Automation Unplugged: Pinto's Perspectives, Pointers & Prognostications

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ISA, Oct 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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If you have heard industry pundit Jim Pinto speak, or read his barbed writings or laugh-out-loud poems, or subscribe to his popular e-newsletter, you'll enjoy his new book. It's loaded with critical analysis of the changing face of industrial automation; predictions about future automation technology trends √‚- including Pinto√‚'s provoking prognostications on what major supplier companies will survive, and what ones won√‚'t; the best of his articles on marketing & distribution; and his highly rated fieldbus commentary. Of course, the book also includes the best-of-the-best poems from the recognized "poet laureate of instrumentation."

The book has a special Introduction by Dick Morley, noted technology guru and father of the PLC. Each of 5 sections is introduced by a noted automation industry personality.

* Industrial Automation Majors, the good, the bad and the ugly - Introduced by John Berra, President Emerson Process

* Marketing, Sales & Distribution Perspectives - Introduced by Frank Williams, CEO of I/O Select

* Future of Automation Technology Technology - Gee Whiz! - Introduced by Bud Keyes, Senior Vice President, Emerson Process

* Industrial Networks - this bus is for you - Introduced by Dick Caro, CMC Associates, Chairman of ISA SP50 and formerly of IEC Fieldbus Standards Committees

* Pinto's Industrial Poetry - Introduced by Greg Hale, Editor,InTech

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Major Automation Companies
Marketing Sales and Distribution Perspectives
The Future of Automation TechnologyGee Whiz

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Founder, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Action Instruments, Jim Pinto is not your typical successful entrepreneur. Instead of retiring to a life of golf and leisure in 1998 when-at age 60-he sold his 30-year-old company to Eurotherm in England, Jim decided to have fun being an outspoken industry maverick. By then he had already earned a reputation as "the poet laureate of the Instrumentation Industry" for his unabashed, widely publicized poems likening automation industry giants to Alice in Wonderland characters. Instead, Jim decided to further develop his "tell-it-like-it-is" skills and become a highly visible Industrial Automation Commentator, Technology Futurist, Angel Investor, Speaker, Writer, Analyst and Consultant-all rolled into one

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