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.
From Nels Tyring: Dan (Miklovic -ed.) has some very good points about ISA's business. Intech is a valued asset of service to the members although it is not a member benefit. I don't see a way to change that in the present structure on in Walt's suggestion.
Dan Miklovic: I agree with the premise - ISA is UTIAIA . The suggested solutions may be one way to address it. However, since the members value InTech as the greatest benefit, losing editorial control could diminish that.
I am leaving on Sunday for Phoenix to attend Honeywell User Group 2005. I will, as usual, be blogging from the event. But in a "first" for both Honeywell and Putman Media, we've been asked by Honeywell to produce an email "Show Daily" from the event.
This is only peripherally related to process automation, but it is intimately related to ControlGlobal.com and our efforts to expand our services to end-users by providing as email newsletters more stories and commentary than we can fit in the magazine.
The biggest problem ISA leadership faces is the alligator problem. You know it..."It's hard to remember that your objective was to drain the swamp when you are up to your ass in alligators." I have a great deal of sympathy for Don Zee and the other members of the Executive...
This is a hot book... From Chapter Two, The Connectivity Divide Here's a test to see how connected YOU are... Draw a line under the last question to which you can answer yes. Toddler's class: I sometimes receive postal mail I have a home phone I have cable TV or...
From Chapter One: "Our Inescapable Data vision suggests that it is not just advances in each of these technologies, it is the combination of these fundamental elements that will break barriers and magnify gains to levels not yet anticipated.
_Inescapable Data_ has some very interesting points. Sometimes, though, they paint with a really broad brush...more Popular Science than Scientific American if you will. One such topic they get _almost_ right is RFID. They talk about RFID as a breakthrough technology, and differentiate it from bad old UPC barcodes as unique.
Gerald Niemi shared with me the results of a survey they ran on the B&B website in January of this year. I thought it would be interesting to share the results here, as well. 64% of respondents said that they had been researching wireless sensors for industrial monitoring.
Digital Managing Editor Rick Pedraza and I took a drive in the country this morning to visit B&B Electronics. Regular readers will recall that Gerald Niemi from B&B gave one of the best presentations at the CSIA meeting last month in Memphis.