The Importance of Thorough System Testing

May 15, 2018

Properly performed tests can provide a high level of assurance that a system will not have problems in startup and operation. Short of that, problems can prevail. All automation projects ideally follow a process that reflects the classic systems engineering V model, whereby a need is identified, which drives requirements. Requirements are analyzed and broken […]

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FRC Flash of Genius

February 15, 2018

As insightful as conventional high school career aptitude surveys with pen and paper can be — hands-on, real world experience is instrumental in shaping capable young minds. Add high stakes adrenaline and stiff competition to the equation, and FRC Flash 1319 Robotics Team emerges as a fusion between the three. This FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition […]

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How to Be Compliant With Your Burner Management System

February 5, 2018

Fired equipment is dangerous and requires special attention, engineering knowledge, experience and training. What does a risk-based equivalent BMS design actually mean? And how can you be sure your equipment is safe? Implementing a burner management system (BMS) requires a competent engineering team to design and deliver a compliant system that is safe to operate. […]

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The significant financial benefits of proper front end loading on a Burner Management System project

November 16, 2017

aeSolutions agrees with the findings of the Construction Industry Institute (CII). The CII has done extensive research on improving project success. Through quantitative analysis of 62 projects, as noted in Analysis of Pre-Project Planning Effort and Success Variables for Capital Facility Projects, they found that the front end loading (FEL) “effort level directly affects the […]

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Getting the Next Generation Interested in Cybersecurity

October 24, 2016

I recently volunteered to teach a TechGirlz workshop in Philadelphia as part of National Cybersecurity Month. TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization that is focused on encouraging middle-school age girls to become interested in technology and tech careers. The topic was “How Computers Talk”. In about three hours the girls were introduced to the basics of computer […]

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NFPA 85, 86 and 87 – Buyer Beware

September 22, 2016

The latest 2015 editions of NFPA 85, 86 and 87 partially invoke the concepts of a Safety Instrumented System as defined by ISA S84 / IEC 61511. In the US, these standards / codes cover the majority of installed Burner Management Systems (BMS) associated with boilers, HRSGs, dryers, ovens, fluid heaters, incinerators, thermal oxidizers, etc. […]

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Light the Night with aeSolutions

September 12, 2016

If you happened to be visiting an aeSolutions office last week, you might have noticed something a little…funny. Gone were the business-casual polos and dress shirts most of our staff wear during the week; instead, many employees were sporting funny t-shirts and jeans, vying for the honor of “funniest t-shirt in the company.” Was this […]

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T-shirts, polos, and flannels, oh my! Making casual day work across the country.

May 13, 2016

In the world of employment policies, there is a magical two-word phrase that suddenly changes one key policy (the infamous dress code) into something completely different: “casual day.” The casual day is a specific time when employees are allowed, and sometimes encouraged, to dress in a more casual, relaxed, and laidback style than the normal […]

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