Control's editors weigh in with timely insights and tidbits on goings-on in the process automation world, mostly news and technology but also interesting perspectives gleaned from our daily conversations with end users and the challenges of the craft.
We talk a lot about process automation professionals, but is there really a "profession" of process automation?? Or is process automation simply a set of tools that people in other professions, like operations, electrical engineering,chemical engineering, plant maintenance, manufacturing management and IT use to do their jobs? This is a...
ISA has announced that they are thinking of moving into the standards compliance business. One of the largest standards making bodies in the world, ISA has never done well at encouraging or enforcing compliance with their standards.
ISA will move into standards compliance, or it will die. I know that's pretty harsh, but consider. ISA at its highest point had over 40,000 members. That sounds great, but at the same time, publishing industry figures showed well over twice that on controlled, audited circulation figures...so at its height,...
From Dale Peterson's ScadaSecurityBlog for: 2005-04-04 Best Practice? A security consultant not recommending best practice? The horror. This came up a number of times in class last week. A student walks up during the break and explains his SCADA system, and then asks if he should implement the best practice...
I'm still reading and digesting the Solaia decisions. There were two decisions. The first denied Solaia's motion for a summary judgement against ArvinMeritor and Rockwell Automation for patent infringement on the '318 patent. The second decision granted ArvinMeritor and Rockwell summary judgement that they did NOT infringe on the '318 patent.
I've been working over my schedule for the next couple of months. It used to be easy for us editor types to visit our vendor and end user customers...we went to a couple of trade shows that there they all were.
Do you want to see the future of process automation? It is called "not enough time." People just don't have the time to work in the old ways any longer, in any field, but in manufacturing and in process automation it has become critical.
It is very tempting to post something April Foolish, but I won't. I swear that I've checked this out and it is true. From Ubergeek Dick Morley: In a message dated 3/31/05 10:10:18 AM, email@example.com writes:
So who's an expert? Sometimes I think the definition of an expert really is "a person at least a day's travel from home." Here, we are trying to make the final tweaks on our Ask the Expert pages at ControlGlobal.com.