Commercial off-the-shelf technology to the rescue, again

‘It lets us take and move more data, do more computing, archive more process lore, make comprehensive and complex analyses, and make better decisions,’ says Paul Studebaker.

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I admit, it made me a little sick to put a Pokémon GO spoof on the cover of this issue of Control, backed up with articles about IIoT and self-driving cars. It seems like we’re being awfully trendy and, for process control, irrelevant. But I think not, and here’s why. Though it’s been about a quarter of a century, it doesn’t seem all that long ago when everything in industrial automation was purpose-built and proprietary. From microprocessors and boards to networks and HMIs, if you wanted an industrial system, you got industrial hardware, software and services, lots of services, from one or a handful of specialized suppliers. But as commercial and consumer…

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Ask The Experts: Maximum rangeability of linear valves

A question about a pressure-independent balancing and control valve prompts an expert dissection of rangeability.

Q: I happened to read your article, “Rangeability of equal-percentage control valves” (Sept. 2013, p. 102). It was informative and crystal clear as to what rangeability for =% control valves means. This is the first time my mind was getting clear on this subject as I was reading sentence by…

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    By Paul Studebaker

    I admit, it made me a little sick to put a Pokémon GO spoof on the cover of this issue of Control, backed up with articles about IIoT and self-driving cars. It seems like we’re being awfully trendy and, for process control, irrelevant. But I think not, and here’s why. Though it’s been about…

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    By Bob Sperber

    The process industries have traditionally faced chronic losses when designing plants and trying to maintain and manage asset-lifecycle data, especially during handovers from capital projects to operational plant-life phases. New solutions are available, including 3D computer-aided designs (CAD) and…

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  • Taming temperature and pressure

    By Jim Montague

    Temperamental people are sometimes described as “blowing hot and cold,” and many process applications do the same. Handling and optimizing the changeability of temperature and pressure—if not outright volatility—is one of the cornerstone skills of the process control and automation field.

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    By Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner

    Greg: Batch processes have benefited enormously from the ANSI/ISA 88 Batch Control Standard. Here we look at what can be done to help increase the profitability, safety and reliability of continuous processes. Stan: Dustin Beebe, president and CEO of ProSys and member of the committee for the…

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