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Brain Power for Power Supplies

If Controllers and Field Devices Already Have Diagnostics Tool Power, Why Can't Power Supply Devices Have That Too?

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FieldComm Group Looks to the Future of Fieldbus

The Success of FOUNDATION Technology Over the Past Two Decades Can Be Attributed to Its Numerous Advantages

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Reader Feedback: Where Will APC Be 25 Years from Now?

A Reader Finds it Very Interesting How the Idea of Process Optimization Began

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Shell's Bigger Boat

"We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat," Said the Man in the Movie. Somebody at Shell Oil Must Have Said the Same Thing. But at Shell, They're Not Just Asking for Bigger. They're Going for "Biggest."


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Controller Attenuation and Resonance Tips

When is a controller in automatic not able to do anything to reduce an oscillation? When will a controller amplify an oscillation? In both of these cases, the controller is doing more harm than good by wearing out valves and upsetting other loops. Here we look at how to tell if an oscillation is likely to cause either of these scenarios and what we can do to reduce the detrimental effect on the process.

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Aurora and DHS - a misleading response to a significant mistake

With all of the focus on cyber security one could expect that DHS is doing a credible job in helping to protect our country. In July 2014, DHS made an error by declassifying much of the Idaho National Lab (INL) Aurora documentation from FOUO to Unclassified.  DHS stated the documents were thoroughly reviewed for sensitive or classified information prior to their release to ensure that critical infrastructure security would not be compromised. However, several of the pages that were declassified provide a specific hit list of US critical infrastructure and even how to attack them.


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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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HART - We have an App for that

Innovative HART communications specialty company ProComSol announced earlier this month that they now have an Android based application that when combined with their Bluetooth modem allows any Android Ice Cream Sandwich based system to be used as a handheld communicator for any HART 7 or earlier device.

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Shell's Bigger Boat

"We're gonna need a bigger boat," said the man in the movie. Somebody at Shell Oil must have said the same thing. But at Shell, they’re not just asking for bigger. They're going for "biggest." Under construction now at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea, the Prelude when completed will be 105 m tall, 488 m long, 75 m wide and will weigh 600,000 tonnes when fully loaded. It will be the largest ship ever built.

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How the DCS Has Spread Its Tentacles into Every Aspect of Factory Control
For 25 Years, We've Watched in Wonder the Progress of Our Most Powerful Systems

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Leslie Gordon
End-User Safety Forum: Top Manufacturers Find that Safety Pays for Itself
Best-in-Class Manufacturers Practice Safety Methods that Result in a Lower Worker-Injury Rate, Less Unscheduled Downtime, Fewer Risks and Higher Production

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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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Why HART and Foundation Fieldbus Don't Just Get Married
The Disparate Origins of These Protocols Mean a One-Size-Fits-All Heir Is Unlikely

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Brain Power for Power Supplies
If Controllers and Field Devices Already Have Diagnostics Tool Power, Why Can't Power Supply Devices Have That Too?

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How to Get Engineers and Operators on Board for Your Next System Upgrade
Managing the People Actually Doing the Work Is Key to Getting the Most Out of Your System Upgrades

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SIS: Standards by Committee
SIS Committees Don't Like Plain English. Their work is Peppered with High-Tech Buzzwords, Abbreviations and Acronyms That Make These Documents Harder to Read and Hence Less Valuable

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Honeywell Responding to Process Industry Needs
New Technology, Service Offerings Speed Project Execution and Improve Plant Performance

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Combining Building and Process Automation Systems. Is It Better?
Combining Building and Process Automation Systems Can Ease Plant Support, but Be Prepared to Ante Up

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Top 10 Process Automation Articles of 2014
What Was Hot This Year? What Were You Most Interested in Learning? Well, Here Are Our Top 10 Articles of 2014

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