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Happy Fifth of July!

Most of you know that yesterday was a huge holiday in the United States, and a time to reflect on costs and benefits. Most of us believe that the liberty we have taken for ourselves in the United States has been worth the cost to defend it.

From the OOPS Department...and a darn good idea

Security expert Eric Byres sets the record straight (see the blog entry for 6/28/2005): "Actually, it is me who needs to apologize. Honeywell (and you in turn) had me quoted correctly. Honeywell and I had quite a few quotes going back and forth prior to the HUG and I forgot...

More commentary on ISA...

I deliberately stopped posting about the situation at ISA a couple of weeks ago, even though I continued to receive comment. My July editorial (soon to be out) talks about what I see, and is my summation of what was said here.

Citect and the future

I've written a lot about Iconics and their modular, "Extreme Distributed Control" model. Iconics isn't alone. There is also Citect. Citect is another example of "The World is Flat" being right on the money. Tom Friedman's book, which you should all immediately run out and buy if you want to...

MES implementations that actually work

Yes, there are some. Sadly, they are still few and far between. There are good signs though. At last week's ARC conference on interoperability SAP was the 5000 pound gorilla. The SAP folks were all over, announcing that they had standardized on WBF's B2MML and S88 and S95 for the...

Suggested summer reading-- on and off topic

I'm going to go camping this weekend, and if you're like me you may want to bring a book or two along wherever you are going. For professional reading, I'm bringing Safety Instrumented Systems Verification by Bill Goble and Harry Cheddie, available from www.isa.org.

It's an <B>APPLIANCE!</B>

Ron Monday said yesterday that the big thing he was having trouble explaining is that the xCoupler is an appliance, not a software system. It is like a hardware router or firewall, not a server. People keep saying, "It can't be that simple." But it is.

Eric Byres cries "Foul!"-- sort of

Sam Herb at Foxboro sent me the following from Eric Byres, because of my copying of a quote from him relayed to us by Honeywell. "Unfortunately it seems like editorial licence distorting my quote - what we actually said was "Of the five systems we have tested so far, this...

Catchin' up

I've been blogging rather raggedly for the last week or so, mainly because I've been trying to get the July issue of CONTROL to the printer. Not having a managing editor right now (thank you, Siemens, for pirating my excellent managing editor, Steve Kuehn) it has been just loads of fun.

Thinking around the problem...

Ron Monday is a very sharp fellow. He is the president and CEO of a company most people have never heard of, but which is quite significant in automation. Ron builds OEM modules for Rockwell ControlLogix and for ProSoft.