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Chemical Statement of Qualifications

Revere has spent decades honing the expertise required to operate in the highly complex, hazardous chemical industry, and we’re ready to put that to work for you. Our work in designing and implementing control systems in the chemical industry enables us to refine our strategies to ensure our systems maximize plant safety and operational efficiencies….
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Legacy Control System Migration

One of the most serious issues currently facing plant/facility managers across all industries is that of legacy control system migration. What is this all about, and why is it such a serious issue? This paper will address these specific questions and provide guidance in the planning and implementation of a migration strategy. The term “legacy” was…
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7 Steps to Gird for Ransomware Battle

Twenty seconds passed as my computer screen showed a steady stream of system files being locked, one by one. An employee had called and requested help because he couldn’t seem to access a file he needed. I discovered, unfortunately, our company was being attacked by ransomware. Two questions immediately ran through my mind: If we…
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How to be Fluent in Digital

Today’s average industrial facility is more digitally integrated than ever before. With Ethernet networks, fiber cables, control systems, programmable switches, ERP software, servers, historians, etc. – it’s a lot to keep up with. Less than 14% of manufacturers have tied their machines to the enterprise network but this percentage is growing. Companies face significant challenges…
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Under-Planned & Over Budget: Ever Been There?

Having a plan and a process by which to execute that plan should be elements of every project. One of the difficulties is that organizations do not always have the engineering expertise to draft a scope of work that is as thorough or well-rounded as the project requires to be considered a success. A good…
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The Year Behind and Ahead

This is the time of year when everyone is either looking back at the year ending or looking ahead to see (predict) what’s coming. As Yogi Berra is attributed for saying, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” But it seems like in our business, the two are much the same. The issues that seem…
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Grow Your Own Work Force

As we have spoken about numerous times, the labor market is very tight. Industries across the full spectrum report the number of unfilled positions to be in the tens of thousands. And the situation is projected to not be getting any better. “MIT Technology Review” projects that of the 4.6 million new jobs expected to…
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Three Ways to Maximize Value in Your Automation Project

by Andrew Green, Business Development Manager Intro Every successful project requires the right combination of qualified personnel, tools, and the job scope itself. This is true for projects in any business, even down to seemingly miniscule tasks around the house. No one wants to have an electrician using carpenter’s tools to fix plumbing problems. Without…
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The Buyer’s Brain: A Peek Inside

Editor’s Note: Hinge Marketing is a research-based marketing firm focused entirely on the realm of professional services. Since 2009, they have been conducting research involving the buyers and sellers of professional services, with the latest round reaching more than 1,400 buyers of professional services. The last version of their e-book “Inside the Buyer’s Brain” provides…
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Cyber Security: An Update

If you read trade journals, any trade journals, you’ve seen articles and reports about network security. It is the most common subject observed across multiple industries. From “Chemical Engineering” to “Plant Services”, everyone it seems is talking about network security, its dangers, and ways to combat it. Even a local law firm has done a series of…
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The Dilemma of OEM Control Systems Cost Escalation

When you visit the automobile dealer to purchase a car, you buy the car based upon your personal needs, your research, value performance, etc. You negotiate the price, choose the options, and make your decision. A municipal OEM manufacturer is much the same as the automobile dealer. They consultant along with his customer, the owner,…
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Risk Mitigation: Issues and Strategies

It’s been a while since we discussed the very important issue of risk mitigation as it pertains to control system projects, so let’s review our previous post and provide some updates. Strategy We all recognize that major automation and control systems projects have inherent risks and associated consequences. The degree of risk and the negative…
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