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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Great Job
Rob Spiegel   1/30/2012 11:37:27 AM
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Thanks Jack. also, I'm very interested in what you might be seeing out there. If there is anything major that I'm missing please let me know.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Great Job
Jack Rupert, PE   1/28/2012 3:36:28 PM
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Great summary, Rob.  I'm going to share this with my connections in the industry.

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Acceptance of PC's in automation.
StuDent   1/13/2012 7:54:39 PM
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As I recollect, it took a bit longer.  People were still getting used to digital vs. analog. But I remember the PC movement gathering steam and excitement. It wasn't like today, when someone probably said "smartphone" and got the response, "Sure. Sounds good. Go with it."

Charles Murray
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Re: Smartphone adoption
Charles Murray   1/13/2012 5:50:17 PM
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Yes, we all know what those magazine distributors are like.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Smartphone adoption
Rob Spiegel   1/13/2012 1:16:20 PM
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That's a good question about PCs in automation, Chuck. The change would be a matter of retiring those old, huge IBM machines. I think most industries welcomed the change. I'll never forget visiting a magazine distributer in the 1980s and seeing their new, small server. It was in the "computer room." The room was about 20' x 20', fully cooled. All it had inside was a server that was smaller than a coffee table.

Charles Murray
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Smartphone adoption
Charles Murray   1/12/2012 7:41:49 PM
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Interesting to see that the smartphone is being readily accepted. Did the PC enjoy such fast adoption for automation?

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Communications wired and wireless
Ann R. Thryft   1/12/2012 12:45:36 PM
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The merging of Ethernet and wireless, along with the rise of mobile platforms for plan operations, parallels what I've been hearing in machine vision for the last couple of years. Actually, intersects is a better word, since MV is becoming a bigger deal in several types of plant operations, not just QA.


Rob Spiegel
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Re: Lets the games begin
Rob Spiegel   1/12/2012 12:29:12 PM
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Yes, it will be fun to watch it develop. There are a number of applications and developments in factory intelligence that that are showing up now that would be hard to imagine just a few short years ago. I agree about tablets. I can see a lot of applications that would work on a table that wouldn't be as useful on the small screen of a smartphone.


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Lets the games begin
Beth Stackpole   1/12/2012 6:42:53 AM
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I totally agree with you Rob, that gaming technology like Plantville and mobile platforms are going to have a huge impact on automation and manufacturing operations in the next couple of years (as if they haven't already). I don't think the mobile question will just be answered by the smart phone, however. I think you're going to see a real leap in how the iPad and other tablets get used on the factory floor this year as new mobile apps come out addressing needs in this space. 

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