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PTO, FF and HCF put more pressure on wireless cooperation

In a joint press release to be issued this morning, the Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and the Profibus Nutzeroganization (PTO) will announce the formation of a "Wireless Collaboration Team" aimed at producing a single "common interface to a wireless gateway." The release says that the three organizations "have also agreed...

The Industrial Wireless Quadrille

In 1990, Jim Pinto, then CEO of Action Instruments, wrote a poem called, with apologies to Lewis Carroll's "Lobster Quadrille," the "Fieldbus Quadrille." It lampooned the then current Fieldbus War, and gave many people much enjoyment. Yesterday, Pinto released a new "Quadrille:"...

Banner Racing update...

Although Rockwell Automation's entry in the NASCAR Busch series gets a lot of press, other automation companies sponsor cars in motorsports. Here's a press release from Banner Engineering on their hot win this past weekend. Check out

A minute for National Manufacturing Week

...is about all it deserves. I cased the joint for four hours yesterday, and I saw everything I wanted to. National Manufacturing Week, here in Rosemont, IL for three days, is a shrunken shadow of its former self.

A very very big win for end users-- if we can keep it.

From the press release: PRESS RELEASE HCF and ISA to Collaborate on Wireless Standards (Austin TX USA - 24 September 2007) - The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) and ISA have entered into an agreement to collaborate and investigate opportunities to incorporate Wireless...

I'm distressed to report...

...that a fine gentleman who made his life in the automation business has passed away. Frank St. Amand, who was for many years the Fisher Controls rep in the St. Louis area passed away this morning from complications of heart disease. He was a fine man, and a great automation professional....

Sometimes the march of technology is downright scarey.

Yesterday, I went to have new passport style photos taken, because I am going to China the end of October, and I need a visa. The last time I did that (and it was only two years ago) they used a special camera that printed a dual image on Polaroid film.

Wait, and Uncle Sam will do it for you...

While many industrial sectors dither about protection of critical infrastructure, the Federal Government is busy setting forth standards for those sectors to meet. Currently these standards are voluntary, but insiders continue to say that if voluntary compliance is not forthcoming, the standard means of governmental coersion will be used to...

Good corporate citizenship: putting up the money...

Advantech and University of Cincinnati Partner to Create Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab   (Cincinnati, Ohio - 9/12/2007) - The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and the University of Cincinnati has partnered to create the Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab to promote research, development, and educational programs for students and professionals alike.

An open letter to the SP100 community...

An Open Letter to the SP100 Community