Category: Life

Update – Excuses…

So I guess its pretty obvious I haven’t posted for a while… and I really don’t have any good excuses. Of course I still travel a lot, and I am still working on a lot of projects when I’m in

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Happy New Year 2017!

Well, its that time again where people around the world review the last year and make plans for the new one to come. While this can be done at any time of year, people often choose this particular day to

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More on Life…

As I get older I often spend time thinking about the way my life has gone. I started with many advantages; I was born in one of the richest countries in the world during the most interesting… or at least

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New England Adventures

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been traveling a lot lately. By my calculations I’ve been out of town for all but four weeks since last September. I work for myself, so there’s no-one to blame

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A Change of Direction

For the past 20 years I have been involved in the automation and machine-building industry in one form or another. In 1996 when I had a lot more energy and less common sense, I started my own integration business that

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Misuse of Tools

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Last week I discussed a little bit about a project I was working on. It involved evaluating a system that had a lot of problems, mostly due to human error and lack of attention to detail. The follow-up involved having

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I know, everyone probably thought this was going to be something on pneumatics or hydraulics, maybe something on pressure switches or proportional valves, but no… today I’m talking about job related pressure and stress. It comes with the territory, industrial

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Most people in the field of automation like solving problems and are naturally curious. Even when we get older I like to think that we can still learn something new every day. As shown in the diagram above, many of

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Time Management

As I wind down on my current project and start working on my next I am feeling the stress of having too many things to do and not enough time to do them in. My next job involves system integration

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