Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?

In the last post I posited that an automation vendors success in making software central to its business needs to be a key consideration on choosing a strategic partner for automation technology.  It is safe to say that while it seems every automation supplier is investing in software, not every...

Emerson's CEO Talks Future Plans

David Farr, CEO of Emerson Electric, parent company of Emerson Process Management, gave an interview to Bloomberg News today. Makes for a good read on what the plans of one of the process automation big dogs are for the future.

Fieldbus Network Timing Parameters – Compel Data

One would think that because the Fieldbus Foundation defines so many other parameters in its standards that the time for the Compel Data message used for the Publish/Subscribe messages on which control in the field is based would also be standardized. Not so.

Friday p.m. Journey to Track a Sort-of-Lost Brand

Found the following tidbit in the latest issue of the Industrial Automation Insider. Our U.K. buddy, Nick Denbow, has unearthed the following convoluted history of the Rotameter brand. 

Shopping Wars, II

Well, that was quick. The email below from ABB relating to the Emerson offer for Chloride appeared in my inbox this morning.

Shopping Wars

The boss is supposed to be on vacation, and I'll be driving the blogging machine for a few days, but, on  the other hand, I keep getting emails from him. (Walt. are you listening? Go on vacation already!) so you may be hearing from him as well.

More from the (cancelled) HCF Press Conference at Hannover Messe -- #pauto

There was a parade of new product announcements from MACTek, Emerson, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact and ProComSol that were released today by the HART Communication Foundation-- that would have been released at Hannover Messe:

HART Foundation Press Conference at Hanover Fair Cancelled -- here's what would have happened...#pauto

Thanks to the Icelandic volcano with the incredibly difficult to pronounce name (Eyjafjallajokull, pronounced like this), the normal HART Communication Foundation press conference at Hanover Fair has been cancelled.

Book Review: Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements in the Process Industry

Control's ControlTalk author Gregory K. McMillan has put together a new book entitled "Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements in the Process Industry." It is published by ISA Press and can be ordered from and from

FDI - Integration Now more than a dream

There is new hope for End Users that a uniform interface to the rich information such as diagnostics and related material in smart instruments may soon be available. This is because a number of supplier companies have joined the FDI cooperation project that initially consisted of the major technology trade...