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PAS wins the ultimate chutzpah in marketing award

A while back, Eddie Habibi and Bill Hollifield of PAS wrote and self-published a book on alarm management. I reviewed it. It was a pretty good book. Later they sold the book to ISA, which re-published the book. I reviewed it again. It was still a pretty good book.

A profession in transition: Steve Huffman and the angst of the word "automation"

The unexpected rebuff of the ISA Executive Board by the Council of Society Delegates perhaps should not have been unexpected at all. The fact is, the entire profession is in transition. Those of us who grew up on the field instrumentation and control systems side of the process industries are...

C3PO and Engineering Education

While Walt's recovering from the ISA Expo Blogathon and the Standards Wars Treaty Negotiations, some of we munchkins back home have been talking and thinking about this "How we gonna get the kids to study engineering now that they've seen video game design and 'Dancing with the Stars'? "question.

ISA launches ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

"We have decided to launch what we're calling the development phase of the compliance institute," said ISA's Chip Lee. The ISA100 Wireless Compliance institute will facilitate the development of and compliance with ISA100.11a. This will run in parallel with the development of the standard itself, and create a test specification...

Honeywell is on board at SP100

In an interview this morning, Honeywell's Global Wireless Director, Jeff Becker, went on the record to declare, "We are fully in support of the compromise worked out by the SP100 dot11a committee. We understand it to be a dual-network single gateway compromise in Release 1 moving to complete interchangeability and...

ISA's proposed name change rebuffed

In a startling and (by me, at least) unexpected development, the ISA Council of Society Delegates yesterday voted down a proposal that had unanimously passed the ISA Executive Board to change the name of the society from a TLA (three letter acronym) ISA with a tagline, The Instrumentation, Systems and...

The Official HART Communication Foundation Press Conference...

Top 10 things you need to know about WirelessHART... 10. WirelessHART is an enabling technology that reduces life cycle cost of measurements by using existing proven tools, knowledge and devices! 9. WirelessHART complements not replaces wired HART adding new communication capabilities. 8.

Does SP100 WANT to accomodate WirelessHART?

That appears to be the real issue. Several of the most technical members of the committee have explained that they believe that it is relatively minor impact on ISA100 to accommodate WirelessHART. "I am not hearing anybody suggesting that SP100 should be adopting WirelessHART without any changes.

Can SP100 merge with WirelessHART?

After a parade of speakers from the HART Board of Directors, including Peter Zornio from Emerson, Gareth Johnson and Pat Cashwell from ABB, and speakers from Siemens and Endress+Hauser strongly recommended that at the very least, ISA100 incorporate the WirelessHART standard and at best, recommended that WirelessHART be adopted as...

Steve Mackay's got it right...

Steve Mackay, of IDC-online, the Australia based automation and instrumentation engineering training company, has been weighing in on the subject of engineering education, and a lot of what he says mirrors my own beliefs, and what I've been saying in Control magazine and in this blog for several years.