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.


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 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 Rockwell Automation’s 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 | 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.


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.


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 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.