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Nov 29, 2018 | Written by Jamie Godbout | Process Control and Plant Automation

Ignition Tips, Tricks and Cheats-How To Dynamically Build Template Repeater Datasets

Problem

I was working on a template where I had to display steps in a sequence on the HMI. The number of steps could change from sequence to sequence and the template required a few parameters.

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Nov 27, 2018 | Written by Steve Matthews | Culturally Different, MEP Engineering

It's a Small World

Folks say it all the time! It’s a small world. What fortified it for me is the time my past employer asked me to fly overseas to a military base in South Korea. The Engineer of Record was not able to make the trip, and there had been some issues on a project where we needed to represent our interests and help the owner solve the issues.

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Nov 15, 2018 | Written by Dan Maxwell | Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems

Toxic Gas Monitoring: Cross-Sensitivity or Cross-Interference

In the field of toxic gas monitoring systems (TGMS) there is always the question of what conditions might affect the gas detection system other than the intended target gas. Gas detection technology is intended to detect specific chemical compounds in the monitored sample.

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Nov 13, 2018 | Written by Chuck Rainville | Culturally Different

Millions of Revolutions (the pedaling kind) In The Green Mountain State-part 3

In my last blog,  I described the progress made through 2017 on my quest to bike all the paved roads that appear on the Vermont Official Road Map. This second quest came on the heels of my first that began in 2010 to ride some part of the roads in each of the 251 Vermont towns and cities.

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Nov 08, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming with PlantPAx - Program Structure & Controller Configuration


The beauty of the Library of Process Objects is that there isn’t much that the AOI’s cant do.  Rockwell has done a wonderful job creating pre-canned logic that can account for almost every application.  I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it feels like overkill however knowing that all the features are available whether you use them or not is nice. 

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Nov 01, 2018 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Manufacturing Intelligence

Free Your Spreadsheet Data

Spreadsheets are used as an easy way to catalog any data in a tabular format. Spreadsheets were originally developed in the early 1960's for financial applications. Spreadsheet applications, such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel, became popular in the 1980's and have been used for multiple scenarios.

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Oct 30, 2018 | Written by Jeff Silcox | MEP Engineering

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratories – Planning for Success (Part 1 of 3)

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), where a sample is studied at cryogenic (liquid nitrogen) temperatures and scanning transmission electron microscopy (S-TEM) are words we are hearing a lot these days. Cryo-EM is sweeping through the field of biology, rapidly replacing x-ray crystallography, providing researchers an unprecedented, high resolution view into molecular structure. 

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Oct 25, 2018 | Written by Dan Herzig | MEP Engineering

You Talkin’ ‘Bout Me?

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f*@# do you think you're talking to?" -Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), Taxi Driver

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Oct 18, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | MEP Engineering

Five Lessons from my Engineering Career


My perception of an engineering career started about the time I was in high school. I had visions of smart young engineers, armed with enthusiasm and technical knowledge solving complex problems that would make the world a better place.

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Oct 16, 2018 | Written by Jamie Godbout | Process Control and Plant Automation

Advancing Automation Technology With FactoryTalk® Batch

Advancing Automation Technology series will take an in-depth look into how the latest technology is being used to develop state-of-the-art control systems. We will select various software and hardware packages being used today, and provide you with the best practice techniques on how to apply them, and when you should consider applying each topic.

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