Archive for June, 2012
“He’s one of my best employees. He always puts in ten-hour days, sometimes much more.”
Is this how your boss judges you and your colleagues? Probably yes, according to a 2010 study published in Human Relations. In the study, a group of researchers led by business professor Kimberly Elsbach conducted extensive interviews of 39 corporate managers. They found that these managers generally considered their employees who spent more time in the office to be more dedicated, more hardworking, and more responsible.
Source: Harvard Business Review, Robert C. Pozen, June 15, 2012
Source: invensysopsapplications.blogspot.com, Jan 9, 2012.
A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Iran. It was sent by an analyst from the Iranian Computer Emergency Response Team, and it was informing me about a piece of malware their team had found infecting a variety of Iranian computers. This turned out to be Flame: the malware that has now been front page news worldwide.
Source: Wired.com, Mikko Hypponen, Jun 1, 2012.
The rollout of System Platform into the customer’s plants was an unqualified success. Their MES activities, from plant floor visualization to production data reporting and analysis, are now moving forward based on common, standardized objects across various lines and plants. They are also very pleased with the GOM and find it saves them a great deal of time in working with complex objects.
IPACT’s Galaxy GOM is extremely useful in assisting to maintaining complex object libraries.
IPACT “Objectifies” PET Bottle Plant Automation
The customer, a manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, was convinced that Wonderware’s ArchestrA architecture was the platform on which it wanted to base its future factory automation. They had an ambitious plan for introduction of System Platform automation into their approximately 50 plants, and knew that making it a complete success was critical to acceptance by various stakeholders throughout the company.
Based on input from corporate engineering and various plants, IPACT designed, tested, and documented standardized objects, some of them very complex hierarchies of other objects, for key pieces of equipment that were used across numerous lines and plants. Dozens of these objects were created by IPACT engineers, and well over a thousand instances were deployed in the customer’s plants. As part of this effort, IPACT developed a product called the Galaxy Object Manager (GOM). This product allows the user to specify object templates – even hierarchical objects many layers deep – in an Excel spreadsheet, and then “import” them into Application Server using the GOM. It also provides an easy method for deleting hierarchical templates.