Controlling Interests Editors' Blog

High-Tech Hubs Ignite Editor’s Ear

My ear catches fire when President Obama mentions "high-tech manufacturing hubs." Sounds like control and automation to me, but we may need to reach out from this side, too. 

Which rock song has "calibration" in first line of its lyrics?

Can you guess? Think back for a moment or two. It's a few years old now. I always thought it might have been good to blast it through the sound system at the opening of the exhibit halls at ISA Expo or one of the many other tradeshows and user...

BP Agrees to Pay $4.5 Billion to Resolve Criminal Claims on Deepwater Horizon

You may have seen this elsewhere, but just in case, BP today announced Nov. 15 that it’s “agreed with the United States government, subject to court approval, to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company stemming from the Deepwater...

ISA Automation Week 2012: Innovation in Orlando

I'm not usually much of a Disney fan. The characters from Snow White onward were fantastic, but they were almost always pure good or all bad. Unfortunately, this black-and-white ethos always seemed kind of flat and artificial, like early Superman or DC comics or Lawrence Welk's robotic performers.

Send Green Easter Eggs That Will Bloom in June

So, I’m trying to research and report Control’s June 2012 cover story on “process sustainability” during April, and as always I’m in desperate need of help. So, if you or anyone you know might have some expert commentary or end user examples, I would love to hear about them.

Inside Fukushima and Preventing Future Disasters

It's been exactly a year and a day since Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. So, in addition to all the lives lost and communities swept away in northeastern Japan, it's also been almost a year since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was damaged to the point that several of its...

2011 ExperTune User Conference

Battling two rush hours is no picnic, expecially when most of Milwaukee's roads are being rebuilt. However, it was well worth journeying up from Chicago on Wednesday because I got to feast on an excellent series of user and expert presentations at the 2011 ExperTune User Conference at the Marriot Miilwaukee West...

Capitalizing on IT and Manufacturing Convergence

Can't we all just get along? If you're talking about plant floor engineers and corporate IT personnel, the answer often is a resounding "no." However, the usual economic forces have been flowing over this resistant organizational rock, and there's evidence that it too is beginning to wear down.

Safety Solutions Shine at Triconex Conference

More than 160 visitors took in and participated in dozens of sessions at Invensys Triconex's 17th annual Technical Conference 2007 last week at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas. The company covered its upcoming I/O and Trident development plans and showed recent work with Foundation fieldbus safety-instrumented systems, HART...

Movin' and Groovin' to the MESH

Sometimes a network does more than just communicate. Sometimes a network is so far-reaching and profound that it improves entire applications and their organization's performance. Such is the case with Invensys Process Systems (IPS) and Foxboro Automation's Mesh Network and its many related components.