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Live from Yokogawa-- Gordon Bethune "From Worst to First"

Bethune was the CEO of Continental Airlines and rescued the airline from bankruptcy. I worked for Boeing, he said, which was a real company-- the checks clear! Continental ranked tenth out of ten airlines-- had been in bankruptcy twice and it was a really bad company.

Live from Yokogawa Tech Fair--John Bowron and Dave Johnson speak

Vice president of sales, John Bowron did the "safety moment" and the introductory comments and then he introduced Dave Johnson, president of Yokogawa America. Dave Johnson said, "Yokogawa uses very few if its own products so we depend on our end users for feedback." Johnson reported that as of April...

Live from Yokogawa Tech Fair!

I'll be live blogging this week, mostly from my Blackberry Smartphone. So please excuse the typos. We're in an auditorium in the George Brown Center, waiting for the last group of users to finish the registration process and file in.

On with the show! Yokogawa Tech Fair 2008

The Control team is in Houston to attend the Yokogawa Technology Fair and Users' Conference, and we'll be producing an e-show-daily tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. Today is keynote speech day, with speeches by Dave Johnson, President of Yokogawa America, Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines, and Mike Brooks, 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...

What's a DCS?

Somebody wrote to the A-List at control.com a while back, and claimed that while XYZ and ABC were DCS systems, two other companies' systems, in his not-so-humble opinion, didn't qualify. Last year, in a discussion with Emerson's Chief Strategic Officer, Peter Zornio, we came up with the following definition of...

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,...

Yokogawa Announces New DCS

New Yokogawa Electric President and COO, Shuzo Kaihori, announced the introduction of a new generation DCS product at the ARC forum in Orlando, Fla., this afternoon. Called CentumVP, it is the replacement for the 3000. According to Satoru Kurosu, senior vice president Industrial Automation, VP stands for VigilantPlant--Yokogawa's vision of...

Maverick+Yokogawa=ChevronGlobal

Yokogawa and MAVERICK Technologies announced today that their joint alliance has been selected as the main automation and control contractor for Chevron's global refineries in a long-term agreement. During this time frame, Chevron intends to strengthen operations and reliability at its eight wholly owned refineries by standardizing and modernizing the...