Members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) recently gave "father of the PLC" Dick Morley the organization's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award was presented to Morley at his assisted-living residence in March by CSIA CEO Jose Rivera, veteran system integrators Rick Pierro and Rick Caldwell and software engineer Chuck Schelberg. However, it wasn't announced until the April 21 CSIA annual business meeting and awards dinner at the Grand Meliá Golf Resort in Puerto Rico.
"The whole system integration profession started with the PLC, and the first one was Dick's Modicon 084, and that's why he's the first recipient of the CSIA Lifetime Achievement Award," says Caldwell. "He's truly the father of the PLC, but he's often said, 'The PLC was an idea whose time had come. I was just the guy working on it.'"