Feb 05, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

A Practical Guide to 5 Important Properties of Combustible Dusts

In a previous blog, Combustible Dust Fundamentals and NFPA 652, I mentioned having your dust tested to determine important properties that are critical for protecting your personnel and facility.


Jan 31, 2019 | Written by Kristian Montenegro | Culturally Different, Social Mission, Employee Ownership

What Employee Ownership Means to Me

ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan.  To some people ESOP is simply another form of a retirement plan, and that is okay.  It means many different things to different people.


Jan 29, 2019 | Written by Steve Comeau | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Introduction and Optimization of Data Historians

A Data Historian is a type of time-series database designed to efficiently collect and store process data from a SCADA or automation system. The stored data can then be used to display trends of process data on charts, create reports, or perform data analysis.


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.


Jan 22, 2019 | Written by Ian Moldovan | Culturally Different, Social Mission, zz Service Day CT-MA

Hallam-ICS Service Day – CT/MA Offices 2018

Proud-the first word that comes to mind to describe my feelings about working for a company that pays its employees to volunteer a day of service at a local organization that betters the community in which we live and work. It’s part of our company’s Social Mission, and we call it Hallam-ICS’s Service Day.


Jan 17, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

6 Questions to Ask When Upgrading an Obsolete Control System While Keeping Your Plant Running

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.


Jan 15, 2019 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Inspired Engineering

Hallam-ICS Becomes a Certified B-Corporation!

On December 17th, Hallam-ICS became a Certified B-Corporation, joining thousands of other purpose driven companies around the world committed to the concept that businesses exist for both purpose and profit.  On their website, B Lab states:


Jan 10, 2019 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation, Cybersecurity

The 3 things I Learned When I Became a Certified SCADA Security Architect

First, some background...

Let me tell you what a Certified SCADA Security Architect is, and why I became one:


Jan 08, 2019 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) in The Green Mountain State-part 4

Continuing from my previous blog, the second day of riding on May 8th took us to Bennington County where I completed the roads of Sandgate, Arlington, Sunderland, Winhall and Manchester except for the Mount Equinox toll road. This road, like the Mt. Ascutney State Park road, is represented on the Official Road Map with a light green line type denoting a paved recreational highway. The days riding totaled 83 miles and over 5,000 feet of climbing.


Jan 03, 2019 | Written by Chris Giusto | MEP Engineering, Combustible Dust

What is a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)?

In my last blog I discussed Combustible Dust Fundamentals and NFPA 652 and explained some of the background as to why NFPA 652 requires a Dust Hazard Analysis.