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A new model for machinery health monitoring...IMI's new patent

The only thing I didn't like when I saw the Emerson CSI Machinery Health Monitor earlier this year was the price. At approximately $7000 a whack, it will be a cold day in a very warm place before every motor train in a process plant can be outfitted with a MHM.

New Media: Blogs, RSS and Podcasting

These are all the new rage. Since you are reading a blog, I don't have to tell you about them, except to marvel at the fact that there are way over a million blogs in existence now.

Hacking the Grid?

This morning we are featuring on ControlGlobal.com an article from Red Herring about the potential for hacking on the power grid. The article points out the usual stories about the plants that have been hacked, or had virus trouble, and quotes some people who know what they are talking about,...

Words of wisdom...

Several people, including Dick Morley and Nels Tyring have sent me this in the past few days...so I thought I'd quote liberally from it. This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005, at...

I'm back in the saddle again...

I learned over the weekend that Dick "Motorcycle" Morley is in the hospital getting his knees worked on again. He says that he's going crazy, and hopes to be paroled today. I also learned that all work and no play make Heap Big Editor very hard to live with.

A few days off...

I am taking the rest of the week off. I will resume posting on Monday. I need a break. I've been pushing hard with no managing editor, and I need some family time. So we're going to see Jim Dale sign autographs tomorrow, Brad Paisley tomorrow night and Trace Atkins...

The Space Shuttle: process automation at its best

I am delighted to report that the ST-114 shuttle mission launched successfully about an hour ago, and so far, every parameter is nominal. Apparently, the sensor glitch that delayed the launch two weeks ago did not recur. Godspeed. Walt...

How to get into the magazine 101

Sometimes it seems to us that getting publicity is very simple. Yet there are dozens of small to medium-sized instrumentation companies that don't appear to know how. Just for the heck of it, here's Publicity 101, as taught by Jerry Moon of Emerson Process Management.

A neat new thing from Banner...

You can get real jaded in this job about new product releases. Once in a while, though, something really catches my eye. Last week, I got a release from Banner Engineering about, of all the prosaic things, an indicator light.

Lessons learned at high speed...

It has been clear for some time that the faster a company can respond to change, the better the company will be able to compete and the more profitable the company will be. But it isn't just speed.