Blogs

They saved the best for last...Paul Whittaker on "Missed Opportunity Reporting"

Paul Whittaker is from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (after the merger with PhelpsDodge a couple of months ago).  His paper won an award for best project at the awards dinner on Tuesday night. He began with a famous quote.

Alicia Bauer on the Matrikon/ABB partnership

Alicia Bauer is Director of Global Marketing Control Systems and Products. You'll see more of her in an upcoming interview in Control magazine. She gave a report on "the collaboration between Matrikon and ABB." First, she gave the obligatory tour of ABB.

Sean Leonard on OPC

Sean Leonard is the Director of Matrikon's OPC business. He's the first speaker on the last day- not the best spot, of course, but we'll see. His presentation is called "Interoperability: The Key to Business Agility" and is subtitled "The Business Case for OPC." The first question raised at this...

From the power industry consortium

When Dynegy's flagship Baldwin Energy Complex was upgraded to Emerson Ovation control systems in 2001 to 2003, alarm management suddenly became a critical issue. Nuisance alarms were overwhelming the plant's existing and very traditional printer-and-CRT control-room monitoring, making it unnecessarily difficult for operators and plant management to clearly and...

More detailed URLs from Mik Marvan

Alarm Manager product: http://www.matrikon.com/products/alarm-management.aspx Alarm Workshops: http://www.matrikon.com/training/workshops/am-index.aspx  ...

Best practices: once again into the breech

This morning's final session in the "Best Practices" track focused on alarm management. Dr. Joseph Alford, recently retired from Eli Lilly, and Mik Marvan, Matrikon's alarm management product manager, threw a life preserver to automation professionals drowning in a tsunami of alarms. Dr. Alford condensed 35 years of batch processing...

Meridian Energy Rides Again!

Predicting Maintenance in Hydroelectric Power Generation Neil Gregory from Meridian Energy gave a follow-up to yesterday's general session discussion by Garth Dibley. Meridian Energy is New Zealand's largest energy provider. They are a "...

Top Control changes sides

For at least 14 years, Michel Ruel of Top Control has been the training arm of Expertune. Yesterday, Matrikon and Top Control announced that Ruel and Top Control will now be doing the same thing, but as Matrikon's partner instead. So Ruel was a prominent speaker at the Matrikon Summit.

Moving toward "bottom line" automation...

If you do one thing well, you are an expert. If you do two things well you are a prodigy. If you do three things well, you are amazing, but if you do everything well, you are a mountebank. Mike Brown is a mountebank. He does everything he touches well.

More from Matrikon Summit 2007

We managed to cover the entire conference yesterday, but it was a stretch. There were no bad papers. Some, in fact, were excellent. So on to Day Two!...