Voices: Lipták

Béla Lipták Looks Back at a Half-Century of Process Automation

We've come a long way; still have a way to go.

By Bela Liptak
Feb 26, 2015

When I started to work as a process control engineer in the late 1950s, the toilet float and the thermostat were considered to be automation. At that time, the main job of the instrument department in a plant was to clean plugged pressure taps and stuck control valves, while our control panels were full of push buttons, blinking lights and manual loading stations.

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