Jordan M. Schultz

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Workforce Development June 28, 2014

More from 1955… Italy looks at America’s control market

1955 Industry Pulse: Can Italy break into the American control market? It doesn’t seem likely, but isn’t impossible either.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Industrial PCs June 27, 2014

60th Anniversary: CE History from 60, 30 and 15 years ago on pulses, controllers, pneumatics

Happy 60th, Control Engineering! Help us celebrate by looking at issues from 60, 30, and 15 years ago. Control Engineering magazine first published in September 1954. This monthly column in 2014 will review coverage in issues 60 (or 59), 30, and 15 years ago. While technologies have progressed since then, topics below (pulses, computers and controllers, and pneumatic control) remain relevant today.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development May 26, 2014

More from 1955… Will legislators probe control?

Members of Congress may soon get their feet wet in automatic control. Hint of this came more than two months ago when the Congressional Joint Economic Committee listed “automation” for future study by its economic stabilization subcommittee. And now the project seems almost a certainty.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development April 25, 2014

More from 1955… Editorial: Let’s pull together—again

In March of 1955, the Control Engineering editors called for unity among different types of control engineers. In May of the same year, they doubled down, calling for inter-association cooperation.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development March 21, 2014

More from 1955… Keep the right kind of records to protect your patentable ideas

Author King is a registered patent agent and an electrical engineer. He says protecting your inventions is much easier than most engineers think. It’s mostly a matter of keeping comprehensive records—the kind you should keep anyway so that other engineers won’t have to repeat or duplicate your research. For those who loath writing, use a streamlined disclosure form. [Do your practices today differ for protecting patents? Add a comment.]

By Jordan M. Schultz
Mechatronics and Motion Control March 11, 2014

Case study: Pumps provide effective wastewater handling at California winery

Ecolabs designed and now manages the wastewater treatment process for a Northern Californian vineyard producing premium varietal wines for global markets. Learn about the challenges and solutions in developing the system.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development February 28, 2014

More from 1955… Stop coining words!

Before robots and computers, what nomenclature did we use? This March 1955 Control Engineering article argues against today’s word: automation.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development February 28, 2014

60th Anniversary, CE History 60 – 30 – 15 years ago: Ticket printers, automation engineers, search engines

Happy 60th, Control Engineering! Help us celebrate by looking at issues from 60, 30, and 15 years ago. Control Engineering magazine first published in September 1954. This monthly column in 2014 will review coverage in issues 60 (or 59), 30, and 15 years ago. While technologies have progressed since then, topics below (ticket printers, automation engineers, and search engines) remain relevant today.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 14, 2014

CFE Media’s 2014 ARC Industry Forum coverage

This year’s ARC Industry Forum convenes in Orlando, Fla., February 10-13, to discuss its central theme “Industry in transition: The information driven enterprise in a connected world.” Experts will present on the Internet of Things, predictive analytics, additive manufacturing, 3D visualization, and more. Check this page for CFE Media’s daily coverage and reactions to the show.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Workforce Development February 7, 2014

More from 1955: if washing machines sell turbines, cash registers can sell computers

Data collecting and processing in automation industries was as much a challenge in 1955 as it is today. What lessons learned in 1955 can we apply to 2014?

By Jordan M. Schultz
Project Management January 30, 2014

Best practices for systems integrators bolster business, says CSIA

Calling for a more a nuanced approach to systems integration, Robert Lowe, executive director of the Control Systems Integrators Association (CSIA), prescribed a culture of quality and a system or program for achieving member firms’ business goals. A webinar reviewed the CSIA Best Practices Manual and implementation strategies in it.

By Jordan M. Schultz
Discrete Manufacturing January 17, 2014

Schneider Electric completes acquisition of Invensys

Schneider Electric announced today that it completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence. The deal previously was reported to be a $5 billion transaction.

By Jordan M. Schultz