Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING

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Machine Safety November 2, 2018

Ethernet Security, Safety Relies on Common Sense Networking

Networks and communication Ethernet Internet and intranet PC-based control Device-level networks. The price of freedom? A little less freedom. More users are seeking to gain Ethernet's interoperability and flexibility. However, the relatively greater openness of Ethernet can mean increased network vulnerability, especially when networks are linked via the Internet.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Workforce Development September 1, 2004

Zeroing In

Cut to the chase? Long story short? Bottom line? OK, fine. ISA Expo 2004 will be more sharply focused than ever before on the direct benefits it can give users during its three-day run, Oct. 5-7, at the Reliant Center in Houston, TX. This fall's event will revolve around an estimated 500 exhibitors and more than 100 conference sessions in 10 tracks, which are is expected to attract more than th...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control July 1, 2004

New jobs, applications for wire, cable, connectors

Change may be the only constant, but, while many software-related changes happen fast and make only incremental changes, a few slowly emerging hardware advances can be pretty revolutionary. For example, recent improvements in wire, cable, and connectors are allowing these essential components to take on new tasks, serve in non-traditional settings, help retool existing networks, and deliver dat...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
PLCs, PACs October 1, 2003

Securing New Horizons

We can't see the future, but we can improve the probability of our survival and success with a little foresight, preparation, and willingness to explore new solutions. One way to do this is to attend ISA Expo 2003, Oct. 21-23, at the Reliant Center in Houston, TX. Expected to feature more than 500 exhibitors and attract approximately 15,000 visitors, this year's three-day event is organized by ...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
PLCs, PACs August 1, 2002

Ethernet hardware switches, connectors, and parade of other products

Ethernet is picking up steam, speed and force. Enabled, durable components are multiplying. Reliability and security are improving. Costs are decreasing. True interoperability is gaining ground against proprietary pressures. Standards are being developed. And, yes it's true, some information technology (IT) staffers and plant-floor engineers are actually talking and cooperating on networking pr...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Workforce Development May 1, 2002

Spread the Word: Justify Investment in Fieldbus

One or two cables are better than bundles of 20 or 200. End of story. Okay, not end of story. More like beginning of story. Because belief in useful change logically carries the responsibility of making it happen, when one or more users become convinced of a fieldbus' advantages, they must also champion its evaluation and implementation.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 2002

Inner Workings of Industrial Automation

It's great to be in the right place at the right time. However, getting in position can be difficult, especially in uncertain and tumultuous times.To help engineers and other technical professionals maintain or regain optimum equilibrium, organizers of the National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), part of National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2002, have rearranged thousands of exhibits to b...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Process Safety October 1, 2001

Why Not Wireless?

Several forms of wireless communication, data acquisition, monitoring, networking and control are making inroads into control and automation. Wireless, like most new technologies, is fueled by the only force stronger than corporate inertia—the constant search for cost savings, efficiency, and competitive advantage.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Robotics September 10, 2001

Special Show Coverage

Newly reunified ISA 2001, Sept. 10-13, in Houston, Tex., will feature more than 700 exhibitors, technical and emerging technology conferences, applied motion control and sensors-for-measurement symposia, and product pavilions.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Robotics September 10, 2001

Mutual Attraction

Newly reunified ISA 2001, Sept. 10-13, in Houston, Tex., will feature more than 700 exhibitors, technical and emerging technology conferences, applied motion control and sensors-for-measurement symposia, and product pavilions.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
PLCs, PACs May 1, 2001

What’s Left to Say About Industrial Ethernet?

KEY WORDS Networks and communications Ethernet Device-level networks Fieldbus Everybody talks about the weather and industrial Ethernet, but nobody does anything about them. Well, not anymore. While Charles D. Warner and Mark Twain's famous quote still applies to meteorology, industrial Ethernet is moving from idea to reality on the plant-floor.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 2001

Time to Reinvest in Automation

How do you inspire co-workers, team members, management, clients, customers, and others to invest in useful automation and control? How do you find the time to break apart your existing processes, find seemingly tiny improvements and opportunities they contain, and reinvent your systems before your competition does?Legacy systems, huge installed product bases, and old equipment logically ...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Workforce Development October 1, 2000

How to Build an Industrial Network

So you want to build a network? Good luck and try not to panic. These days simply defining an industrial network is difficult, so it's no wonder the idea of building one may seem impossible. Traditional point-to-point analog, 4-20 mA, and other hardwired networks have been joined in the past decade by dozens of competing fieldbus protocols, hundreds of suppliers, and thousands of related ...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Control Systems August 1, 2000

Big Easy, Big Expos

More than three times as many engineers and technical professionals were signed up eight weeks before ISA Expo/2000 and IMS Expo 2000 than were registered two months before 1998's show. ISA, the international society for measurement and control (Research Triangle Park, N.C.), speculates this year's 500 early registrants may indicate increased attendance beyond the 25,000-28,000 expected a...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
System Integrators August 1, 2000

Earning More … Enjoying it Less?

A little more pay. A lot more stress. Control and automation engineers and technical professionals are collectively receiving slightly higher salaries than three years ago, but almost all are coping with wrenching organizational andtechnological changes in their companies and disciplines, according to 686 respondents to Control Engineering's North American Reader Profile Study, June 2000.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control April 1, 2000

A Tale of Two Shows

For the first time, Sensors Expo and Motion Control Expo will be co-located when they're held May 9-11 at California's Anaheim Convention Center.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Energy Efficiency March 1, 2000

Many Benefits, No Magic Bus, in Networking Trenches

Is industrial Ethernet going to eat everyone's lunch? Maybe tomorrow, but not today. Though some initial Ethernet applications and solutions are underway, most users and manufacturers still seem like they're too busy enjoying the savings and efficiencies gained from adopting more established networking protocols.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 2000

Industrial Automation Show: What You Need Now

Motion and quality halls, open control architecture and e-manufacturing pavilions, and the usual universe of events and exhibitors will infuse the National Industrial Automation Show and National Manufacturing Week at Chicago's McCormick Place on March 13-16, 2000.Ladies and gentlemen and engineers of all ages! Before plunging your organization and careers into the competitive tornado of ...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Manufacturing IT, MES January 1, 2000

National Engineers Week 2000 to Help Nurture Female, Minority Engineers

Talk about a tall order. It won't be easy to top the engineering feats of the 20th Century and the past millennium. However, it will be a lot more likely if engineering can increase its future ranks with the women and ethnic groups the field has lacked in past decades.To begin this task, National Engineers Week 2000 will include a concerted effort by many of the event's 60 engineering soc...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Control Systems December 1, 1999

Reaching Up and Out: Interface Standards Smarten Up Sensors, Transducers

Can you hear it? It's the sound of several thousand fed up sensor and transducer manufacturers doing an end-run around the endless fieldbus squabbles. Many are beginning to use increasingly intelligent devices and common communications, which can access networks and function on the Internet to get jobs done.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control September 1, 1999

Innovations Ignite ISA Tech/99

Transmitter uses polysilicon sensor Foxboro, Mass. —IMV30 multivariable transmitter from Foxboro Co. improves performance and reduces costs by allowing differential pressure and absolute pressure measurements within one piezoresistive polysilicon chip sensor.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
PLCs, PACs September 1, 1999

ISA Tech/99

ISA Tech/99 is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors, Oct. 5-7, at the Philadelphia Convention CenterOne good idea, one useful solution can mean the difference between survival and success or failure and liquidation in these technologically turbocharged times. It just depends who finds and implements crucial innovations first—you or your competitors.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Process Instrumentation and Sensors April 1, 1999

Sensors Expo Stays Ahead of the Future

Featuring new Best of Show awards, the 14th annual Sensors Expo, May 4-6, 1999, is expected to draw more than 4,000 engineers to more than 300 exhibitors, 27 technical sessions in four tracks, and nine vendor sessions in Baltimore, Md.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 1999

Shows within Shows

Knowing everything won't accomplish anything without organization and judgment. Consequently, the universe of data available at the 1999 National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS) is also being synthesized into an innovation-inspiring, competition-crushing, company-saving format that visitors will need in their hyperactive, post-millennial markets.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control October 1, 1998

Technologies R Us

More than 700,000 federal technologies and processes, 100,000 researchers, 700 national labs, and 13 government agencies may look like an overgrown jungle maze. If so, the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC, Wheeling, W.V.) can be seen as a large, sharp machete. For example, one company saved about $10,000 for every hour it spent with NTTC's staffers.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Machine Safety September 1, 1998

Tons of Technologies Hit Houston

They may or may not beat the Texas heat, but visitors and exhibitors at ISA Expo/98 will certainly find what they need to clobber competitors at this year's event.Billed by organizers as the biggest control and instrumentation show ever, ISA Expo/98 is the second alternate-year-format event for ISA, the international society for instrumentation and control (Research Triangle Park, N.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Energy, Power September 1, 1998

Technologies Advance At ISA Expo/98

Process NMR provides on-line measurements Foxboro, Mass. —To help refiners reduce costs, the Foxboro Co. is offering a Process Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) analyzer solution that provides reliable, on-line chemical composition measurements needed to operate selected unit processes closer to constraints.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Workforce Development September 1, 1998

Sensors Expo Excites Senses

Too much of a good thing, even if it's relatively small, can be tough to organize. With this in mind, organizers of Sensors Expo have arranged this year's 35 technical sessions and presentations into four industry-specific tracks and set up a new German pavilion.Now in its 13th year, Sensors Expo will occupy 45,000 ft2 of exhibit space in Hall A at the Rosemont Convention Center (Rosemo...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control August 1, 1998

Machine Tools and More

If bigger is better, then enormous is excellent, and this year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 98) will be one of the best ever.IMTS 98 will be highlighted by more than 1,400 exhibitors occupying in excess of 1.4 million ft2—making it the largest event in the show's 71-year history.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 1998

It’s Showtime!

Well, you asked for it. The 1998 edition of one of the world's largest manufacturing and technology shows is tanned, rested, and ready to go seamless.Evolving as a result of recent feedback from visitors and exhibitors requesting an even more streamlined and workable event, this year's National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), and the three other shows that make up National Manufacturin...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING