Voices: Rick Rice

Rick Rice is a controls engineer at Crest Foods, a dry-foods manufacturing and packaging company in Ashton, Illinois. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of automation, Rice has designed and programmed everything from automotive assembly, robots, palletizing and depalletizing equipment, conveyors and forming machines for the plastics industry but most of his career has focused on OEM in the packaging machinery industry with a focus on R&D for custom applications.

A proportional valve by any other application

Stop to smell the roses and you might learn some new things about hydraulics and pneumatics

By Rick Rice
Jan 24, 2019

It’s easy, in this chosen profession of control design, to lose focus on the little bits that make up our products in deference to the bigger picture. Vendors are always toting new products; the Internet is chock full of information on what the “smart” customers are using to be competitive; and all of that can be a great distraction when we have a project in front of us.

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