Lessons from Texas City

Safety requires passionate and effective leadership, says MIT professor Nancy Leveson, a member of the Baker Commission that investigated the accident at BP Texas City. Managing and Controlling Safety needs clear definition of expectation, and we have to continue to adapt to changing conditions.

Tom Kindervater on why we're here

Tom Kindervater from Marathon Petroleum talked about the user benefits of the Honeywell User Group and pointed out that this enables end users to influence Honeywell's direction and product development. He made an impassioned pitch to get membership on the Customer Advisory Boards. Current advisory boards include:

Reggie Barnett from Dow, UIS Chairman

Reggie introduced the UIS members, and described the industry representation in the UIS: "We have industry representation from all of the markets Honeywell sells to, as well as global participation." He went through an exhaustive list of enhancements, over 180 of them, that UIS has brought to the market through...

First blast from Honeywell User Group

David Otto, co-chair of the Honeywell User Group, introduced the event by interacting with a Arnold-sounding Max Headroom character who noted that people had come from everywhere to be here, "even Houston." Following Otto, who I will be interviewing later today for a video podcast, was Jack Bolick, president of Honeywell.

Dr. Jeff Dietrich tells it like it is

Dr. Jeff Dietrich from the Institute for Trend Research (who is the economist I most trust with industrial production data and the automation industry) spoke on "Projecting When Business Cycles will Change." Since most of his slides are graphs, I can't reproduce them here.

Confucious says...according to Niko Krueger

Man's life is founded on straightworwardness and uprightness. Without them it depends on lucky coincidences....

Unfortunately...we now skip to the afternoon, and making business in China

MCAA had several concurrent sessions including one that I and Shari Worthington were teaching, so I can't blog about any of them... After lunch I am attending one of the sessions: Making Business in China, by Niko Krueger from Endress+Hauser.

Yet more Workman

Survive or Thrive? Who do you want to play with? "Life's too short to dance with ugly men/women!" This is not a dress rehearsal. Collaboration has predictable phases. dependent-->Independent-->Interdependent Longevity is normally determined by:

More from Dr. Michael Workman

Texas A&M's industrial distribution program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. "We've been preparing folks to enter your industry on purpose," Workman cracked. The majority, "except those who ruin their lives by going on to law school," wind up working in distribution channels in industrial products.

MCAA Industry Forum

MCAA's annual meeting in Dallas is about to start. MCAA is the organization for vendors and reps/distributors of automation products.  MCAA is the part of the industry that ISA simply has refused to serve for the past thirty years.