PITCHFEST IN DECEMBER
January 4, 2016: Process Control and Industrial Automation
Process control is an engineering discipline that deals with architectures, mechanisms and algorithms for maintaining the output of a specific process within a desired range. For instance, the temperature of a chemical reactor may be controlled to maintain a consistent product output.
Process control is extensively used in industry and enables mass production of consistent products from continuously operated processes such as oil refining, paper manufacturing, chemicals, power plants and many others. Control may also be continuous (automobile cruise control) or cause a sequence of discrete events, such as a timer on a lawn sprinkler (on/off) or controls on an elevator (logical sequence).
Our panel has expertise in developing process control products and in using them to develop other products or work process.
- George Forde, Spectra Automation
For over 27 years, George Forde has helped plants improve their operational performance, safety, and compliance through automation solutions. His clients in the Biotech, Food and Beverage, and Power Generation experience similar issues, including “black-box” equipment that is not for increased performance of the plant maintenance and operator personnel, but rather for the benefit of the equipment provider. George and his team translate contemporary, sustainable, commercial technologies into client-centric process solutions with measurable business impact that are felt on the plant floor.
George has performed in critical positions in engineering, technology, and special projects with both Fortune 500's and startup companies. He holds a BS in Engineering from UMass Lowell and a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology from WPI.
Moderated by Dean Cook.
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Committee: Dean Cook, Peter Mongeau, Kapeel Krishana