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.


Oct 11, 2018 | Written by Brenda Rose | Process Control and Plant Automation

Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk View SE Network Distributed – A Brief Overview

As control system integrators, we often encounter antiquated equipment and systems. What most people see on the surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you dive into the programs used for automation and data collection, you typically find a jumble of what we like to refer to as “spaghetti code”.


Oct 04, 2018 | Written by Dan Maxwell | Process Control and Plant Automation, MEP Engineering


It is important to have friends in our lives.  They are supportive and understanding. They can also challenge us and make us our best selves.  Friends in business are called partners.  There is a financial relationship between business partners but the best of these relationships have the same features as good friendships.


Oct 02, 2018 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Do I Need a PE to Perform an Arc Flash Study

State boards of examiners for engineers are charged with protecting the public in any aspect related to engineering design. These boards take their mandate seriously given the grave consequences that can result from negligence or incompetence on the part of designers.


Sep 27, 2018 | Written by Dan Herzig | Process Control and Plant Automation

Variable Frequency Drives: Move Over Starters!

It has long been an industry standard to use the common starter/disconnect switch for service to a three phase motor.  Since being introduced in the mid to late 1980’s, variable frequency drives, or VFD’s have been gaining popularity.


Sep 25, 2018 | Written by Michael Abair | Process Control and Plant Automation

Why Does My Industrial Control Panel Need to be Listed?

Per the National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 409.2,  an industrial control panel consists of assemblies of two or more power circuit components or control circuits or a combination of power and control circuit components, with associated wiring and terminals.  These components are mounted on, or contained within, an enclosure, or are mounted on a sub-panel.


Sep 20, 2018 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Employee Ownership

What Does Employee Ownership Mean to an Employee?

Back in 2000, when I was a young twenty something year old engineer that was not too far removed from college, and I was interviewing for a position at Hallam-ICS, I never would have thought to ask about what the ownership of the company looked like. I just assumed the guy with his name on the building was the guy who owned the company, and I didn’t need to know any more than that.


Sep 13, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | Culturally Different

Flying High with the Young Eagles

Back in 1987 I made two life-altering decisions. The first was that I left a career with large, multinational corporations, and joined Hallam Associates. (I was Hallam employee number 9!).


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. 


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

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.