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Best practices online session:

How to write specifications that incorporate the benefits of emerging technologies and changing engineering codes/standards

Functional specifications define what the manufacturer needs to accomplish, whereas traditional specifications define the desired features for components or systems. While both methods rely on existing engineering standards and the current experience of the plant, traditional specs can exclude emerging technologies from the consideration set that may provide a more effective or efficient solution. For example, for 40 years engineering specifications dictated that manufacturers separate workers from robots with fencing, but new robot technology now enables safe human/robotics collaboration – changing engineering codes and potentially, a manufacturer’s project specifications. In this session, speakers will illustrate the difference between functional and feature specifications, discuss the relationship between engineering standards and emerging technologies, and hear how functional specifications open up the possibility of entirely new applications/solutions. 

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David Huffman

Dave has been with ABB for 17 years in a variety of technical support, sales support, business development & marketing roles. He currently has business development responsibilities within the OGP Business Unit with emphasis on High Integrity Safety, Fieldbuses, Batch Control and State Based Control (SBC) for the System 800xA Control Systems products in the Americas. He has experience in advanced controls and process engineering with former companies; Shell Chemical, Koch Refining (now Flint Hills Resources), and Pavilion Technologies (now Rockwell Software). Dave is a 1975 Chemical Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech.

Dave is the author of a white paper on the operational excellence benefits of SBC, a white paper on the operational benefits of FOUNDATION Fieldbus HSE, and is a contributing author to Martin Hollender’s book, Collaborative Process Automation Systems published by the International Society of Automation© 2010. He is also a featured blogger on His 21 years of process engineering and advanced controls with Shell and Koch provided him direct, hands-on experience at automating direct control response to abnormal situations. 

Additionally, Dave is a member of ABB’s team involved with the Center for Operator Performance (a consortium of 5 primary operating companies, researchers, 3 automation suppliers, and Beville Engineering focused on improving the capabilities of process operators), a Senior Member of AIChE, a Senior Member of ISA (ISA106 committee for sequential control, SFS Certificate), and a member of MESA.

David Huffman

Ed Herbough

Thomas & Betts’ Product Specification Specialist for the past 3 yrs, Ed Herbough is currently  engaged in aligning Thomas & Betts / ABB Key Vertical Market Solutions within three groups, the MEP Engineering Community, EPC’s  and MRO Engineering Groups.  Ed also supports the North East Region of North American and collaborates on  many national and international projects providing Technical Product Specification Support and Training.

Bringing 29 years of experience to the PSS role within the electrical industry, Ed has performed in a variety of roles inside the Utility Industries CDC Logistics,  Commerical Construction Sales and Specification Wirting and Channel Partner support positions.  Also, Ed is an active member of the Thomas & Betts PSS Training Team, engaged in evolving of the PSS role function as the industry experts and trusted advisors to our engineering clients.  Understanding project delivery schedules, current code and standards, market trends and meeting each with emerging technolgy while ensuring clear, consise and consistant written specifcations for each project are amongst  the essential skills with which Ed is current.

Ed  came to the Thomas & Betts / ABB team after a 10 year tenure with Hubbell Wiring Systems as Regional Specifications Manger, active in CSI mmebership  and held the position of Senior Field Sales Representative.  He has extensive perspicuity in Conctruction Specification Technical Support and Writing.

Ed Herbough

Allison Carroll

Allison Carrol, Account manager Water/Wastewater Industry Baldor, has over 23 years within the industrial process equipment industry where she has wrote, edited, and responded to system and equipment specifications. Her industry experience was 8 years as a Project Manger for a Fortune 500 Petrochemical company, 15 years as an applications specialist for a process equipment company, and currently in the Water/Wastewater industry. Allison is also an active member of the Hydraulic Institute, participating in committees that write and review standards for the Pumping Industry.


Allison Carroll