|Date||Feature Article Summary||Employee Spotlight||URL|
|January 2014||The Best Engineers = The Best Solutions - This month our feature article is on the Professional Engineer license and what it means to you if you need to hire an engineering company to assist with your automation needs. We congratulate Senior Engineer, Nick Hitchcock, who recently reached this career milestone.||Lien Gangte||Click Here|
Happy Holidays!- With the holiday season upon us, we are grateful to our wonderful employees, customers, partners and friends for another successful year.
|November 2013||Converting Obsolete Siemens S5 PLCs to Siemens S7 - As a certified Siemens Solution Partner, we often act as a pioneer in converting machines with existing obsolete Siemens S5 PLCs to the latest Siemens S7 control platform, reaping big benefits for the manufacturer.||Anne Marie Thomas||Click Here|
Commissioning and Debugging Using a Siemens CP34 Series Communication Module - Technical article from Nick Clark - a few good tips and tricks to make your automation challenges a little easier.
|Alex Kennedy||Click Here|
Patti Engineering Strategically Restructures - Patti Hoff Transitions into New Role as President of Patti Engineering - Organizational structure changes within Patti Engineering positions the company to better serve clients and accelerate growth initiatives.
|Patti Hoff||Click Here|
|August 2013||The Clayton R. Smith Memorial Scholarship - Patti Engineering honors Clayton's memory by establishing the "Clayton R. Smith Memorial Scholarship" at Kettering University.||Ryan Wussow||Click Here|
Chrysler Taps Patti Engineering for Siemens TRANSLINE 2000 & Mitsubishi PLC/HMI Expertise - Patti Enginering participates in a wide variety of Chrysler projects at the forefront of technology advances in auto manufacturing automation.
|Moez Moradipour||Click Here|
Matrox Imaging - The Advancement of Machine Vision Systems - Machine vision systems have come a long way in the last decade. The technology is evolving rapidly and Matrox Imaging is at the forefront of technology advances, creating new opportunities on the manufacturing floor.
|Wayne Hachenberg||Click Here|
|May 2013||CSIA Update - Removing yourself from the day-to-day operations of your business in order to step back and take a 30,000-foot view of your company has proven to be invaluable to the Patti Engineering team. The 20th Annual CSIA Conference which took place in May provided that opportunity, we recap the value of the event in this article.||Erik Pedersen||Click Here|
|Best Practices for System Integrators - It’s All About Project Management - Our Vice President of Operations, Ken Kutchek, recently teamed up with one of our partners, Indusoft, to host a webinar on System Integrators Best Practices. Ken shares the key takeaways.||Mark Schofield||Click Here|
Patti Engineering Demonstrated Programming Expertise at Manufacturing in America Symposium - Senior Electrical Engineer, Terrance Brinkley, presented a technical seminar on programming the Siemens Transline 2000 standard. Patti Engineering also hosted an executive luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club where more than a dozen executives gathered to discuss the state of the industry, current issues and concerns, and challenges in manufacturing. Learn more in this month's article.
|Terrance Brinkley||Click Here|
|February 2013||Patti Engineering Giving Back to the Community - Strong communities build strong companies and we have a long history of community involvement. There are three main charities we donate to on a regular basis with financial gifts and volunteer time: Michigan Regional Future City Competition, the FIRST Robotics Competition, and the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, MI. In this article we will share updates on our participation in each of these three wonderful charities.||Joe Palace
|January 2013||Patti Engineering is named Control Engineering Magazine's
'2013 System Integrator of the Year' - Expert industry judges' in-depth review of formal business practices, customer satisfaction and project success earns the company top recognition from one of the most well respected magazines in the automation industry. This month we will share more details on this important accomplishment and its significance.
|Sam & Patti Hoff||Click Here|
|December 2012||Holiday Greetings - We're grateful for all of our partners, clients, employees and communities in which we work!||Click Here|
|November 2012||Patti Engineering Takes Fun into the Fast Lane
Formula 1 Racing - In the spirit of the festive and fun holiday season, our article this month is about our recent outing with clients and partners to the Formula 1 Race in Austin, Texas. Fun in the FAST lane is always exciting!
|Brian Trapani||Click Here|
|October 2012||Patti Engineering Provides Engineering Expertise for Auto Industry's First 9-speed Transmission - Thanks to our relationship with ThyssenKrupp System Engineering (TKSE), Patti Engineering is excited to be part of the TKSE team implementing the equipment to build the auto industry's first 9-speed transmission in the Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo, Indiana. This groundbreaking project will enhance auto fuel economy and performance.
||Nick Clark||Click Here|
|September 2012||Kawasaki Robotics Upgrade Project Proves Successful - In this month's article we will describe one of our recent successful projects for Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc., which involved upgrading a robotics underbody sealer system's vision system and upgrading Mitsubishi A Series PLC to a Mitsubishi Q Series PLC. Patti Engineering, an Authorized Mitsubishi Integrator, was selected for this project because of our extensive expertise and proven performance in integrating Mitsubishi automation technology.||Steve Buffmyer||Click Here|
Fun Fuels Patti Engineering Across the Finish Line - In the spirit of our "work hard, play hard" philosophy; Patti Engineering has a 'Fun Fund'. In addition, there is the #13 Patti Engineering race car co-owned by our Business Development Director, Rick Schoonover, and Vice President of Engineering, Dave Foster. Read our article this month to learn more about the fun side of Patti Engineering!
|Dave Foster||Click Here|
|June 2012||Patti Engineering Makes its Mark in Texas - Celerating the second year anniversary of our Texas branch, Patti Engineering's success in this energy rich market is the topic for our article this month. We will explain the catalyst for our expansion, the reasons we chose Texas, and our plans for future growth.||Nick Hitchcock||Click Here|
|May 2012||Engineering Chatter Blog - Patti Engineering's first FedEx day led the way to our new "Engineer Chatter" blog. Our intent is for this blog to be informal and informative, a quick and easy way for our community of partners, clients, and colleagues to engage our engineers. Quick technical questions or more in-depth inquiries are all welcome. We enjoy sharing our areas of technical expertise.||Jacob Miles||Click Here|
|April 2012||The Importance of Lot Trace Systems in Today's Manufacturing - Patti Engineering's team of engineers have been developing and refining Lot Trace Systems for over a decade. Beyond what it can do for you in the event of an unforeseen problem, "Lot Traceability" is critical to the improvement of manufacturing productivity, efficiency and quality assurance. In many cases, the return on investment far outweighs the cost of developing and implementing a good Lot Trace System.||Dan Teferi||Click Here|
|March 2012||FIRST Robotics Competition - Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The theme for this years' robot building competition involves basketball. Patti Engineering is proud to be sponsoring six high school teams.||Ken Kutchek||Click Here|
|February 2012||FedEx Day - In his book "Drive", Daniel Pink maintains there are three elements of true intrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. He describes FedEx Day as an example of an activity that helps boost morale, creativity and productivity. These one-day bursts of autonomy allow people to work on anything they want (as long as it's not part of their regular job) - provided they show what they've created to their colleagues 24 hours later. See the results of Patti Engineering’s first FedEx Day.||Ryan Hibbert||Click Here|
|January 2012||ESD Michigan Regional Future City Competition - The Future City Competition challenges students to design a city of the future - and have fun doing it. This program was designed to promote technological literacy and engineering to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications and helps students better understand the practical applications of mathematical and scientific principles.||Duane Edgar||Click Here|
|November 2011||Powertrain Control Systems - Integration Solutions Yield Increase in ROI - Patti Engineering has extensive experience in powertrain controls projects and ongoing support delivery. With all eyes on the bottom line and ROI, the plant floor needs to operate at peak efficiency with as little down time as possible. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) need to communicate vital build information to the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) which needs to integrate seamlessly with accurate information to enable the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System to facilitate faster and more informed decisions, supporting and streamlining business processes at all levels. Our expertise is bridging the gap between the factory floor and top floor.||Aju Mathew||Click Here|
|October 2011||DCS vs. PLC - With the advancement of the microprocessor and automation technology, the lines have blurred between the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). It is more challenging than ever for process manufacturers to select the best technology for their application.||Georgia Whalen||Click Here|
|September 2011||Backyard Barbeque Foundation of Patti Engineering 15 year Partnership with World Class Client, Johnson Controls, Inc. - Patti Engineering's successful business partnership with JCI began 15 years ago with just a casual backyard conversation. Patti Engineering collaborates with JCI on system architecture and data structure requirements for manufacturing execution system (MES) applications operating in the space between the front office information technology (IT) and plant floor operations.||Dave Malkan||Click Here|
|August 2011||Forensic Engineering and Serving as an Expert Witness - An expert witness uses extensive experience and expertise to uncover the primary cause of why a system and/or project has failed in terms of quality, cost, schedule, functionality and performance. A Professional Engineer (PE) experienced in Forensic Engineering and experienced with testifying as an expert witness, can be critical to the outcome of a lawsuit.||Lynn Minard||Click Here|
|July 2011||Industrial IT Security can no Longer Rely on Just Fortress Building - The Stuxnet Virus which attacks Siemens S7 PLC and their WinCC SCADA software, has opened our eyes. As more and more IT based devices have made their way into industrial settings, the protection of these devices from those wanting to do harm has not kept up the pace.||Steve Plamgren||Click Here|
|June 2011||Kinect Revolutionizes Robotics - Learn how Microsoft's release of the Kinect, a $150 add-on for Xbox 360 that allows players to direct the action in a game simply by moving their bodies, has impacted robotics vision systems. While most people were fascinated by the controller-free interface, roboticists saw something else entirely: an affordable, lightweight camera that could capture 3-D images in real time.||Rick Schoonover||Click Here|
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