Keeping up-to-date with politics and issues that influence manufacturing and automation can help facilitate integration of plant automation with the enterprise and beyond. Now that a new Presidential term is underway, it is a perfect time to take a look at newly elected and incumbent legislators' efforts to help the manufacturing industries.
Where, oh, where can automation professionals go on the Internet to find a job, or find another team member? Most of the big online job boards just don't get that specific.Control Engineering Online now offers a job search function for those who wish to hire a new team member, find a new or better job, or just see what else is out there in automation and control.
In June of this year, the European Union (EU, London) proposed a plan that would require companies based outside its 15 member countries to charge a value-added tax on goods and services delivered with the help of the Internet to customers in the member countries. The proposal was designed to create a "level playing field" for taxing online goods and services.
The weather was hot and humid in New Orleans, La., this past August, but it was still the "cool" place to be during ISA Expo/2000. Many companies displayed new and continuing Internet efforts as the world of automation and control edged closer to the pool of industries going online. The following are a few highlights.
The software provider says the problem is in the hardware. The hardware provider says the problem is with the network connection. The network-support company says the problem is the phone line. The phone company says the problem is the software. Does this scenario sound familiar? Too many outside services can clutter your business, but if just one of these services is missing, you can't d...
XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is derived from SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). SGML was created as an international standard (ISO 8879) in 1986 and provides a standard format for embedding descriptive markup into documents. Descriptive markup refers to pieces of code (often called "tags") that define the presentation of a document.
A few years ago, e-mail communication was a luxury. These days, it's a necessity. It's usually easier to reach someone via e-mail, rather than play voice-mail tag for days or try to track someone down via pager or cell phone. With e-mail, the message gets sent, once, and it gets to where it needs to be—in front of the user.
According to Bill Reedy, vp of business integration at IBM Software (Somers, N.Y.), the world is in the midst of a "digital revolution" that is of the same magnitude and significance as the Industrial Revolution. E-commerce, he says, is a manifestation, and the Internet is a communication device.
One thing people like about the Internet is that they can remain completely anonymous. At least, that's how it used to be. Try to surf the web these days, and you'll almost certainly run into a site that requires registration to view all the information the site contains. This means entering personal information that many people don't care to share, such as name, address, and telephone nu...
Once upon a time, attending training courses meant having to make sacrifices. To receive the training, one had to travel to a specific location for a prescheduled course or seminar. Schedules had to be set around the course times and workdays were often missed for the sake of traveling and attending the training.