Enhancing Operational Efficiency



As businesses evolve into the next industrial revolution, businesses are experiencing gaps, aging infrastructure and a shift in the demographics of the workforce. As experienced workers retire and with increases in the workforce turnover, standards within engineering, maintenance and operations are essential to maximizing operational efficiencies. In order to stay profitable in the currently dynamic global economy, businesses are being challenged to do more with less.

In May, 2019, Gerrie Automation Group, Rockwell Automation and a panel of End Users,presented strategies on how companies can take the first steps to improving plant efficiencies to over a hundred attendees.

If you would like more information on enhancing operational efficiencies in your plant, contact: processgroup@gerrie.com or call 905-681-3668 and ask for a member of the Process Group.




The Journey to Connected Manufacturing

We are on the cusp of an industrial transformation. Our industry, where everything was a self-contained island, is becoming one of connected devices and an abundance of data. With rapidly evolving technology and a shift in the workforce there is an expectation today that everything should be connected and instantaneously accessible from anywhere. Information is becoming centralized in an effort to streamline operations, reduce overhead and simplify implementation. How is this achieved, deployed and what does it look like in operation?

What if the same screen that provides the operation of a machine could show you operational reports? Or electrical schematics? Or if this information was available on mobile devices?

Take a look at Industrial Efficiency in Action!

Operational Efficiency using Modern HMI Practices - Jason Wright / Gary McKenzie

Plant operators are required to make decisions every day in production facilities which can directly influence profitability. Either through the normal running conditions of the plant or by reacting swiftly to abnormal situations, operators are responsible for protecting material, product, equipment and personnel. These decisions need to be based on clear information from your visualization systems.Learn how to leverage the ISA 101 standard to produce graphics that deliver meaningful and detailed information so operators can run the plant in the most efficient manner. Learn which graphic designs work best to keep your plant operatives informed of the plant status at a glance to enable them to make critical decisions.


The Spectrum of Change Management - Steve Berger / Paul Stewart

requirements. Some systems simply require maintenance to track system changes whereas others require monitoring and tracking operator actions as they interact with the process. This may be driven by quality control, regulatory requirements or continuous improvement. Managing these changes in a plant will vary in complexity depending on the size of system and nature of the application it is controlling.This session explores techniques for tracking system modifications and different tools available to manage change


Scalable Approaches for Reporting Requirements - Jack Rintjema - Amy Carter

With any size system today, it is an expectation that the data within the system can be collected and reported. The type of reports that need to be developed will vary depending on the information that needs to be presented, the job function of the personnel, and the device in which the it will be displayed.This session explores technical options and techniques of data logging and reporting for simplistic to complex applications.



Effective Alarm Management - Jason Wright / Gary McKenzie

Alarm Management has become an ever-increasing topic of discussion in industries utilizing automated control systems.Modern control systems have given us an easy way to add and configure alarms.Most vendors provide a simple mechanism to quickly add multitudes of alarms at default settings. Often these alarms are not rationalized or managed over time resulting in systems that have an excess ofnuisance alarms which negatively impact operator efficiency and plant safety.This session reviews the ISA 18.2 standard for alarm management and how to apply effective alarming strategies to drive operational efficiency.


System Modernization - Approaches and Justifications - Varun Khanna / Robert Poweska

With today’s aging infrastructure combined with budget constraints, how does a business approach and justify system modernization.From a technical perspective it makes sense to use modern technology and have systems that are fully supported.That is the end goal.This session explores how to achieve your modernization goals and how to make the technical and financial justifications to ensure that the required functions are deployed with a manageable cost.


Driving Consistency with Standardized Libraries - Jack Rintjema / Muzen Zurar

The Rockwell Automation® Objects Library lets you quickly develop control solutions with rich functionality and known performance. In this session, objects in the library and their functions within a typical control system will be presented. Common library functions such as modes, alarms, and the features for operations, maintenance and engineering personnel will be explained.Learn how the library can help you reduce design time and drive consistency. Walk away with tools to more effectively develop, operate and maintain control systems.


Operational Efficiency in Action

We've assembled a panel of guest speakers who have implemented some of these Operational Efficiency practices. We want to share their stories and lessons learned throughout the adoption of these strategies.




Our Keynote Speakers:



Jamie Blanchard - Rockwell Automation - Regional Sales Manager - ThinManager

Jason Wright - Rockwell Automation - Business Manager - Visualization Software

Steve Berger - Rockwell Automation - Commercial Engineer - Process

Robert Poweska - ArcelorMittal Dofasco - Utilities Control System

Mike Szabo - ArcelorMittal Dofasco -Control Specialist / Electrical Technician - Iron Technology

Mark Presti - NLS Engineer - President & CEO

Sartip Kakaee - Gay Lea Foods - Corporate Automation Engineer

Gary McKenzie - Gerrie Automation Group - Technical Solutions Manager

Varun Khanna - Gerrie Process Group - Process Solutions Manager

Amy Carter - Gerrie Automation Group - Automation & Software Product Manager

Muzen Zurar - Gerrie Automation Group - Automation Product Manager

Paul Stewart - Gerrie Process Group - Senior Process Specialist

Jack Rintjema - Gerrie Automation Group - Automation Consultant