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So… What Do You Do?

Hello from mushy Sacramento, CA. Flying in this afternoon the whole area looked like a big sponge, everything looked flooded out, and its still raining. And I thought there was a severe drought here… ********************************************** Most people have heard this

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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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Automation Training is Hiring!

As many of you know, for the past three years or so I have been teaching PLC, HMI and SCADA classes for Automation Training, a Canadian company. During that time I have visited many places and met a lot of

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PLC Hardware and Programming – Multi-Platform Manual

Over the past few months I’ve mentioned that I am working on a new online course for PLC’s. Almost a month ago I posted a request for pictures due to some of the publisher restrictions on that sort of thing.

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Automation Simulation

In my quest to produce online training classes I have been investigating some of the different types of industrial automation and PLC simulators available. My intent here is to find two different things: 1. A PLC programming simulator that is

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Help Me Name My New Course!

More than a year ago I first mentioned that I was considering creating an online course for PLCs. At the time I had just discovered Udemy through another PLC course that was hosted there, but I became a bit disillusioned

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The Importance of Health and Safety Checks in Manufacturing and Engineering

In any workplace, health and safety should always be the top priority. Regardless of whether your facility is automated, health and safety should be paramount. The fact is that manufacturing and engineering industries have the most workplace accidents each year.

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Posted in Guest Posts, Safety, Training

PLC Memory

As I have mentioned previously, I have been working on a generic PLC course that I hope to release in some kind of online software format soon. I was able to test a prototype a few weeks ago with a

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Teaching the Teachers

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of teaching a Siemens S7 advanced class for Automation Training to some of the professors in my old home town of Knoxville. They were from several of the area colleges and vo-tech

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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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