IAC is happy to introduce Kyle Gudmunsen!

We are please to introduce to you our newest Controls Engineer.

Kyle is originally from Watford City, North Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.  He is married to Mindi, who is almost complete with school at Dickinson State University in the field of Education.

Kyle will be working on the design and programming for our industrial,
utility and water and wastewater customers.  He enjoys anything outdoors, especially
hunting and fishing

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Montana Energy Expo – May 2013

Eric Stromsodt, of Industrial Automation Consulting, recently attended the Eastern Montana Energy Expo in Glendive, MT.  Hosted by Dawson Community College this was the debut event, including a job fair for students at the college.  Over 100 exhibitors were present as well as 13 speakers from energy industry companies.  Dawson County is the gateway to the Bakken shale play, and many other plays.  The Expo helped IAC connect with industry leaders and network with energy companies.  Eric has been with IAC for 2 years as a Controls Engineer.  He graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Eric also attended the Montana Mining Association’s annual meeting event at Fairmont Hot Springs, MT along with Chuck Wambeke, President of IAC.  The conference is an opportunity for members of the mining community to network, share ideas and attend presentations on a variety of topics which impact the mining industry.  Chuck has over twenty-five years’ experience in automation and control systems.  He graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology.

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Newsletter Article Links

Newsletter Article Links

In an effort to help you find our “Outdoors” “Controls/Automation” and “Information Systems” links, below are some of the magazine websites we frequently use in our newsletters.

Outdoors

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks http://fwp.mt.gov/
Outside Bozeman http://www.outsidebozeman.com/
Field & Stream http://www.fieldandstream.com/

Controls/Automation

Automation World http://www.automationworld.com/
Control http://www.controlglobal.com/
Control Design Control Design Plant Services http://www.controlglobal.com/

Information Systems

InfoWorld http://www.infoworld.com/
Electronic Design http://electronicdesign.com/

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IAC Celebrates 18 Years!

March 1st marks the 18th anniversary for Industrial Automation Consulting, Inc.  Hard to believe it’s been that long since Chuck Wambeke, President, first opened the doors.

It began in a storeroom at [what is now] the Imerys plant.  Later IAC moved to a small rented building downtown in Three Forks, Montana.  In 2003, Chuck purchased the historic Adams Building on Main Street (which had its own heydey as the Sacajawea Gentlemen’s Club).

IAC started with just four employees: a draftsperson, an aid to help with drafting, and two engineers.  Currently IAC has six full time employees, and two students who work part-time.

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Montana Rural Water Systems Conference – February 2013

Chuck Wambeke joined Water and Wastewater operators and technicians at the Montana Rural Water Systems annual Conference in Great Falls on February 20-22.  He attended a variety of seminars and workshops.  IAC has presented on a variety of topics in the past at this show, including “SCADA Standardization” and “Control System Retrofit – Helena Wastewater.”   IAC has designed, programmed and installed SCADA for brand new systems as well as retrofits – all while maintaining daily operation.  Chuck started IAC in 1995 and has over twenty years experience in automation and control systems.  He graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

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Montana Grain Elevators Association – January 2013

On January 30-February 1, Chuck Wambeke President of Industrial Automation Consulting, attended the Montana Agricultural Business Association / Montana Grain Elevators Association (MABA/MGEA) Annual Convention in Great Falls, MT.  This tradeshow specializes in reaching the pesticide, fertilizer, seed and grain industries in Montana.  It is a great opportunity to expand our knowledge of our customer’s needs, as well as network with colleagues from across Montana and the Western United States.

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Bakken Infrastructure Tradeshow – October, 2012

Chuck Wambeke, President of Industrial Automation Consulting, recently attended the 3rd Annual Bakken Infrastructure Finance & Development Summit in Denver, Colorado.  The conference is an opportunity for attendees to network, share ideas and attend presentations on a variety of topics currently impacting the Bakken Shale Boom. Presentations were given from Government and Local Authorities regarding transportation and infrastructure needs in the area, as well as presentations by capital providers to learn about investment opportunities.

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MET’s 2012 Water School – September 2012

Chuck Wambeke, President of Industrial Automation Consulting (IAC), gave a presentation at the Montana Environmental Training Center’s 2012 Water School in September at MSU.  The presentation, titled “SCADA / Control System Maintenance,” discussed the importance of ongoing maintenance check-ups for your system.   Comprehensive inspection, testing and logging of such information on a regular basis helps prevent extended downtime of your system, leading to improved efficiency and prolonged life of your equipment.

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MSAWWA Presentation

Aaron Wirth, Controls Engineer, for Industrial Automation Consulting (IAC) gave a presentation at the Montana Section American Water Works Association Conference in Billings.  The presentation, entitled “Control System Retrofit – Helena Wastewater” discussed the previous DCS system that the City had in place and how IAC designed, programmed and installed a new PLC system for the facility, all while keeping the daily operation of the plant up and running. Aaron has certifications as a Wonderware Certified Application Developer and a Microsoft Certified Windows Server Security Expert. He graduated from Montana Tech in 2007 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics. Aaron is involved in the development of proposals, design, programming, start up and commissioning of projects in the material handling, mining and water and wastewater industries.

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Congratulations to Aaron Wirth & Matt Wolfe!

Aaron Wirth and Matt Wolfe with Industrial Automation Consulting (IAC) were promoted to Project Engineers. This promotion was given based on their outstanding project successes and positive feedback from their clients. Aaron & Matt serve IAC clients around the US in both the Industrial & Municipal market spaces. Aaron has been with IAC for four years, he graduated from Montana Tech with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics. He is also a Certified Microsoft Professional. Matt has been with IAC for five years, he graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and is currently the Project Lead on the Bozeman Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.

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