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A Potomac boatride

The entertainment for the evening was a Potomac dinner cruise (again no sushi, darn it!!!)on the Odyssey. The Odyssey appears to be a barge with a glass conservatory built on it. It barely clears some of the bridges over the river.

Emerson responds...

A senior Emerson staff member (name witheld by me) writes: "I'm enjoying your notes from the Yokogawa Users Group. "I noted they are promoting a 7.5% investment in R&D spend. You should note that the last time they claimed this level of R&D investment was in 2003.

Busy Beavers, these Yokogawa folks...

For what seemed like an eternity this afternoon, Yokogawa made announcement after announcement of new products, new features, and new capabilities that would seem to position them with the ability to take on any size project, anywhere in the world.

This is a teeny tiny business...

At lunch, I ran into several very familiar faces. This is a small incestuous business. Gary Anderson and I chatted (Sue Lynch hurt her ankle, and couldn't come up from Georgia for the meeting)after Gary gave Sue's talk for her.

Keynoters get it right

Keynotes at the Yokogawa User Group Conference were Charlie Cutler, a member of the Process Automation Hall of Fame, and one of the fathers of Advanced Process Control, who gave a look into the future of APC; and Mark Peters, publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, who gave a look into...

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.