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Live from WBF 2008--Independence Day for Equipment Modules!

This presentation was made by Gordon Roney, of Noramco, Inc. and Andrew Blankenship from Innovative Controls, Inc. Noramco, Inc. manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients, narcotics and medical devices in three production facilities.  The oldest of the production facilities, Building 1, is used to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients.  In 2002, Noramco...

Live from WBF 2008: Session 1--Battling Batch Diseases Worldwide

Chris Monchinski, from Automation Control Concepts introduced the WBF "Center for Batch Disease Control" (Dennis Brandl, Charlie Gifford, Paul Nowicki, Dave Chappell, Lynn Craig, Randy Dwiggins) to reduce the incidence of BBCS (Bad Batch Control Systems) and BOMS (Bad Operations and Management Systems) which is also sometimes called MESses.

Live from WBF 2008 North American Conference--the Keynote

After an introduction by Maurice Wilkins, Roger Kilmer, Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of NIST gave the Keynote address. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is intended to do for small to medium sized manufacturers what the "Agricultural Extension" offices did for farming in the 1920s - 1960s...support the development of...

Hall of Famers speak...

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to corral the 2008 inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame into spending time with me talking about their careers, the automation profession, and the future. Next Monday, March 24th, we'll be having the induction ceremony at the annual Process Automation...

Yokogawa Establishes IA Global Marketing Center, Appoints Maurice Wilkins VP

As promised, here's the text of the press release announcing the latest marketing move by Yokogawa. This complements the move several years ago of Yokogawa Electric International from Japan to Singapore. It is likely to be Chairman Isao Uchida's crowning achievement as longtime leader of Yokogawa that he has pushed,...

ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC and WBF establish OpenO&M

From the release: ISA, MIMOSA, OAGi, OPC, and WBF Join Forces to Establish OpenO&M Research Triangle Park, NC (9 October 2007) -- ISA, MIMOSA, the OPC Foundation, the Open Applications Group Inc., and WBF have established OpenO&M, a cooperative forum where members can work together to solve automation challenges through...

Oh, this is truly good! Honest!

Just received this press release from ISA. This is great, especially if the CD is searchable by keyword.

From the innovation track: Human centered design

Innovation track

Migraine city...

I'm not going to be able to post more detailed stuff from WBF today...I have a serious migraine and I can't really see the screen well enough to post. We've just had a great paper about integrating information from Steve Churchil and Mike Williams from Dow.

Data Transaction Efficiency in Batch Control: Eliminating the Middleman

by Scott W. Sommer, PE, CAP, Jacobs Engineering Group. (Again, this was an excellent talk but so graphics intensive I can't blog it and do it justice)...