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van Nuis and Yokogawa's corporate culture

Roger van Nuis showed a graph that showed Yokogawa's revenue growing hugely (outside of Japan.) Inside Japan, knowledgeable sources point out that Yokogawa's market share is about as big as it is going to get, and the only way out of the downward spiral of the Japanese economy is for...

Mr. Vigilant Plant

Every company needs a champion for its vision. In Roger van Nuis, Yokogawa has theirs. In typical Japanese fashion, Yokogawa began a couple of years ago, working with a concept, rather than a product. It was the concept of Vigilance.

Leadership is more than giving orders...

David Johnson, a career Yokogawa employee, was named earlier this year to the post of President and COO of Yokogawa Corporation of America, succeeding Shu Kaihori, who was being promoted back home to Japan. Johnson is the latest in a line of high quality American COOs that Yokogawa has used...

"Why are we here?" Yokogawa User Group Conference and Exhibition

"Why are we here?" Tom Craig, from Reichhold Chemicals asked this question to start off the YCA 6th annual Conference and Exhibition. Yokogawa is an underdog. They think like one, they act like one, and they have a chip on their shoulder.

Katrina and process automation

I want to take this opportunity to ask for your prayers, good thoughts, and contributions for the sake of our friends and colleagues in the New Orleans to Pensacola area. The unthinkable has happened, and many people employed in process automation are in the thick of it.

More Commentary on ISA...

Terry Molloy, former Executive Board member, writes: What do I want to be when I grow up? Everyone has ideas and since most of our group are bright people they are typically good ideas. Jim Pinto and Walt Boyes make a good point about going international in the right way...

ABB and Intergraph Move Closer to the Holy Grail

The holy grail of automation, whether discrete or process or hybrid, is to be able to begin with simulation, move to design, provide construction drawings, provide control schema, calibrate on site, and feed maintenance and upgrade information directly back to the as-builts.

From Jean Vielle, to Don Zee and Ken Hilgers at ISA

I suppose you have already read this Jim Pinto's analysis of ISA situation. As a former Section President, District VP and executive Board member, I should say I almost 100% agree with Jim's impertinence. I tried to initiate changes and infuse new thinking, but the disease is too deep.

Even More on ISA...

From Diana Bouchard (one of the first women to serve on the Executive Committee of ISA ever): Hello one and all: Jim's proposed plan might yield a new organization which would carry forward ISA's name and reputation and be of service to the automation community.

More on the ISA situation

From Sean Robinson: Folks; As a past FPID director, I have to add a few general comment, aside from an endorsement of the 6 point plan. Part of the reason for the decline in membership and relevance has to do with the shift of technical talent from within manufacturing enterprises...