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More reflections on Pinto's Point

One of the most unsatisfactory outcomes of the preoccupation of the automation vendors with low volume, high profit products is the need to control the product specifications. The most glaring example of this is the incredible (insert choice military aphorism for mess) we call the Fieldbus Standard.

Is there an Automation Mindset?

Last week, Jim Pinto's column, "Pinto's Point," made some very good points. I think Jim may well be right about some of this. Pinto said that automation companies were locked into a "mindset" of being "stable, slow-growth, and low-profit." He notes that it is very difficult to get automation companies,...

OEE before OEE was cool...

Talking this morning with Eddy Azad from Parsec Automation (www.parsec-corp.com)... Not a sales and marketing guy, Eddy has been hiding his light under a bushel basket for years. Starting in 1988, Parsec was founded as a system integrator...one of the first.

Emerson Strikes Again!

EMERSON ACQUIRES SOLARTRON MOBREY Solartron Mobrey -- whose measurement technologies include level, density, viscosity and flow computer products -- will be renamed Mobrey Measurement and become part of Emerson Process Management. Complementing Emerson's established measurement brands, which include Rosemount, Micro Motion, Brooks, Saab Rosemount and Daniel, the acquisition includes all...

Elpro, Photon, NASA and Sensors

Just when it looked like we were forgetting about sensors, look what this blog has been about most of the week. It is a continuing theme (okay, one of my hobby horses) that we need better, smaller, cheaper, more reliable sensors for every type of measurement.

Anybody still wonder how important sensors are?

NASA scrubbed the space shuttle Discovery's launch yesterday, with less than two and a half hours to go. Why? One of the fuel level sensors in the big hydrogen tank stubbornly refused to acknowledge that the tank was in fact full.

New Suggestion Box at ISA

Have you ever said to yourself, "Jeez, I wish there was a standard on (insert name of problem you are facing) so I don't have to do it all myself!"? I am sure you have. Well, it may be that your wish could be granted.

Sometimes, analysis can be a real pain...

For many years, I worked with a company in the chlorine gas feeding business called Capital Controls Company, now part of Severn Trent. My father was one of their first set of reps in the United States, just like Eoin O'Riain's (publisher of Readout in Ireland) was.

Flow, Temperature, Pressure, Analysis, Lights, Action, Roll It!

Have you ever heard of Photon Control (http://www.photon-control.com)? They are a small British Columbia-based venture firm that has come up with some interesting products they create using fiber optics. They have produced optical switches, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, a novel device for measuring sulfer in diesel fuel, and now some...

Raising the Ante...

Steve Belich from Elpro Technologies, one of two worldclass companies based DownUnder, has sent me an announcement that Elpro has just raised the ante for wireless technologies. All of their wireless products will be covered by a lifetime warranty, retroactive to January 1 of this year.