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 to check www.engineeringsights.org for engineering-related places to see. Alas, it no longer works. But, thanks…

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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 in a drug store, great job for a high schooler, 75 cents an hour; and…

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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, CA. Following the recommended path through the museum takes you through the history of computing…

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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 closely identify with our sister organizations around the world. PI is the international organization and…

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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 copper. I posted about a modern copper mine in Engineer’s Holiday. I celebrated the completion…

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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 been to Kitt Peak National Observatory yet – although I have been to the Lowell…

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PROFINET and PROFIBUS

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 classes for 2011.  The PROFINET Training Manuals are at the printers; the CDs are pressed. …

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Long, Long Ago in the Land of pi Tapes

Ok, this post is way off topic, but reminiscing about working at the wire and cable company reminded me of a TV episode I saw last week.  This is about pi tapes (lower case and equals 3.14159…), not about PI tapes (upper case letters – PROFIBUS and PROFINET International). The best show on TV has…

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Long, Long Ago in the Land of Cleve

As I was flying back from the Cleveland PROFINET one-day training class I had some time to compose a few thoughts about the class and the memories it conjured up from my own Cleveland area work history. There were a few developers of automation devices in the class.  The class provided an overview, but we try to…

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