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Empowerment. Direct customer contact. Professional growth.

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No, it’s not a self-help course; it’s what team members at Trident Automation say is great about working for the company. The systems integrator employs 41 engineers, technical staff, and support staff that service customers across the nation. Trident supports multiple industries, and customers depend on them to keep plants and production running smoothly. “I […]

Trident DCS Support Agreement troubleshooting avoids shutdown

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You’ve heard it before: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the case of E-Energy Adams, a routine check uncovered a problem that could have crippled production had it gone undiagnosed. E-Energy Adams is a 50 million gallon dry mill ethanol plant located in southeast Nebraska. The plant has a DCS  […]

Trident will be at the Ethanol Plant Managers Meeting

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Trident will be headlining this year’s Ethanol Plant Managers Meeting hosted by Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE), from Jan. 22-25, 2018 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This annual meeting spotlights innovative technologies that help improve operating systems, increase efficiency, and eventually increase profits for ethanol plants. This year, Trident will provide […]

Advanced simulation allows DCS installation in under 36 hours

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In just a little longer than one full day, Trident Automation installed a new operating system for Commonwealth Agri-Energy. The unprecedented speed was due to advanced planning and help from a simulation program. The firm wanted to increase ethanol production, which meant replacing its APACS system with Siemens PCS 7. The upgrade would allow Commonwealth […]

How to determine when an alarm is really an emergency

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In a quest to better manage production, high alarm rates have a negative outcome: information overload. When all systems are triggering alarms, how does any critical information get through to an operator? When Golden Grain Energy upgraded from APACS to Siemens PCS 7, Trident Automation worked with the plant to create the most customized alarm […]

Trident announces innovative E-Mall for previously used Siemens APACS and Foxboro DCS hardware

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In order to better support customers, Trident Automation is providing a new service—an online E-mall featuring previously used hardware. The Trident E-mall is open as of Oct. 3, 2017 and will provide hundreds of replacement parts for businesses currently running APACS, Foxboro and other control systems. Siemens recently announced it will discontinue support for the […]

Trident attends Rockwell Automation on the Move

You can take all the YouTube videos and online tutorials you want, but nothing beats old-fashioned, hands-on experience. That’s why Trident Automation recently attended Rockwell Automation on the Move in Green Bay, Wisconsin and why Stacy Mancl, controls engineer, looked forward to the interactive sessions. “I found the labs were the most useful because they […]

Ethanol plant maintenance managers to learn safety limits

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Trident founder Jerry Wenzel will be presenting at the T.E.A.M. M3 Conference & Expo, August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. The Meeting is sponsored by Louis Dreyfus Commodities.  The duo will present a talk entitled “How not to go BOOM.” The presentation is about Trident’s Burner Management and Combustion Control […]

How Windows 98 and 20-year old technology kept one company in production

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(note: Due to confidentiality agreements, we cannot reveal the name of the customer in this case study.)   What happens when you depend on your legacy system for critical production and you don’t have the budget to replace it? You call Trident Automation. One of our customers was in that exact situation. Their operating system […]

Trident Automation to present at Siemens Automation Summit, June 26-29, 2017

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In a few weeks, the global ethanol industry will gather at the annual Siemens Automation in Boca Raton, FL. The annual Automation Summit is a user conference for manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies.   Trident Automation will be among Siemens Solution Partners sharing its experiences  with latest technical developments in DCS design and installation. As […]

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