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Dick Morley
Dick Morley, the father of the PLC, has died
By Jeremy Pollard on 17 October, 2017 - 10:28 pm
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Dick Morley passed away this evening after a long battle with life. His knees gave out on him but he still fought the good fight.

A debt of gratitude is owed to the heroes of our industry.
Odo Struger as well...

RIP Dickie

Cheers from: Jeremy Pollard, CET The Caring Canuckian!
Crisis, necessity, change

Integrator, Educator, Consulting, Columnist - Control Design

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Hi everyone,

Today's moderator here. Dick Morley was a giant in the automation and controls industry. Thought I'd post a couple of links to articles about Dick:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Morley

https://www.automationmag.com/features/the-father-of-invention-dick-morley-looks-back-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-plc.html

There are many more available if you put Dick's name into a search engine.

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One of the bullet points in the Manufacturing Automation link is "Rugged".

The anecdote that always stuck with me was Morley's recollection of the on-site demonstration of their PLC. While lugging the heavy carrying case up a stairwell to get to wherever the test location was, the case slipped and fell down several stairs to a landing. The Bedford/Modicon crew just shrugged it off. When they got to test site, they hooked it up, it ran without a hiccup because one of the design criterion was "rugged". Those attending the demo took note of the stairwell crash and the subsequent successful trial which played a major part in its acceptance.

RIP Dick Morley

By Dave Fergurson on 18 October, 2017 - 9:46 pm
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Out of the Barn is one of my favorites.....his many "stories" still ring as true today as when they were written.

One of my hero's, RIP Dick Morley

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RIP Dick Morley

> A debt of gratitude is owed to the heroes of our industry.

I will definitely miss my phone conversations with Dick, he always intrigued me and I loved his simplicity.

RIP Dick Morley