Control Engineering Software eNewsletter for September 2002
Leadership With manufacturing in a prolonged state of the doldrums, it is essential that engineers in controls and automation become leaders and promoters of what we can do to increase manufacturing productivity. Leadership comes not from formal position, but from anyone who understands what needs to be done and uses skills and personality to convince others of its importance.
Have you had any leadership success stories? What obstacles are in your way today?
Schneider, XML, and PLC Open
Users groups Do you participate in any software users groups? Are there any for the software that you are using? John Dvorak, writing in the September 3 issue of ‘PC Magazine,’ talks about the value of users groups. Remember the Boston Users Group that was very influential in the early PC days? Where is it now? He points out that perhaps the best users groups going in the PC industry right now are Microsoft’s.
Why software is so bad
Developing interest in Linux Linux is becoming increasingly popular as a server operating system, but it has made only a little inroad into control and automation. For example, check out the Mat PLC project reported in July Control Engineering .
Control Engineering looks at manufacturing productivity Control Engineering is working with four participants to do two webcasts focused on manufacturing productivity. The events are part of the SupplyChainLinkExpo, a free two-day online conference and tradeshow from Reed Business Information taking place on your desktop Oct. 16 and 17.