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COVID-19 Message from PDA
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our employees and their families, our clients and our customers. We are taking the necessary steps to stay informed and engaged with the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidance for preventing and reducing the spread…

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Enhanced Inspection Services
With equipment maintenance you are constantly dealing with the need for: The system to function at its full ability A detailed inspection (recording of actual conditions) A smooth overhaul (planning and prioritization) Equipment modernization and retrofits You need a solution that offers: Detailed physical and infrared inspection of control components,…

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PDA Upgrades Failing Controls for Large U.S. Manufacturer
Process and Data Automation (PDA) reviewed and refined the scope of work required to upgrade failing controls equipment for one of the largest privately-held manufacturers of ice cream and frozen treats in the United States, at their production facilities in upstate New York.  The clients needed the upgrades since the…

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Joe Snyder Talks Shop on Behrend Talks Radio Series
In a recently aired Business Spotlight Behrend Talks interview, Process and Data President, Joe Snyder, gives a revealing look into PDA’s history, Joe’s personal path to entrepreneurship, the importance of being located on the Penn State Behrend campus and becoming a part of Krones. This interview, which aired on January…

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Upgrade to Grit Well Controls for a Pennsylvania Borough WWTP
The latest entry into our Digitalization Digest consists of a project for a Pennsylvania Borough of an existing Grit Well control system that was based on a DCS system. The system was proving to be very costly and now effectively obsolete and could not be readily expanded. The system’s age…

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Bridging the IT/OT Gap
In a December article in Control,  Scott McCausland, PDA digitalization services manager discussed the need for cybersecurity on the plant-floor and how it really catalyzed when data acquisition (DAQ) devices and historians began to evolve. Similar to most cybersecurity efforts, PDA deploys defense-in-depth layers that make users secure enough based…

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Network Assessment: Line Specific
You are constantly dealing with: Demand for equipment connectivity Obsolete and aged equipment Disconnected equipment ISA-95 Model standards The necessity for smart manufacturing You need a solution that offers: Outputs like; status quo network scan, full inventory documentation, traffic scan summaries. and recommendations. In-plant, physical tracing of port-to-port connections including;…

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Give Yourself Peace of Mind with our Plant Support Agreement
Plant Support Service Agreements from Process and Data Automation (PDA): Offering a Spectrum of Services to Our Customers There are many advantages to Plant Support Services Agreements from PDA, however only at the point you need support, do you realize just how beneficial it is to have access to a…

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Digitalization Digest: Issue 1 – Network Review and Upgrade
Network Review and Upgrade for a Chemical Company The first entry in our Digitalization Digest (articles and thoughts regarding manufacturing plant digitalization) consists of an Ethernet modernization planning project for a chemical company located in the southeastern USA.  The company has seven distinct site locations on a campus that employs…

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Plant Support Service Agreements: Part 3
WHO: Food Manufacturer PROBLEM: Corporate Sales at the Food Manufacturer landed a big contract that required them to re-work one of their rooms. The project had a very aggressive timeline to finish and their normal sales cycle was not fast enough. HOW WE SOLVED IT: PDA was able to re-work…

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