Problem Solved Book by Torben Kjaer

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The simple truth is that machine and production performance, no matter what the industry, all suffer from the same foundational issues – things like the ability of machines and processes to self-recover after genuine production stoppages, misleading and inconsistent HMI and SCADA reporting that leaves operators and maintenance personnel confused and in the dark, and a far too common lack of access to control software that would otherwise allow you to get these issues resolved.

Most companies accept underperforming lines as a normal part of doing business with no room for improvement. They use ad-hoc code that is written by career electricians-turned-programmers who are stuck with their own creations because there’s no outside expertise or, worse yet, a deliberate OEM mentality of protectionism keeps companies locked out from their own systems.

Isn’t it time you found out how many of your problems with machine and line performance could be resolved purely through software efforts, through the elimination of badly written controls software?

In this breakthrough book, you’ll discover:

  • The real reasons why there are so many issues with automated production line performance.
  • What critical role technology, and more so, software platforms play in modern control systems.
  • Why the written software at all levels of automated systems are so crucial to real performance success.
  • How embedded locked down software impedes the future of fully automated factories.
  • Why initial capex cost reduction costs manufacturing so much more in the long run
  • Why open-source and independent software platforms are a must in modern facilities
  • What IIOT, Industry 4.0, and other such buzzwords really mean for you and the future success of manufacturers.

 
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Problem Solved Book by Torben Kjaer

Production line automation expert Torben Kjaer is Australia’s most respected authority for project or engineering managers who want to get the most profitability from their manufacturing production lines. With over three decades of experience in the manufacturing automation industry working with both small businesses and large multibillion dollar corporations, he has learned there is definitely such a thing as “the right way” to implement systems, while “the wrong way” costs companies immeasurably.

Through his many years of implementing turnkey systems and repairing poorly performing machines, Torben has seen and handled the complex foundational issues that plague line performance such as poor automation, faulty machine interfaces, and bad coding structures. He has now decided to share his insights and know-how so you can maximise your line’s production.

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“I am impressed with this book! It is a delightful guide, full of important information for those who are new to the industry as well as industry veterans. It clearly discusses automation principles in common man’s language rather than programmer’s jargon and has many real-life examples, which makes it easy to understand.

I would recommend this book to all manufacturing operations and engineering management teams to get the grasp of basics involved in successful automation. I especially like the many practical, down-to-earth suggestions Torben offers, including how we can improve automation practices for the ultimate survival and betterment of the Australian manufacturing industry – to make it “rise like a phoenix from the ashes”.

This is not just a splendid book; it is a spectacular one. It is fastidiously researched and profusely illustrated and will certainly make you think and change your thought processes around automation implementation practices. And it’s no exaggeration to say that the book reflects Torben’s enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism – his qualities shine through on every page.”

Amit Patel

New Projects Manager, VIRBAC Australia PTY Limited

“This book is a wonderful insight into how the right automation techniques can improve the efficiencies of today’s production line. I have been engaging Torben to work on automation projects for the last 12 years, including improving efficiencies of existing plant safety upgrades to bring equipment up to today’s standards as well as new installations.

As an OEM we require the best outcomes when completing work for our clients and Torben provides this. His attitude and attention to detail, flexibility and work are why he is a preferred supplier of mine. His book is definitely worth reading.”

Daniel Smith

Project Engineer of an Australian OEM

“Having been at the manufacturing coal-face for decades and personally seen the impact of ‘crap code’ on machine efficiency and fault recovery, Torben has captured all his first-hand experience, distilled it and shared it in this book.

Whether you’re an Operations, Engineering or Production Manager, you owe it to your business to understand the steps you can take to minimise downtime, increase throughput, improve overall efficiency and reduce operator frustration.
The book guides you to ask certain questions such as, “Do you own the code in your machines?” to raise awareness that you might not! These questions help you understand the risks to your business and how to mitigate them. They also influence purchasing decisions by ensuring equipment specifications include requirements for ‘open source,’ meaning you’re prepared for the IIoT, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory.

Read this book, read it again, and then share it amongst your teams. You’ll be rewarded time and time again, and your operators and CFO will love you for it!”

John Broadbent

Director of mQ Intelligence and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at UTS

“A good read full of anecdotes and pearls of wisdom on the mysteries of industrial automation. Torben has always been ahead of the game and innovative in a very complex and rapidly changing world. This book is a measure of his passion for understanding and commitment to best practice in all projects he undertakes.”

Peter Horn

Principal Engineer, AB Mandal Group Pty Ltd

“Problem Solved is a must-read for all those that interact, design or depend upon machines in this day and age. Torben has distilled the complexity that seems so impenetrable for so many into a narrative that is engaging as well as informative. It would be especially useful for those without a technical background to inform themselves of the thought processes of professionals that have the passion to “do it right” the first time.

All machines that we use today, almost without exception, depend on microprocessors and, more importantly, the programming of those microprocessors. This includes everything from your coffee maker to your washing machine to your car, not to mention manufacturing machines.

This book illustrates what must be done to lay the foundation of good code and the difficulties that can be encountered, as well as how to approach programming in order for machines and processes to deliver their promise.”

Marc Christensen

National Engineering Manager, Stramit Building Products

“I have worked with Torben on multiple projects over the years and have seen the practical outcomes of his methods on real systems. There is no doubt that he has the vision to scale the changing approach to automation in a real practical way.

This book takes a very practical approach to solving the biggest challenge in automation industry today, software platform independence. Torben is spot on when he says that “elevation of software platforms must continue, gradually eliminating the lower trivial layers of coding.

The time has come when software needs to break its shackles and become independent of the hardware. Focusing on process rather than coding will help the automation industry achieve what it aspires to.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for more efficiency during the design of automation projects and later in regards to production efficiency and long-term systems maintainability.

I hope Torben’s book shakes up current thinking and actually brings about long-awaited changes that are needed by the control industry.”

Rohit Sandlesh

Site Manager, Austech

Based on 30 years of being involved with the manufacturing automation industry, Torben has seen the same complex foundational issues across the board, regardless or production specifics. He has seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. Most of the issues that project or engineering managers face are in the integration of “off-the-shelf” solutions and the robustness of the software written inside each piece of electronics that makes up a complete machine, production line, and even the facility itself.

Torben has learned the strategies and techniques you need for creating long-term value that addresses the ever-growing and changing needs of manufacturing – and now he’s laid them out in his breakthrough book, Problem Solved.

  • The real reasons why there are so many issues with automated production line performance.
  • What critical role technology, and more so, software platforms play in modern control systems.
  • Why the written software at all levels of automated systems are so crucial to real performance success.
  • How embedded locked down software impedes the future of fully automated factories.
  • Why initial capex cost reduction costs manufacturing so much more in the long run
  • Why open-source and independent software platforms are a must in modern facilities
  • What IIOT, Industry 4.0, and other such buzzwords really mean for you and the future success of manufacturers.
Problem Solved Book by Torben Kjaer