Training Effectiveness: The Importance of a Personal Touch

This guest post is authored by Christy Sirianni, workforce optimization manager for MAVERICK Technologies.  Training and learning new skills are topics that employees often communicate as things they want more of from their employers. Unfortunately, those are very...
How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #40.   Consider the stereotype of the engineer. He (or she) is shy, socially inept, and rarely...
Why You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

Why You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #38.   We have all been there. The sales person stands before the crowd demonstrating a control...
Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #48.   I was born in a very small town in southern Mississippi. From the earliest age, I was...

Eight Steps Critical to a Complete Supplier Selection Process

This guest post was written by Roy Kok, vice president of sales and marketing at Ocean Data Systems.   A supplier selection can end your career or launch it. With leaner engineering departments and more options to choose from, selecting the right solution is an ever...
Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 2)

Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 2)

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. To read Part 1 of this post, click here. Last time I talked about the Top 10 pitfalls for manufacturing IT projects.  It putting that together I realized there were way...
Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 1)

Manufacturing IT Project Pitfalls (Part 1)

This guest post is authored by John Clemons, director of manufacturing IT at MAVERICK Technologies. To read Part 2 of this blog post, click here. I’d like to change gears a little and talk some more about successful and unsuccessful manufacturing IT projects.  There’s...

How Do You Keep New Engineers From Leaving Your Business?

This guest post is authored by Paul Dunn, vice president of sales at MAVERICK Technologies. Recently, a customer of mine who resides on the Gulf Coast (but is not an oil & gas or petrochemical company) approached me with a very interesting problem.  He had lost...
Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #41. You’re studying the elephant in school. You look at the pictures, learn about the anatomy...
Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #45. When I started my career I had no idea what anything cost. I would be asked to estimate a...

How do you spend the first hour of your day?

According to a recent Fast Company article, the most successful people use it to prepare for their day, knock out the hardest activities, gain awareness, and express gratitude. The author, Kevin Purdy, has assembled some key concepts from, arguably, some of the most...

Do You Care? I Do…

“There is no future in any job. The future is in the way you do your job.” I recall early in my career being taught the value of caring about the customer. My first job in industry was as a telecommunications technician where I was deployed to various...

Getting Results from Social Media

This is an abstract that will be presented at ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Click HERE for information on ISA Automation Week 2012. This session is in the Human Performance Track: Getting Results from Social Media Presenter: Jon DiPietro, Domesticating...
Good Customer Service Goes Beyond Tech Support

Good Customer Service Goes Beyond Tech Support

This article was written by Tim Hohmann, founder of AutomationDirect.com.   Good customer service must go beyond answering questions via some means of tech support, either in person or online, and include helping users maximize the benefits from the products they buy....
Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

This is an excerpt from the May/June 2012 issue of InTech magazine and written by Nikki Bishop of Emerson. Selecting the right asset monitoring strategy is a balancing act between implementation cost and expected reliability. Reactive maintenance represents the most...

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