Feb 15, 2018 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Where Have My Serial Ports Gone? A SLC5/05 To CompactLogix Solution.

For those of you who, like myself, have been in this automation game for a while, you may have noticed a steep decline in the availability of native serial ports on your PLC.  We have all of this fantastic Ethernet connectivity, of which I am a huge fan; but that doesn’t do me any good for all of the legacy stuff I still have to talk to.


Feb 13, 2018 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) In The Green Mountain State-Part 2

In my previous blog, I shared my quest to join the Vermont 251 Club.  While reading on internet sites about 251 Club members who had visited each town by bicycle, I learned about Joe Cook of Dummerston, Vermont. Joe, at a similar late 50’s age as I, completed his quest to ride his touring bike the full length of every paved road on the Vermont state highway map.


Feb 08, 2018 | Written by Dylan Hamel | Process Control and Plant Automation

Transferring Data Between Disparate Control Systems

If you have spent time on a construction site, you would likely agree that poor communication is one of the problems that hinders every contractor. As system integrators, not only are we affected by communication breakdowns between individuals, but also by the communication breakdowns between equipment.


Feb 06, 2018 | Written by Chris Font | Culturally Different, Social Mission, MEP Engineering

Krispy Kreme Chellenge 2018

6:00 AM Saturday my alarm sings that familiar tune letting me know it is time to wake up. I take a look at my phone to see what the weather is like, 20°F, feels like 16°F – “perfect” I grumble to myself. As I roll out of bed I really begin to realize what is ahead of me.  People run outside year-round all over the country, some people would love 20°! 


Feb 01, 2018 | Written by William Neuburger | MEP Engineering

“I came across an iceberg last week” – Condensing Appliance Vents

Condensing Gas Appliances

Condensing gas appliances (furnaces, boilers and water heaters) are those heating appliances which are designed to discharge low temperature combustion gas, increasing the energy efficiency of the heating operation. Manufacturers of condensing appliances indicate 95% or higher combustion efficiency.


Jan 29, 2018 | Written by Aaron Groom | Process Control and Plant Automation

Three Automation Technologies To Look At In 2018

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)and Industry 4.0 are allowing factories to improve performance by gaining access to detailed plant data and presenting it so that employees at all levels of an organization can make better decisions more quickly.  The challenge we face when implementing the IIoT is gaining access to data, analyzing data, and presenting it so that is actionable.  Here are three new technologies that will help in each area in 2018:


Jan 25, 2018 | Written by Natasha Yaryna | Culturally Different, MEP Engineering

Inbound Marketing Outlook 2018

There is a great deal of advice and guidance available online on improving your presence, serving the most relevant content to the audience and ensuring your content is ready for mobile consumption.  The latest trends are popping up every day and are changing the paths of achieving what you set out to achieve. Navigating the


Jan 23, 2018 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Commissioning and Validation

This Is The Year Of Retro-Commissioning. Here’s why!

There are many buildings out there that were built in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s that are now approaching thirty to forty years old and are still in perfect working operation, or are they?  What’s old is now new again, right? Maybe in some cases, but I don’t know too many people that are still wearing jean jackets, listening to walkmans and sleeping on waterbeds these days.


Jan 22, 2018 | Written by Brian Crosby | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

NFPA 70E Changes From 2015 To 2018 Standard For Electrical Safety In The Workplace – Article 100 Changes

Brian Crosby is a Senior Electrical Engineer for Hallam-ICS who leads a team of engineers to provide arc flash assessments and electrical safety training for clients throughout the United States.  Brian recently attended training that detailed the changes made in the 2018 version of NFPA 70E.  For your convenience and quick reference, he has put together a series of blogs highlighting these changes.


Jan 16, 2018 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) In The Green Mountain State

How well do you know Vermont? Have you heard of and can you readily locate the towns of Athens, Baltimore, Halifax, Holland, Jamaica, Landgrove, Peru or Victory on a Vermont map? Have you ever heard of Vermont places like Felchville, Hortonia, Mosquitoville, Goose Green, Goose City, Nashville, Moscow or Podunk?