As the man behind this site, it has been my dream to create a resource for people to share information about automation technology. Industrial automation has been my biggest passion — there’s just so much practical knowledge to learn, and there’s no better feeling than the feeling you get when you begin to master a trade.
That’s why I want to share The Automation Primer with you.
I have worked in the electrical and electronics field for almost 30 years and in controls and automation for about 20. I worked for several automation distributors after graduating college in Electrical Engineering and went to training seminars on Omron, Allen-Bradley, Pepperl+Fuchs, Danaher, and various other vendors. Part of my job when working for distributors was to train customers in the proper application of products. During this time I discovered that I was more interested in the technical aspects and problem solving than I was in the particular products themselves. This brand-agnostic philosophy has stayed with me to this day. You won’t hear any brand-allegiance from me. It’s not the tools that matter. It’s what you do with them.
My wife of 25 years, Mieko, has helped me translate Japanese schematics and engineering documents. She is also an accomplished control panel builder as well as keeping the books and acted as Human Resources when we had our automation company. I also have two grown daughters who live on the west coast. *Edit 2016: I have now been married for almost 31 years and my youngest daughter moved back here to Nashville and got married.
In my spare time I like to play music, and I just finished my first CD of original rock music, appropriately titled “Automatika”. If you’re curious as to what it sounds like, Google “Phranc Lamm”. Yup, that’s me with the red guitar on the left side of the third picture… * Edit 2016: This was in 2013. Unfortunately, I am on the road a LOT and haven’t had time to jam for a while…
This is a map of the places I have been and jobs I have been involved in as of December 16, 2016. I put this here to kind of keep a record as I teach and consult around the country. I also put a machine in Suwon, South Korea while I worked for Wright Industries in 2007.
I love to travel, even for work… I’m not sure how long I can keep traveling every week, but overall it’s been fun. Other places I have been; Japan, China, England, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hawaii and a tiny island off Africa called Ascension. This map pretty much covers everything else.
*Edit 2016: This picture is from an experimental phase when I decided to skin my head. I have since reverted to the non-cue-ball look.