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EarthWeb: Linux in Manufacturing: Building Linux up [at Kaiser Aluminum]

Aug 31, 2000, 04:52 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Flash)

"Tom Cook, manager of manufacturing systems at the Kaiser plant, said he decided to use Linux in the manufacturing process when Kaiser reengineered its computing architecture several years ago. He and the programmers and engineers who work with him first designed their requirements. Then they found the solutions to meet those requirements. Linux was one. ... There are more than 20 Linux systems in the plant's production environment, Cook said. They track quality control, manage machines, monitor the production process, and produce quality reports."

"Kaiser is also using Linux to run Oracle database software that tracks chemistry at the mill. In addition, many of Kaiser's manufacturing systems engineers are running Linux on their workstations and Kaiser uses Linux servers for sharing files. The company is using Linux boxes from Interlogic Industries Inc., and VA Linux Systems Inc."

"Since much of the plant already used Unix, Cook said, incorporating Linux was simple. "... As the product matured it began to demonstrate it was reliable and functional, and the cost of ownership was advantageous for us." Cook also likes the fact that Linux runs on older machines, allowing the mill to extend the lifetime of some of its hardware."

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