Six Best Practices for Effective Wind Farm Operation

A high?speed, industrial?grade network infrastructure offers wind farm operators many benefits, including improved operational management, visibility and access to key data. Real?time data access enables operators to monitor wind turbine uptime, performance and power output – even from remote locations. This data, which is used to track power generation efficiency and trends, provides predictive information that is critical to “Smart Grid” technology. After describing a typical wind farm environment, this white paper will explore six best practices that should be considered for effective wind farm operation.

Leading Advancements In Panel Meter Technology

Aside from the occasional spin?off product release, panel meter development has remained relatively static over the last few years. As the market focuses on new products that offer more advanced capabilities, many companies are hesitant to invest money into products – such as panel meters – that fail to drive substantial growth or promise large returns. So where does this leave panel meters? In order to make panel meters a viable option for today’s businesses, compact cost?effective devices with more advanced features and versatile control options are needed. After exploring market trends, this white paper discusses three common visual management solutions that use KPIs to improve factory automation and drive overall productivity.

Three Effective Visual Management Solutions

Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever?increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track business manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement initiatives, efficiency gains can still be realized by borrowing lessons learned through the visual management techniques of those processes. This white paper discusses three common visual management solutions for displaying KPIs and andon messages in order to drive productivity and improve profitability.

Monitor & Control Multiple EtherNet/IP Groups

Using ODVA Common Industrial Protocol to Enhance Performance

Introduction

EtherNet/IP™ networks for I/O, drive and other control components are used in an increasing number of process control installations worldwide. This technology enables devices made by different vendors to communicate via standard Ethernet infrastructures that use the ODVA Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). These process networks can be monitored and controlled using a variety of switch?based topologies. The network configuration dictates performance, flexibility and connectivity to field devices when the PLC or Process Controller is not running. This whitepaper will discuss how to monitor and control multiple EtherNet/IP groups.

Using Visual Management for KPI Monitoring

Red Lion Controls provides industry-leading solutions for visual management of a wide variety of applications. Red Lions visual management products range from simple large LED displays to the powerful ProducTVity (PTV) Station. The PTV Station is a ready-to-deploy plant floor visual management system that seamlessly displays real-time KPI data and andon messages on large televisions to drive productivity. To learn more, please visit www.redlion.net/PTV.

Seven Common KPIs for Production Monitoring

Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in todays ever-increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement initiatives, efficiency gains can still be realized by borrowing lessons learned through the visual management techniques of those processes. This white paper discusses how visual management can drive productivity by leveraging seven common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for production line monitoring.