The Great Kanduski: Best Practices in Industrial Networking

Fall = Convention Season

One sure sign that Fall is arriving, other than the return to school is all the conventions that are scheduled during September through November. The busy season always seems to be the Spring (April through mid-June) and then again this time of year.

Telecommunications Technology Watch

We all know that the line between the technology being used in the office environment and the field or at least the control system infrastructure / backhaul is getting thinner every day AND that the time between when an innovation gets used in one place before it becomes established in...

Automation in Chile

I was very happy to hear that all the miners trapped in the mine in Chile are alive as it was one of the topics on people’s minds while I was there last week, that and sharing with me the occasional evidence of the recent earthquake.

Expo Automatización 2010 – Chile’s True Automation event

I “just” got in from the above event here in Santiago and despite its size it truly was an automation event with a mixture of both process and factory automation – indicative of the type of industry driving the Chilean economy which is predominantly mining.

A Meshing we will go

It is now only a matter of time before all our wireless devices will be connected to each other. Much like your Bluetooth device is always looking for new connections, IEEE 802.11s will make it possible for you to mesh your IEEE 802.11 device to other similar devices and create...

Asset management as wireless driver

The primary message being delivered by the champions of wireless is that it will enable full access to the rich information contained in today’s smart instruments and in particular the diagnostic information thus providing you the benefits of complete predictive maintenance. Of course it is never quite this easy.

Explosion Proof and Intrinsic Safety

The following video from Cooper Crouse Hinds shows the importance of quality control and proper installation practices required when using Explosion Proof enclosures. http://www.crouse-hinds.com/smart/Videos/Haz%20Loc%20Equip.wmv. However when viewing the video I find that the following two sequences tend to reinforce in my mind why we used Intrinsic Safe practices at my...

Windows 7 slow migration

After much trepidation and waiting I FINALLY made the leap and migrated to Windows 7 yesterday. Having been warned by others, including the installation instructions from HP (I have an HP laptop purchased a year ago so received a complimentary update in Q4 last year), to back up all my...

Lowest cost Home Run – Fieldbus or wireless?

Wireless is being proposed as the easiest and lowest cost way to install additional infrastructure between a field device and the control system when the home run cable is ‘full.’ Unfortunately, this is not true since as the title implies another alternative exists and that alternative can be used in...

Emerson S-Series – New Paradigm?

I imagine that by now most of you have at least received the June 2010 issue of Control magazine with its “Special Advertising Supplement” from Emerson Process Management promoting the new Human Centered Design S-Series control products.  Of course the biggest part of the announcement is CHARM.