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Ray Racine

Ray Racine is a Senior Controls engineer with Hallam-ICS. He has been involved in all facets of Automated Control Systems since 1985. He joined Hallam-ICS in 1995.
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Jan 24, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments-Man Camp Part 1–Intro and General Preparation


They are called “Man-Camps” for a reason – you don’t often see women in them.  Some see only a few hearty and adventurous women.  Some never do.  Most are far from any place you might consider to be a town or village.  Lots of them are in tough locations – deserts, mountains, permafrost.

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May 10, 2018 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Diesel–to-Water–to-Gold


The trend-watchers tell us that water will become the next oil.  As populations grow and climate-change shifts the patterns of rain, we are slated to require more and more water where there are the least resources.

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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.

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Jul 18, 2017 | Written by Ray Racine | Culturally Different

Hitting the Trail (It Isn't What You Think)

My son is also an engineer.  He works for an energy company putting up wind farms, and they work him 80+ hours a week.  In return, they fly him out for a 5-day weekend every 3 weeks.  A few months ago, he called and asked if I wanted to fly to Louisville and hit the trail with him – The Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Mar 28, 2017 | Written by Ray Racine | Social Mission, Culturally Different

Sleep Out for a Cause


 On Thursday, March 23, six of our Hallam-ICS crew slept out for Spectrum Youth and Family Services.  Donna Aiken, Annette Delphia, Dylan Kerkes, Keith Flaherty, Dan Maxwell and myself “braved the elements” for this great cause.  Wednesday night got down to about 5 degrees (F); so the heat wave of 25 degrees on Thursday night was a blessing indeed.

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Mar 23, 2017 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Confessions of a Control Engineer: Sometimes PID is Just Wrong


We’ve all seen it. You have a process that seems to defy your best attempts to control it.  Many times, it is because PID control is just the wrong way to go for your loop. This short blog addresses the loops that by the time you tune them to where they aren’t chasing themselves, they respond so slowly that they take forever to recover from a process upset.

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Jan 05, 2017 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

PLC5 to ControlLogix Conversions – A multi-year Conversion Case Study


PLC5 Conversion 3-Part Series detail considerations when performing a PLC5 to ControlLogix conversion. 

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Nov 30, 2016 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

PLC5 to ControlLogix Conversions – Custom Solutions to Further Reduce Costs


PLC5 Conversions 3-Part Series detail considerations when performing a PLC5 to ControlLogix conversion.

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Nov 10, 2016 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

PLC5 to ControlLogix Conversions – 3 Ways to Meet your Budget


PLC5 Conversion 3-Part Series detail considerations when performing a PLC5 to ControlLogix conversion.

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Sep 29, 2016 | Written by Ray Racine | Social Mission, Culturally Different

Rock Paper… You gotta be kidding me


When “ANew Place” put out the invitation to their annual Rock, Paper Scissors competition, I was less than excited. Luckily, Tricia Becker really jumped into it; so I decided to support her.  The last time I played this game was probably over a decade ago when my kids were playing it with their friends.  I mean, “How dorky” right?  Tricia had a conflict with her kid’s school, but had already recruited Brenda Rose.  Keith Flaherty jumped in to fill Tricia’s spot.

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