17 years ago
I just found this group. I have some experience in the groups but
never really thought of looking for a controls group. I happened
across this group and was surprised to find a population. I thought I
would post a little about myself and ask the regulars here to say
I have been in instrumentation and controls for 25 years and started
my own business about 15 years ago. My main customer base is the
water/wastewater industry and small manufacturing plants. I started
out learning controls in the US Navy where I took care of the control
systems for the main propulsion plants on a conventional aircraft
carrier (USS JFK). These controls were mainly pneumatic. Later I went
to work for a company that contracted control systems work for the
Navy and merchant marines. During that period I trained and went to
school learning electronics/electricity and ended up running the labs
at the company that I worked for at the time. This was in the mid 80's
and I was also busy playing with those new fancy computers that had
just come around and learned to write code. I'm talking about hex
here. Later I learned some assembly languages which of course are now
pretty useless other that understanding the history of computers, PLC
and such. Blah bla blaaaa.
Anyhow, I moved back to my hometown and started a business, basically
whoring out myself to anyone that would pay for my knowledge and found
no shortage of work. My business did well and grew for six or seven
years until I had the bad experience of having mental meltdown after a
string of bad luck. At this point I should sidebar and explain a few
things just to be fair.
It turns out that my family has a history of bipolar disorder (manic
depression) and Celiac disease. It took me a while to get diagnosed
properly and learn what I needed to do to get well again. For anyone
that does not know bipolar disorder is a genetic predisposition for
having swings in mood. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune problem
where the immune system sees gluten which is in bread as a poison and
reacted against it, damaging the body. Celiac also causes mental
confusion and mood swings. It appears to have triggered what the
psychiatrists call bipolar disorder and I ended up having a wild ride
of depression and hypomania. I do not recommend it. If anyone wants to
simulate it, try taking speed one week and then valium the next for a
few years and come talk to me. Anyway enough of that. The cure is
pretty simple. I now eat only a few things that do not have the stuff
that makes me sick. These medical problems pretty well screwed my
business for a few years. I had to drop out for about six years now. I
did not stay away from the industry and know some of what has
transpired since then. I also took the time to investigate some
emerging tech that I though would be hot soon and am in the process of
building a business again.
So I thought that I might hang around here for a while and see whether
you guys were all idiots or worthy of my notice. :-] Just a joke here.
Flame me if you want. It makes no matter. I do have a lot of
experience in a lot of different areas and I still am pretty sharp,
though a bit slower getting around. Feel free to say hello or comment.
I need to spend some time researching the industry. For instance I
was reading another post about nonlinear loading and followed a link
to a web site one of you guys have up for their company. I see that he
is using a software program to model process response. I never had
this option and one of the things that I was well known for was my
ability to tune complex systems by feel. I always was surprised at how
poorly it seemed that most control techs understood the PID loop.
Throw nonlinear I/O into this and forget it. Anyway like I said, I
have a lot of experience in a lot of areas. I just touched on some of
the things I have done. Hopefully that will come later.
I'm hoping that I will find a population here of some really bright
people with good solid knowledge and experience. Maybe I can learn
some new things which I am always open to and bring something to this
group. Maybe I can make some good friends. I prefer to be positive.
UseNet is a strange world. During my sick time I participated in a
support group for bipolar disorder which I found very helpful, but
also a rough place. Hopefully the sci groups will not be this way.
BTW can someone direct me to the FAQ for this group?
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and/or advice that may prove incorrect or harmful. But then maybe not.
Feel free to disregard.
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