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29,2003, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.
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===== ARC BENCHMARKING SURVEYS =====
>> Power Gen Performance Mgt: post 2003
After the 'Black Out of 2003' in the North Eastern US, many power
producers as well as power transmission companies are taking a fresh look
at their performance monitoring and management software. This survey aims
to finding out how extensively software packages are used that manage
operational performance against business targets in Power Generations. It
is designed to capture key benefits, application areas, and priorities for
Performance Management functions. In particular, the survey looks to
calibrate the need to be able to manage performance in real-time. Power
Generating Companies, and their System Software Suppliers are welcome to
take this survey. You will receive the results FREE, for taking the
To take the survey, please click here: http://www.arcweb.com/ss2/wsb.dll/ARC/PwrGen.htm
===== INDUSTRY TRENDS =====
The cost of storing and analyzing 20 Gbytes of shop floor data a month
is now trivial. Managers can now easily apply well known continuous
improvement metrics such as Operating Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) across
their entire production line. By continuously discovering what works and
what doesn't, managers can radically transform a plant's profitability.
===== INDUSTRY TRENDS =====
>> US Blackout: Don't Believe Promises
Made in the Dark
Now blamed for the recent blackout, the electric power transmission
system is owned, operated, and regulated by a complex quilt of overlapping
private enterprises, state, and Federal agencies. For several years, the
US Government has been trying to restructure this mass toward one that is
more reliant on market forces. This incident, however significant, will
not speed up this long process, which continues to restrict incentives for
investment in new electric power transmission resources.
>> Intelligent P&IDs: The Smart Thing
Intelligent piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) are
poised to overcome barriers to entry into the plant operations arena by
improving the bottom line.
Intelligent P&IDs offer advantages to Engineering Procurement
Construction firms (EPCs) by enabling concurrent engineering and obtaining
information by query.
In a recent ARC Insight, Research Director Russ Novak says, "Major
advantages include a reduction in capital expense by lowering project
costs and improved engineering and design work flows and time to market.
Intelligent P&IDs are firmly established as a valuable tool for
engineering and design. Now owner/operators can also utilize them."
Delayed production startups are a primary culprit when manufacturers
are unable to meet their time-to-market targets.
The escalating software content in today's automated production systems
is frequently seen as a major factor contributing to the delays, but in
reality these issues reflect how the plant floor is increasingly subjected
to issues previously associated primarily with IT.
Similar to the findings in the IT realm, technical issues are typically
not the primary contributors to delayed production startups.
In a recent ARC Insight, Vice President Chantal Polsonetti says,
"Manufacturers who focus their improvement efforts on technology and
supplier selection alone, without regard to the acquisition process
itself, are addressing only a small portion of the overall problem."
===== ACQUISITIONS & PARTNERING NEWS =====
>> Honeywell Teams with HTRC Paper Technologies
Honeywell Industry Solutions has signed a partnership contract for the
exclusive representation of HTRC Paper Technologies' JumboMaster and
WindMaster solutions. The solutions optimize final paper roll size and
>> Schneider Electric &
Clipsal Industries Joint Venture
The two companies have formed a 50/50 Joint Venture to manufacture and
distribute Electrical Wiring Devices in Asia.
Simultaneously, Schneider has agreed to acquire the Electrical Wiring
Devices business of Gerard Industries in Australia from Clipsal Industries
and the Gerard Family.
These two transactions respond to three key aspects of Schneider
strategy: the enhancement of its presence in Asia Pacific, the
acceleration of growth in the Residential and Buildings markets, and the
widening of its offerings in the Electrical Wiring Devices field.