A New Generation of Automation Professionals

by | Jan 18, 2008 | Services, Consulting & Training

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

I’m returning back to the U.S. from a week of meetings in Thailand. I’m struck by the sheer number of large greenfield projects being implemented and being planned across the Asia-Pacific region.

Over the past several years, Emerson project teams from this region have executed and are executing many of the mega-sized projects. Some examples from prior press releases include: Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical ethylene complex, Fujian LNG-import terminal, and Reliance Life Sciences therapeutic proteins manufacturing.

These projects are executed on a global scale with participation from project engineers from many countries in many world areas. Advances in communications and what can be done across the internet make global project collaboration and management possible.

While in other world areas we see a lot of experienced automation professionals retiring, in this world area a new generation of automation professionals is coming on the scene. They are learning the automation craft as these projects are executed and the new plants are operated.

Working on greenfield projects mean these new automation professionals get to use the lastest technologies like digital busses, controller-based advanced control, and enterprise connectivity to build plants that are more efficient than what is possible with prior technologies.

With my visit and new connections made, I hope to bring more stories of Emerson experts from this bustling region of the world.

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