In and Out of Control will explore some of the latest happenings in the larger world of engineering science. I'll look at the worlds of process and factory automation and beyond them to see how engineering has had it's fingers in many of the most important developments in the world, both in the past and the present.
Today is Alessandro Volta’s 270th birthday. In his honor, Google has prepared one of its doodles in honor of the inventor of the battery. And in London, they're celebrating another, if lesser known, engineering hero. Does the name Joseph Bazalgette sound familiar?
It's been a long, tough winter in a lot of the country, but after we're done whining about the cold and shoveling the driveway, there's still time to, if not make lemonade out of these lemons, at least prepare a cup of hot buttered rum.
That’s the question posed by Jon Collins of techie blog Inter Orbis in this post on the IDG website. It’s a long read and an interesting mix of data analytics, philosophy, theology and meditation on where technology is going to take us next, but I think it’s worth the time.
Calling all process control geniuses. The northeastern quadrant of the U.S. needs you. Surely there's an process automation system that will get rid of all this snow and not break our backs (literally) at the same time. Can you find it?
We like to think we're all that and a bag of chips in terms of scientific advancement, but not so fast. There were some pretty hot advances happening in 1620--and not just the invention of Thanksgiving. Can you say "scientific method," "heliocentric solar system theory," "tracheotomy," "submarines," "merry-go-rounds"?
"We're gonna need a bigger boat," said the man in the movie. Somebody at Shell Oil must have said the same thing. But at Shell, they’re not just asking for bigger. They're going for "biggest." Under construction now at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea,...
Every industrial revolution is brought about by a combination of factors. It's never just one thing coming out of a vacuum. In the case of the Internet of Things, the technology to make it truly wireless could accelerate it's growth.
The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are the hot new buzzwords. Behind them lie the promise of a better, more connected factory and supply chain that will revolution manufacturing yet again. But all such disruptive technologies come with a cost.