ESE recently became an official SolarWinds Authorized Partner. SolarWinds is a company that offers a suite of products that continuously monitors Ethernet Networks and data centers. It can monitor for network outages, bottlenecks, issues with individual network nodes (a PLC, drive, or PC). It can even monitor server resources like memory, processor utilization, and hard drive space.
Ethernet networks can be complicated. There is enough to keep up with in the automation world without learning the intricacies of layer-3 switching and routing, Quality of Service rules, VLANs, network segmentation, demilitarized zones, and firewalls. However, networks leveraging these technologies are becoming more prevalent (and necessary) in production environments. And the health of these networks is critically important to reliable operations.
ESE’s partnership with SolarWinds gives our customers a simple and powerful tool that will empower them to monitor the performance and operation of their complex networks.
To learn more about SolarWinds you can visit their website or contact us for additional questions.
MARSHFIELD, Wis. – ESE, Inc., a control system integration company that designs and develops plant automation systems for the food and beverage industry, recently hired Jim Mordell as a Project Manager.
Mordell has over 26 years of engineering experience in mechanical engineering analysis and design, technical management, project management and automation. He’s served in a variety of industries including: power generation, aircraft controls, turbo machinery OEM and aftermarket, packaging, food, paper and industrial automation. Mordell is a past Chapter President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ESE recently gained accreditation as a VMWare Professional Solution Partner. VMWare is a company that provides cloud computing and virtualization software and services. ESE has leveraged VMware technology for several years to provide robust, highly available systems using features within both Rockwell Automation and VMWare software
ESE’s Director of Engineering was recently quoted in Food Engineering. The article was titled, “Why investing in food safety helps everyone” and was in the October issue. Kevin’s quote is below and a link to the full article can be found here.
“We have experienced customers’ need for greater flexibility in the creation of cleaning programs so they can tailor the programs to effectively clean individual circuits,” says Kevin Nowack, director of engineering at ESE, Inc., a Control System Integrators Association member. “Plants are looking for greater visibility of the wash cycles completed and the circuits cleaned daily.”
MARSHFIELD, Wis. – ESE, Inc., a control system integration company providing design and development of plant automation systems for the food and beverage industry, recently hired Craig Moeller as an Inside Sales/Application Specialist.
Moeller’s eight years of experience as an electrical engineer and two years in business development, makes him well-suited for ESE customers. This experience ensures that he is able to serve customers and understands the industry.
ESE President and CEO Michael Richart stated, “Craig’s skills and experience in multiple areas of our business will help us as we develop turn-key solutions tailored to our clients, whether they have needs in process automation, information solutions, or product analyzers.”
ESE is happy to have been serving clients for the past 30 years. What started out as a half-time venture in a garage has progressed into a full-fledged company that serves hundreds of clients in process automation, product analyzers and information solutions. Below is a brief history of our company.
1981: The company was founded by Mark Weber under the name Electrical Systems as a small, part-time venture.
1986: Mark Weber turned Electrical Systems into a full-time business
The business started by making electrical panels for control systems. It soon grew and added a sales person and engineer to provide automation controls.
MARSHFIELD, Wis. – ESE, Inc., a control system integration company providing design and development of plant automation systems for the food and beverage industry, has named Joanna Pruden as a Senior Account Executive.
By adding the Utah-based Pruden to its team, ESE takes another step in serving customers across the United States. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the process industry, working with leading food manufacturers to optimize plant operations. Additionally, Pruden has worked with leading manufacturers to design custom solutions for instrumentation and automation. Her material handling and instrumentation expertise will further strengthen ESE’s total plant solution capabilities.
In light of the connected enterprise article’s theme of “building a foundation”, I’d like to follow up on a couple subjects that are critical to the theme, but that the article did not touch: data centers and virtualization (in addition to the controls architecture that the article focused on).
Part 2: Virtualization
Fundamentally, server virtualization is the act of taking a physical server, having its own physical hardware like processor(s), memory, and hard disk(s), and abstracting that hardware into software-based equivalents. This abstraction is performed by software known as a hypervisor. Examples of hypervisors are VMWare’s ESXI and Microsoft’s HyperV. What makes these hypervisors so revolutionary is their ability to abstract multiple physical servers on a single “host” server – all running independently and sharing the host server’s resources.
In light of the connected enterprise article’s theme of “building a foundation”, I’d like to follow up on a few subjects that are critical to the theme, but that the article did not touch: data centers and virtualization (in addition to the controls architecture that the article focused on).