Managing editor Nancy Bartels talks about process manufacturers who are integrating EAM with SCADA or other control systems. They are taking advantage of factory floor data to optimize maintenance operations and support the transition to preventive and predictive maintenance models.
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, asks Peter Terwiesch, chief technology officer for ABB, how the foreseen recession could affect industries serving automation businesses, automation vendors, and automation end-users.
Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, tries to answer some questions about the changing nature of industrial PCs and asks for readers to contribute their thoughts as well. Many industrial PCs no longer need the keyboard and screens of the past and can run in headless configurations on DIN rails, on boards and in chips. So how is it possible to define, write about and use them? Are the enclosure-based PCs of the past still useful? All these questions prompted a variety of answers.
To help users identify counterfeit devices, the alliance between U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American Council of Independent Labs (ACIL) has drafted several recommendations. These tips include looking for and inspecting certification marks, checking for inferior packaging and/or missing parts or product information, and only buying from suppliers who are well known to you.
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks with the 2008 inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame Vernon Trevathan, William M. Hawkins and Dale E Seborg. They talk about what it takes to have career in process automation.