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And a new generation…

I’ve been kind of MIA the last few days, because I’ve been busy becoming a grandfather. My daughter, Andrea Boyes, gave birth on Saturday to her first child, and my first grandchild. Tristan Alexander Boyes-Williams came into the world at 12:13 pm, weighing almost eight pounds and twenty-one inches long. A nice big addition to the next generation.

This is the kind of moment that makes me reflect on how we are going to leave the world for people his age when they are grown.

Help a Saint Louis FLL (Lego League) Team Do Research!

I received this from the coach of the FLL team:

Phil Speth, Shaw

Please send this far and wide. It isn’t just for St. Louis, but anyone who can take the survey.

Our Lego Team needs your help.
Our 4th Grade Lego Team is looking at how we dispose of medicines.
This year in FLL (Lego Robotics) we are all about our water. One BIG!! problem is the incredible amount of medicines that end up in our water system. To get to the heart of this problem our kids decided to send out a survey to help us all understand the problem and ask everyone to help us do better.

Please take 1 minute to take our survey!! Thanks
https://goo.gl/forms/jAL2v3nunsmzSDws1

Medication Disposal Survey
We are a team of 3rd and 4th graders from SMOS and LPA schools. Our FIRST Lego League team has spent the semester studying Hydrodynamics, building robots, and learning about water. For our final project, we are collecting information from our community. All of your information will be kept anonymous. Thank you for helping us!

Women in Automation- Emerson Exchange Zooms In

Insiderlogo3Emerson Exchange Casts Spotlight in Changes in Women’s Contributions to Automation
by Joy Ward

This is another article that would have been in the October INSIDER– part of the coverage of Emerson Exchange 2017. If you like this kind of reporting and analysis, subscribe to the INSIDER at www.spitzerandboyes.com/insider.

The recent Emerson Exchange did an excellent job of showing the range of how women and female insight can add to the automation industry. The two women who starred, Robyn Benincasa, the founder of WorldClass Teams as the keynote speaker and Janeen Judah, the President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Women in Innovation speaker, gave listeners much to learn from and use in their careers.

Emerson started their recent meeting with one of the most exciting and challenging keynote speakers I have seen in a long time. Benincasa is a firefighter and adventure racer with nothing to do with automation, except that she had some of the best advice to members of the industry. Yes, we’ve all endured keynote speeches given by well-meaning but apparently automation-clueless speakers trying very hard to reach their audience. This speaker not only reached her audience but gave it marvelous advice and direction. Her message was one of cooperation, not competition. Too often we have been fed the message that life is about competition but not from this speaker. Through wonderful examples of her experiences adventure racing around the globe in some of the most challenging environments on earth, Benincasa showed how working together is a much stronger strategy than all-out competition. She also exhorted the crowd to work to win, not just NOT lose. This requires a different way of thinking and is a good lesson in today’s accounting-driven world.

Then Emerson continued the good words from the women’s side with a luncheon speech by Janeen Judah, the president of SPE, and a working petroleum engineer. While her message was not as physically exuberant, it was still both challenging and in the same vein — cooperation is the way for everyone to progress. She gave some sterling advice on how thinking of colleagues and doing well for them can come back to do well for everyone.

In summation, both women brought the same message to the Emerson crowd. Cooperation and what sociologist would consider traditionally female forms of interaction are healthier and ultimately more productive for individuals and companies. Is it possible that we are getting this type of message now because enough women are in the workplace and feel comfortable interacting and managing as women, not just women in steel boots? Whatever the reason, it is a healthy movement. Kudos for Emerson for hosting these two wise women and their messages!

Joy Ward has over thirty years’ experience in consumer psychology research and is Director of Qualitative Research for Spitzer and Boyes LLC. Her MIND OF THE CUSTOMER® research methodology has been used in areas from politics to the automotive industry to satellite manufacturing. Contact Joy at joyward@sbcglobal.net or 314-283-5259 for information on how Joy can bring the Mind of the Customer® to your enterprise.

Rockwell’s PSUG 2017 Kicks Off in Houston!

My tweets from this morning’s PSUG general session:
Mon, 10:37: #ROKPSUG 860 attendees this year. The baby done growed up!
Mon, 10:40: Steve Pulsifer kicks off PSUG https://t.co/kVbjYMckhc
Mon, 10:41: Jim Winter keynotes #ROKPSUG by talking about the connected enterprise.
Mon, 10:42: #ROKPSUG The connected enterprise… https://t.co/GKLzMH7UsZ
Mon, 10:44: #ROKPSUG Enabling IIoT https://t.co/W4sbxiFvii
Mon, 10:47: #ROKPSUG Rockwell calls it the modern DCS https://t.co/4ViiWzHTds
Mon, 10:53: #ROKPSUG Jim Winter says “the cookie demo” is back this yea!
Mon, 10:57: #ROKPSUG John Genovesi speaks!
Mon, 10:58: #ROKPSUG applause for the victims and volunteers of Houston Strong
Mon, 11:01: Genovesi says that Pavilion and Execution (Maverick) businesses did double digit growth…
Mon, 11:03: #ROKPSUG why are digital initiatives important? https://t.co/RiWR7A0Fs9
Mon, 11:06: #ROKPSUG The Connected Enterprise Customer Outcomes https://t.co/xOqsEcKCqB
Mon, 11:08: RT @ManufacturingGL: Despite struggling early in the year, UK #manufacturing sector showing signs of revival https://t.co/RlxKPaIdlq https…
Mon, 11:12: #ROKPSUG https://t.co/9jc1pVkmzG
Mon, 11:15: FactoryTalk Analytics https://t.co/UiVHsdd4kZ
Mon, 11:16: #ROKPSUG Value Streams https://t.co/qcuRvLA4T7
Mon, 11:19: #ROKPSUG Introducing Project Scio—
Mon, 11:21: Project SCIO #ROKPSUG https://t.co/skIkvRlev4
Mon, 11:22: RT @CraigDResnick: #ROKPSUG @ROKAutomation @AutomationFair #Analytics must be #scalable provide #value #Streams #operational #productuvity…
Mon, 11:32: #ROKPSUG iBio CEO Barry Holtz talks about iBio gene sequencing and manufacturing.
Mon, 11:33: Plant production facility- iBio COMO #ROKPSUG https://t.co/uW1DtIUoZU

Computer Crash Takes Out October INSIDER

Insiderlogo3As a result of a normal upgrade of Windows 10, the computer on which we make the INSIDER has suffered a catastrophic failure. According to the repair shop, it isn’t worth repairing, so they are taking the data off for us. It will take about a week to get the data back, and so we have decided to produce an October/November issue at the end of November.

But we’d like to try something different.

Over the next week or so, we are going to post some of the articles that would be in the October issue of the INSIDER on this blog, on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, for everyone to read, whether you are a subscriber or not.

If you find that you like what you’ll be seeing, you can become a subscriber by visiting http://www.spitzerandboyes.com/insider. Individual subscriptions are quite reasonable, and large company subscriptions that allow circulation to all within the company are also available.

If you’d like to talk to us, use this form:
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We hope you like what you’ll see.

The INSIDER for August 2017 emailed yesterday!

I’ve been fighting off a flu bug, so it was a few days later than I wanted it to be…but it is out. I will be posting some articles from it throughout the month, but if you want to read them now, visit http://www.spitzerandboyes.com/insider to subscribe.

The cover story in the August INSIDER is an Insider Special Report on “Cyber Security in the Age of the Industrial Internet of Things.” I think you will find it thought provoking.