Jeff Knight

Jeff Knight
EECO Chief Operating Officer

Jeff is a Gen Xer who is adaptive to change and open to ideas. He has a passion to help others achieve, which is the basis of this blog - Inspire. As EECO’s COO, Jeff’s job is about driving growth in an ultra-competitive B2B environment. He enjoys finding ways to better serve our customers, whenever they want, however they desire, and wherever they choose.

Your network is the ultimate source of the freedom produced by smart manufacturing. A well designed and installed network can level even the most onerous challenges, but a poor design can be a source of inconsistent results and worse, intermittent outages. Most people are familiar with “office” Ethernet. This section will explore what you need…

In our last two posts we’ve discussed our three-step process to modernization. This post provides templates to help you plan your progression for modernization and define your requirements around your most important goals. The IBE will help define priorities for system upgrades, and there are usually implications to capital planning over a multi-year period. Combined…

In an earlier post, we introduced a functional, three-step approach to smart manufacturing. The first step is conducting an Installed Base Evaluation (IBE), which you can read about by clicking on the link. The second step is the Smart Tech Review. Building on lessons learned from IBE activities, a good Smart Tech Review is a great intermediate…

When it comes to planning and prioritizing your modernization efforts, the best starting point may be the installed base evaluation, or IBE. The IBE is a great investment. It is surprising to sit in on a typical “after IBE discussion,” where you may hear: “How did that even get there?” “Those drives should have been…

What defines a smart device? First and foremost, smart devices communicate. Outside of their basic function, such as circuit protection, they share valuable data. They enable collection of data, even high speed data, via Ethernet and managed switches. Smart devices share diagnostics (time running, temperature, others). This data can be used to improve both process…

Fully realizing the vision of smart manufacturing requires massive change. Connectivity requirements alone demand that hundreds of smart devices be introduced, as well as reels of network cable. And that is just the beginning. There is a learning curve to overcome, requiring a degree of experimentation. Unprecedented amounts of new data will be accessible, which…

Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, present or future, in either implementation or access, without any restrictions[1]. Read that again. Completely understood, work with other products, present or future, no restrictions. Interoperability, together with standards, makes integration so much easier. It…

There are two clear leaders when it comes to Ethernet protocols – EtherNet/IP and Profinet. Each command a whopping 30 percent of worldwide market share or 60 percent combined[1]. But why? Are these networks truly superior? We say no. Neither network is as deterministic as Profibus, DeviceNet or ControlNet. Moreover, each requires complex and sophisticated…