Control.com™ is a global community of people working in the control field. This is a place to discuss your interests, find solutions, keep up to date, and help others facing problems similar to ones you've already solved. Control.com works because you contribute to it -- in the form of ideas, opinions and experiences.
Enjoy! -- Ken Crater
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Control.com grows out of the Automation List™, started by Ken Crater in 1994 with a small group of people who wanted to talk about automation control. The idea of the A-List™ was to have a neutral ground, dominated by working engineers rather than suppliers, where candid observations could be exchanged in a commercial-free environment. It was set up as a moderated list, not to control the flow of ideas, but rather to make the list more useful by eliminating sales pitches and off-topic posts. Over the course of many years, the list grew as Ken gave numerous Internet for Engineers tutorials at conferences and trade shows, introducing this then-new communications mechanism to our profession and industry.
What evolved from this early start is a true community, a place where peer discussions revolve around common (and uncommon) problems, where people help each other, where the important issues facing automation engineers can be discussed and debated. Friendships have also developed on the list, as frequent contributors get to know one another and subsequently meet at trade shows and other industry venues. This peer contact, so difficult to obtain in an era of understaffing and tight budgets, is now more important than ever in a rapidly changing industry.
With a migration to the web in 1999, Control.com has grown to hundreds of subscribers from scores of countries worldwide. The average workday sees over 30 messages contributed to the forum, with a high degree of interaction taking place on many threads. Control.com offers many possibilities for interaction, learning, and professional advancement.
The immense success of this forum is indicative of the need for peer interaction in the automation engineering community today. In addition to hosting a variety of peer forums, we provide additional services and opportunities for interchange among the controls community. These include customized and syndicated sites on a number of specific technologies relating to automation control and allied topics.
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