Jan 04, 2018 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing Intelligence 2018 Outlook

The Manufacturing Intelligence Team at Hallam-ICS currently provide a variety of services from Data Analytics to Custom Multiplatform Applications for our customers. However, the future of Manufacturing Intelligence is changing very rapidly and therefore, our team will need to adapt to these future technologies in order to offer our customers the best tools to do their jobs efficiently. Here are a few new technologies that will help us capture, analyze and display data in whole new ways in 2018 and beyond.


Dec 13, 2017 | Written by Sam Lacasse | Process Control and Plant Automation

Lessons Learned

Many times in life we look back and ask what could we have done better? Or, if the situation was something more dramatic we say "I'm not doing that again”. In either case we are always striving for a more positive outcome in everything we do.


Dec 06, 2017 | Written by Aaron Groom | Process Control and Plant Automation

Mr. Whiskers Goes to Rockwell Automation’s Automation Fair

Mr. Whiskers is my daughter's favorite Beanie Boo and he travelled to Houston Texas with me to attend this year's Rockwell Automation’s Process Solution User Group (PSUG) and Automation Fair.  We learned about a lot of new technologies and software that Rockwell and their partners are offering.  Mr Whiskers loves Legos, so our first stop was the First Lego booth!


Nov 16, 2017 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

4 Low Cost Options for Training on Topics like Microsoft .Net and Azure

I have been a software developer for over 20 years in Upstate New York. In that time, I have had the opportunity to attend over a dozen professional conferences. Usually these conferences are offered in venues that are thousands of miles away from where I live. Attending one of these conferences involves paying for flights, hotels and car rentals. In addition, these conferences usually cost a few thousand dollars for their registration fee.  Once you arrive at one of these large conferences, you and thousands of your peers are herded into huge rooms to listen to keynotes and breakout sessions.


Nov 07, 2017 | Written by Pete Niarchos | Process Control and Plant Automation

A Drive To The Symposium - Not Just A Seminar, A Symposium!

On October 24, 2017 Horizon Solutions, Rockwell Automation and Hallam-ICS co-sponsored a Drives Symposium, a technical seminar focused on Variable Frequency Drive technology and applications. The free, full-day seminar was held at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington with a target audience of Engineers, Maintenance and Technical Managers employed by local manufacturing and industrial companies.  The response was tremendous as over 50 people, form 19 different organizations, signed up for the event. Personally, it was wonderful to see and catch-up with some familiar clients but was equally great to meet some new folks in the process.  


Oct 05, 2017 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

How Do I Set Up Modbus Communication In My Modicon Unity PLC?

In my blog post, Why, In 2017, Are We Still Using Modbus? I outlined the common ways PLCs communicate with 3rd party devices using Modbus.


Sep 14, 2017 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Process Control and Plant Automation

Why, In 2017, Are We Still Using Modbus?

Modbus communication protocol was developed in 1979, and almost 40 years later, it is still used on many industrial sites. It is pretty cool that this openly published, free, simple protocol has been adopted by so many manufacturers to exchange information. It passes 16-bit words over a network that can be formatted however the manufacturer sees fit (unsigned, signed, real), as long as the master and the slave device have agreed ahead of time what format the word(s) will take.


Aug 24, 2017 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Process Control and Plant Automation

Ponies, Process Control and a Drone-Horizon Track Day

Every August, Horizon Solutions hosts Track Day, inviting their customers to learn more about the latest in electrical and industrial automation while enjoying the ambience of the historic Saratoga Race Course.  Horizon Solutions has been a Rockwell Automation Authorized Distributor since 1923 and is currently the exclusive distributor of Allen-Bradley products in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and select areas of New York and Massachusetts.  The Hallam-ICS process control teams in both South Burlington, VT and Malta, NY work closely with Horizon Solutions to support industrial automation projects in the region.


Jul 11, 2017 | Written by Shawn Gwin | Culturally Different, Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Making a 120 Pound Robot that can Climb a Rope

It all started back in the spring of 2016 when my son was telling me about a robotics team in a neighboring school that had competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition league.


Jul 06, 2017 | 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.