After last week's announcement by Endress+Hauser at the Rockwell Automation Automation Fair of a Coriolis Mass Flow meter with native Ethernet communications, instead of Foundation Fieldbus, HART or Profibus, Rockwell Automation again gives Cisco Systems' "Ethernet to the Device" and the IPv6 Internet protocol a big lift.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not dissing Rockwell Automation here. It's just that when we're in the middle of producing show dailies at events such as Automation Fair, we get pretty focused. So I'm taking a break here to see what's happening in the rest of the world.
Walt says he's turned over the keys to the blogging machine to me. Silly man. Only one day, and I've already muffed it. Didn't post anything yesterday. That's like Dad leaving you the keys to the car, and you leave it sitting in the garage.
In sharp counterpoint to the news over the past days that many stock analysts are downgrading ROK stock because of slow demand, ARC has published a new report indicating that the PLC market isn't as dead as thought.
The economy is making it inevitable for better positioned system integrators to expand and attract high quality talent that the larger players in the industry cannot afford right now. This will position niche companies like Batchelor Controls much better for growth in the coming economic expansion.
You can't find it on Rockwell's website, you can't find it on Google, but I'm attending and speaking at the second annual PPUG-- Rockwell's Pulp and Paper User Group, in Green Bay WI. We're meeting at Lambeau Field, which is amazingly quiet in the off season, heh heh.
Just got off the phone from an interview with Shalli Kumar, chairman and CEO of AVG, a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of electronic parts, with facilities in Carol Stream, Illinois, and Bettendorf, Iowa.