FOXBORO, MA — Schneider Electric announced that Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., vice president, Innovation and Marketing for the company’s Process Automation business, was inducted into the Measurement, Control & Automation (MCAA) Hall of Fame, during the MCAA’s Industry Forum on Tuesday, April 24, in The Woodlands, TX.
The MCAA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose work has contributed to the instrumentation and control industry in a significant and memorable way, either through technical achievements or business accomplishments and industry leadership. Martin is only the seventh person to attain this distinguished achievement.
“I am honored and humbled to be included among industry innovators like Richard Morely, the father of the programmable logic controller and the inventor of the floppy disk drive,” said Martin. “When I joined the Foxboro Company in the 1970s, I was privileged to learn alongside some of the foremost instrumentation, control and computer science gurus in the business. We collaborated with customers to design the industry’s first continuously current, open distributed control system, the Foxboro I/A Series DCS. Today, by combining our expertise with emerging technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things, we are breaking new ground to measure and control operational profitability and business performance in real-time.”
“Peter’s patented real-time accounting measures and approach have changed the industry and the potential of process automation,” said Gary Freburger, president of Process Automation at Schneider Electric. “RTA measures, when embedded into our technology and applied across our customers’ operations, empower the industrial workforce to make better, more profitable real-time business decisions. For example, because of its built-in RTA measures, our EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS is the only system on the market capable of delivering measurable 100 percent ROI within a year of startup, making our customers’ automation investments the profit engines of their business.”
Martin is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of automation and control. He has authored three books, coauthored two, has been a contributing author for three more, and has published dozens of articles and papers in the field of automation and control. He holds or has pending multiple patents in the areas of real-time business measurement and control. He was recognized by Fortune as a Hero of U.S. Manufacturing; by Intech as one of the Fifty Most Influential Innovators in Control; by Control as a member of the Automation Hall of Fame; and received ISA’s Life Achievement Award.
“Peter is both a pioneer and a mentor, always willing to share his knowledge and insights with our constantly evolving industry,” said Bharat Naik, MCAA chairman of the board and president of Reotemp Instruments. “His work around dissolving the information technology-operations technology barrier to help industrial manufacturers move from simply managing their business performance to actually controlling it in real time is revolutionary.”
Martin has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, from Nasson College, a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Arts in Administration and Management from Columbia Pacific University, a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the University at Heriseau, as well as a Master and Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Newburgh Seminary. He is a longtime resident of Carver, MA.