This article was printed in CONTROL's October 2009 edition.
Today simulation software is available everywhere. You can find it in your local drivers' ed programs, aviation college curricula and in your five-year-old's video game library. When it comes to process automation professionals, simulation tools are used in job training sessions to better prepare them to safely program and control automation applications. Simulation software tools are crucial to the safety of a plant and its plant operators.
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Simulation software makes our professional and personal lives easier. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to benefit from its uses. Automation professionals use it everyday in their jobs and so do many other people. I use simulation software through my video game console and its virtual exercise trainer. How is simulation software connected to you in your life? Log on to the Sound Off! Editors' blog (http://community.controlglobal.com/content/simulation-software-everyone), and tell me about the latest simulation software device you use and how you use it.