Industrie 4.0 is really Work 7.0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Work is what we do to feed, clothe and house ourselves.  Work in the last 100 years has changed so dramatically that it may not be recognizable as…

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What the buzz about Industrie 4.0?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It sounds impressive, has a lot of doctors of philosophy signed on as it’s originators, and it’s imported from Europe.  Industrie 4.0, note the German spelling, very fancy,…

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Energy and Getting Stuff Done

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Electricity in the modern age is taken for granted.  Yet our technological society is incredibly dependent on it.  Everything we do requires electricity to control, communicate or actually…

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Machine Control

Sunday, August 24, 2014

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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Manufacturing and the Nature of Time

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When I first became involved in Programmable Controllers, one of the common questions was how to define when a PLC was needed.  From a control standpoint, the common…

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NI Week 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Things are still settling after 4 very intense days at National Instruments NI Week Conference.  There is always a lot to see and, as always, I didn’t quite…

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Evolving Control Systems

Sunday, August 3, 2014

One of the byproducts of Moore’s Law is the ever increasing capability and declining cost of digital electronics.  The semiconductor world is a scary place where chips are…

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The Next Wave

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Control system technology in the manufacturing arena has been driving a lot of technology over the last few decades.  That shouldn’t be a big surprise, the worldwide revenue…

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IT and Control

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The lines between plant control systems and Information Technology systems are blurring.  Even more than I previously thought.  Consider the latest from Rockwell Automation; Rockwell Architecture and Software…

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IT, the Cloud, and Manufacturing

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What is the cloud?  It is a virtual computing world.  Server farms with massive computer resources that can host any application.  Instead of installing Excel spreadsheet on your…

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