Category Archives: Factory Automation Industry

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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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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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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New Updated Allen-Bradley Website by Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation launched an updated Allen-Bradley website today and you will all be very pleased with the new site. In the past you probably struggled to first figure out which product category the product you were looking for is in, … Continue reading

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Accepting a little magic won’t eliminate the value of your engineering degree

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke is famous for writing “2001: A Space Odyssey” which I have to admit I didn’t like much. The book was written in collaboration with Stanley Kubrick who wrote the film script at the same time Clarke … Continue reading

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Let’s Banish the Five Most Ridiculous Words Used in Automation in 2010

Do you cringe as you read the text on some of the sales brochures for factory automation devices? Does”Low-cost, standards-compliant, industry leading features” mean anything? I Googled “Low-cost, standards-compliant, industry leading features” and even found a device that is BEYOND … Continue reading

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Most read topics on the Factory Automation blog in 2010

Readers to the FactoryAutomation blog in 2010 spent the majority of their time and most of their visits on blog posts that covered five different topics. What do you think will be the big topics in Factory Automation over next … Continue reading

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