Reviewer: James Pinto, San Diego, CA
Inventor, author, consultant and engineer Dick Morley is best known as the
father of the programmable controller (his PLC is now enshrined in the Smithsonian).
He's an entrepreneur whose consistent successes in the founding of high technology
companies has been demonstrated through more than three decades of revolutionary
For several years, Dick's column "Under Control" in the automation journal "Manufacturing Systems" brought up ground-breaking concepts, presented with characteristic Morley humor and make-you-think challenges. This little book gathers those wide-ranging columns in compatible segments, organized for easy reading. You can open the book and read any article, in any section, to be educated, challenged and entertained.
Here you'll find the history of the programmable controller - when it was developed, how it got its name, it's rise & fall, and many interesting historical anecdotes. You'll find out what Morley was thinking and dreaming about, over several years, even as he is today. In short, article-length bites, you'll discover a variety of insightful ideas, concepts, predictions and prognostications, mixed in a tasty soup of Morley chit-chat and BS. Dick Morley himself will tell you that he is not sure which is which. But, it'll make you think!
If you know Dick Morley, you'll enjoy reading this to refresh your mind; if you don't know him, you will - when you read this book!