Author Archive | Ed Diehl

Apple Car?

We scour the Internet for any mention of Concept Systems, and recently this one from popped up. I’m not one to pass on rumors, but this is a pretty good one so I need to share it.

One of our own, Sawyer Cohen, is said to be working on the highly secret Apple car.

Sawyer is a brilliant engineer. He worked with our Seattle team coming fresh out of Stanford, before returning to California to join Apple. Go get ‘em Sawyer! And keep us in mind when it comes time to automate the factory!

You can read more about the Apple car in this Wall Street Journal article.

Actionable Information in Every Decision-maker’s Hands

iphone-oee-screen-line-downIf you are in manufacturing operations, you probably have an ever-growing thirst for factory floor data. And while the world around you seems completely connected, your plant is not. You have dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of plant floor assets that are operating in isolated silos. Your people are walking around with clipboards gathering production data, pulling quality reports, reading charts, collecting, collating, and compiling to provide some semblance of information. Or worse yet, you are going without any information at all. Where can you increase productivity? Reduce cost? Improve quality? Without ready access to actionable information you are losing out on a tremendous opportunity to improve your operation and your bottom line.

The Wave7 platform by NultyIQ is specifically designed to put actionable information about your assets into your hands in real time. This cost-effective platform is scalable; you can start with just one asset and add on from there. There is no need for a massive infrastructure; the Wave7 Droplets connect to your assets and communicate with each other forming their own network. Your data can be stored in the cloud, eliminating the need for investment in servers and storage. Wave7 is a native HTML5 application, which means it seamlessly integrates with all mobile devices so that you can access your plant floor information securely from your phone, iPad, or laptop. You can access this information securely from anywhere, at any time. Wave7 provides a variety of ways to turn your plant floor data into easy to understand, actionable information using modern, intuitive graphical displays and reports.

Contact NulytIQ today to learn more about Wave7 and how we can bring actionable information to you easily and cost-effectively.

About us: NultyIQ (pronounced NEW-LIT-IK, and short for new analytics) is a sister company to Concept Systems (, a national award-winning control system integrator and automation solution provider. NulytIQ exists to fulfill a single, focused mission: Turn data into actionable information in real time, driving bottom line gains for our customers. NulytIQ’s Wave7 platform is built on the experience and knowledge gained over 15 years of providing plant floor control and automation systems to hundreds of large and small manufacturers across a wide variety of industries. We saw a common theme: factories operate in small, isolated islands of automation. And the information products on the market supposedly designed to connect these silos were costly and complicated, requiring a huge initial investment in servers, databases, software, and licensing fees. They were also built on old technology, limiting their ability to serve today’s need for Big Data. Finally, these platforms were built to serve the needs of other industries, not the ones we were serving day in and day out. We decided to turn the market on its head and take a completely fresh approach to this challenge. That’s how and why Wave7 was born; to provide a cost-effective, flexible, scalable information platform built on modern software architectures.

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Trends in System Integration

Four system integration experts offer their insights on manufacturing and what lies ahead for the industry. System integrators are vital to sustaining growth in manufacturing.

Ed Diehl, executive director, Concept Systems Inc, Albany, Oregon. (ranked #22 in the 2014 SI Giants):

“There’s been a big surge in robotics-based technology, robotic work cells. We’re finding that the price point for robots has come down and because skilled resources aren’t available, companies who were not doing it before are now looking to automate.

“Intelligent robots using 3-D scanning are a little more adaptable. That’s becoming a bigger part of what we do. We’re also seeing some middle-market companies, companies that haven’t automated in the past, looking at robotics.

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How System Integrators Can Help Fill the Skills Gap

By partnering with a system integrator, you can tackle some of your biggest challenges—without hiring additional skilled staff.

If you are a U.S. manufacturer, you already know this fact: skilled people are hard to find. From production line workers, to skilled trade people, technicians, and engineers, finding the right skillsets to support your production is a significant challenge.

At the same time, you face intense competitive pressures to increase productivity, improve quality, introduce new products to the market, and reduce cost.

These combined forces—lack of resources and competitive pressures—have led many manufacturers to improve and expand their automation. Automation makes sense on many levels. To begin with, using properly selected and applied automation, manufacturers need fewer people on the plant floor and can eliminate dangerous and repetitive tasks. Plus, automation has a successful track record in making companies more competitive. Continue Reading →