From One Techie to Another
As many of you know, ISA EXPO 2004
was in Houston, TX last week. It was a three day event
consisting of keynotes, special forums, technical conferences
and exhibits. Although I haven't heard the final count of
attendees yet, I expect it probably drew roughly the same number
as last year. Attendance to these national shows just
doesn't seem to be increasing. In reality, these
national shows have become very regional due to rising travel
costs, limited budgets and tight schedules. On the other
hand, there were a lot more exhibitors this year...a
good indicator that the automation market as a whole is becoming
In one respect, I dread going to
these shows, because the days are very long and tiring, and they
take me away from my family. But, I also really enjoy
going because I have an opportunity to mingle with industry
leaders, old friends, exhibitors, and web site visitors. I
always hear positive feedback regarding our site and that alone
makes the trip worthwhile! These shows have always been,
and are still, an awesome networking opportunity! But, I
predict that these shows will continue to evolve over time. In the
future, as our audience continues to grow, I hope to become more
involved with show organizers and help promote the
continuation of these (or similar) networking events.
While at the show, I scurried
to meet with as many exhibitors as possible. As I
indicated in the last issue, my goal was to absorb as much new
product information as possible and report back to you.
Well, it was no easy task! Little did I know that many
exhibitors would wait until this show to release a bunch of new
products. So, here you have it. We created a page on
our site dedicated to all the news from ISA. I'm sure we
didn't cover everything, but I think you'll agree that we made a
good attempt. Needless to say, we have a lot of news for
you this week...and most of it you won't find published anywhere
else. You can find it in the
News Archive section of our site at
News from ISA EXPO 2004. We included many of the releases
Automation News section of this issue, but we couldn't
include everything so be sure to review the
News from ISA EXPO 2004 page on our site.
For me, a highlight of the show
was a forum on "Debunking the Myths: The Good, the Bad, and the
Future of Outsourcing". The moderator was Jim Pinto,
JimPinto.com and the
panelists included Walt Boyes, Editor of
Morley, Inventor of the PLC and Angel Investor; and Tim
Teegarden, Valpers Performance Partners. The opinions of
this panel and the reality of outsourcing are not always popular
topics. To paraphrase some comments from the forum,
"Outsourcing is a reality, get over it!" and "You can't fight
outsourcing just like you can't fight gravity". Most
manufacturers today, including many product suppliers, are
outsourcing at least some aspect of their businesses...some
successfully, some not so successfully. The key is to not
outsource the "crown jewels", according to Dick Morley, i.e.
don't outsource your intellectual property. Yes, jobs have
left this country, but who's to blame? Workers in other
countries are hungry, workers in the US are not as hungry.
A growing number of the US population is not interested in
working in factories anymore. Oh and don't forget, as
automation and controls engineers, it's our job to automate
manufacturing and eliminate jobs. Plus, many communities
are fighting to keep new factories out of their towns and
cities. So, manufacturers are going where people are
willing to work. Like I said, not so popular...but, it is
a reality. Don't pass up an opportunity to listen or
converse with Jim Pinto, Walt Boyes, Dick Morley or Jim Teegarden...you may just leave the conversation with a "nugget
of information wealth". Warning: the conversation may keep
you up at night thinking about "things".
On to the good stuff...Enjoy the rest of this e-news!
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