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Ditch the black box and increase diagnostics!

Wherever fuel is burned – furnaces, ovens, kilns, dryers, boilers and other kinds of facilities – there is burner management system (BMS) in play. The basic nature of these systems with the use of explosive gases and extreme temperatures makes safety paramount. Historically the control systems running these processes have been “black box” solutions that are expensive and tough to troubleshoot. A recent revision to NFPA standards now allows the use of SIL3 capable off the shelf PLCs in place of […] Read More

2023 Ethanol Plant Manager’s Meeting

If you’re attending the 2023 Ethanol Plant Manager’s Meeting next week? If so, make plans to visit us! Manning our table will be Shane Seif our Director of Software Development. Also attending, Ryan Kuper our Process Control & Automation Specialist. They will be more than happy to discuss your plants needs. We hope to see you there!   Read More

2022 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo

If you’re attending the National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo, make plans to visit us! The NCC Conference and Expo is a two-day event designed specifically for companies and organizations advancing technologies and policy that support the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from all sources, including fossil fuel-based power plants, ethanol production plants and industrial processes, as well as directly from the atmosphere. Visit with Jason Hurst and Yogesh Maheshwari. They are more than happy to discuss your plants needs. […] Read More

Trident Automation Marks 20-year anniversary

Right now, ethanol plants are fermenting on schedule, manufacturing processes are running efficiently, and new technology is being switched on with the assistance of Trident Automation. This year, the controls automation firm celebrates 20 years in business designing process controls for manufacturing environments. “We like to think of ourselves as ‘in the pipes’ type of guys,” says Jason Hurst, CEO of Trident Automation. “Our job is to regulate and control anything that flows through a pipe or requires measurement in […] Read More

Ethanol plant on cruise control with the assistance of Trident

Golden Grain Energy turns Iowa’s bountiful corn crop into ethanol energy and to do it, they use “cruise control” for their plant. Each year, the corn crop is converted to 120,000,000 gallons of ethanol in a state-of-the-art production facility. The staff of about 50 manages daily production thanks to an efficient and dependable DCS system with oversight by Trident Automation. Trident has been working with the plant since 2004 and Golden Grain CEO Chad Kuhlers credits Trident with facilitating the […] Read More

Control system built on trust

When your business is located near a remote bay of Lake Superior, you place a great deal of trust in your systems support team. For CertainTeed Products located in L’Anse, Upper Michigan, service and trust were key components to building a dependable automated system. John Madajewski, Project Engineer, traces his relationship with Trident Automation back to 1998—and he still has Don Jolly’s business card from that year before he started with Trident Automation. The CertainTeed plant in L’Anse produces ceiling […] Read More

Siemens PCS 7 Training Course

We talk about it all the time — training is an investment in your plants productivity.  This is why Trident Automation is happy to announce we are offering a Siemens PCS 7 course for August 8-12, 2022! Check out full information about the course below. PDF version here: PCS 7 Training Flyer August 2022. Read More

Maintaining the backbone of manufacturing with a legacy DCS

Breaking wood down into pulp used in the paper making process involves controlling and monitoring boilers, evaporators, lime kiln and screening systems. All is done with integrated control systems that are networked through machines, PCs, and human operators.  At Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Thilmany Mill in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, older systems are still the backbone of the plant and are in operation thanks to maintenance and attention from Trident Automation. As legacy systems mature in manufacturing environments, having access to replacement parts and experience […] Read More

2022 Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

Attention Ethanol Producers—if you’re attending the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, make plans to visit us! The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and will be held June 13-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center at booth # 214. The FEW delivers presentations on a range of issues facing commercial-scale ethanol production –we’ll be there to talk about control systems and the most effective products from Trident Automation. Trident Automation specializes in control systems innovation for a range of […] Read More

20 years – Evolution of ownership

        As we enter our 20th year in business, we welcome two new additions to our ownership team. Yogesh Maheshwari is our Director of Engineering and Manufacturing and has been named a principal in Trident Automation.  As the leader of our engineering division, Yogesh believes the biggest challenge faced by our customers and team members is managing continual change to adapt to the future of business. He has worked in controls engineering for his entire career and […] Read More