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Buried in a hall full of PLCs and switches, cables and terminals, was the booth of a local Naperville, Ill., company, GridConnect. I spent some time talking WiFi and mesh networking with Rick Rockershousen. You can see the interesting and useful things GridConnect makes at www.gridconnect.com....
Remember that great PBS show, "Connections"? The one that showed that modern computing came from making linen, or that the space program came directly from the invention of gunpowder? Well, connections can be really prosaic, too.
As Pinto alluded to at dinner last night, the aisles are rather bare at this mini version of the SPS Electrical Automation show from Europe. While the conference sessions appear to be reasonably well attended, the show floor is rather bare.
Had dinner with Jim Pinto. People think that Pinto is arrogant and opinionated and brash. He is. But it is deserved. Jim is probably one of the ten smartest people I've ever met, and that list includes some really smart people, like Norman O.
Some comments on ISA from various interested people: Nels Tyring, longtime ISA volunteer: "I don't see how ISA is in any position to make extensive changes or to successfully acquire some organization that will help to solve it's problems. Right now it is without a CEO.
The Turck press tour rolled into Putman Media this morning...and those Turck folks really do _work_, pun intended. With a history of high quality and innovation, I expected to see new stuff that was interesting and clever, and I wasn't disappointed, on several levels.
Now, _there's_ a question for you. What does ISA have that matters to the typical process automation end-user? Let's go down the list and see if we can spot something. It could be, as Jo Dee Messina's latest song goes, "My giveadamn's busted!" ISA has a good mailing list. Nope.
ISA announced yesterday that Rob Renner, having been Executive Director for less than a year, has decided to return to the AWWA and become Executive Director of the AWWA Foundation. I confess to being a little bit stunned, since I spent several hours over a couple of days with Renner...
For the blog:: We bussed through beautiful downtown Lima and emerged at what used to be BP Chemicals. After signing in, and grabbing some bagels, we had a chance to look at the demo Fieldbus systems, and, via webcam, the actual operating installation on a set of filter blowdown controls.
Every one of the companies involved in this demonstration here at ISP Lima, including BP and ISP themselves, has made a substantial investment "on the come" in Foundation Fieldbus technology. They chose to be pioneers, not followers.