Posts Tagged: off-topic

An Engineer on Vacation

You can take an engineer on vacation, but he will find engineering things to do and see. An off-topic post today – at least off the PROFINET and PROFIBUS topic. Still engineering related through. Before going on vacation I used… Read more »

Five Decades in Automation

Five decades seems shorter than fifty years. It was 50 years ago in June that I started working in industry. It was my fourth job. (One through three were TV Guide route, the paper routes were all taken; stock clerk… Read more »

Computer History

This post is mostly off the PROFINET and PROFIBUS topics, but there is plenty of engineering-related material here… Prior to the Silicon Valley PROFINET one-day training class, I had a chance to visit the Computer History Museum in Mountain View,… Read more »

Happy Birthday to Us

PI North America is celebrating our 20th year. Founded in 1994 as PROFIBUS Trade Organization we shortened our name to PTO when PROFINET came along. Then a couple years ago we changed our name to PI North America to more… Read more »

Five PROFIs and Copper

Off-topic warning – at least off the PROFI topic. On the engineering topic though. PI North America has five PROFIs – PROFINET, PROFIBUS, PROFIenergy, PROFIsafe, and PROFIdrive. Arizona is known for its five C’s – climate, citrus, cattle, cotton, and… Read more »

Engineer’s Holiday

No PROFIBUS or PROFINET in this post; it’s off those topics, but still engineering related.  A Sightseer’s Guide to Engineering lists six engineering sights to see in Arizona.  With this past weekend’s travels I’ve now seen five.  (I have not… Read more »


I always come into the transition from one year to the next thinking “I’m off the road; I can get caught up on blogging.”  Good theory. Instead I’ve been scrambling to get ready for our PROFINET and PROFIBUS one-day training… Read more »