The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Foundation Fieldbus Seminar

I had the opportunity to attend the Fieldbus Foundation Seminar in Vancouver last week and was not only pleasantly surprised by the turn out, some folks drove up from Seattle, but more importantly the fact that several EPC companies were represented.

Oil Sands Automation Conference 2010

The 7th annual Oil Sands Conference concluded one week ago in Fort McMurray, the heart of the oil sands and it was evident that automation will play a significant factor in the continuing development of this important hydrocarbon resource.

Automation's Impact

The following figure came courtesy of Larry O’Brien at Automation Research Corporation and demonstrates how an investment in automation and control systems during the capital phase of a project can have a disproportionate impact (at least 5 times greater) on the profitability of a facility during its operating life.

Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories – MCAA Survey

As part of their mandate to help the automation profession and in particular their members, the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) ( is conducting a pair of surveys to gain a better understanding of the industry’s need or desire for reciprocity among and across the various certification agencies for...

Just Because We Can

Because you can, does not always mean you should and knowing when is the difference between being an automation professional and one of the “great unwashed.”

We have an App for that

Apologies for my prolonged silence however I will strive to do better.

Xi–ting News for OPC

The December issue of Control Magazine contained an article of interest to automation professionals involved in data integration and as the title of this blog implies, that is Xi (pronounced “X-EYE”) as a new version of OPC.   As a process analyser professional, it interested me to see that this...

Honeywell “OTTER” do well with this...


Great Kanduski: FDI Agreement

HART & Ethernet

The majority of fieldbus communications protocols have created an Ethernet version, in most cases by "packaging" their higher Application or User layers inside an Ethernet packet. One widely used standard - at least for the process industry is the HART Communications Foundation and the HART protocol. "