibitively expensive. Ways […]

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WinCC OA vs MindSphere
BlogIndustry 4.0 / DigitalizationSiemens

WinCC OA vs MindSphere

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There are currently many options to visualize your data on the plant floor.  WinCC OA and MindSphere are two common products that are, in many ways, quite similar. WinCC OA SCADA Designed for on-premise […]

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Asset TrackingBlog

Choosing Asset Tracking Technology

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We recently completed a robot cell project for a machine manufacturer which was the result of collaboration between a few teams. Our customer designed and built the machine. Two specialists […]

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Flexible Facility through Digitalization

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In many ways and for many reasons, facilities are being asked to become nimbler and adapt to change more quickly. Digitalization has given us much more flexibility in our personal […]

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Webinar: Line Balancing and Error Reduction Using RFID at Assembly Stations

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On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM CT, John Shipley will be joining Automation World to present a webinar about a recent project. Summary In this webinar, Patti Engineering […]

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BlogIndustry 4.0 / DigitalizationSiemens

Improving Work Station Efficiency with Plant Simulation

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Virtually testing improvements in your plant allows you to test changes with just a few clicks. Siemens Tecnomatix® Plant Simulation is a great tool for generating reports on product flow, […]

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BlogControl Systems Integration

Machine Vision System Factors

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There are many factors to consider when deciding on a vision system in your automation system.  Three of the biggest are hardware, lighting, and lenses. Hardware Machine Vision sensor resolution […]

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