Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

This post was written by Leo Staples, senior manager, utility operational compliance, at OGE Energy Corp. Leo is an ISA Fellow and was ISA president in 2011. In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape...
Unintended Consequences of Cutting Technical Headcount

Unintended Consequences of Cutting Technical Headcount

This post was written by Stephen Malyszko, president and chief executive officer of Malisko Engineering, Inc. In the automation community, we routinely hear that reducing head count is one of the better ways to cut operational costs in a manufacturing plant. From some...
How to Close the Operator Competency Gap in Process Industries

How to Close the Operator Competency Gap in Process Industries

This guest blog post was written by Martin Ross, product manager for UniSim Competency Suite at Honeywell Process Solutions. This is part two of a two-part series. Click here to read part one. Developing and maintaining competent process operators is critical to...
Where Do Humans Fit in the Factory of the Future?

Where Do Humans Fit in the Factory of the Future?

This post was written by Doug Aldrich, Ph.D., CFM, is a Denver-based industrial consultant.  Much has been written and forecasted about the various impacts of technologies on humans: work, pleasure, productivity, and behaviors. The exponential growth of technical...
Are Parents Out of Touch with Careers in Manufacturing?

Are Parents Out of Touch with Careers in Manufacturing?

This post is authored by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. Connect with Joel at LinkedIn or Twitter, @joeldon. There’s plenty of concern about the retiring generation of industrial professionals and the potential shortage of skilled workers needed to fill new...
The Most Empowering 4 Letter Word

The Most Empowering 4 Letter Word

This guest post was written by Peggie Ward Koon, Ph.D., 2015 chair of the Automation Federation and 2014 president of ISA | @peggiek A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation, entitled “Are we there yet?”,  to a group of attendees – a mixed bag of engineering...
The cybersecurity threat – taking it personally

The cybersecurity threat – taking it personally

This recurring blog covers news about ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions Event from the unique viewpoint of the event’s project manager, Carol Schafer.  With a technical background to draw on, a penchant for humor and the inside track on conference updates,...
Need Automation Workers?  Who You Gonna Call?

Need Automation Workers? Who You Gonna Call?

This recurring blog covers news about ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions Event from the unique viewpoint of the event’s project manager, Carol Schafer.  With a technical background to draw on, a penchant for humor and the inside track on conference updates,...
The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

This guest post is authored by Bill Stewart, vice president of corporate planning and strategy at MAVERICK Technologies. At the end of the day, a process automation project is measured by how it delivered the unit of production – or in many processes, the “molecule” –...

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...
The Cure for the Automation Workforce Crisis

The Cure for the Automation Workforce Crisis

This post was written by Paul J. Galeski, CEO and founder of MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company.   The manufacturing sector faces a crisis: Skilled automation professionals are diminishing in number — just when we need them most. Retiring workers are...
Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

This article was written by Emily Stover DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute.   Reports from two of the biggest consulting firms in the world, Boston Consulting Group and Accenture, looked at what is euphemistically being called on-shoring. What...

ISA Training and Mentoring Programs for the Automation Industry

This article is an excerpt from InTech magazine article, by Steve Pflantz. Workforce development is a hot topic among the ranks of ISA and the Automation Federation (AF) these days, as well as with a host of other organizations and agencies around the world. Recent...

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