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About connecting things together...

On Friday, a whole gang of us went over to the Woodhead facility in Northbrook, IL. Last week was clearly about connectivity, with visiting Turck and Woodhead in the same week. Woodhead makes connectors and cable sets, as do their parent, Molex.

From the innovation track: controllers, alarms and critical instrument management

Trevor Hrycay of Suncor and Mike Brown of Matrikon presented a research project with University of Alberta, Suncor and Matrikon. Mike Brown indicated that this project provides a "three legged stool" for looking at real deployment, determining the real issues of adoption, reformulating work processes, etc.: the IRC Research Chair.

EEMUA Strikes Again! And About Time, Too!

If you don't know that EEMUA is not a large flightless bird, you have, as Ricky Riccardo used to say, "some larnin' to do, Lucy!" This long awaited announcement just came in. Better Alarms Handling: EEMUA holds special event to launch new edition of industry's guidelines on alarm management EEMUA,...

Ian Nimmo on the changing DCS

Ian Nimmo is the expert on HMI and Abnormal Situation Management in the world. His talk this afternoon at the Expertune/TiPS User Group meeting is sure to cause some serious waves, as he predicts the demise of the major automation vendors: ------------------------------------------------------- The Rise and Fall of the DCS The...

Following me...

Lothar Lang, from Lyondell Chemical Company gave a second keynote this morning on Critical Condition Management. What made his talk very different from most is that he's talking about doing it on a corporate scale. "It is very important that the top management is aware and supportive of critical condition...

Creating an Operator Advisory System

Jules Oudmans, of UReason, talked about the use of OASYS-AM with LogMate to provide valuable advisories which enable operators to quickly focus on important alarms. As a result, control rooms can be geared up for the next logical step in alarm management predicting process upsets or equipment failure, thereby preventing...

More from Expertune/TiPS...

One of the problems I have with multiple tracks is that I haven't invented a cloning process yet... Of course, if I ever do figure out how to clone myself, I won't be working here any more (grin).