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Denison Consulting Group offers resources and knowledge for forward-thinking organizations to implement and sustain ongoing initiatives, along with reliability and dedication to the task of helping your organization function at a higher level.Examine our perspective in the following viewpoints, white papers and case studies.

POV - IIoT and Cyber Security

Point of View:

IIoT and Cyber Security
Are Your Supply Chain Partners Ready for the IIoT?

Malicious actors exist and cybercrime is rising exponentially. US infrastructure and core manufacturing are of particular interest with heightened risk. Thieves and hackers take the path of least resistance, not through the well-guarded front door. Are your core suppliers secure enough to protect shared information and prevent a weak-link backdoor to manufacturing? 80% of targeted attacks are directed at SME (small and medium enterprises). These same companies lack the knowledge, resources and dollar commitment to put in place security systems to prevent infusion and attack . . .


POV - American Manufacturing Resurgence

Point of View:

It’s Showtime!
A U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence is Here!

We have much to celebrate and the future looks bright for US Manufacturing. The US economy grew at a rate of about 3 percent in the last three quarters, a robust rate not seen in years. Since Election Day, the Dow Jones industrial average has increased more than 40 percent, creating a near $7 Trillion jump in wealth – despite the Dow’s historic drop in early February 2018. Unemployment rates are lowering drastically with January jobless claims coming in lower than expected. Black and Hispanic unemployment rates have not been this low in over 40 years. We have seen a historic streamlined tax bill and jobs act bill passed – resulting in tax reductions to over 82 percent of the population – creating rising incomes and spending that will further fuel what appears to be a roaring expansionary manufacturing resurgence . . .


POV - Denison's Top 5 + 1 Predictions for 2018

Point of View:

Denison’s Top 5 + 1 Predictions for 2018
  1. IIoT will see tremendous deployments in 2018.
  2. US tax reform will open a floodgate of capital for expansion and infrastructure upgrade, job growth and investment in job training for the future.
  3. It’s Powerful Baby!
  4. Data analytics software will be a greater catalyst.
  5. Security will be top of mind – both physical and cyber – for individuals, corporations and nation states.
  6. What is old is new again.

Case Study:  Production Disruptions due to Poor Power Quality

Case Study:

Production Disruptions due to Poor Power Quality

Reducing Operational Disruptions in Manufacturing – A Focus on Power Quality and Data Analytics

Background: The customer is one of the world’s leading global manufacturers of tissue, pulp, paper and paper towel dispensers, packaging, building products and related chemicals with over 200 manufacturing sites in the US, Europe, and Asia. Over the last 18 months, without notice or known cause, a series of production line shutdowns have occurred on one of its highest capacity paper lines. The cost of shutdowns combined with failed assets needing to be replaced sooner than their useful life resulted in hundreds of thousands in costs and added risks to the company. Failure to identify root cause of failure meant ongoing failures would be expected resulting in further unquantified costs . . .


POV - Proving the Base Case in IIoT Deployment – A Focus on Power Quality

Point of View:

Proving the Base Case in IIoT Deployment – A Focus on Power Quality

According to Rockwell Automation, over 70% of production line failures are due to poor power quality.

Most manufacturing executives agree that 2018 will bring forward quantum leaps in efficiencies as the IIoT base cases are better defined, economically justified, and delivered through collaborative teams. Admittedly, the IIoT is as transformative to manufacturing as was the Industrial Revolution itself. And, proving in the “base case” opens opportunities to deploy technical and business solutions. Solutions with accompanying economically-justified “base cases” will take the lead. One such base case is in the area of improving one of the most costly and critical raw material inputs in production – energy – and even more specifically, high quality powerPower is always available, within voltage and frequency tole... More . . .


POV - Why Power Quality Matters

Point of View:

Why Power Quality Matters

Poor power quality can result in equipment damage, production scrap loss, and even costlier downtime. A Single interruptionA voltage sag with less than 10% retained voltage in the rms... More power outageAlso called a power cut, power blackout, or power failure. ... More interruptionA voltage sag with less than 10% retained voltage in the rms... More in the process can result in substantial costs, ranging from ten thousand to millions USD per occurrence. Costs to certain industries such as data centers, banks, customer service centers and the like can be even higher. In fact momentary voltage sags lasting less than 100ms impacting these facilities can have just as great of a cost impact as a total outage lasting minutes . . .


POV - Who are the main targets, and where are the main sources of breach?

Point of View:

Security –
Who are the main targets, and where are the main sources of breach?

When asked if companies have adequate security in place to protect their interests, industry experts often hear, “We’ve Got That Covered”. But is this really true?

Good and evil have existed from the beginning of time. In the fast paced Internet age, malicious threats and evil manifest themselves at warp speed. Has the Internet data deluge become so overwhelming that many people have shutdown, detached, withdraw, or perhaps reached an emotional state whereby we ignore these emotions and enter what psychologists refer to as a “flat affect”, whereby we have no emotions? . . .


POV - Security in an Internet of Things World

Point of View:

Security in an Internet of Things [IoT] World

Today, industries are seeing unprecedented levels of automation and supply chain efficiencies as industrial control systems connect to the Internet. In the era of IoT, more and more devices connected to the network will impact our life and continuously change the way we interact with these devices. While there are many benefits in an all-connected world, we simultaneously create and are part of increased exposure to new security threats and issues created by these devices a.k.a ‘things’ . . .


POV - Digital Transformation in Manufacturing.pdf

Point of View:

Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century brought in never before seen levels of efficiencies in production, value of output, capital invested and increase in employment. Today, industries are seeing unprecedented levels of automation and supply chain efficiencies as industrial control systems connect to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring even greater acceleration of networking connectivity in the production process and supply chain, and throughout all business processes. The advent of smart, connected products, and its rapid adoption is likely to revamp the entire product value chain – from design, to manufacturing, delivery and sales with continuous feedback at each stage . . .


POV - Ready For IIoT

Point of View:

Are US Manufacturers Ready for the IIoT?

Inflection points and major technological disruptions occur that change the face of industry and society. Many acknowledge the breakthroughs at the turn of the century hearkening the age of the Industrial Revolution. Several decades later, advances made by Edward Deming in Bell Laboratories and others in organizational and operational practices brought attention to process quality leading to today’s Six Sigma and Lean programs. For the most part, the automation and manufacturing world (OT) has existed with attention given to process and practices confined to the plant floor, where machines such as actuators, controllers, monitors and motors speak “OT” languages and protocols to perform business processes with performance measured in micro and milliseconds. Machine failure can result in costly operational shut downs costing millions . . .


POV - IoT and Energy Management

Point of View:

The Connected Enterprise: IoT and Energy Management

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century brought in never before seen levels of efficiencies in production, value of output, capital invested and increase in employment. Today, industries are seeing unprecedented levels of automation and supply chain efficiencies as industrial control systems connect to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring even greater acceleration of networking connectivity in the production process and supply chain, and throughout all business processes. The advent of smart, connected products, and its rapid adoption is likely to revamp the entire product value chain – from design, to manufacturing, delivery and sales with continuous feedback at each stage. . . .



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