I was almost totally off the grid for three days while doing some hiking in southern Ohio. Nice getaway. Recommend the Glen Laurel Inn in Hocking Hills. Meanwhile, here are a number of items of either personal development or industrial technology that I’ve gleaned in the past few days.

Garr Reynolds on Education.

Great thought on educating yourself or others from Garr Reynolds.

Information about a MESA Webcast on the Open O&M Initiative and ISA95.


Cyber security-the human element is still crucial. Business Insider.

Michael Hyatt on how to get more twitter followers. View summary.

Fieldbus Foundation annual meeting in Shanghai

Larry O’Brien reports from Fieldbus Foundation annual general meeting in Shanghai.

Contactless wiring.

Here is a contactless (wireless) connector for wiring and cabling in harsh environments from TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco). Called the ARISO contactless connectivity solution, the device uses radio signals in to “jump” from the end of one cable to the end of another. One significant benefit is to reduce maintenance costs.

We keep seeing an infusion of commercial technologies into industrial automation. GE Intelligent Platforms has released Proficy Mobile an iOS and Android app that connects to existing databases in order to bring information to the point where decisions need to be made. Its technologies include HTML5, native app code, SSL and RESTful architectures. This lays the groundwork for future integration to advanced alarming and predictive analytics, both of which are upcoming components GE is planning for 2013 release.

Finally, there is still time to sign up for the MESA Conference, April 22-24.

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