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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:34:57 +0000

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Copyright: (C) 2017 Gary Mintchell

170 Rockwell Automation Open and Scalable

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:34:57 +0000

A report from Rockwell Automation events in Houston November 13-16. Training veterans, open software, scalable software. Oh, and the elephant NOT in the room--Emerson's unsolicited takeover attempt.

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169 Digital Tranformation and Industry Consolidation

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:29:06 +0000

Everybody's talking--about digital transformation, plus Dell's $1 Billion bet on IoT, GE's predix-ament, Rockwell ripe for the picking

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168 Justifying IoT and Investing in Training

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:56:52 +0000

A trip to Emerson Global Users Exchange yielded thoughts on capabilities to hone, justifying IoT projects, and investing in training.

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167-SCADA and the IoT

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:41:11 +0000

Thoughts and analysis from Inductive Automation Community Conference in September in Folsom, CA. The company develops SCADA software, has an active partner ecosystem, and some bright customers. I got to talk with them all.

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166 What Is The Internet of Things--Really?

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:53:59 +0000

The Internet of Things is not a "thing" in itself. In fact, asking what it is misses the point. The real question is what is the business case for implementing it.

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165 Safety and Security Go Together

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:41:30 +0000

Gary interviews George Schuster and Lee Lane of Rockwell Automation who discuss the critical importance of risk assessment and mitigation in both safety and security offering some practical advice along the way.

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164-Beyond The Hype of Digital Transformation

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:59:26 +0000

Saadi Kermani, global business development manager / industrial information at Schneider Electric joins to discuss information management beyond the hype of cloud, digital transformation, and Industry 4.0.

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163 - Internet of Things Meets Open Source

Thu, 11 May 2017 03:50:06 +0000

Speaking from the United Club at McCarron International Airport in Las Vegas following the Dell EMC World Conference, Gary discusses the Dell / Linux Foundation Internet of Things open source project and some examples of the Dell IoT partner ecosystem in action.

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162 Business Benefits of Internet of Things

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:22:43 +0000

Make no mistake, the Industrial Internet of Things is not a technology, it is actually a business strategy when properly understood. Refers to my blog site.

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161 - Standards and Interoperability OPC and CCOM

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:31:44 +0000

I discuss the importance of interoperable applications and the role of standards--specifically OPC UA and CCOM, an asset information standard from MIMOSA. I also throw in a description of students I met who compete in FIRST Robotics and a tip for cultivating innovation.

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160-Cybersecurity in Industry

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:07:19 +0000

Recent revelations from WikiLeaks with details about how security agencies can hack into encrypted devices and files and then how all that can wind up on the Web should remind us to strengthen our security technology and procedures.

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159 - All About Connections

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:21:54 +0000

When I left magazine media, I thought about where the industry was heading. It's all about connections, I thought. So, I found a domain name The Manufacturing Connection. Last week I was at the Industry of Things conference in San Diego. Organized from Berlin, Germany, they still attracted an outstanding speaker lineup and attendance at 2-3 times that of typical media conferences in the space.

They work hard at it, and they have cultivated lots of connections.

This podcast discusses the idea of  connections from that conference. It also explores the idea of "sources go direct" where anyone can take a message to the public these days. You don't need a gatekeeper. Maybe you connect with people like me to reach a broader audience. Individuals and marketers with energy and ability can build their own audiences and avoid getting misquoted by reporters or having a 60-minute interview boiled down to a sentence in an article.

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158 Trump and Manufacturing plus Thoughts on Open Systems

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:46:49 +0000

An Italian magazine asked for an American opinion on what the new president means for manufacturing. Here are some preliminary thoughts. Also some thoughts on Open Systems platforms for DCS from the ARC Forum in Orlando.

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157 - 2017 Tech Trends for Manufacturing

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:03:31 +0000

The Internet of Things is dead; long live the Internet of Things. Review of "Building the Internet of Things" by Maciej Kranz, plus discussion of trends from smart devices to Blockchain.

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156 You Can't Escape The Industrial Internet of Things

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:27:03 +0000

Yes, there is a business case for the Industrial Internet of Things and Gary shares tips for success. Drawing examples from PTC, Dell Technologies, and Emerson Automation.

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155 - Software for Predictive Manufacturing

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:41:28 +0000

What if beyond predictive maintenance we began considering predictive manufacturing? Or is that what Industrie 4.0 is all about? Gary ponders the latest industrial software.

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154 Fieldbuses and Interoperability

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:58:07 +0000

After attending PI North America annual general meeting, Gary discusses future of Profinet, Fieldbuses and Interoperability, and a teaser about a Wonderware announcement.

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153 - OPC UA, MQTT, Inductive Automation and Industrial Software

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:23:50 +0000

Gary Mintchell discusses the 2016 Ignition Customer Conference from Inductive Automation--and the pseudo competition between OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug. Mostly it's all about getting the right information into your Industrial Software (HMI/SCADA) application.

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152 OPC, REST, Interoperability, and Gotchas to Beware

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:58:11 +0000

Following up on his popular podcast on "Why Big Companies Hate OPC UA Embedded", Gary reviews his recent writing on OPC UA, REST, MQTT and Sparkplug relative to needed interoperability. He focuses on watching how companies implement REST and MQTT--whether they are using an open transport to move proprietary data types, or whether they are truly embracing what end users want-true interoperability.

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151 Working Deeply

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:36:25 +0000

My 151st podcast dives into "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" by Cal Newport.

Newport differentiates the work that will lead you to success (deep work--thinking) from that work that just fills time (shallow work--answering email, reading Facebook, etc.).

He provides tips on organizing your day to emphasize setting aside blocks of time for deep work.

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150 - The Power of the Other

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:33:02 +0000

Gary reviews Dr. Henry Cloud's new book, "The Power of the Other" how our connections and relationships can hurt or enhance us.

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149 Why Do Large Companies Dislike Embedded OPC UA?

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:13:32 +0000

OK, it's a provocative title, but the recent ODVA announcement at the Hannover Messe of the OPC UA-like CIP for the Cloud triggered some thoughts. Is it the traditional dance of company trying to lock in customers versus customers trying to maintain some flexibility--or--is OPC UA really a threat to CIP? (No one I talked to at Hannover thought the latter was true.)

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148 - Digital Manufacturing Hannover Preview

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:13:56 +0000

Gary introduces Digital Manufacturing, previews the 2016 Hannover Fair, and speculates on Rockwell Automation and Digital Manufacturing.

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147-Productivity and Health

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:09:26 +0000

Gary discusses why people seem to keep dropping the ball along with a solution. He also looks behind the news that few people follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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146-Strategy of Industrial Internet of Things

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:07:16 +0000

Gary looks at the discussions around Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 likening them to strategies.

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Gary on Manufacturing 145--ARC Forum

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:30:47 +0000

Gary reports from Orlando at the ARC Advisory Group 20th Annual Industry Forum. No surprises that Internet of Things and cyber security were headliners. The real surprise was the amount of Keynote space president Andy Chatha gave to an ExxonMobil initiative of engaging Lockheed Martin to essentially drive an open-specification DCS. Reception by technology suppliers was lukewarm at best. Reception by peers was difficult to gauge because so few were in attendance. But the conversations were intense.

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Gary on Manufacturing 144

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:30:04 +0000

An overdose of Barclay's English Premier League and the American National Football League has Gary thinking about leadership skills. Podcasts are sponsored by Ignition by Inductive Automation.

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Gary on Manufacturing 143

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:48:55 +0000

Gary discusses personal productivity, trying to use iPad only, and then new developments in Internet of Things and its benefit.

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Gary on Manufacturing 142

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:33 +0000

Gary resumes his "on the road" series with commentary and analysis from the 2015 Emerson Global User Exchange and how it has bundled the past several years of technical advances into a higher level management offering on project management.

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Gary on Manufacturing--Manufacturing Strategies--141

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:08:13 +0000

Gary does a quick review of the two dominant strategies for manufacturing excellence in the future now trending--Industrie 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing.

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Gary on Manufacturing Episode 140 - Fluke Connect

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:21:55 +0000

In this episode, I interview John Neeley, Product Manager for Fluke Connect at Fluke. The Fluke Connect system allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones for secure storage on the cloud and universal team access from the field.

Here are a few URLs for more information.


Connecting multiple tools to the phone app

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Gary on Manufacturing 139

Wed, 28 May 2014 10:29:00 +0000

Gary discusses the PAS company concept of Human Reliability and other thoughts from the PAS Technology Conference. He also discusses last week's AFPM conference and trade show with an example of reliability engineering.

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Gary on Manufacturing 138 - Safety Maturity Index

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:56:58 +0000

Following up on a popular podcast interview I did with Jonathan Joseph of Rockwell Automation on its Safety Automation Builder, here is a conversation with Rockwell's Steve Ludwig, Safety Programs Manager, and Mark Eitzman, Safety Market Development Manager, who provide an update on acceptance of the SAB and discuss the Safety Maturity Index.

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Gary on Manufacturing 137--Todd Gordon, We Energies, Benefits of Digital Networks

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:11:00 +0000

One of my most downloaded podcasts was an interview with Glenn Schultz, managing director of the FDT Group, where he discussed FDT technology. As part of a series on the benefits of digital network technologies, I am talking with Todd Gordon, computer/instrument technician lead at We Energies in Milwaukee.

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Gary on Manufacturing 136 - Saadi Kermani on Mobile Devices and the Cloud

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:32:46 +0000

Gary discusses mobile technologies for industrial workers and how the cloud is the enabling technology with Saadi Kermani, product manager at Invensys, during the October Invensys software user group meetings.

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Gary on Manufacturing 135 - Shari Worthington on ISA Marketing and Sales Summit

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:04:41 +0000

Gary caught up with program chair and founding evangelist of the ISA Marketing and Sales Summit Shari Worthington. They discussed the 2013 edition, why ISA decided to do these summits for manufacturing professionals, and a teaser for the 2014 edition.

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Gary On Manufacturing 134 - Matt Leary on Solutions Marketing

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:48:23 +0000

Whle at the 2013 ISA Marketing and Sales Summit in New Orleans, Gary chatted with Matt Leary, principal of Solutions Insights, about solutions marketing.

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Gary on Manufacturing 133 - Mark Davidson on Manufacturing Operations Management

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:10:15 +0000

LNS Research Principal Analyst Mark Davidson discusses the social research model and work he is doing in the Manufacturing Operations Management area with a glimpse at new technologies to watch. Check out my blog post on its new library form MOM research. He talks about the goal of LNS Research to accelerate people's success. Topics include adding analysis of human capital and real-time information to the ISA95 model for analysis, cloud, mobility, how social research works--and what you can add and receive by participating. Simply visit the Website, click on Research Library, pick one (or more), and fill out the survey.

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Gary on Manufacturing - Why Manufacturing Connection

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:28:50 +0000

Gary discusses the reasons behind his new Website / business, "The Manufacturing Connection," which explores all the connections necessary to make manufacturing successful.

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Gary on Manufacturing 131 - Glenn Schulz on FDT Technology and Benefits

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:05:59 +0000

Gary interviews Glenn Schulz of the FDT Group who provides a description of the technology and benefits to manufacturers.

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Gary on Manufacturing 130

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:48:04 +0000

Gary discusses fieldbuses, networking, diagnostics and operations management software as part of the tool box helping you become more successful in manufacturing and production.

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Automation Minutes #129 - MESA International Leaders

Fri, 03 May 2013 11:00:14 +0000

In this episode, Gary is at the MESA North America Conference talking with MESA Board Chair John Dyck and MESA President Mike Yost about the programs and progress of the organization that promotes MES/MOM applications.

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Automation Minutes #128 - MESA Education

Thu, 02 May 2013 11:11:49 +0000

Gary talks with Mike James who is a leader of MES solution provider ATS Global and who spearheaded the MESA Global Education Program that has provided two certification tracks for educating people about MES/MOM theory and application.

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Automation Minutes 127 - Past and Future of Manufacturing

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:37:37 +0000

Thinking back over the industrial revolutions, Gary describes jobs that have been replaced by machines that were socially for the good.  He looks at some future ideas about manufacturing describing Industry 4.0 from Germany and Smart Manufacturing from the US.

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Automation Minutes Episode 126 Smart Manufacturing

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:12:29 +0000

In this episode Gary recaps the ABB Automation and Power World user conference, discusses the ramifications of a $7 million grant to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, and reviews the book "Producing Prosperity," by Pisano and Shih.

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Automation Minutes 125 Safety Automation Builder

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:04:39 +0000

Gary discusses Rockwell Automation's new Safety Automation Builder software with OEM Technical Consultant Jonathan Johnson. We learn that the tool is part of trend of providing easy-to-use tools for engineers to help them improve design, get projects done faster and provide end-of-project documentation. Check the Rockwell SAB Website for more information.

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Automation Minutes Number 124

Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:55:02 +0000

Gary discusses his new personal directions, news from the ARC Forum including emphasis on Cloud Computing, the upcoming ISA Automation Week and the HART Communication Foundation 20th Anniversary.

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Automation Minutes 123 Automation vs. Jobs

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:45:11 +0000

Gary discusses the current spate of articles in mainstream media about automation and jobs. He also announces a new personal direction.

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Automation Minutes Episode 122

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 22:50:00 +0000

Gary reviews the latest developments in controllers, software and networking for automation and manufacturing from the end of 2012 and looks forward to what 2013 holds.

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Automation Minutes 121

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 02:45:40 +0000

Gary discusses leadership in manufacturing, how engineers can become leaders and the need for emotional stability.

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Automation Minutes 120

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:39:33 +0000

Gary discusses interoperability--the connection between systems to move necessary data. He discusses how Mitsubishi has morphed from a machine controls company to one who understands the need to take control to the next level--as spokespeople discuss on a Webcast Gary hosted at

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Automation Minutes 119

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:17:01 +0000

Returning after a few month's hiatus, Gary records from his mobile studio thoughts about the Maintenance and Reliability Technology Summit, his presentation on digital technolgy, and silos in manufacturing companies.

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Automation Minutes 118

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:33:45 +0000

Gary's Labor Day discussion of automation's impact on jobs plus a quick update of some news in the automation industry.

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Automation Minutes 117

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 01:17:58 +0000

Gary reports on NI Week, National Instruments' annual user conference. He discusses the large turnout, 25 years of LabView, multicore and FPGA parallel programming with LabView and dataflow programming, and NI's growth into a big company.

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Automation Minutes 116

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 01:23:22 +0000

Gary reports from the Honeywell User Group in Phoenix June 14. He discusses HPS president Norm Gilsdorf's "business transformation" strategy, recaps some of CTO Jason Urso's presentation and discusses, what else, Honeywell's wireless strategy along with thoughts on ISA100.

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Automation Minutes 115

Mon, 02 May 2011 14:26:13 +0000

Wrap up of the ABB User conference with analysis of ABB and Baldor, report on Packaging Automation Forum thoughts on machine safety and programming standards, and report on the MARTS conference and a dinner to benefit autism awareness.

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Automation Minutes 114

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:21:57 +0000

Gary discusses Invensys and his interview with Operations Management CEO Sudipta Bhattacharya, vision and robotics at Automate 2011, Wes Iversen's retirement and the upcoming Packaging Automation Forum and Maintenance and Reliability Forum.

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Automation Minutes 113

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:04:49 +0000

In this video essay, Gary discusses the disaster in Japan and the resulting hype about nuclear power safety. He salutes the process engineers and operators who are working in a terrible situation to get the plant back on track.

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Automation Minutes 112

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:34:16 +0000

Gary discusses database technology, data connectivity, what today's engineers need to know, OPC UA's future and more software topics with engineers at Inductive Automation.

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Automation Minutes 111

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 21:32:17 +0000

Gary reports on his trip to the ODVA ( annual meeting including technical updates, security and energy white papers, introduction of Bosch Rexroth as the latest principal member, implementer application and technical visionary information.

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Automation Minutes 110

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:02:09 +0000

Leadership in automation. How the leaders who developed ISA88, ISA95, MIMOSA have left a legacy that is readily apparent in products and applications. Now the ISA100 committee leadership needs to take the steps necessary to bring reconciliation and convergence and finish the standard.

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Mintchell on Strategy

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:38:38 +0000

Gary discusses Inder Sidhu's book "Doing Both". He's a Cisco Sr. VP and shows examples of how to do two seemingly contradictory strategies. Also Jon DiPietro's blog Domesticating IT about business strategy death spirals.

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Mintchell On Leadership

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:34:14 +0000

Gary discusses leadership speaking styles. How should a leader show emotion?

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Automation Minutes 107

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 01:31:50 +0000

Gary interviews Eddie Lee of Moxa in his Ideas and Innovations series for the January issue of Automation World.

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Automation Minutes 106

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:44:31 +0000

Gary reports on his trip to Germany and the SPS/Drives trade fair. Key trends and new products from Siemens and Beckhoff are highlighted.

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Automation Minutes 105

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:37:53 +0000

In this videocast/podcast, Gary discusses things he's learned about teamwork and leadership during a series of interviews over the past seven weeks. He also discusses the book by Richard L. Daft, "The Executive and The Elephant"--your inner rational CEO and your inner drives and emotions that prevent you from doing what you want. He ends with a request for information and speakers on sustainable packaging lines for the upcoming Packaging Automation Forum (

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Automation Minutes 104

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:10:13 +0000

Gary analyzes the changes at Rockwell Automation and reflects on the PSUG and Automation Fair week in Orlando. He includes pieces of interviews with CEO Keith Nosbusch and CTO Sujeet Chand. "It's an exciting time to be in manufacturing."

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Automation Minutes 103

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:02:49 +0000

Are software as a service, open source software, subscription pricing disruptive to the market for manufacturing software? Just interviewed FuseSource, an open source messaging application. Recently an MIT/Sloan Management Review article cited research that top performing companies are 3x more likely to have a data analytics culture. On a podcast on IT Conversation, Simon Wardley argues that the Cloud is a source of innovation,

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Automation Minutes 101

Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:50:25 +0000

Gary discusses automation conference season, with a brief recap of Emerson Exchange, reports from ISA's Automation Week (which was dubbed "weak" by some and so-so by others), a look ahead at Invensys Operation Management's OpsManage'10 conference coming up next week and then glimpse of the upcoming Rockwell Process Systems Users Group and Automation Fair. Recorded at Tawawa Park in Sidney, Ohio.

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Automation Minutes 100

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:30:47 +0000

I give final wrap up thoughts about Emerson Global Users Exchange 2010.

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Automation Minutes 99

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 02:04:29 +0000

AM099 Gary interviews Rune Reppenhagen, Emerson Process Management DeltaV Brand Manager about DeltaV announcements and presentations at Emerson Exchange 2010 in San Antonio.

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Automation Minutes 98

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 02:00:31 +0000

AM098 Gary interviews Emerson Process Management DeltaV SIS brand manager Mike Boudreaux about what's happening at Emerson Exchange 2010 in San Antonio

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Automation Minutes 97

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 01:56:26 +0000

Gary interviews Julie Fraser, of Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association Metrics working group about a unique makeover contest the association is running that will award two companies free consulting for a metrics makeover.

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Automation Minutes 095 - 08.30.2010

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:20:00 +0000

Four ways to avoid manufacturing decline. From my research for an article in the September 2010 Automation World, I discuss what several people have discovered about making manufacturing a strategic part of an enterprise. And, no, I'm not a Juventus fan. Just liked the shirt when shopping on my last trip to Italy. Hoping for one from Stuttgart while I'm there next month.

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Automation Minutes 094 - 08.15.2010

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:53:00 +0000

Essay on leadership--including R&D leadership change at National Instruments and the HP fiasco--plus a quick review of Daniel Pink's "Drive."

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Automation Minutes 93 - 08.10.2010

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:26:00 +0000

Here's a video essay from NI Week. Day 3 keynotes feature students and a noted guest. This year's keynote was not a disappointment. Three groups of college students accepted various challenges including building an electric car (and driving it cross-country), building a more environmentally friendly car, and finally building a car that a blind person can drive. Finally, Dr. Mishio Kaku, noted theoretical physicist and TV personality, discussed the future. 

He closed with an interesting thought that relates to my dialoge with Martin Ford by discussing the types of jobs that will dominate in the future.

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Automation Minutes 93 - 08.10.2010

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:26:00 +0000

Here's a video essay from NI Week. Day 3 keynotes feature students and a noted guest. This year's keynote was not a disappointment. Three groups of college students accepted various challenges including building an electric car (and driving it cross-country), building a more environmentally friendly car, and finally building a car that a blind person can drive. Finally, Dr. Mishio Kaku, noted theoretical physicist and TV personality, discussed the future. 

He closed with an interesting thought that relates to my dialoge with Martin Ford by discussing the types of jobs that will dominate in the future.

Automation Minutes 092 - 07.23.2010

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:26:00 +0000

In this audio/video essay, Gary takes a look at the environment of risky behaviors that can lead to safety and secutiry breechs. He looks at the BP oil rig situation and the virus that targeted Siemens WinCC HMI/SCADA. Links to articles can be found at

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Automation Minutes 091 - 07.04.2010

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 20:44:00 +0000

Gary discusses digital manufacturing--specifically virtual commissioning--with Tom Hoffman of Siemens PLM. Check out the benefits of working out machine ideas on a computer before cutting steel.

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Automation Minutes 090 - 07.03.2010

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 11:08:00 +0000

Gary discusses the recent Siemens PLM conference, digital manufacturing and cool design tools.

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Automation Minutes 089 - 07.02.2010

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:02:00 +0000

Gary wraps up information from the MESA International conference in Dearborn, MI June 21-23.

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Automation Minutes 088 - 06.26.2010

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 12:03:00 +0000

Gary discusses the MESA International Strategic Initiatives Model of MES with Doug Weaver. Doug is a practitioner in his day job and also Treasurer and Chair of the Website Committee of MESA International. The model can be found at The model describes the links between software modules that comprise Manufacturing Enterprise Solution applications and corporate strategic initiatives such as real-time enterprise or Lean. We talked at the MESA International Conference in Dearborn, MI on June 23, 2010.

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Automation Minutes 087 - 05.31.2010

Mon, 31 May 2010 12:43:00 +0000

An essay on thought leadership.

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Automation Minutes 086 - 05.22.2010

Sun, 23 May 2010 01:34:00 +0000

Gary discusses what automation means to future unemployment (The Lights in the Tunnel by Martin Ford), the value of working with your hands (Shop Craft as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford), decentralized organizations (The Starfish and the Spider), along with recapping the Packaging Automation Forum, Emerson/Fisher's new Laboratory and ABB's user conference.

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Automation Minutes 085 - 04.16.2010

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:50:00 +0000

Automation World Editor in Chief Gary Mintchell interviews Charlie Fialkowski, U.S. Process Safety Manager for Siemens Industry Inc. about standards updates for burner management system safety including a discussion of programmable safety logic controllers, NFPA, ISA 84 and Technical Report 05 of the ISA S-84 Committee.

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Automation Minutes 084 - 04.10.2010

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 15:36:00 +0000

Gary discusses how organizations can be insidious in enticing people into ethical lapses referring to the current news about Toyota and the Pope. Industrial Ethernet market share is next up for discussion followed by reading for his May issue of Automation World article about creating a safety culture. He finishes with thoughts about an interview with auto industry analyst James Harbour and whether automation will completely replace jobs.

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Automation Minutes 083 - 03.28.2010

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 19:30:00 +0000

Gary discusses the need for education, company sponsored education, and talks about entrepreneur education at Stanford, Vivek Wadhwa writing at TechCrunch on why America needs to invest in its workforce, a Robert Scoble video interview and finally refers to a Seth Godin blog with a video on what a teacher makes.

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Automation Minutes 082 - 03.19.2010

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:26:00 +0000

Gary discusses power and energy in this update on sustainable manufacturing as a corporate strategy.

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Automation Minutes 081 - 03.14.2010

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:33:00 +0000

Thoughts on automotive manufacturing pondering post by Kevin Kelly, is large petrochemical peaking for a new reality in process, networking, Ethernet, wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things.

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Automation Minutes 080 - 03.05.2010

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 19:32:00 +0000

Gary discusses the rising stock prices for some automation companies, leadership, SME getting high school students involved in manufacturing, sustainability as a manufacturing model and wireless control.

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Automation Minutes 079 - 02.13.2010

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:34:00 +0000

In news from the last couple of weeks, Gary discusses changes to the upcoming Pack Expo, the need for visionary leadership, upcoming conferences for WBF and MESA.

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Automation Minutes 078 - 02.13.2010

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 23:19:00 +0000

Gary discusses happenings at the 14th annual ARC Forum in Orlando. There were product announcements from many companies, an indepth discussion of the multi-year Invensys strategy that has led to the formation of IOM, WBF and OMAC and their separation from ISA and a few thoughts about wireless from the Forum.

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Automation Minutes 077 - 02.04.2010

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:09:00 +0000

Gary reviews several earnings reports from the automation industry and then reports from MESA International and Cambashi research on manufacturers improving financial performance and manufacturing performance using well defined metrics and automated data gathering. The latest edition of the popular Packaging Automation Forum is announced. Then a few thoughts on Toyota, Lean and entrepreneurship in automotive manufacturing.

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Automation Minutes 076 - 01.15.2010

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:45:00 +0000

Gary wonders about what we'll see in automation in 2010. Also introduces OurISA, a movement to generate grass-roots ideas into a professional engineering society.

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Automation Minutes 075 - 11.03.2009

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 16:17:00 +0000

Re-release (hopefully this one transferred in its entirety) of Gary's update of ISA Expo and Advantech Conference. Recorded in Suzhou, China.

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Automation Minutes 074 - 10.08.2009

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 12:48:00 +0000

Gary interviews David Deitz, director of product marketing for Delta V, at the Emerson Global Users Exchange in Orlando about the rollout of the new DeltaV version 11 and its significant new features.

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Automation Minutes 073 - 09.25.2009

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:41:00 +0000

Recognizing considerable industry interest in the reorganization that created Invensys Operations Management, Gary sat down with IOM vice presidents Mark Davidson (global marketing) and Rashesh Mody (portfolio and strategy). The discussion included the new mission and how integration of the overall division's portfolio is evolving. The division includes such venerable brands as Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. Perhaps for the first time since they were brought together under Invensys the potential that could be achieved through integration is coming about.

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Automation Minutes 072 - 09.19.2009

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 11:09:00 +0000

Gary discusses the ISA Marketing & Sales Symposium and social media, discusses ratification of the ISA100.11a wireless network standard and implications versus WirelessHart, new products from Longwatch, Kepware and Online Development, plus his upcoming trips to Invensys Operations Management Client Conference, Emerson Exchange and ISA Expo.

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Automation Minutes 068 - 09.09.2009

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 17:12:00 +0000

Updated show notes: Gary talks with Mike Miller, business development manager with Rockwell Automation, about new machine safety standards effective Dec. 29, 2009. Functional safety is defined. EN ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 which replace EN 954 are explained. The impact of these standards and eventual benefits for machine builders and end users alike are also discussed. We learned on 9/9/09 that the European Commission has decided to postpone the deadline for manufacturers to comply with the new functional safety standard EN ISO 13849-1. In the meantime, they can continue designing to safety standard EN 954-1. The Commission said no further extension will be granted after 2012.

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Automation Minutes 071 - 08.21.2009

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:36:00 +0000

Gary goes international and talks Lean Manufacturing with Jean-Christophe Ledoux of consulting firm Accenture and Yves Vergnolle, of software supplier Apriso about a project where the companies combined to provide a software solution to companies looking for tools to help them implement Lean Manufacturing. The guests call in from France for this episode.

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