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Keywords Plant and machinery, KBE
This site is a comprehensive online source for resources, services and knowledge-based solutions to improve operational performance and solve plant problems. The MyPlant.com Internet community for petroleum, chemical, power generation, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, mining, minerals and metals industries. The Web site brings together a global community of consultants, software providers, equipment providers, academic professionals and engineering service firms into a single site focused on serving the industrial plant-centric customer. The site was created in 1999 and is sponsored by Honeywell and Microsoft.
Overall this is a well presented and informative site.
http://www.spie.org/web/meetings/calls/pe00/confs/VV13.htmlSPIE The International Society for Optical Engineers
This Web page contains information about the Photonics East, a conference on Network Intelligence and Internet-based manufacturing presented by SPIE. The conference aims to provide a forum for software engineers and manufacturing engineers to discuss the different aspects of systems integration and process control. It has specific emphasis on the use of technologies for achieving open system models across networks. Papers are invited on topics including integrating process control with business systems using the Internet as a virtual enterprise infrastructure, tools and methodologies for achieving agent-based manufacturing over the Internet, and authentication and access control for Internet computing.
This is one of those Internet sites where it is initially very easy to find something of interest but contains so many links that it is easy to get totally distracted or lost.
Keywords E-commerce, Internet, Manufacturing
This site contains a paper, "Impact of Internet-based e-commerce on manufacturing and business operations", written by Fawzy Soliman and Ergun Gide, of the School of Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Their work attempts to analyse the benefits and drawbacks of Internet-based e-commerce and its possible applications for business operations in the future.
Apart from the information presented within the paper it also contains a useful list of references to both published literature and Web sites.
Keyword Steel industry
e-STEEL is an e-commerce site dedicated to the global steel industry. Those associated with the steel industry can buy and sell products online.
Keywords DFM, Internet
This site contains an abstract of a paper, "Internet-based design and manufacturing", written by Professors Carlo Sequin and Paul Wright, of the Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. The abstract discusses how current CAD/CAM tools are evolving to facilitate distributed design and fabrication processes. In particular, a fabrication agent service and a Web-based design tool for manufacturing parts via the Internet are presented.
http://www.iclinks.com/Industrial Control Links, Inc.
Keywords Manufacturing, Process control
Industrial Control Links, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is a developer and manufacturer of high-reliability process control, data acquisition and communications equipment, primarily serving the water, power, gas, oil, transportation and process control markets. The company designs and manufactures innovative hardware and software solutions to collect, record and transport information in harsh industrial and municipal applications. Their products, as well as the custom products that are developed for customers, are used primarily for SCADA, control and telemetry.
Overall this is a very well presented site.
This site contains a useful list of references on just-in-time manufacturing. It is located on the Student Research Information Center at the University of South Dakota School of Business. Other topics on the site include manufacturing flexibility, quality (including continuous improvement, statistical process control and total quality management), re-engineering, addressing business process redesign and the theory of constraints, and supply chain management (discussing supply chain, enterprise resource planning and SAP).
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hmcinc/book.htmHawthorne Management Consulting Inc.
This Web page advertises Lessons to Be Learned Just in Time, a book on just-in-time manufacturing written by James J. Cammarano, MBA, CPC. The book was published by Engineering and Management Press in 1997 (ISBN 0-89806-162-8, price US$39.95).
This Web page contains a research paper written by Niko H. Prajogo and Robert B. Johnston, titled "Barriers to just-in-time implementation in small manufacturing enterprises". It can be found as part of the Department of Information Systems Web site at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
The Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA) is a new trade group that intends to encourage the growth of open networking in industrial automation from sensing devices to the boardroom via Internet and Ethernet-based networks. The initial focus of the group will be on industrial Ethernet with an emphasis on real-time operation, determinism, behaviour in rugged environments, connections to existing field buses, and software support. IAONA also plans to establish working committees to study extensions and specifications required to make open networking standards and related software and hardware suitable for industrial applications and to allow interfaces between those standards and current industrial buses.
This site is very informative and easy to navigate. It contains numerous resources, links to other Web sites, articles, magazines and vendors.
Keyword Real-time units
Seprol was founded in 1981 and specialises in the conception, design and manufacture of telemetry outstations (RTUs) and related data acquisition and communications products including SCADA and HMI control solutions. Seprol serves a broad range of industries including oil and gas, water and waste water, telecommunications, broadcasting and transportation, supplying both end users and system integrators.
This is a clear and well presented site, which is easy to navigate and well worth a visit.