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How PNC expedites traditional controls of CNC and PLC

For an episode of “Beyond the Concept” podcast, a show by Concept Systems, host Tyler Kern chatted with John Miller, the principal engineer at Rockwell Automations, and Jerry Flynn, the company’s principal controls engineer. The trio particularly discussed Programmable Numerical Control, mostly known by its initials, PNC, and how Rockwell has been a premier leader […]

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How PNC expedites traditional controls of CNC and PLC

For an episode of “Beyond the Concept” podcast, a show by Concept Systems, host Tyler Kern chatted with John Miller, the principal engineer at Rockwell Automations, and Jerry Flynn, the company’s principal controls engineer. The trio particularly discussed Programmable Numerical Control, mostly known by its initials, PNC, and how Rockwell has been a premier leader […]

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Beyond the Concept: Managing the Risk of Using Out-of-Date Parts and Products in a Facility

Facilities can ill afford to have equipment go down with today’s supply chain challenges. Lost hours could quickly become lost days if a replacement is unavailable. Sam Cafferata, Principal Engineer at Concept Systems, spoke with Tyler Kern about this all-too-real issue and what facilities can do to ensure their equipment is up-to-date and in good […]

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Steve Strong’s Vision for Concept Systems Going into 2023

After a momentous twenty-three years, Michael Helm has stepped down in his role as CEO with Concept Systems. Helm passed the torch down to Steve Strong, who chatted with host Tyler Kern about his future-forward visions for Concept Systems.  After spending almost 15 years at the Boeing Company, Strong knows a thing or two about […]

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Beyond the Concept: Automation in the Airlines and Aerospace Markets

Steve Strong, Regional Engineering Manager, Seattle, at Concept Systems, spoke with Tyler Kern about some of the automation challenges in the airline and aerospace industries. Something both markets have in common: they each have expensive and complex products to manufacture and automate. Strong said because of these complexities, the proposals Concept Systems does and […]

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Beyond the Concept: Crane Retrofits

Michael Maas, Senior Engineer, and Sergei Furduy, Principal Engineer at Concept Systems, Inc., joined Beyond the Concept’s Tyler Kern to discuss all things crane retrofits. There are several instances where crane retrofits might come into play. Older cranes with aging parts are one example Maas offered. “Also, if you want to gain more functionality […]

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Beyond the Concept: UL 508A Components Selection Considerations

Donavan Moore, the Electrical Design Department Manager at Concept Systems, educated host Tyler Kern on the considerations and selection process for UL 508A components. UL 508A is the standard for the construction of industrial control panels with the first edition coming out in 2001. “It’s been the go-to standard for industrial control panel design,” Moore […]

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US Inflation Expectations Extend Retreat, Buoy Consumers’ Mood
January 30, 2023

(Bloomberg) — US short- and long-term inflation expectations improved at the end of January, helping to once again boost consumer sentiment. Respondents said they expect prices to advance 3.9% over the next year, the lowest since April 2021, the University of Michigan’s final survey reading showed Friday. The sentiment index climbed to 64.9 from earlier […]

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How Companies Can Benefit from Working with Volta Insight
January 30, 2023

Driving Technology Solutions for a more sustainable future doesn’t happen in a bubble. Commercial HVAC Service providers like Service Logic rely on close relationships to improve what they do and vice versa. One partnership Service Logic values is the one they have with Volta Energy.  Volta Knowledge host Tyler Kern wanted to learn more […]

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Here Come the Little Electric Pickup Trucks
January 29, 2023

(Bloomberg) —Having zipped from six-figure sedans to Costco-crushing SUVs, electrification is finally zeroing in on the auto industry’s most esoteric form: the tiny pickup truck. At least two major carmakers are considering adding small, battery-powered pickups to their growing parade of EVs.At General Motors Co., spokesman Stuart Fowle says a pint-sized pickup is one of several […]

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How PNC expedites traditional controls of CNC and PLC
October 20, 2022

For an episode of “Beyond the Concept” podcast, a show by Concept Systems, host Tyler Kern chatted with John Miller, the principal engineer at Rockwell Automations, and Jerry Flynn, the company’s principal controls engineer. The trio particularly discussed Programmable Numerical Control, mostly known by its initials, PNC, and how Rockwell has been a premier leader […]

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Beyond the Concept: Managing the Risk of Using Out-of-Date Parts and Products in a Facility
September 30, 2022

Facilities can ill afford to have equipment go down with today’s supply chain challenges. Lost hours could quickly become lost days if a replacement is unavailable. Sam Cafferata, Principal Engineer at Concept Systems, spoke with Tyler Kern about this all-too-real issue and what facilities can do to ensure their equipment is up-to-date and in good […]

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Steve Strong’s Vision for Concept Systems Going into 2023
August 9, 2022

After a momentous twenty-three years, Michael Helm has stepped down in his role as CEO with Concept Systems. Helm passed the torch down to Steve Strong, who chatted with host Tyler Kern about his future-forward visions for Concept Systems.  After spending almost 15 years at the Boeing Company, Strong knows a thing or two about […]

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Beyond the Concept: Automation in the Airlines and Aerospace Markets
November 16, 2021

Steve Strong, Regional Engineering Manager, Seattle, at Concept Systems, spoke with Tyler Kern about some of the automation challenges in the airline and aerospace industries. Something both markets have in common: they each have expensive and complex products to manufacture and automate. Strong said because of these complexities, the proposals Concept Systems does and […]

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Beyond the Concept: Crane Retrofits
October 18, 2021

Michael Maas, Senior Engineer, and Sergei Furduy, Principal Engineer at Concept Systems, Inc., joined Beyond the Concept’s Tyler Kern to discuss all things crane retrofits. There are several instances where crane retrofits might come into play. Older cranes with aging parts are one example Maas offered. “Also, if you want to gain more functionality […]

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Beyond the Concept: UL 508A Components Selection Considerations
September 22, 2021

Donavan Moore, the Electrical Design Department Manager at Concept Systems, educated host Tyler Kern on the considerations and selection process for UL 508A components. UL 508A is the standard for the construction of industrial control panels with the first edition coming out in 2001. “It’s been the go-to standard for industrial control panel design,” Moore […]

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Beyond the Concept: Remote Diagnosis of Problems Helps Optimize Production
August 25, 2020

Whether it’s peeling potatoes or managing a city’s water supply, optimizing production is an important component of any manufacturing business. In the past, automation systems were difficult to fine-tune without a significant disruption, but with things becoming increasingly digital and more and more products being designed with things like Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx distrusted control […]

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Beyond The Concept: The Role Robotics Plays in the Future of Manufacturing
August 10, 2020

It may not be Rosie from the Jetsons, but robots are certainly here to stay in American life. It just turns out robots are a lot better at manufacturing than they are around the house. Advances in robotics in recent years are changing the manufacturing industry, said Eric Potter, Director of Engineering at FANUC […]

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Beyond the Concept: Why Automation Makes Sense from an ROI Perspective
June 15, 2020

Robots and automation may seem like an expensive idea for many business owners, but automation be more within reach than previously thought and can produce excellent return on investment. Whether painting a factory or removing waste in a facility’s process, the ROI for automation can often be measured in months. “Automation in and of […]

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