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Host and Automation Support Engineer, Auston Davidson discusses the latest products and trends in industrial automation with experts in the field.
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There are many variables when troubleshooting network connections on the plant floor. With these variations brings different skills sets, many of which traditionally lie with IT personnel. In this episode Auston and new co-host Emily Ward discuss diagnosing network issues on the plant floor with the expertise of Geno Porter of Fluke Corporation and Jim Davis of Fluke Networks. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Plea...
Diagnosing problems always starts with gathering information and proper identification is paramount. In this episode Auston talks with Dustin Stumpf of Brady Corporation to learn how they are enabling problem solvers and addressing the changing expectations of an evolving workforce. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the information contained in this podcast series is subject to our discla...
As we move into fall and the sun starts to set sooner, outdoor lighting becomes more important. In this episode Auston is joined by Michele Ryan of Cooper Lighting Solutions to discuss the shortcomings of traditional HID lighting options and navigate the process and benefits of transitioning to modern LED options.Links to the tools mentioned in the episode:Light Architecthttps://www.cooperlighting.com/global/solutions/technologies/light-architectThe payback calculator can be downloaded from t...
Trending - Most manufacturing facilities are now requiring vendor managed inventory (VMI) as a service. In this episode Auston talks with Sean Leahy, president of Storeroom Logix, and Mark Graham, regional CAP manager with McNaughton-McKay, about how our organizations are working together to create the “virtual storeroom of the future” by blurring the lines between distribution warehouse and manufacturing storeroom. Listen in for the full scoop.Learn more about our inventory management ...
With the Channel Asset Management Program (CHAMP), McNaughton-McKay partners with you to repair and remanufacture broken-down equipment, closely following the repair process until the part is back on your plant floor. Not only is repairing more economical than buying new, it could even get you up and running faster with recent inventory shortages and supply chain issues. Bob Minton, CHAMP specialist and CAP supervisor out of Madison Heights, Michigan talks with Auston about the difference bet...
Batteries and electric vehicles may not be new, but large-scale production and increasing improvements to technology are. Stephanie Van Kirk of Rockwell Automation talks to Auston about how to address the infrastructure and personnel challenges caused by an increasing demand for EV and battery production. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com or visit our website www.mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you ...
How often should you be doing arc flash studies? What about personnel training? Is your maintenance staff confident about the PPE they should be wearing for each piece of equipment they work on to avoid injury and power interruption? Jason Dahlberg of Advanced Safety & Energy talks to Auston about how to stay ahead of arc flash hazards to protect workers and keep your plant up and running.If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com or visit our website www.mc-mc.com. Th...
No two HMI deployments are the same. Luckily the new FactoryTalk® Optix™ visualization platform is product agnostic and capable of custom programming, allowing almost endless scalability to fit any application. Auston talks to Rockwell Automation's Paul Haikal about the flexibility of the platform and what makes FactoryTalk Optix the single best solution for your HMI needs. Learn more about FactoryTalk Optix on the McNaughton-McKay website.If you have any questions, reach out at p...
Alarms are an integral part of understanding the status of your machine and process. But too many of them and you are left deciding what is important and what is basically noise. In this episode Auston is joined by Jeremy Meegan of WIN-911 and they discuss proper ways to sound the alarm. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com or visit our website www.mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it help...
Mechatronics. What is it? Systems Engineer Randy Mueller breaks down the terminology and explains why it's important to prioritize both mechanical and electrical considerations early in any project. He also provides some real life examples of how McNaughton-McKay has helped customers marry the two to benefit the efficiency and longevity of their systems. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com or visit our website www.mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series ...
I/O Link is an industrial protocol that allows you to access the health and status actuators and sensing devices on the plant floor. But what if you took it a step further and had the capability to get all of this information wirelessly? In this episode Auston talks with Reid Schook, President of CoreTigo to discuss how they are pushing the standards with industrial wireless automation to enable smarter, more adaptive manufacturing.If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com or ...
Have you ever tried to open a twist off cap only to realize you are going to need a bottle opener? In this episode Auston talks with Max Davitt of LinMot to discuss issues surrounding capping applications and where legacy techniques may fall short of modern applications. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the information conta...
In this episode Auston is joined by Geno Porter of Fluke to discuss ways that individuals can make a difference in their plant by assessing the energy usage and power quality of their machine circuits. This includes the use of Fluke's 1770 line of Power Quality Analyzers for various load and power quality studies. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful...
In this episode Auston is follows up with Chris Brogli of Ross Controls to continue their discussion on safe fluid power. They discuss how to properly assess and mitigate the risks of energy related to compressed gases and pressurized liquids. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the information contained in this podcast s...
Machine safety standards dictate that all hazardous energy must be properly controlled during service or maintenance of the machine. Did you know this includes not only electrical energy, but also things like compressed air and pressurized liquids? In this episode Auston is joined by Chris Brogli of Ross Controls to discuss safe fluid power. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and...
In this week's episode Auston is joined again by Steven Hazelton of RoviSys for the 2nd half of their two part series on batch processing. In this episode they discuss the various types of complexities within batch processing systems, from PLC driven to full scale batch processing. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the infor...
In this week's episode Auston is joined by Steven Hazelton of RoviSys for the first of a two part series on batch processing. In this series they clear up the confusion around what batch processing is and help us determine if a process would benefit from a batch solution. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the information con...
It is often hard to determine where power quality gremlins reside and how to flush them out. Fortunate for us, Denison Technologies has a team of expert exterminators. Take a listen as Auston discusses the symptoms, causes, and impacts of poor power quality with Dianne Denison. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience and we hope you find it helpful. Please note, however, that the info...
Maintenance often doesn't have the tools at-hand to do their jobs as effectively as possible. They're either still using paper records or spreadsheets, or stuck using a cumbersome tool like SAP that has a maintenance management system (CMMS) but only as an afterthought. Join Auston as he discuss the Life of a Work Order with Chris Luecke of Fiix Software.If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.com. The McNaughton-McKay Podcast series is made available for your convenience a...
We tend to give lots of attention to the 'logical' design of our Ethernet/IP network, but we should give just as much attention to the physical design. How to lay out the cabling and switches so that we build a resilient and expandable network. In this episode Auston is joined by Brent Murray of Panduit to discuss proper ways to design your physical network infrastructure and how McNaughton-McKay and Panduit Services can help. If you have any questions, reach out at podcast@mc-mc.c...
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