Will ABB buy Rockwell?

According to a report published on, ABB is flush with cash and ready to go shopping. After posting a 13.6 percent operating margin last year, ABB finds themselves with a warchest of US$10 billion, and is looking around.

More Dan Hebert...quote for the day!

From Dan's Technically Speaking column in the August issue of Control: Technical types are often so fond of elegant smart solutions they forget about simpler, almost-as-effective dumb ones.   Boy, isn't that the truth? You'll have to wait a while to read the rest of Dan's column, but it will...

Modicon: the phoenix rises from the ashes

After shutting down the Modicon name entirely two years ago, and even shutting down, it is refreshing to see that Schneid...

ISA's "exchanges" aren't the real AutomationXchange

ISA's new publicity campaign for ISA Expo causes me to need to clarify something. For the past four years, Control has sponsored a quite different event, something we call AutomationXchange. AutomationXchange does what the ISA show used to do, before the show ossified and people with checkbooks stopped coming.

Joe Weiss asks: Does Sarbanes-Oxley apply to control systems?

Does Sarbanes-Oxley apply to Control Systems?The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (often shortened to SOX) is legislation enacted in response to the high-profile Enron and WorldCom financial scandals to protect shareholders and the general public from accounting errors a...

Catchin' up...

Last week's ARC Forum on collaborative manufacturing again brought home the message that there are a lot more laggards than leaders in manufacturing. Friday, I spent a day at Morley's Barn with 50 or so other self-confessed geeks..."We wear our pocket protectors with pride!"...

Jake Brodsky offers a contrarian view on wireless in the plant

Jake Brodsky, automation guru and SCADA gadfly, posted this on the SCADA list earlier today, and I asked his permission to post it. Folks, I like radios. I've been fascinated with them since I was five years old.

Listen up! Here's a couple of must read! articles by Jim Pinto

Jim Pinto has written a couple of articles recently that I think are must read...they speak to exactly the points he, and I, and people like Peter Martin and many others, have been making for several years now. The first is: Engineer - re-engineer yourself ( June 2007) -

How social media work

We are all inundated by talk of social media...user generated content about what you want them to talk about. Blogs are one of the earliest examples of social media in electronic form...but gossip is the original social medium.

What the Honeywell OneWireless Announcement Means

I'm sure some of you were wondering when I would get around to this post. After all, the announcement, made last Monday at HUG in Phoenix, is old news now. But it isn't. What I saw in Phoenix, and what I heard about in 2006 at HUG, was an implementation...