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ARC- an assessment

As I didn't post almost all this week, I suppose I ought to explain-- but I did Twitter like crazy. If you haven't been infected with the Twitter virus, run like crazy.

Other ARC stuff...

I've never heard an IT person talk like this. Craig Dupler, and his compadre Steve Venema, must be really atypical, even at Boeing. Dupler said that it was stupid for IT to insist on making control systems follow enterprise IT rules about patching, patch management, and stuff we've all...

Back in the meeting hall at ARC

  While all the backroom briefings were going on, back in the real Forum, Dave Woll, Dick Hill, and Greg Gorbach, ARC analysts all, led concurrent sessions on justifying the value of automation, with panelists from DuPont, Petro-Canada, Dow, and Genentech; supplier and customer collaboration with panelists Mike Sarli from...

Yokogawa Establishes IA Global Marketing Center, Appoints Maurice Wilkins VP

As promised, here's the text of the press release announcing the latest marketing move by Yokogawa. This complements the move several years ago of Yokogawa Electric International from Japan to Singapore. It is likely to be Chairman Isao Uchida's crowning achievement as longtime leader of Yokogawa that he has pushed,...

ARC Forum capsule reviews

After Maggie Walker's discussion on the globalization of engineering at Dow, Timothy Opitz from Boeing discussed the controversial design and manufacturing methodologies of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Opitz glowed about the ability of Boeing to coordinate shipment of parts from all over the globe, including large pieces of...

Emerson talks alternative fuels, and goes back to the future with pneumatics

On Monday, at the ARC Forum, Emerson Process Management's Al Novak, director alternative fuels, discussed not only the Emerson offerings for the alternative fuels industries, but also the technologies and some of the politics behind alternative fuel choices.

Maggie Walker on Globalization

"Engineering cannot be an island unto itself." Dow's vice president of darn near everything regarding engineering described the new and enduring roles of engineering at Dow Chemical. At Dow engineering is an archipelago, not an island, she noted.

Attending the Church of 21st century Manufacturing

Twice a year, many of us gather at the ARC Forum for what is often jocularly referred to as the Church of Realtime Manufacturing and we listen to "pastor" Andy Chatha and the ARC analysts and we sing in the choir.

Yokogawa Announces New DCS

New Yokogawa Electric President and COO, Shuzo Kaihori, announced the introduction of a new generation DCS product at the ARC forum in Orlando, Fla., this afternoon. Called CentumVP, it is the replacement for the 3000. According to Satoru Kurosu, senior vice president Industrial Automation, VP stands for VigilantPlant--Yokogawa's vision of...

Jerry Gipson from Dow tells us all about collaboration

Jerry and Mrs. Gipson collaborated on his being at ARC-- and he will report back on the results of that collaboration. Gipson quoted Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO: "Sustainability begins at home but its destiny is to engage the problems of the world.We will build on our company's rich legacy...