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Mar 29, 2018 | Written by Steve Comeau | Manufacturing Intelligence, Process Control and Plant Automation

Microsoft Access Databases Are Still Popular

Over the years from the mid-1990s until the present, I have developed many Microsoft (MS) Access database applications for clients and for in-house projects.  Most of these databases are still in use at client sites and others are still used within Hallam-ICS on projects.

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Jan 04, 2018 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing Intelligence 2018 Outlook


The Manufacturing Intelligence Team at Hallam-ICS currently provide a variety of services from Data Analytics to Custom Multiplatform Applications for our customers. However, the future of Manufacturing Intelligence is changing very rapidly and therefore, our team will need to adapt to these future technologies in order to offer our customers the best tools to do their jobs efficiently. Here are a few new technologies that will help us capture, analyze and display data in whole new ways in 2018 and beyond.

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Dec 07, 2017 | Written by Steve Comeau | Manufacturing Intelligence

Equipment Energy Usage – My Favorite MI Project in 2017

Looking back on 2017, the Manufacturing Intelligence team has worked on many fascinating projects.  I would like to tell you about my favorite project for the year, involving collecting data and reporting on equipment energy usage, which is a common need at many facilities.

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Dec 05, 2017 | Written by Steve Comeau | Manufacturing Intelligence

Looking Back on 2017: Excel Is Still Relevant For Reports And Data Analysis

There are many modern data visualization and data analytics tools used for manufacturing intelligence (MI).  Some, such as Microsoft’s PowerBI, have advanced data visualization capabilities that make products such as Excel seem rather dated; yet, Excel continues to be widely used.

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Nov 16, 2017 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

4 Low Cost Options for Training on Topics like Microsoft .Net and Azure

I have been a software developer for over 20 years in Upstate New York. In that time, I have had the opportunity to attend over a dozen professional conferences. Usually these conferences are offered in venues that are thousands of miles away from where I live. Attending one of these conferences involves paying for flights, hotels and car rentals. In addition, these conferences usually cost a few thousand dollars for their registration fee.  Once you arrive at one of these large conferences, you and thousands of your peers are herded into huge rooms to listen to keynotes and breakout sessions.

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Jul 13, 2017 | Written by Heather Valachovic | Manufacturing Intelligence

How We Got Started with Microsoft SharePoint

Perhaps you’ve heard of Microsoft SharePoint but aren’t using it and wonder, “What’s so great about SharePoint?” or “Should our company use SharePoint?” and “If we use it, what kind of benefit will we realize?”

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Jul 11, 2017 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Culturally Different, Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Making a 120 Pound Robot that can Climb a Rope


It all started back in the spring of 2016 when my son was telling me about a robotics team in a neighboring school that had competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition league.

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Jun 15, 2017 | Written by Steve Comeau | Manufacturing Intelligence

Choosing the Right Database Type for Manufacturing Intelligence


This blog posts explores the common database types and schemas used for manufacturing intelligence and facilities reporting.

Manufacturing sites and large facilities can generate a large amount of process data that is stored in databases, which are used as data sources for reports.

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Mar 02, 2017 | Written by Sam Lacasse | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

'Visible Data' – Seeing is Believing. A story from the Control System to the Board Room.

IIoT, Cloud Computing, Cyber-Security and Virtualization are all topics that have been around for many years. Real momentum is being seen with smaller manufacturers with how control systems are implemented and how these systems are now an integral part of the business model.

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Dec 20, 2016 | Written by Vincent Manchec | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

What's new in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016?


One of my favorite reporting solutions was recently updated. SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is part of the Microsoft Business Intelligence solution. Microsoft has been a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms for the past 8 years. SQL Server 2016 was first released in June 2016 and the service pack 1 was released in November 2016.

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