Monday, May 26, 2008

Day Cruise

I'll appologize right from the start that this post is way off topic. But I had an incredible adventure this past Friday.

So check this out - my family and I arrived at the Norfolk Naval Base at oh dark 30 Friday morning. After the security checks (it made the TSA look like grade school hall monitors), we boarded buses for a quick ride over to the Little Creek Amphibious Base where we boarded a LCU (Landing Craft, Utility) for a ride out to the USS Iwo Jima, where we drove right up to its launch bay.

My brother-in-law is assigned to the Iwo Jima and we got to participate in a family day cruise. Ship tours, demonstations, topped off by an air show was all part of the ativities we had the priledge to take part in as we sailed back to port.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

9.3 Batch Enhancements

One of the coolest new features in DeltaV 9.3 is the ability to not only force transitions in the PFC view of recipes, but to also enable and disable them.

We've used these tricks all the time for phase logic, but it's always been a challenge to test out complicated recipes.

I've also been been playing with the new ActiveX components for BOI replacement - being able to filter the batch list down to a particular unit really allows us to keep our "unit-centric" display concept and provide more recipe detail and access.

Give it a try.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Look, Ma, No Wires!

Well, the big hit for the 2008 User Group of the Carolinas was Emerson's wireless offerings. Using the PlantWeb Cruiser, folks got an up close and personal look at the different wireless products from Emerson.

Our best attendance ever saw over 100 folks pack our Charlotte campus. Featured presentation topics included Emerson and DeltaV updates, Batch forward direction, AO and AMS sessions.

And as always, the BBQ was great! We missed Craig Johnson's personal touch at the pig cooker, but our pit master did a great job.

Finally, it wouldn't be a User Group with Larry Wolfe and his hat - great job, Larry!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

UGOC 2008 "Collaboration - The Formula for Sucsess

It's that time again for the RE Mason annual User Group of the Carolinas. We've got over 160 folks registered this year and we kicked off the festivities yesterday. I'll post updates over the next couple of days of all the events (and more pictures!).