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Operators Get What They Deserve

Our First 25 Years Chronicle the Rising Role of the Operator in Defining the Human Interface

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Flexibility Fuels Strong Motors

Variable-Speed/Frequency Drives, Added Intelligence and Other Innovations Help Motors Target Their Muscle for the Greatest Impact in Process Applications

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Improve Access to Plant Information

There Are Four Stages of Content Management Maturity: Content Under Control, Access Anywhere, Managing Change and Integration With the Business

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STEM Efforts in Community Colleges Pay Off

Pure Partnership, Lasting Legacy

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Batch Optimization Recommendations Tips

Batch processes pose particular challenges for closed-loop control and optimization due to inherent process nonlinearity and non-self-regulation. At the same time there is a greater potential for increasing capacity in batch than in continuous processes. Solutions need to address the interrelationship between yield, capacity, quality, and repeatability. Here are opportunities and techniques for getting the most out of your batch.

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Palo Alto Networks webinar on ICS network segmentation

I will be participating with Palo Alto Networks and an industrial customer on a webinar on network segmentation. The webinar is on September 24th at 11am Pacific and can be found at https://engage.vevent.com/rt/scwc~sept24paloalto?code=PaloAltoA.

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Where Does Innovation Come From?

It has been a busy summer.  For the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of pretending to be a venture capitalist. Earlier this year I joined a local organization called the IT Entrepreneurs Network (ITEN) as a mentor.  This is a local organization that exists to help startups in the local area move from the concept stage to securing funding for their business.   I am in St. Louis, not silicon valley of the MIT corridor or the Pacific Northwest, and access to resources such as venture capitalists, advisors, and programming skills is not as easy as it is in those locations, hence the need for a networking forum for would-be innovators.  One of the mentor roles is serving on a panel of mock angel investors.  We meet with and critique the pitches from startups as they present their business plans to us as though we were potential investors.  This has given me some new insight into the innovative process.

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Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications Foundation Merge

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communications foundation have now officially merged to form a new organisation to known as FieldComm Group.  As no surprise Ted Masters will be president and CEO of FieldComm Group.

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Operators Get What They Deserve
Our First 25 Years Chronicle the Rising Role of the Operator in Defining the Human Interface

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2014 Salary Survey: Perks Aplenty?
Factors Other Than Salary and Perks Motivate Our Readers to Come to Work Daily and Do Their Best

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Of Swiss Cheese, KPIs and Process Safety
How to Find Out How Safe Your Operations Really Are

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Hungry for Open Network Protocol Standards
You Just Can't Be Apple to Your Customer and Control Every Widget You Sell

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Choose and Manage Your Automation Suppliers Carefully
How Can We Manage Our Supplier Performance to Achieve Optimum Long-Term Results

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Free Your Mind with OPC HDA ... and the Rest Will Follow
How Do I Access the Data Files/Tables on Your HDA Historian?

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STEM Efforts in Community Colleges Pay Off
Pure Partnership, Lasting Legacy

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How to Get the Most Out of Your PID by Better Tuning
Tuning Tune-up. McMilland and Weiner Ask Sigifredo: What Are the Approximate Percentages of the Various Sources of Problems in the Loops You Have Worked With?

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Critical Level Measurement; Novice Engineer's Library
How to Install Three Magnetostrictive Level Gauges and What Are Some Good Instrumentation Books?

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Yokogawa Previews Configurable I/O, Independent SIS
Hybrid I/O Is Software Configurable for the Basics, Relies on Optional Signal Conditioner for Added Functionality

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Improve Access to Plant Information
There Are Four Stages of Content Management Maturity: Content Under Control, Access Anywhere, Managing Change and Integration With the Business

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Top 50 Automation Suppliers: Changing Latitudes, Changing Attitudes
Major Acquisitions and a Real Shift in Focus for the Automation Industry Going Forward

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How Vulnerable Is Your Safety?
Is Anyone Doing Anything to Protect Your Cybersecurity? You Betcha! The First Line of Defense Better Be You

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