Took a relaxing break for our (U.S.) Labor Day. Interesting time considering the posts and comments on manufacturing employment. I am sorting through some charts and statistics for my next post (hopefully later today) on that subject.

One thing our industry can do is to recognize and publicize people for their contributions to automation, process control and manufacturing. I was very pleased to see that ISA has named Terry Blevins an ISA Fellow. He’s a deserving recipient. I’ve talked to Terry a few times, and I’m always impressed. Congratulations, Terry.

We all need to keep polishing our skills and learn new ways to do our jobs better in order to advance the state of the art. The OPC Foundation is gathering engineers and managers together to learn the benefits of the OPC UA (Unified Architecture) specification. Check out the OPC Technology Summit. Registration by Sept. 10 earns a discount. Tell ’em Gary sent you 😉

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