Automation professionals are responsible for solving complex problems in many vital aspects of industry and its processes. The work of automation professionals is critically important to the preservation of the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to the sustainability and enhancement of our quality of life.
As it was for Mark Twain, the reports of the death of industrial fieldbus are greatly exaggerated. Market inertia, familiarity and smart device solutions are some of the drivers keeping fieldbus alive.
There's rarely a shortage of ideas about how to boost industrial growth and innovation. Most such discussions, however, typically spring from a personal, anecdotal, or industry-vertical point of view. To get a broader perspective and determine the most beneficial areas of focus for specific, quantifiable improvement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) analyzed data collected through extensive interviews and surveys with researchers, developers, manufacturers and other stakeholders.
We all knew this was coming-even if it took a few decades. Change can be denied and resisted for a long time, but eventually pressure builds, tectonic plates slip, volcanoes erupt, ice shelves crack, and suddenly the world is different.
This is the advice that Larry Sawicki gives for specifying graphics for industrial human-machine interfaces (HMIs). The control systems engineer at Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department in Arizona urges automation professionals to adopt a graphical-design strategy that focuses the operators' attention on the things that require it.
FDT Technology's roots in the industrial automation marketplace span the horizon for process, hybrid and factory automation - standardizing device integration and management for all common fieldbuses, regardless of manufacturer. This includes a common environment for accessing the most sophisticated device features.