Are you paying attention?

06/04/2010

This blog has been on-line for twelve months now and we have been looking at the stats over that period.

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We have two blog presences one on the Blogger platform and this one on the WordPress system. We use the blogger presence for recording press releases as we get them with little editing other then some tidying up. This WordPress blog is used however, for material we write ourselves, or those written by guest authors. Reports on technologies, events, applications, company news and what we think are interesting topics to do with the automation field all find their way here.

Because it is a fairly new venture for us we were not sure what to expect. What sort of reaction we would get. Who, or how many would visit.

The Read-out Instrumentation Signpost is the principal and oldest presence of Read-out, Ireland’s journal of instrumentation, control and automation, on the world wide web. It is visited by between 4000 to 6000 unique visitors during each week. (When we started gathering statistics around ten years ago this figure was around 500!).

So what has happened in the last twelve months on this blog site?

The stats show that almost 4500 visitors visited the blog during the period, the bulk of which occured in the final six months. The first two months showed less that 70 visitors per month but then showed a steady rise up to the current average of 400 per month. Whether that is good or bad is difficult to say and it is also difficult to analyse these figures to decide why certain topics are more popular than others. One thing that is interesting is that visits occur to different pages through the period and not just at the time they go on-line.

There are also those people who are “followers” who visit each time there is a new posting (roughly once or twice a fortnight) and that is reflected in the large percentage (ca 20%) recorded as visiting the “home page.”

Perhaps surprisingly the most visited post visited was a piece about a presentation on Industrial Security which featured at the ISAExpo’09 with about 6%. The report on the actual show itself was way down in the ratings in 16th place. The next most frequented page was the report on a press event hosed by Emerson in the Netherlands in December. This report was narrowly pipped at the post by 4 visits by the Security feature. Other Emerson events also feature in the top ten, the User Group Meeting in October at fifth and Andrew Bond’s article on their CHARM launch also in October at seventh. This probably reflects the open attitude to social networking displayed by Emerson and their customers, when compared with some other automation entities.

A very close number three on our top-ten is the report on the splitting of GE Industrial Platforms and Fanuc (August’09). This was followed by a report on what Walt Boyes has identified as the “coming together” of Invensys in July’09, a report on the re-organisation of this giant in the automation world after a traumatic decade.

At number six is an item on Longwatch’s progress towards the “HMI revolution” with their integrated video into HMI systems (November 2009). We had reported the launch of this one our other blog in September’09.

Our personal favourite!

Number eight is our own particular favourite and was a critique on a book that we came across and which was recommended by Jon DiPietro of Bridge-Soft at ISAExpo’09. The book was called Meatball Sundae by a guy called Seth Godin. This easy to read book made an impression and this posting outlined some of his ideas.

Number nine was a surprise to us as it was the one item that last year attracted the most consistent viewings. Why? Because it talked about AN1H1 or “Swine flu”. It talked about an IR measuring system which could measure body temperature at a distance and thus be used in airports and other ports of entry and identify possible sufferers before they contaminated others. We suspect that this is so high because people googling for AN1H3 or Swine Flu would find this in their search.

Number ten is one that is fast moving up the list. This is John Saysell’sTop Ten Tips for the Industrial Trainer” which was posted in January of this year.

Most referrals not surprisingly came from our own website – read-out.net – but not a few came from Longwatch, MCP Europe and Emerson as well as various twitter and other social-networking referral sites.

Obviously many of our visitor clicked on the various links from the site. These do not we feel have great significence since there are too many variables like how many times they are mentioned in various blogs etc. But top of the list is ControlGlobal’s story of the split-up of GE & Fanuc, followed by Jim Pinto’s pages, Industrial Automation Insider and Jim Cahill’s Emerson Proicess Experts.

Top searches during the period were “GE Fanuc Split”, “AN1H3”, “INVENSYS”, and various Emerson personalities it would be too invidious to mention!

We posted 107 articles and we received 17,337 messages of which 75 were legitimate and 17262 were Spam Messages (protected by Akismet, the stop comment spam used by WordPress – phew!).

A graphical representation of twelve months viewing!


Automation Week calls for papers!

06/02/2010

The last information we had on this new replacement for ISAExpo was in October (See our piece “The Last Picture Show” in that month. It was announced during the last ISAExpo and and people were surprised at announcement and wondered just how successful it could be. However the organising committee has been beavering away in the background and anticipate an exciting programme. The accompanying small supporting exhibition has been virtually fully subscribed to which is an excellent sign so soon in the year – see List of Exhibitors. There are we understand to be further announcements as the months progress. So this release may be said to be the first fruits of the work on the technical programme.

The Technical Program Committee of ISA Automation Week 2010: Technology and Solutions Event has issued a Call for Papers inviting authors, experts, innovators, and automation professionals to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference to be held in Houston (TX US), 4-7 October 2010.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the event seeks abstracts that cover topics for the following seven tracks, as they relate to automation:

  • Safety
  • Security
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Automation and Control
  • Wireless and Networking
  • Professional Development  /Human Asset Optimization

The deadline for abstract submittals for consideration to present is 16 April 2010.

ISA Automation Week 2010: Technology and Solutions Event is a knowledge-focused event that will bring top professionals in automation and control together for an intensive technical conference and networking opportunity with key industry suppliers. Sessions will be educational and applications-based, rich in content, and delivered by subject-matter experts in each field.

Gerald Cockrell, ISA Automation Week Technical program co-chairman, said, “This is a new event and we’re looking for cutting-edge, groundbreaking, in-depth papers with a heavy educational focus that will give conferees an edge in their workplaces or careers.”

“We want conferees to walk away from Automation Week with insights, knowledge, and product updates that will make their jobs more efficient, make their plants safer, more secure, and more productive. Our exhibit area is an important part of that vision, as the onsite technical exhibit personnel will complement the theory presented during sessions with applications and real-world products,” he continued.

A groundbreaking new feature that will assist attendees in navigating through the dozens of options within the program is ISA’s new professional tool, PathFinder. Five professional groups, or paths, offer a unique combination of sessions that will enable attendees to shape a learning experience suited to their individual job functions and professional goals. The five paths are: Technicians, Engineers, Management, Marketing, and Academia/R&D/Scientists.