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Sep 11, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming with Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx


For those of you that are new to PlantPAx I’d like to give a brief overview of the system and explain some of the features that truly make it a modern day DCS.  PlantPAx is a plant wide control system that utilizes a common automation platform to seamlessly integrate both process and discrete control as well as plant wide information. 

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Sep 06, 2018 | Written by Tim Laracy | MEP Engineering, Inspired Engineering, Process Control and Plant Automation

Becoming an Intern at Hallam ICS

About eight months ago, the engineering internship scramble was beginning at the University of Vermont.  Students all over campus were struggling to get a resume and cover letter to every engineering company around Burlington VT; maybe to get an interview, and maybe even to get a job.

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Sep 04, 2018 | Written by Chris Giusto | Culturally Different

“I’ve Never Been There…” My Hallam Day Excursion

I enjoyed attending my first Hallam Day in June.  It was a great experience to see how our company invested in our employees for this event.  I particularly enjoyed meeting colleagues face-to-face who I have worked with on projects, but only conversed with via phone or Skype.  I also had some great conversations with folks I had never met before. 

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Aug 30, 2018 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

How to Interpret Harmonics Data – A Case Study

Power system harmonics are commonly created by Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), computer power supplies, and LED/fluorescent lighting. These devices draw distorted current which in turn distorts to overall voltage waveform.

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Aug 27, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Inspired Engineering, Culturally Different

At Hallam-ICS, Our Teams Love Engineering & People…..and Beer!

Yes, it’s true.  We do love Engineering and People (and beer) at Hallam-ICS.  And apparently, so do our clients, partners and community members.  Last year, we decided to put them all together into our first Hallam-ICS and BEER campaign.   We asked, and you HOPPED.

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Aug 23, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming Modicon Ethernet Messaging “The Right Way”


I recently had the opportunity to work on a project for a client of ours utilizing Schneider’s Unity Pro software and M340 PAC’s.  The project was a typical groundwater remediation site which included multiple treatment facilities and remote wells, all of which communicated with each other over a new cellular network.

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Aug 21, 2018 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

How to Program an SEL-351 Digital Relay


Background

The highest levels of arc flash energy are typically found at the secondaries of step-down transformers. This usually means the 480V main breakers, like the one shown above, will be over 40 cal/cm2. One method of mitigating this hazard is to install a manual reset recloser and digital relay on the primary side of the transformer.

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Aug 16, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Inspired Engineering, Culturally Different

Hey Baby Boomers, Don’t Blame Millennials!

“I don’t get it!  Since when does a company need to provide more than a steady job with a competitive salary and good benefits?  We treat our people well.  Why isn’t this enough for Millennials?”

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Aug 13, 2018 | Written by Scott King, PMP | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

The 7 Steps to Complete an Arc Flash Analysis


It is important to understand the process and the “behind the scenes” details of an arc flash analysis. My other posts describe the importance of an Arc Flash Analysis: how it saves lives and how to find the right information, In general, the following seven steps are required for the completion of a thorough arc flash analysis:

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Aug 09, 2018 | Written by William Neuburger | Inspired Engineering, Social Mission

On the Road from Greed to Giving

Our firm’s culture has included an aspect of social responsibility since Dave Hallam started in 1981 and the successor leaders and staff have expanded it. When I joined in 2010, it was a foreign idea to me that a firm would donate company money and pay employees to do volunteer work.

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