When “Just Fine” Isn’t Good Enough: HMI Design and Development

Nov 24, 2014 6:53:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

“Please don’t talk to me about technologies that can improve my plant’s performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new, even if it’s better.”

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My Plant is Running Just Fine

Aug 6, 2013 1:43:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

Please don’t talk to me about technologies and work practices that can improve my plant performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new even if it is better.

fineadj. – Satisfactory; acceptable

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Four Myths And Ideas About Creating The Next Generation Of Automation Engineers

Mar 26, 2013 3:41:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

There seems to be a wealth of articles detailing the problems we have in our automation industries with finding and developing new talent. There are statistics that say there is a shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students in our universities, that there are not dedicated degrees that focus on automation, and that the demographics in our industry will drive us off a resource cliff. The conclusions in a lot of these articles recommend large, high-level initiatives to grow interest in STEM degrees at the high school and college level, and somehow change the macro-course of U.S. education.

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Why Resources are Creating a Bottleneck in the Automation World

Apr 25, 2012 3:43:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

A perfect storm is brewing in the automation world, and it has nothing to do with hardware or software. It’s about resources, which are fast becoming a bottleneck in the industry. Why? Well, there are several factors at play. I’ll address some of the bigger ones:

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Protect your process during control system changes

Nov 9, 2011 7:29:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

Quite often, automation projects become a plug-and-chug exercise in getting the code and HMI into the control system, according to the specifications, with little thought to the true purpose and strategy. This type of automation implementation can be successful, but does not protect your process from the dangers involved in making control system changes.

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