social media

Apr 2


It’s not always about the technology – as solid at the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies are.  Sometimes it’s about the people who are the public face of the technologies. When you call the PI North America office during business hours, a person answers.  We don’t have “press star for a company directory.”  We don’t have…

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Jun 13

It’s about Community

I’m on my way back from a meeting of organizations within the PI community (PI = PROFIBUS and PROFINET International) in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Almost all parts of the world were represented by their Regional PI Associations, PI Competence Centers, PI Test Labs, and PI Training Centers.  The current numbers of those organizations is 27, 40,…

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May 7

PTO General Assembly Meeting Coming Up

After last year’s web meeting, we’re back to normal in 2010 with an in-person meeting.  Since we couldn’t celebrate our 15th anniversary with all our members last year, we decided to celebrate our Sweet Sixteen this year.  So, PTO members, click over to the General Assembly Meeting 2010 page for details and a link to…

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Nov 22

Trekker Tweeting Technology

I’ve been using an iPhone for a couple months now and I almost love it.  (The camera has no flash and it does not sync my tasks from Outlook, hence the “almost.”)  At the Houston PROFIBUS class and the Seattle PROFINET class I was able to tweet throughout the day – yes, there’s an app…

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Aug 30


In reviewing this past week, I see that a number of PROFIBUS application stories have appeared along with some nifty PROFINET new product announcements. The PROFIBUS application stories: Topaz completes RAK Cement installation Process Dynamics and Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 – the automatic choice for Parmalat Accuweigh supplies coated platform scales to Gold Coast desal…

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Jun 19

The Smell of the Rosin; The Roar of the Amplifier

A Fathers Day tribute at the intersection of personal and professional. I read a HubSpot blog post called “How Do You Balance Personal and Professional on Social Media?”  I keep my personal and professional lives separated online by using Facebook for personal and LinkedIn and Twitter for professional as I’ve posted before.  But today’s post…

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May 29

LinkedIn Tweeting Facebook

Last fall I went a little crazy about social media in industrial automation.  I felt there was not enough time to do all that stuff.  But now that there are automation and mainstream comics about it, it must really have arrived.  I really like this cartoon at  The gray-haired, balding boss behind the big…

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