Jul 9

The Great Thing about Standards is…

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.  Now you can’t tell from the written word that I’m not “saying” this with a wink and a nudge.  So just to be clear – I’m serious.  Having more than one standard for fieldbuses is a great thing!  Of course this…

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Jun 30

Revised, Revisited, and Huh?

Revised.  I blogged about the PROFINET Developer Workshop we’re holding in October.  We have more details now – the five largest providers of PROFINET developer tools and technology are now confirmed presenters (and exhibitors) at the workshop: Hilscher North America, Inc. HMS Industrial Networks, Inc. Real Time Automation Siemens Energy & Automation Softing North America…

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Jun 27

Event Planning

I’m using my time in the office for a couple weeks to plan for the next three months’ events.  You may need to start planning your attendance at some of these:    PROFINET one-day training events in Chicago, Portland, OR, Minneapolis and Los Angeles    The PTO General Assembly Meeting    The Industrial Ethernet Symposium…

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Jun 16

PROFIBUS and PROFINET International

Another week, another airport (Oakland).  The PTO hosted a meeting of our counterparts from around the world this past week and now I’m headed home.  Many of the 24 other Regional PI Associations (RPAs) were represented.  This was a great opportunity to see what other regions are doing, share ideas, and formulate plans. Our organizational…

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Jun 9

Mama Mia! What an assimilating event.

Friday night and I’m happily ensconced in my home office with a chance to update everyone on the PROFIBUS and PROFINET aspects of the Siemens Automation Summit. There were two presentations that were designed to assist users in applying PROFIBUS – one in general and one specifically to process.  Ron Mitchell of the PROFI Interface…

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Jun 7

Control Engineers Boo IT

I’m in Las Vegas where we are exhibiting and presenting PROFIBUS and PROFINET at the Siemens user event.  At the Tuesday morning opening Tom Kopanski related a story told him by one of the editors attending the event.  At a nameless company’s user gathering, IT was roundly booed.  I understand this reaction by control engineers…

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Jun 7

Control Engineers Boo IT – Continued

Mayhaps I have struck a nerve.  I got reaction in person today, by email, and in the blogosphere.  Gary Mintchell noted in his blog that Automation World will be covering the subject.  In person today, another editor indicated his magazine was also approaching the topic.  And I had a visitor at our booth here who…

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Jun 6

Imitation is the Flattest Form of Sincerity

I received an email invitation from ODVA for an Ethernet/IP free seminar.  We’ve been doing PROFINET one-day training events for at least three years. I see they have one scheduled for the United States; we typically do 10 in the US and Canada.  (And, of course, our colleagues at the other 24 regional organizations do…

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May 31

Ethernet Basics

Another PROFINET one-day class is finished.  Here in Newton, MA, the crowd was good and the exhibitors were legion.  There were an unusually high number of device manufacturers at this event, so we added a short overview of four of the development tools suppliers.  All four were exhibiting so that worked out well for everyone….

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May 24

General Assembly Meeting, PROFIsafe, and a road trip

We’ve nailed down most of the details for the PTO General Assembly Meeting.  This is our 12th and my 11th. Where does the time go?  And more importantly, how could I have missed one?  I really get excited about these events.  Learn lots.  Teach some.  Visit old friends.  Make new ones.  Observe the competitive attendee…

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