Apr 18, 2019 | Written by Keith Flaherty |

The Benefits of Using an Independent Main Instrument Vendor

I was recently speaking with the Capital Project Manager for an upcoming expansion at their pharmaceutical manufacturing campus.  I asked if they were going to hire a Main Instrument Vendor for the project.  “That’s a good point.  We haven’t even thought about how we’ll manage the instrumentation on this project.”


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: 


Apr 11, 2019 | Written by Jon McClain | Process Control and Plant Automation

Communicating Between B&R And Allen-Bradley Over Ethernet/IP

I have recently gotten a few requests to help setup communication between an Allen-Bradley PLC and a B&R PLC. B&R Industrial Automation is becoming more popular in North America, as more OEMs are opting to go with the Austrian controls company recently acquired by ABB.


Apr 09, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

KISS and 5 Other Items to Consider when Choosing to Upgrade Your PLC Platform

Upgrading your obsolete control system is a helpful 7-part blog series addressing the important technical aspects of upgrades and written by an industry professional with over 25 years of experience.


Apr 04, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

I’ve Completed My DHA–Now What?

Once your DHA is complete, you will have a list of hazards that require implementing additional protective measures.  As discussed in my last blog, 7 Steps to Complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA),  important steps must be taken after this list is generated, or the DHA will be for naught. I touched on these as steps 5 through 7 in that article, and here I will explore them in more detail.


Apr 02, 2019 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) In The Green Mountain State-Part 5

After the jump start I got off to in the Spring when I completed 18 more towns in my quest to discover and cycle all the paved roads of the Vermont Official Road Map, I had roads in 21 remaining towns and cities to complete by the time of the calendar flip to June.


Mar 28, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation, Cybersecurity

6 Steps to Secure Your Industrial Control System

Digital security is a big deal these days. Your whole plant is run by computers. Computers break, software gets corrupted and voila, your whole plant is down and you’re hemorrhaging cash.


Mar 26, 2019 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

Medium Voltage Systems


Medium Voltage (MV) is typically defined as the range of 600-100,000V. In standard voltages, this includes 4160V systems up to 69kV systems even though most equipment ratings stop at 38kV.


Mar 25, 2019 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems, Manufacturing Intelligence

When a screwdriver just won’t do… Building custom software tools for the job

Custom software applications can provide great benefit to plant automation and engineering teams. Any task that includes the management of large amounts of data, repetitive entries or utilizes the same information in multiple places lends itself to developing software that can automate these activities.  The benefits from a well


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.