Voices: Merritt

We need a Hannover Fair USA

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt implores the industry to hold ISA Expo, National Manufacturing Week, Promat, Sensors Expo, IMTS, Pack Expo, AM Expo, and Quality Expo all at the same time and in the same place.

Rich Merritt By Rich Merritt, Senior Technical Editor[http://www.controlglobal.com/contact_us/rmerritt.html]

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American farmers: Far a field with automation

You think process engineers are in the forefront of automation? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt says that when it comes to improving process efficiency, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you been down on the farm!

02/15/2005

Predictive maintenance to the rescue!

As the maintenance crisis continues to brew, process control vendors are stepping on the marketing toes of the traditional maintenance suppliers, whereas they should be stepping up to save the day.

05/10/2005

The A Ship and B Ship: Which one are you on?

If you approve invoices and plans from subcontractors that do work you wish you could be doing, then most likely, you are becoming more of a B-Ship paper-pusher than an engineer.

06/01/2005

With a little help from my friends

CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt adds to his growing collection of writing awards and takes time out to give credit to control engineers who make it possible.

07/12/2005

Get your mind right about technology

The new technology and techniques inherent in the use of today’s fieldbus systems, servers, smart valves and embedded controllers, is affecting our careers, our plants, and our jobs.

07/25/2005

Can we fix embedded intelligence?

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt observes that having embedded processors in everything from sensors to control valves can make maintenance dicey when it comes to fixing things around the house.

09/19/2005

Where are our control engineer heroes?

In process control, our heroes are few and far between, yet opportunities abound for engineering heroism. Just apply what you know to a field that needs it and maybe the world will finally appreciate you.

09/28/2005

Want to see something really scary?

Getting into your control system requires skill, but it's not beyond the ability of a professional hacker who is being paid to get into your system undetected.

12/13/2005

Microsoft Factory getting ready to take control

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt surmises that when Microsoft Factory software arrives in the not-too-distant future, the cost of asset management will drop to the point where everybody can afford it.

01/16/2006

Global warming: A trillion-dollar hoax

Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt comments on the hoax being foisted upon us by tree-huggers with some enlightened research that completely debunks the junk science surrounding global warming.

02/07/2006

Management lessons from the U.S. Navy

After spending a little time on the Dark Side, Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt learned that if a company wants to succeed, it has to care about subordinates, make the tough decisions, and share the wealth.

03/20/2006

America's secret automation think tank

CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt has found a way to solve global warming, our dependence on foreign oil, and the loss of our jobs: Turn the problems over to the NCMS.

04/17/2006

Nuclear power makes sense

Whether you believe in global warming, the Kyoto Protocol or hugging trees, building nuclear power plants will create thousands of jobs for control engineers, operators and technicians.

05/08/2006

Is there a Tricorder in your near future?

Handheld technology is growing by leaps and bounds as control engineers and operators learn they can use the wireless devices. Problem is, few vendors have taken handhelds beyond simple applications.

06/07/2006