An independent subscription newsletter for industrial automation and process control system users, installers and suppliers world-wide, giving a monthly update on the continuing evolution, development and convergence of automation technologies.
The INSIDER is a monthly newsletter and editorial report on new developments and ideas in industrial automation and process control + instrumentation worldwide. It is compiled and published in the UK, based on analysis of news releases, meetings and conferences relevant to the industry, and the major automation suppliers.

Who should read it?

The Industrial Automation + Process Control INSIDER newsletter is typically 12 pages, delivered in pdf format, but carries no advertising, and aims to identify and pick holes in anything that does not add up. Each month gives a summary of the newsflow and ideas that should trigger ideas in business strategists and marketing managers in any supplier or systems integrator, purchasing managers and specifying engineers for automation systems and process plants, and any editors in magazines wanting to break free of advertiser dictated news!
Extracts from some recent articles in the INSIDER
Siemens Analytical User Group Meeting

In one break-out session, Siemens explained how they can do remote diagnostics and maintenance on analyzers anywhere in the world. Rick Brackett led the discussion on the remote performance inspection of analytical products and systems. According to Siemens, they’re able to detect developing faults anywhere in the world, allowing maintenance to be performed when needed, rather than on a “run to failure” scheme.
The more telling comment was from Michael Hoffman of Siemens, who said: “We can do more with remote control of analyzer systems than our customers want us to.”

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PTC acquires IOT platform provider ThingWorx

At the very end of 2013, PTC of Needham, Massachusetts announced the acquisition of ThingWorx, creators of an award-winning platform for building and running applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), for approximately $112m, plus up to $18m earn-out. PTC say this positions them as a major player in the emerging Internet of Things era, enabling them to support manufacturers seeking competitive advantage as they create and service smart, connected products.

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Emerson steps out of their process comfort zone, into solids level measurement

In a really interesting development, Emerson has stepped outside its normal comfort zone, in terms of market profile, and outside the normal corporate acquisition comfort zone, to buy Israel based APM Automation Solutions, a developer and producer of high-tech solids and powder volume and level measurement systems and instrumentation.

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Spitzer and Boyes acquires the INSIDER

The INSIDER newsletter will be edited and published by Walt Boyes, of Spitzer and Boyes LLC in Illinois, USA, as from the February 2014 issue. Nick Denbow will continue to report for the INSIDER on European events in automation and process control.

“We are pleased to announce that effective with the February 2014 issue, we have acquired the Industrial Automation and Process Control Insider,” said David W. Spitzer, PE, principal of Spitzer and Boyes LLC of Illinois. “Walt Boyes, formerly award-winning editor in chief of Control and will assume the editorship with the February issue.”

Nick Denbow, respected as one of the best automation industry editors and journalists in the world, will relinquish the publisher role, but will remain as UK/Europe editor indefinitely. “Joining editorial forces with Walt gives a real opportunity to share opinion and inputs from both sides of the Atlantic – which is exactly what the vendors already do. It will be really exciting to see the Insider expand in this way,” Denbow said.

“We chose the Insider for a number of reasons,” Boyes revealed. “First, as a subscription-based publication, it is not competitive to any of the other automation magazines, which are all advertising-supported. The Insider will continue to be subscription-based and will not sell advertising.”

“Second, we felt that the Insider has the reputation of exceptional, hard-edged journalism that we wanted to be associated with,” Boyes continued. “For over seventeen years, first under the direction of Andrew Bond, and then under Nick Denbow, the Insider became and has remained one of the most read and authoritative publications in the automation industry.”

“Third, we have plans to enhance and improve the excellent reporting and journalistic insight of the Insider beginning with the February issue,” Boyes said.

“We intend to provide local reporting on a global scale, beginning with North and South America. We intend to have Pacific Rim, India, MEA and Eastern European reporting to complement the terrific job Nick’s done primarily in Western Europe and the UK,” Boyes said.

“Beginning in the February issue, there will be an editorial by me,” Boyes said, “and beginning in March, a feature column by Joy Ward that will normally be an interview with an automation luminary, either vendor or end user.”

“There will be increased coverage of end user activities, as well as more in-depth coverage of vendor news from around the world,” Boyes added.

“We’ll have more news about the plans for the Insider in the coming months,” Boyes said.

The Industrial Automation and Process Control Insider  ( is the authoritative publication in the automation market space. Because it is subscription-based, not advertiser-supported, it publishes news, opinion and analysis about the automation industries without fear or favor.

Spitzer and Boyes LLC ( is a technology consulting firm devoted to assisting companies to better create and market their products in manufacturing and automation. David W. Spitzer, PE and Walt Boyes are the principals of the firm. Spitzer and Boyes LLC provides technology transfer and due diligence services for mergers and acquisitions in the technology environment, new product development consulting and forensic engineering for technology cases, content creation and custom research services in the manufacturing and automation space.

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Spitzer and Boyes LLC have acquired the Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER

David W Spitzer, PE, principal of Spitzer and Boyes LLC, of Illinois

We can do more with remote control of analyzer systems than our customers want us to

Michael Hoffman of Siemens

We believe all industries, but especially manufacturing, will be transformed in the Internet of Things era.

Russell Fadel, CEO and Co-founder, ThingWorx

The APM acquisition is an exciting step as we move further into the solids measurement market

Tom Moser, group vp of the Emerson Process Management measurement and analytical businesses (Rosemount)