Yesterday, Bill Lydon, from InTech and Automation.com, and I attended the Siemens Process Analyzer Customer Event across the road from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake, Texas. Siemens is justifiably proud of the fact that their engineering design software was used to create the Mars Rover Curiosity that has successfully increased our knowledge of the nearest planet to us in the solar system, so it was fitting that they picked the Hilton Clear Lake to hold the event.
The event was keynoted by Mel Koch, longtime Dow analyzer guru and now at CPAC at the University of Washington in Seattle. Koch gave a detailed rundown of all the cutting edge research CPAC is doing in both process automation and in other verticals like medical research, as well as touting the third generation of NESSI(tm)– the next generation sampling initiative.
The breakout sessions were also quite interesting, ranging from how Siemens can do remote diagnostics and maintenance on analyzers anywhere in the world to a very interesting discussion of using online process analyzers to control the content of biogas in a very different industry than HPI/CPI, which has been Siemens’ Process Analyzer business’ sweet spot.
I will be doing a more detailed report in the January issue of Industrial Automation Insider, so watch for it. If you aren’t currently a subscriber, you can sign up by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.