Category: The Book

Industrial Automation: Hands On

Well, its official: after something like three years from initially concepting the book I finally have it in my hands. Now the task of promoting it and leveraging it into a different career direction begins. As I mentioned in a

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Final Book Cover

Well, I guess its official… this is the cover of my new book. Several weeks ago I asked if anybody had any preferences for the cover; there weren’t any responses to that particular post, so McGraw-Hill ended up just picking

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New Book Cover Ideas

The pictures above are two new cover ideas for my new book “Industrial Automation: Hands On”. I mentioned to the editor that I thought the cover they had proposed looked more process-oriented, while the book concentrated more on machinery. They

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Free Book!

I have been asked by McGraw-Hill to find people willing to review my book on Amazon’s website. So far I have three people who have volunteered to do it, I still need 9 more. Tony? Gordon? The only requirement is

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Happy New Year!

Hard to believe, but its been almost two years since I started this blog! I really wasn’t sure what this was going to be when I started. I had begun writing my book in about September of 2010 as a

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McGraw-Hill, Reviewers and the Final Manuscript

In last weeks post, I mentioned that I had made a trip to New York to meet with McGraw-Hill. I had already planned a trip to Philadelphia for the A-B Automation Fair, so I made a grand tour of the

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Automation Fair

As part of my picture-collecting for the book I decided to attend the Allen-Bradley Automation Fair again this year. I have attended the last few years in Orlando, Chicago and Nashville; this year it was in Philadelphia. There are always

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Finally…

It took about three months from when I was told my manuscript was accepted, but I finally got my contract Friday. As you can see from one of the proposed covers, the title will now be “Industrial Automation: Hands On”….

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Vision Guided Robots

This week was my first experience using vision and robots together. I have integrated many vision systems in the past and also done a number of robotic applications but this was my first time using vision to guide the robot.

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Engineering Philosophy

Yesterday I had some time to kill while my car was in the shop so I brought my notebook with me to do a little brainstorming. My wife and I had discussed some of her work situation in the morning

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