Jason K. Firth, C.E.T.

Instrumentation, Control, and Automation

The Beginning

Dec 082014

December 8, 2014

I'm Jason Firth.

Welcome to the first entry of my instrumentation, automation, and control blog!

This is something I've been wanting to start for a while.

One reason I've wanted that is the disconnectedness that I percieve within instrumentation, automation, and control. There seems to be a void between forum posts, and really dense academic literature.

Of course, there's a lot we can't talk about: Propretary control technology owned by our employers and such, but I'm not talking about that. It seems like a lot of the fundamentals don't get talked about, and it's to our detriment: Because control professionals are virtually invisible, there are many people who assume there are no real control professionals. Lots of people see the neat PLC things, and assume there's a weekend course you can take to become the expert. I think that's a disservice to everyone.

So I'm going to talk a bit about different control topics -- from fundamentals, to my personal opinions on different instrumentation, control, and automation devices, to trying to wrap my mind around some of the dense academic stuff I read every month.

One thing: The emphasis is on "personal opinion". Everything I write is my own personal opinion, and nothing should be taken as the opinion of any of my past, present, or future employers.

Thanks for reading!