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Lick n' Stick Smart Level Sensors...$2 each. My, oh, my!

Dave Kaufman, of Honeywell Process Solutions, has been predicting for several years now, the rise of what he calls "Lick and Stick" sensors. He notes, as I have, repeatedly, that the use of clusters of low cost, reasonable accuracy sensors often better results than the use of a single high...

Commentary: What does the ABB news mean for end users?

"We have to turn the page now," said Michel Demare, the new CEO of ABB at the end of an international media and analyst conference call held early this morning Zurich time. "Tomorrow is a new day, and we have all these excellent results to share." ABB Chairman Hubertus von...

Advantech aids education for automation professionals

From Chuck Harrell: Advantech's eManufacturing Laboratory Provides On-Hands Advantage to University Students   (Cincinnati, Ohio - 02/13/2008) - In October 2004, Professor Jay Lee joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) as the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Advanced Manufacturing.

More on dust explosions...

From Sicco Dwars at Shell Global Solutions: (and he is quite correct, too...which leads me to again ask what it will take to get the US government to act to prevent this kind of disaster...) Walt, Reading your blog on dust explosions, and a claim of being Control"GLOBAL", targeted at...

Former Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman points finger at OSHA

The fingerpointing and blame assigning is already starting, even though we don't yet know what really caused the explosion, deaths and injuries at the Imperial Sugar Dixie Crystals plant near Savannah, Ga., Thursday night. Accordi...

Another Process Safety Failure?

The news media are full of reports of the disaster that occurred overnight at the Dixie Crystals plant, now owned by Imperial Sugar, in Savannah, Ga.

Changing latitudes...

Often, at ARC, I hear where friends and acquaintances have gone or that they've changed companies or positions. Some of the notables this week: Mike Bradley, formerly CEO of Wonderware, joining Apprion as CEO, Christine Lesher leaving Citect for Siemens, and Bob Hausler leaving ABB, and the automation industry entirely, for...

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.

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.

Happy Birthday, Legos!

As long as we're talking about hooking the kids on science, we'd be remiss to let this important birthday pass. Monday Lego bricks marked the Big Five-Oh on Monday! Fifty years worth of Lego-y goodness and fun and sneaky teaching going on.