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Edward J. Farmer

Edward J. Farmer

Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow, is the author of the ISA book "Detecting Leaks in Pipelines." He has more than 40 years of experience in the "high tech" part of the oil industry.

Recent Posts:

A 1978 Perspective on Control Systems Future

Note from the Author: Around 1974, I was offered a consulting contract focused on modernizing an old...
Edward J. Farmer Sep 28, 2021 5:30:00 AM

Reflecting on an Automation Career

This is my 25th, and last, guest blog post. It has been an adventure! The original intent was to int...
Edward J. Farmer Dec 22, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Coding for Automation Projects Is More Than Writing Code

Translating mathematical equations into code is part of, but also removed from, the development of a...
Edward J. Farmer Sep 22, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Is a Meaningful Sample for a Statistical Analysis?

We wonder about conditions on our processes and we try to assess them by sampled data. Every so ofte...
Edward J. Farmer Aug 11, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Searching for the Next Big Thing for a Career in Industrial Automation

My great-grandfather found his way to Western Colorado toward the end of the 19th century because of...
Edward J. Farmer Jul 17, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Achieve Career Success in Process Automation

It's your mission. Know yourself. Seek self-improvement, set the example in all things, care, commun...
Edward J. Farmer Jun 9, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Can You Diagnose Problems in an Industrial System with No Observability?

I spent part of a summer on top of a little place in northern Idaho called Moose Mountain. It came w...
Edward J. Farmer May 5, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Energy in Fluid Mechanics

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of t...
Edward J. Farmer Dec 11, 2019 9:00:25 AM

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