Live from NovaTech User Conference 2015

The editors of Control were on site at NovaTech User Conference 2015 to bring you the breaking news and insights from this world class event.

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NovaTech interacts and innovates to master the future for users It's not easy to keep up with demands for safety, efficiency, compliance and connectivity. To illustrate how NovaTech solutions can assist users in today's rapidly changing process and power environments, Bernie Anger, general manager of GE Intelligent Platforms, presented the keynote address, "Shaping the Industrial Internet." Read more. Too many alarms or not enough? The three main elements of alarm management are a coherent philosophy, benchmarking and bad actor resolution. “Everybody’s got to develop their own philosophy,” Cindy Bishop, Eastman's control systems specialist, said. “We follow…

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Technology report: Operator interface

CG1508 TechReport2This report features the best Control articles, surveys and resources on aligning people, technology and procedures for optimizing the operator interface  and achieving optimal plant performance. Download it now.

 2015 process manufacturing salary survey results

 CG1507 WebCoverEvery year, Control's Process Manufacturing Salary Survey outlines the state of earnings, benefits, training, job satisfaction and more. Here are this year's salary survey results.

Voices: Ask The Experts

Wellheads and Christmas trees: Is there a difference?

Both are vital to oil production, but they're not the same, and the 45-second valve close rule is there for a reason.

By Bela Liptak

Q: I work as an instrumentation design engineer on an offshore platform and have some questions. According to API RP14C, the response time for closing all the valves in the Christmas tree should not exceed 45 sec. What is the basis of this requirement? Why should all valves close within 45 sec?…

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Control Talk Blog

Understanding Terminology to Advance Yourself and the Automation Profession

The automation profession suffers from the lack of a common understanding of the terms used and their units. By taking a closer look at key terms for plant dynamics, we can have more intelligent discussions and better recognition of the contributing factors so that we can find what part of the loop is the leading cause of poor performance whether it be excessive nonlinearity, delay, or deception.

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    Better view, easily replaced YS1000 series single-loop controllers have a new TFT LCD screen with 1.5 times wider viewing angle, and improved display contrast and brightness that make them easier to read. YS1000 also can be replaced while the controller is online without interrupting the output of…

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  • Wireless problems have straightforward solutions

    By Jim Montague, executive editor, Control

    Wireless can be a huge help in process applications, saving cable and bringing in signals and data that could never be gathered before. However, there are so many different wireless devices, coverage topologies, antenna configurations, frequencies, communication protocols and other requirements…

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    By Jim Montague

    Just because you can't see and touch a computer doesn't mean it's not working, processing data, and crunching numbers as fast and reliably as ever. But this is the psychological hurdle many users must overcome on the way to understanding and benefiting from the drastically reduced hardware and…

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    By Paul Studebaker, chief editor, Control

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  • Cybersecurity from the ground up at NovaTech 2015

    By Jim Montague, executive editor, Control

    Just like cleaning up after toddlers and painting the Golden Gate Bridge, some chores are never done, and cybersecurity is one of them. Comprehensive and effective cybersecurity begins with basic protections like turning on passwords and segmenting networks with managed Ethernet switches serving as…

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    By Paul Studebaker, chief editor, Control

    Founded in 1920 as a response to raw material shortages brought on by World War I, what was Eastman Kodak’s wood products plant in Kingsport, Tenn., is now world headquarters of Eastman Chemical Co., with 620 buildings on 4,000 acres producing chemicals, textiles, fibers and polymers as well as…

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