The Next Chapter

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

It’s time for Carl to retire; he hit 70 a couple months ago and as much fun as PI North America has been, it’s time to reluctantly move on. It’s been fun.

So, it’s time for Carl to focus on the next chapter, but it’s a time to look at past chapters just a little:

Over 50 years working in manufacturing, Five Decades in Automation. Yep, started as a teenager while working my way through college.

Over 23 years around PROFIBUS and PROFINET – first on the Board of Directors, then since 2005 as Deputy Director of PI North America.

Twelve years of PROFINEWS starting with PROFINEWS North American Edition, then the combined version. Managing, writing, editing, and reluctant, amateur “featured image” creator.

Blogging for 11 years, usually once a week on Tuesday. Lots of news and gossip. Occasional flashes of my alleged humor. Occasionally off topic, but engineering related.

Nine years of Tweeting: @AllThingsPROFI, four times a day these days.

Instructing at countless PROFINET (and PROFIBUS) one-day training classes over the last 12 years. This is the part I will miss the most – sharing in person about technology.

Now about that next chapter: having moved many times, my wife and I have friends from coast to coast and, through PI, over the water. Our kids and grandkids are widely scattered too. Twelve grandkids from 12 to 24. So, road trips are in our future. I have a hobby now – I’ve taken up photography (translation: I bought a nice camera and may someday know what all the settings are for). I have a hankering to see many of the National Parks… and take pictures… and start a travel blog.

August 31 is my last work day and I plan to leave industrial automation behind. Having been involved with it my whole adult life I will miss it.

So, farewell all. I hope you enjoy what you’re doing as much as I’ve enjoyed doing all this stuff. It’s been fun!

–Carl Henning

3 Responses to “The Next Chapter”

  1. Volker Goller

    Carl, it was a pleasure and honor to work with you, even so most of our joined work was taking care of the cookies and chatting away at the PI booth at various trade shows 😉
    Hanover will not be the same without you.
    Hope you will have a lot of fun without us!

  2. Arnold Offner

    After 5 decades in automation, and many more Profibus / Profinet installations across North America, in the past three decades, due to your dedication and tireless efforts, you have to know you will be missed. And if you are ever in the Harrisburg, Lancaster Pennsylvania area please let us know.
    Looking forward to hearing more about your travels to all the parks, and even the Appalachians, and your time spent with grand children, family and friends.
    Best wishes in the new chapter of the IoGC (Internet of Grand Children),


  3. Andrew Dummett

    Dear Carl,

    The news of your retirement will come as a shock to the entire PI community, as it was for me when I first read your post this morning.

    Having first met you and your beautiful wife at the PI Meeting in Sydney, it was immediately apparent the respect and popularity all members of PI Senior management held for you.

    And the effort you and Michael Bowne invested in re-launching the PI Newsletter plus the writing and producing responsibilities over the last two years has been truly amazing. Only people in our position can truly appreciate the effort and the quality of your written material.

    I am not surprised that your will now direct your talents toward producing a travel blog – what a great idea.

    Congratulations on your achievements in the automation industry and enjoy your travels. I’m very envious.

    Kind regards


« Back to PROFIblog