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Last column from Jack Smith

By Jack Smith

July 2012

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For more than two years, Jack Smith has written the monthly "Solid Ground" column for Fluke News Plus. However, the time has come for him to move on to his next adventure.

CFE Media LLC has appointed Smith as editor of Applied Automation, a bimonthly supplement to Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines. This appointment is effective beginning with the August 2012 issue.

Applied Automation editorial coverage emphasizes how automation, instrumentation, and control theories, techniques, and best practices are applied to help engineers solve problems on the plant floor. Applied Automation was created to help discrete and process manufacturers - as well as utilities - increase capacity, enhance design and production, improve efficiency, increase profitability, and avoid regulatory consequences.

Smith spent 10 years on the editorial staff of Plant Engineering. During that time, Smith developed the concept for Applied Automation, and launched the supplement in 2006 as a quarterly publication. The frequency increased to bimonthly in 2009.

In his final column, Smith wrote: "I want to extend a big 'thank you' to Fluke for inviting me to write this column. I have enjoyed writing every one of them. I will truly miss it."

In addition to reading his July column, you can enjoy two years' worth of Jack's work in the Fluke News Plus archives.