Why do engineers and their companies tolerate safety standards that arent enforced until after accidents occur, and why do they accept safety device certifications that only cover compliance in lab-based settings?
Though some engineers say their industries and job prospects have recovered recently, many say that their administrators main mission is to wring as much short-term cash as possible from their operations.
CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels tackles relationship issues inherent in plant-to-enterprise integration projects and says it's not the complex, knotty, technical problems, but rather the squishy skills that can make or break your project.
Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their multipart series of talks with some of the Great Minds in Process Control. This month its Sheldon Lloyd, past VP of technology for Fisher Controls.
If we can design higher level development tools, both hardware and software, all the way down to kids toy level, imagine what were about to see for design tools for professional automation applications.
Putting change into a process because we want to try out the latest computer is not progress, says Control contributor Dick Morley. We seem only to watch as process implementation cries out for innovation.
Despite what you may have heard, it is possible for plant and enterprise IT departments to play well together. CONTROL's Dave Harrold reports on changes, new concepts, and new methods in distributed control.
Is automation really a profession? As HMIs and historians fade into the fabric of manufacturing, what has automation done for us lately? Executive Editor Jim Montague muses in this months Control Report.