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VR simulation reduces actual commissioning costs dramatically

VR simulation reduces actual commissioning costs dramatically

Computer simulation comes in all kinds of applications. Many virtual worlds are purely for fun, such as racing games or SimCity. And although several colleagues at Selmers are certainly not averse to this, this blog is primarily about business VR applications. Much like flight, ship and drive simulators, Selmers in turn uses Virtual Reality to…
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Standardization by modularity provides flexibility to quickly move equipment and factories

Standardization by modularity provides flexibility to quickly move equipment and factories

After years in which customization was considered the holy grail, almost everyone nowadays strives for standardization. From a cost point of view and in order to be able to reuse knowledge, this makes perfect sense. By adding modularity to standardization, for example within our own SPMS, we can flexibly automate a wide range of industries.…
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From equipment to e-quipment through system integration

From equipment to e-quipment through system integration

In team sport, buying only the best individual players is no guarantee for success. It is only with the right communication and alignment that the trophy cabinet can be filled. In industries it actually works the same way. No matter how good individual machines are, a production line will only run smoothly with adequate system…
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Traceability at the touch of a button

Traceability at the touch of a button

The term traceability is commonly associated with the food industry. That only makes sense since the health of consumers is at stake. For food producers, traceability also serves as an internal tool to prevent huge costs and reputational damage due to a recall. Obviously, these worries cause sleepless nights in other industries as well. To…
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From big data to smart data to smart industries

From big data to smart data to smart industries

‘To measure is to know’ is a commonly used motto across all industries. Many companies, however still fail to really live up to it. Capturing production and other data is often limited to the use of PLCs, leaving oceans of potentially relevant data unused. Moreover, the available data lose their context as long as reviewing…
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Entering Industry 4.0 with Selmers SSP

Entering Industry 4.0 with Selmers SSP

For years, Selmers has been renowned for being the world’s leading supplier of reliable, high quality pipe blasting and pipe coating systems and pipe handling equipment, both onshore and offshore. Along the way, we have helped many clients prepare for Industry 4.0 on a project basis through a range of software and robotics solutions. Seeking…
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Improving plant performance is a joint effort

Improving plant performance is a joint effort

Commissioning our pipe blasting and coating equipment at the client’s site is something we still look forward to and enjoy doing at Selmers. Unlike with real children, this includes leaving our ‘baby’ in other people’s arms afterwards. Then again, it hardly ever ends there. We usually stay involved for its entire existence to literally watch…
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Taking safety in heavy industries to the next level

Taking safety in heavy industries to the next level

Unlike many modern household appliances, installing heavy-duty pipe blasting and coating equipment is not a matter of plug & play. Another striking difference is the degree of danger involved in operating them. Finding the delicate balance between production demands on one hand and safety requirements on the other can be very challenging. Selmers puts safety…
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Losing control of your processes? Get a grip!

Losing control of your processes? Get a grip!

In controlling your processes, the use of KPIs and the subsequent reporting on them, are key. However, in the pipe blasting and coating business, the amount of data that can actually be used for analysis is generally limited. The same goes for functionalities of the average PLC. Hence, many production sites are suffering from control…
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Never stop asking ‘why’

Never stop asking ‘why’

‘Dad, why doesn’t anyone pass the ball to the man with the whistle?’ ‘Because he is the referee, son.’ ‘Mom, why do you never switch channels on TV?’ ‘Because I can also watch Netflix, dear.’ Just some ordinary questions children would ask their parents out of curiosity. Once we grow up, however, many of us…
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