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The Beginning

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: Proprietary 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!

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