Author Archives: Doug Brock

About Doug Brock

Doug Brock has a broad range of factory automation and wholesale distribution experience and is an expert on the application of the Baldrige Criteria for continuous improvement efforts.

Stuxnet and Espionage Segment on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes had a segment discussing the Stuxnet Virus and some of the espionage behind it last week. There isn’t any new information for anyone that has followed the Stuxnet story over the last 18 months or so but it’s … Continue reading

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The State of Manufacturing and High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Do you ever get completely frustrated by the news and the pessimistic outlook on our economy – specifically the gloomy news surrounding manufacturing in the U.S.? I know I do! Mostly because business is pretty dog-gone good for us – … Continue reading

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Updated Compatibility Information for Rockwell Software and Windows 7

Rockwell Software has updated tech notes regarding the compatibility of software packages with Windows 7 and the Windows XP Mode included with Windows 7. I covered some of the potential issues using XP Mode and Windows 7 with older versions … Continue reading

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Smart Grid made here in America

The United States spent over $7 billion in 2010 on Smart Grid technologies. That’s second only to China. Geoff Zeiss provides some really interesting posts on his Between the Poles blog discussing a number of energy production and usage issues … Continue reading

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Why don’t more young engineers pursue Automation and Control Engineering careers?

Why don’t more young engineers pursue careers in Automation and Control Engineering? We could all probably make some general assumptions. there is a perception that it’s dirty factory work there is a perception that all of these jobs moved overseas … Continue reading

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Minimize Noise in Control Panels with Panduit’s Shielded Wire Duct

One of the most common control panel problems is noise. Electrical noise problems in enclosures and control systems are typically intermittent and difficult to troubleshoot. Customers frequently ask questions about how best to minimize the electrical noise in their control … Continue reading

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Robots and Programmable Controllers are Coming to Eat Your Brains

We all know that the robots are eventually going to rise up and kill us all. We are getting closer each day to Skynet becoming self-aware and impending doom. If this image doesn’t convince you then watch the Hummingbird Spybot … Continue reading

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The Most Interesting Engineer in the World

To end the week and tax day on a positive note:

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The Micro 800 is Coming (Late April or May)

The new Micro 800 PLC from Rockwell Automation won’t be for everybody. But it has a lot of power for small stand alone systems where one of the more powerful Rockwell Automation controllers is overkill. The Micro 810 and the … Continue reading

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Using VMWare and Automation Software (part 3 of 3)

Post number three of three in a series dealing with Windows operating system compatibility with Rockwell Software products and factory automation software in general. I will post a follow up with links to demos of some of the solutions and … Continue reading

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