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Expertune shows you how to DEMONSTRATE the benefits of automation

George Buckbee from Expertune and I have been talking for a long time about educating engineers about how to talk to management about the benefits of automation. He told me he was working on a training course that Expertune would fund and deliver, not necessarily to make some money but...

How to become an automation professional...one way, anyway...

As many of the readers of this blog know, National Instruments has made a big investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. They've backed that investment by providing Labview as the engine for the Lego Mindstorms robotic game. Now, NI has announced that Labview directly supports Profibus.

Maybe Not So Crazy After All

Well, at least a couple of people didn't think my idea about a t.v. show on process automation was really stupid. In addition to the comments attached to yesterday's post, there's this email from Jeff Brandt of JLS Automation, referring to my Automation Minute on "Selling the Cool":

Another Good Idea -- Maybe

Okay. I'll admit it. I was vain enough to be flattered that somebody from ISA actually thought my idea about using simulation games to interest the young-uns in process automation was a good idea. Thanks. That success tempts me to roll out another idea that's been rattling around in my...

What the next generation of engineers is doing now...

Here are some young process engineers...how do we get them interested in manufacturing and automation?

We have met the enemy...

FIRST Robotics is 18 years old. It works. So why are we graduating fewer engineers every year? Take a look at this Control Automation Minute, and think about it. h...

Jim Gray's legacy lives on...

Jim Gray was a friend of mine for many years. He was a senior sales and marketing official at Foxboro, who sadly died way too young. The Fieldbus Foundation established a scholarship in his name, and I am pleased to report the winners for this year: The Fieldbus Foundation has...

Get 'em while they're young!

I had just received the following email from Lynn Craig, one of the founders of the batch standard ISA88 and the manufacturing standard, ISA95, when it came time for me to meet with Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO Keith Nosbusch on Tuesday, here at Automation Fair.

Time to Toot Our Own Horns

Found this link on Forbes.com today. The Wise Men have spoken. Manufacturing jobs are expected to decline by more than 5% by 2014, qualifying manufacturing (again!) for top of the heap in the Worst Jobs of the Future contest.

ISA is running a contest! Wanna win an iPOD? Do you have a cool job?

Jennifer Infantino, ISA's indefatigable and highly competent PR counsel, asked me to publicize this, which I am happy to do. If you are the proud owner of what you think is a really cool job, ISA wants you to tell them about it.