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Teaching and Consulting

Four years ago I relaunched my old company, Automation Consulting Services, Inc. as Automation Consulting, LLC. For the first year or so I spent a lot of time contracting for machine builders and engineering firms, mostly writing PLC and HMI/SCADA

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Posted in Consulting, Contracting, Me, Training, Travel

Tips on Starting an Automation Business

Today’s post is in response to Barry Brock, who asked: “I have been doing machine modifications and automating/upgrading machines for many years . I really am at a point of starting my own business and would appreciate any advice getting

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Posted in Business, Machine Builders and Integrators, Me

More Startup and Debug

After spending the last several months working on some of my entrepreneurial ideas and teaching PLC programming classes, I just spent the last couple of weeks contracting on a machine and system startup/debug job. I feel very fortunate to have

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Posted in Applications, Automation Concepts, Contracting, Machine Builders and Integrators, Software & Programming, troubleshooting

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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Posted in Consulting, Contracting, Life, Me, Panelbuilding, The Book, Website

Death of a Website

Well, its not really dead, but after having a developer make a nice professional site for me last year for my business, I replaced it today with a WordPress site so I could manage it myself. In last week’s post

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Posted in Consulting, Me, Website


I’ve been back working for myself again now for about 2 months since returning from my trip to Central America. For the first 6 weeks or so I was pretty busy setting up my office, networking and doing some small

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I has now been about 14 months since I started this blog and I’ve covered a lot of different subjects. I try to make the content as automation-related as possible but it is getting more and more difficult to cover

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Posted in Life, Me, Thoughts
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