Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Mission Critical Operations

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Mission Critical Operations

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. ISA’s new book, Mission Critical Operations Primer, focuses on the components of mission critical operations, including technology, standards, risk management, emergency response,...
Best ISA Webinars of 2017

Best ISA Webinars of 2017

This 2017 webinar roundup was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager.   As 2017 comes to a close, we surveyed the year’s lineup of educational webinars to select five of the most popular presentations co-hosted with ISA’s partners. Scroll down...

Automation Engineering Design Must Protect Against the Unexpected

This guest blog post was written by Paul Darnbrough, P.E., CAP, a principal engineer for  MAVERICK Technologies.  This is the first part in a three-part series. Click this link to read Part 2. Click this link to read Part 3. Anyone can drive down a wide-open, well...
Control System Migration is a Major Learning Opportunity

Control System Migration is a Major Learning Opportunity

This post was written by Paul J. Galeski, CEO and founder of MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company.   Given the large number of legacy process plant control systems needing an upgrade in coming years, there is much discussion as to how, when, and why a...
Project Management Is More Than a Disruption: It Is Real Work

Project Management Is More Than a Disruption: It Is Real Work

This is an excerpt from the March/April 2014 issue of InTech magazine by Brent Karickhoff,  operations manager at Transdyn, Inc. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. Modern control systems are sophisticated assemblies with varied...
Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to High-Performance Graphics

Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to High-Performance Graphics

This guest post is authored by Justin Robinson, a principal engineer at MAVERICK Technologies.  Click this link to register for a free ISA co-hosted webinar on September 25 on ways to reduce risk during startup while increasing overall efficiency. Waves of processing...
How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

This guest post is authored by Paul Dunn, vice president of sales at MAVERICK Technologies. For many people in the controls systems industry the word that seems to get thrown around a lot is value. What is value? It is defined differently to the various stakeholders...
The Road to High Performance Graphics

The Road to High Performance Graphics

This guest post is authored by Michel Ho, a consultant in the operational consulting group of MAVERICK Technologies. Are you considering implementing high-performance graphics (HPG) or abnormal situation management graphics? If so then you are part of a fast growing...
Why are Automation Projects so Challenging?

Why are Automation Projects so Challenging?

This is an excerpt from the July/August 2013 issue of InTech magazine by Raymond Teaster and Dave Adler of Brillig Systems.  To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. Over the past five years, we have had the opportunity to review...
Consider the Big Picture When Justifying an Automation Project

Consider the Big Picture When Justifying an Automation Project

This guest post was written by Roy Kok, vice president of sales and marketing at Ocean Data Systems..   Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification.  While this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from...

How to Build a Successful Project Team in the Automation Industry

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 #46. Study after study has shown that human perception quickly turns into reality. If a class...

Why You Should Test Every Communication Network Before DCS Start-up

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 #28. Over the course of many years, I have learned to be suspicious of anything that is...

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