The process control and automation industries are loosing practical knowledge to retirement and outsourcing, and veteran engineers aren't being replaced quickly enough. Why is the U.S. not encouraging, attracting, and training the engineers it will need in the future, and what can be done about it? Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, says the magazine will explore this issue during 2008, and asks users to share their experiences and efforts to inspire junior high and elementary school students to get bitten by the engineering bug.
EAM - Is there a "there" there?
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.
Peter Terwiesch of ABB
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.
Top 10 and The Lost Companies
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks about the most popular articles of 2007 on ControlGlobal.com, and why we built the Directory of Lost Companies wiki.
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Tips for Identifying Counterfeits
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.
Having A Career in Process Automation
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.
Selling the Cool
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