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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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Apr 16, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Culturally Different, Social Mission

Spectrum Sleep Out-Sleeping Out For A Cause 2019


For the past several years, Hallam-ICS has participated in the Spectrum Sleep-out.  Spectrum is a Vermont based charity focused on Homeless and At Risk Youth.  Please do check them out at: http://www.spectrumvt.org/ 

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Mar 21, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments - Man Camp Part 3 – Recap, Lessons Learned and Recommendations


In Part 1  and Part 2, I covered general preparation and site-specific preparations for Remote Site Deployments.  In part 3, I would like to briefly recap that information and share with you some lessons learned from my own Man Camp experiences.

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Mar 07, 2019 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation

Isolated Remote Site Deployments-Man Camp Part 2–Your Site Requirements and Reality of Life On-Site


In Part 1, I discussed How to Bid and How to Prepare for deployment to a generic remote site.  Part 2 covers some site specifics that will be important for your expectations and success.

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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 | Culturally Different, Social Mission

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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