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High-Tech Hubs Ignite Editor’s Ear

My ear catches fire when President Obama mentions "high-tech manufacturing hubs." Sounds like control and automation to me, but we may need to reach out from this side, too. 

So Why aren’t Wireless Smart Sensors More Prevalent?

Last week in the San Francisco Bay area two conferences were going on that had significant machine-to-machine content.  Connected World, the magazine, sponsors its M2M conference every year and after a more than a decade in the Chicago area it moved to Santa Clara, CA.  At the same time ABB’s...

Is Now the Time?

In my previous post I suggested that manufacturing might be at a point where we can make a step-change in productivity.  Unlike the past 20-25 years where it seems we have struggled with the integration of process control and business systems and deriving value from that integration recent advances in...

Deja Vu - All Over Again

As I have noted in the last several posts I have been traveling a lot lately and it has just been recently that I have finally caught up with reading all my email, blogs I follow and the forums/groups that I belong to.

Unintended Consequences

Having just returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Honduran Bay Island of Roatan I saw first hand what happens when we mess with natural systems.  For those that don't know, the Lionfish, an Indo-Pacific native species, has somehow been introduced into the Caribbean, where as an invasive species...

Network Monitoring for Control

One of the main reasons for installing a control system is to accomplish “real time control.” However, what happens if the communications between the various nodes on your system are not operating in real time? And in an even worse situation what if you do not know that the communications...

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