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Manchester-Encoded Safety Airport Lounge

En route to Hanover I am spending some hours in the Manchester (UK) airport… too many, actually, but more than enough time to read and ponder a Briefing in Friday’s ARCwire on HIMA’s Safety Systems.  In the last paragraph this… Read more »


Safety Has Evolved

“Safety has evolved from being a cost burden and “necessary evil” to a strategy for improving productivity and reducing downtime.” –from the “The Business Case for Safety” section of the new ARC White Paper, PROFIsafe: Networked Safety for Process and… Read more »


Grand Ole PROFINET

Live from the PROFINET one-day training event in Nashville – lunch is over and we are resuming with the PROFINET IO demo.  Good questions at this event and a blend of Control Engineers and IT.  I love to see that… Read more »


Somewhere over the Atlantic

I’m relatively awake but not necessarily happy to be.  But while I am, I will compose some Hanover Fair news to post when I land. First, news about PROFIBUS and PROFINET.  A number of companies make development kits for device… Read more »


Stuck in the office

Kind of a long stretch with no travel.  Today Mike and Mike are handling the PROFIBUS in the Process Industry one-day training event in San Juan.  Sure, I go to Canada for a week and the boss goes to Puerto… Read more »


Going back to Austin

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d been here.  Bergstrom was an air base then and now it’s the Austin airport.  I guess my youngest graduated from UT longer ago that I realized. The training class was… Read more »


National Manufacturing Week Part 2

I set most of today aside to visit the show before heading off to Austin for the PROFINET one-day training event there tomorrow.  But I saw all of the show I needed to during lunchtime yesterday.


National Manufacturing Week

At National Manufacturing Week today.  Well, the conference actually.  I participated in an all-day session moderated by Control Engineering’s Mark Hoske: a round-up of 7 Industrial Ethernet technologies.  Each technology was presented and the session concluded with a round table… Read more »


PTO one-day training events in Canada

I’m just back from the PROFIBUS and Process one-day training events in Montreal and Toronto only to find snow in the mountains north of our Scottsdale office.  I did not mean to bring the snow back with me! We had… Read more »


Let the blogging begin

We at the PTO have been looking for a good way to keep current information flowing.  Blogging is the way.  We don’t expect this to be a daily blog, but do check back a few times a week or sign… Read more »