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Another Wireless Organization with some really big players formed...

Everybody is jumping on the wireless train. Wireless is becoming either the greatest enabling technology since the PC and PLC, or an overhyped bubble ready to burst any minute. End users will now be even more confused than they already are. 

Emerson never sleeps...or at least Jerry Moon doesn't!

At 3:53 AM this morning (Sunday) I received this press release from Jerry Moon at Emerson... and no, I wasn't up then, that's the timestamp on the email. I was recovering from a fantastic concert: Chuck Wicks, Jewel and Brad Paisley.

I am proud to be on this list.

I am a little awed to be on this list, too. Hans has long deserved an award from ISA. Maggie is only the second woman ever to be named an Honorary Member, and deserves every second of her applause. I am honored every time Greg Shinskey agrees to write for Control.

Emerson says their valves are first to be SIL3 certified to IEC 61508

Press release just in from Jerry Moon at Emerson:  EMERSON’S FISHER® CONTROL VALVES ARE FIRST TO BE SIL 3 CERTIFIED TO IEC 61508 STANDARDS Certification simplifies safety standard compliance for customers AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 9, 2008) -- Emerson Process Management has received SIL 3 certification of several ranges of its Fisher®...

Do-ers, not talkers ASCO Numatics Gives Scholarships

From the press release: ASCO Numatics, the world's leading manufacturer of flow control and pneumatics solutions, today announced a new program that will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines.

What's a DCS?

Somebody wrote to the A-List at control.com a while back, and claimed that while XYZ and ABC were DCS systems, two other companies' systems, in his not-so-humble opinion, didn't qualify. Last year, in a discussion with Emerson's Chief Strategic Officer, Peter Zornio, we came up with the following definition of...

From the News Desk: Emerson First Out of the Gate with WirelessHART

The following release just popped up in my email box. Emerson First to Offer WirelessHART Automation Products Emerson is now taking orders for open, industry standards-based products in its Smart Wireless portfolio  

Fisher Milestone

From Jerry Moon, this morning: EMERSON DELIVERS 750,000TH FISHER® SMART DIGITAL VALVE CONTROLLER FIELDVUE® digital valve controller leadership confirmed by customers in thousands of worldwide applications  MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA (February 13, 2008) - Emerson Process Management has announced its delivery of the 750,000th Fisher® FIELDVUE® digital valve controller, marking the continued...

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.

We don't abandon anything...why institutional knowledge is really needed

Here we are, in the age of information, where everything is digitized, and moves at the speed of light, and we are forcibly reminded that not only are older generations of controllers and hardware still in use, but they are still being made, and still being updated, because there are...