May 24, 2018 | Written by John Kurowski | Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems, Culturally Different

My Midlife Crisis….at Hallam-ICS

I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “oh, he’s just having a mid-life crisis”. This is said after someone does something or buys something completely out-of-character compared to the rest of his or her life.


May 17, 2018 | Written by Annette Delphia | Culturally Different

Every Office Needs an Ambassador of FUN!

It’s mid-April and the snow is falling outside here in VT.  “What are you looking for in there?”  That’s my husband’s question as I am searching through my closet looking for my Hawaiian Shirt.   “I saw sunshine and nearly 60 degrees in the weekend forecast; so I sent an email that tomorrow is ‘wear your Hawaiian Shirt to work day.’”


May 10, 2018 | Written by Ray Racine | Process Control and Plant Automation


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.


May 08, 2018 | Written by Andy Doe | Culturally Different

The Vermont Four Corners Ride

Here’s one crossed off the bucket list.   It was early morning on Friday the 11th of July, 2008. The sun was piled up behind the Mountain, and even though I couldn’t see it, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day.   This motorcycle ride needs daylight, and lots of it.


May 03, 2018 | Written by Brenda Rose | Process Control and Plant Automation

The Soft Side of Control Systems Integration

There is a plethora of topics that can be blogged about when it comes to Control Systems Integration. In almost six years at Hallam-ICS, I’ve touched a variety of types of documents, hardware, software, communication networks and protocols, etc.


May 01, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Social Mission, Culturally Different, Employee Ownership

Employee Owners of Vermont spend a Day in the Dirt!

In a recent blog, I shared the story of how a group of employee owned companies decided to work together to positively impact our communities.  Based upon the recommendation of Gardener’s Supply, we chose the Vermont Community Garden Network’s Day in the Dirt to be the first event where “Employee Owners of Vermont” would work side-by-side in community service.


Apr 26, 2018 | Written by Chris Giusto and Dan Laird | MEP Engineering

DC to AC Drive Conversions – Installation Considerations


We have developed two blogs to help make sure your change from Direct Current (DC) motors to Alternating Current (AC) motors is successful, regardless of why you have decided to make that change.


Apr 24, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Social Mission, Culturally Different, Employee Ownership

Starting a Movement! Employee Owners of Vermont Impacting our Communities

In early January, I was sitting at my desk and decided to send out an email.  I love to run, and on several recent outings my brain kept coming back to the same question:  How can we bring local employee owned companies together to impact our communities?


Apr 20, 2018 | Written by Linda Kronoff | Culturally Different, Social Mission, zz Service Day Vermont

How to become an engineer

“Intellectually curious engineers never stop learning.”

By the time they enter high school many students have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, which path to follow after school and what career choices might be of interest. Participating in high school career education events will give


Apr 19, 2018 | Written by Jamie Godbout | Process Control and Plant Automation

Inductive Automation's Ignition: Tips, Tricks, and Cheats-How To Use Nested UDT Tags Within Templates


The problem I want to discuss here comes up when you need to reference a user define data type (UDT) that is nested within another UDT, and has been passed into a template as a parameter.