Automation Professionals, Integrators, and Vendors: You're invited to share your knowledge and expertise on!

Over the last five years, The Automation Blog has become known as a great place to learn about industrial automation products.

From how-to articles and videos, to covering new product releases, our goal has always been to publish articles that help users of industrial automation products.

That said, there's only so much one automation geek (me) can do on his own, especially when my expertise lies within just a few product categories.

And when you consider the vast number of automation products that come out each and every year, it's really more than any one man could ever purchase and cover all by himself.

So with that in mind, I'm writing this article reach out to everyone from individual Automation Professionals to OEMs, Integrators, and Vendors, inviting you to join me in sharing your automation knowledge and experience!

Automation Professionals

Many of us share what we know simply because we love helping other people!

And a huge benefit of sharing your knowledge on The Automation Blog is that your content will reach over twenty seven thousand of your colleagues!

The content you publish here also becomes “social proof” of your own expertise, which can be a valuable way to distinguish yourself.

For example, some articles your peer's have already published include Oleksandr Husiev's article detailing how to Connect ControlLogix to Simatic S7-300's via Ethernet, Kevin Hurley's article about implementing Serial over Ethernet, and Jeffrey Brandt's article about What End Users Should Do Before Engineers Leave.

System Integrators, OEMs, and Product Specialists

Most automation professionals I know enjoy reading about how others have implemented automation in their own applications.

That's why I think it makes sense for SIs, OEMs, and Specialists to share their own stories of solving applications and resolving issues.

Those who do benefit from the free publicity as well as demonstrate to a our audience that they have what it takes to successfully complete these applications.

An example of this is Jeffrey Turcotte's article sharing his experience at PLC Concepts Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems.

Automation Vendors

I've been very fortunate over the years to have so many friends who have donated everything from SLC-500's to ControlLogix.

That said, since so many new products have come out over the last couple of years I want to take this opportunity to invite Automation Vendors to contact me directly about working together to cover your products here.

Not only can we share articles about your new products with our twenty seven thousand monthly readers, if you send us samples and/or loaners we can also publish impressions, reviews, and how-to guides on them.

One example of this is our article and video on setting up and using a USB to DH+ converter provided to us by good folks over at Automation Networks.

We've also interviewed Alain Moisan about his new product, SkyCAD, as well as Peter Henderson from Control Plus about his mobile app that allows Access to Logix Tags via iPhone or iPad.

Educational Institutions and Event Organizers

Last but not least, I want to reach out to instructors who cover industrial automation at Tech Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

I've lost count of how many times End Users have told me that there are no schools or colleges teaching young people how to setup and use industrial automation products.

But that statement directly conflicts with what my instructor connections tell me about the great work they're doing bringing the next generation up to speed on automation.

So I want to reach out to instructors and education institutions to invite you to get the word out about your automation programs right here at The Automation Blog.

That's what the University of California in Irving did when they shared a story about their entry for a HyperLoop Desgin.

And what École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne did in their article about Robots Defeating Humans at Foosball.

I also want to invite organizations holding competitions and events to share their stories, like the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society did in their Automation Ergonomics Research Contest article.

How To Get Started

If you'd like to submit an article:

If you'd like to publish an article on The Automation Blog, first be sure it meets our three simple rules below, and then contact us using the form at the bottom of this page here.

  1. Your article should provide helpful or interesting information (like the above examples)
  2. Your article cannot have been published elsewhere (we don't re-publish old content)
  3. Your article should be in English, include at least one picture of at least 800×600 pixels, and should be at least 300 words (exceptions include picture intense how-to articles)

If you'd like to submit hardware, or be interviewed:

If you'd like to submit sample or loaner hardware for us to use in impression, review, and how-to articles, or if you'd like to be interviewed about your products, please contact me directly using the form HERE.


Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger
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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching, which he later renamed In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website,, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.


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