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Nancy Golden
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Nancy Golden   9/21/2012 3:39:51 PM
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Sometimes I long for the days when I had more control of my computer's operation. DOS was so straightforward. And remember Windows 3.1 and then Wow! Windows 95? Remember the screen in Windows 95 that used to come up and say "It is now safe to turn off your computer?" I found the bitmap file and dropped it into Paint and changed it to "Your hard drive has just been reformatted" on my boss's computer...he wasn't amused...

Unfortunately I haven't kept up with the progression and now Windows Vista is just a mystery to me.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Rob Spiegel   9/21/2012 2:44:29 PM
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Oh Yeah, I do miss it, Nancy. Just when you're supposed to deliver some work, everything goes hairy and now you're trying to figure out what to write following that darn blinking colon after the C. And you know you've probably lost your report.

Nancy Golden
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Nancy Golden   9/21/2012 1:05:46 PM
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Awwww...Rob, don't you miss writing your own batch files in DOS?

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Rob Spiegel   9/21/2012 12:57:03 PM
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We'll still need the brain tissue, Nancy, no matter how smart our tools get. Yet it is nice to see some of the intelligence getting embedded in our devices. I'm glad my computer has enough embedded intelligence that I don't have to use C prompts any longer. And the price on the intelligent systems usually comes down.

William K.
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"Move picker, move tote"
William K.   9/20/2012 6:19:50 PM
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The problem experienced at the discharge ends indicates that the next step was not done, which would be to speed the rest of the process. Sort of like adding a huge boost to the horsepower of a car but not doing anything about keeping the car under control or stopping it. 

Perhaps I did not understand completely all about how the changes were able to bring about such an improvement in process speed.

Nancy Golden
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Nancy Golden   9/20/2012 3:55:57 PM
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My thoughts exactly! Or chocolate cakes - would hate to waste all of that chocolate! A PLC could have handled the issue nicely...

Nancy Golden
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Nancy Golden   9/20/2012 3:53:33 PM
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Oh, I agree Rob - I was just referencing companies with older technology that do not have a budget for the cool new stuff. We can still design stuff that is not as smart but can still do the job. And we still need brain tissue to invent the smarter products ;)

warren@fourward.com
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Re: Doubling the throughput
warren@fourward.com   9/20/2012 3:48:03 PM
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I would have assumed there would have been a command to tell the system "Do not send more boxes until these have come off the belt" or something like that.  I would hate to think there were nuclear devices spread all over the floor because the output could not keep up with the production line!

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Rob Spiegel   9/20/2012 2:46:52 PM
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Brain tissue is great, Nancy. But now we're seeing embedded intelligence in a wide variety of devices and systems in automation and control. The embedded intelligence allows controllers to run the system like a video game with simulation and optimization at the fingertips.

Nancy Golden
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Re: Doubling the throughput
Nancy Golden   9/20/2012 12:33:31 PM
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I agree - Doubling production capability is a nice accomplishment (as long as everything else on the line can keep up!) and sounds like it was an interesting problem.

Good point on optimization, Rob - and depending on where you work and the company budget - brain tissue is still the only medium used...

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