ESE responded to questions on legacy hardware and facility modernization via Twitter on May 23. You can check it out on Twitter by searching for #ESEtechtalks. The following is a transcript of that chat.
John Luther joined ESE in August of 2017 as a project manager. We recently caught up with him as part of our continuing blog series on getting to know the people of ESE.
First off, congratulations on nearly two years with the company. Please tell usa little bit about yourself. I’ve lived in Hartland, Wisconsin for the past 24 years. My wife, Sue, is retired and is always planning a family trip to one of the National Parks. Ours sons are now grown and have their own children. My eldest, Dan, lives in Greendale, Wisconsin and has two wonderful granddaughters, whom we get to spoil on a regular basis. My younger son, Scott, lives in Portland, Oregon and is embarking on a career in the stop motion movie industry.
Welcome to our first Tech Corner blog post, where our senior engineers advance our understanding of issues in food and beverage automation. Here, ESE Senior Engineer Tim Steinke shares his expertise on SLC processors.
A Brief History of the SLC Processor
SLC processors were first introduced in 1989. During these initial offerings, it was very much a “shoebox” style with fixed I/O so you didn’t have the ability to add on. In 1991 SLC 500 processors were introduced as an alternative to the larger “system-based” PLC5. These were “Small Logic Controllers” that offered rack installations with selectable I/O modules. These new processors were much less expensive than the PLC5, had a smaller footprint and came with an evolution of networking options (serial communications, Data Highway (DH485), Data Highway Plus (DH+), Ethernet).
Does your local Walmart or grocery store utilize self-checkouts? Do you remember when they were first introduced? Was it a big deal?
For many the introduction of any new technology is a big deal. A friend of ESE commented that when he visited his parents in rural Wisconsin that the recent introduction of self-checkouts at their local Walmart was the talk of the town. Many were upset about it due to the lack of personal touch, the longer lines (as some people refused to use the self-checkout registers), and the worry that automation was taking jobs away from people who needed them.
January marks the start of a new year, so we thought we’d look ahead and provide “10 Thoughts for 2019” from our talented team here at ESE. We hope you find this perspective useful as you consider plans for the coming year and hope that you continue the conversation with us in the months ahead.
Keith Fraleigh is the new President and CEO of ESE. We recently sat down with him and asked him a few questions.
You’re only a few months into your new position as president & CEO of ESE. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Omro, Wisconsin (just west of Oshkosh) and have one brother and one sister who are twins. I earned my BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1984, and my MBA from Marquette University in 1996. I spent the first 10 years of my career in sales at IBM; then worked in business consulting at Arthur Andersen until 1997. Since then I’ve started up service lines-of-business within two different IT remarketers and ran both a marketing services company and a manufacturer of emergency communications solutions. I met my wife Julie in college. We married in 1985 and have four children, who I am happy to report are now all off the family payroll.