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Why be a pioneer?

Every one of the companies involved in this demonstration here at ISP Lima, including BP and ISP themselves, has made a substantial investment "on the come" in Foundation Fieldbus technology. They chose to be pioneers, not followers.

Youze can't win if youze don't play!

In beautiful downtown Lima, OH tonight getting ready for the Foundation Fieldbus Press Day tomorrow bright and early. Tonight we had a dinner, and the Foundation presented some awards to the pioneering individuals and companies who helped Fieldbus become more than vaporware.

We seem to have no place to go

I can't count the number of times the past few days that I've had the same conversation. Where do you go to get quality professional-grade information on process automation? Where do you go to find out how MES, ERP and SCADA tie together? With the exception of Gerry Cockrell's and...

Blowing this popstand...

Unfortunately, I have to leave WBF now to journey to the next stop on my travels, the Fieldbus Foundation's Interoperability Demonstration at ISP-Lima in Ohio. So I will miss interesting discussions like Pamela Mars' from Honeywell who is slated to discuss the integration of manual operations in a batch automation system.

WBF Presses ON!

The second day keynote was delivered by Ian Nimmo, a CONTROL contributor and expert on human factors engineering for automation and control. He talked about the same things Dave Beckman did, about how operators were not low level employees any longer, but rather highly capable knowledge workers, as were instrumentation...

Hoooah! We're live!

The long awaited conversion of controlglobal.com to our new and more powerful engine is underway. We are now live on the new platform, which will give us speed, power, a terrific sitewise search engine, and the ability to do many more things for our readers than we ever could before.

Make2Pack and S88...

David Chappell, one of the Procter and Gamble Batch Gurus, talked about the Make2Pack initiative, and then Adam Maki from Rockwell stole the show. Discussing the migration of S88 schemas and terminology to the discrete automation side, he was clearly the most entertaining speaker of the afternoon.

From CONTROL contributor Loren Jones...

Notice at work: Due to safety concerns and recent incidents, the "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" has had a NEMA4 Explosion-Proof cover placed over it to prevent anyone from reaching it. The managment appreciates everyone's cooperation in avoiding this dangerous light source.

What Have I Learned?

I have learned a lot today...the future of control is in understanding and controlling manufacturing theory. I said a while ago that people are breaking up "continuous processing" into batch-like segments and running them according to S88 principles.

It's Not About the Batch...

You may have noticed from the preceeding that WBF is spending lots of time talking about S95, rather than S88. If you didn't notice this, shame on you for not paying attention. WBF is clearly about much more than batch, or the batch standards, and Lynn Craig discussed what's been...