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Another in a series of interesting dinners...

Frank Williams was a young kid, fresh out of engineering school, when he fell into the clutches of a not much older Jim Pinto, who was building Action Instruments out of his back bedroom. Serving as Pinto's right hand man for 29 years, Williams went on to high positions at...

German Documentation

One of the few "instrumentation" companies exhibiting at SPS was JUMO Process Control. Almost certainly, JUMO was attracted to SPS because of the German connection. JUMO is little known in the USA, but they make a very large portfolio of recorders, analytical instruments, pressure and temperature sensors.

The lonely WiFi guy...

Buried in a hall full of PLCs and switches, cables and terminals, was the booth of a local Naperville, Ill., company, GridConnect. I spent some time talking WiFi and mesh networking with Rick Rockershousen. You can see the interesting and useful things GridConnect makes at www.gridconnect.com....

Connections...

Remember that great PBS show, "Connections"? The one that showed that modern computing came from making linen, or that the space program came directly from the invention of gunpowder? Well, connections can be really prosaic, too.

What's an SPS?

As Pinto alluded to at dinner last night, the aisles are rather bare at this mini version of the SPS Electrical Automation show from Europe. While the conference sessions appear to be reasonably well attended, the show floor is rather bare.

Pinto's Pointers

Had dinner with Jim Pinto. People think that Pinto is arrogant and opinionated and brash. He is. But it is deserved. Jim is probably one of the ten smartest people I've ever met, and that list includes some really smart people, like Norman O.

Further thoughts on ISA...

Some comments on ISA from various interested people: Nels Tyring, longtime ISA volunteer: "I don't see how ISA is in any position to make extensive changes or to successfully acquire some organization that will help to solve it's problems. Right now it is without a CEO.

Eight Turcks and a PR Guy...

The Turck press tour rolled into Putman Media this morning...and those Turck folks really do _work_, pun intended. With a history of high quality and innovation, I expected to see new stuff that was interesting and clever, and I wasn't disappointed, on several levels.

Does ISA really matter?

Now, _there's_ a question for you. What does ISA have that matters to the typical process automation end-user? Let's go down the list and see if we can spot something. It could be, as Jo Dee Messina's latest song goes, "My giveadamn's busted!" ISA has a good mailing list. Nope.

Bad news for ISA is bad news for automation professionals...or is it?

ISA announced yesterday that Rob Renner, having been Executive Director for less than a year, has decided to return to the AWWA and become Executive Director of the AWWA Foundation. I confess to being a little bit stunned, since I spent several hours over a couple of days with Renner...