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Operators, Engineers Collaborate to Boost Efficiency at Cellulose Fiber Plant

Automation, Teamwork Pay Off to Improve Efficiency of Chlorine Dioxide Generation at Weyerhauser's Flint River Cellulose Fiber Plant

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Process Automation, Controls Boost Production at Yogurt Plant

PC-based Controls Provide DCS Capabilities, But They Can Also be Implemented and Reconfigured More Easily than Dedicated, Hardwired, Less Software-Based Systems

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The Call for Knowledge Engineers

McMillan and Weiner Talk About Need for Engineers to Improve Their Marketability, Establish Their Brand

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Companies Address Batch Manufacturing Challenges

Standards, IT Technology, Cloud-Based Solutions, Advanced Analytics Work Together to Improve Operations

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Choosing the Correct Level Sensor

Significant Percentage of Measurement Devices Aren't Correctly Matched to Their Application at Process Plants

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Sensors, Controllers, E-Books, Handbooks for Process Control Engineers

Our Editors Search Online for Latest Online Resources on Level Sensors and More. Here Is What They Found

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The Internet of (Insecure) Things

BYOD security issues raise important questions core to cyber security.

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Process Control Improvement Recommendations Tips

Here we look at how to make sure the measurement system is able to provide the analysis, metrics, and control needed for process control improvement. Also outlined is the opportunity sizing and assessment process, the use of statistical tools, the tracking down of the source of variability, and the finding of more optimum setpoints.

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Call for presentations for 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference

For the first time, we are having a formal call for presentations for the 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference - www.icscybersecurityconference.com.  The call for presentations can be found at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/2014-ics-cyber-security-conference-call-for-papers-now-open-2014-07-10.

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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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WINA 2014 Wireless Survey

Gaining an understanding of the changes in the rapidly evolving industrial wireless sector will be valuable to not only manufacturers but also end users and engineering companies to help determine longer term planning. This annual survey from WINA is a valuable tool to assist in gathering this information.

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Automation and the Progress of the Self-Driving Automobile
Latest News Stories Pit Google Against the Conventional Automakers with Google Demonstrating Driverless Cars

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Forays into Fieldbus Technology Pay Off
Plenty of Training Resources Available to Get Team On Board

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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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Process Automation, Controls Boost Production at Yogurt Plant
PC-based Controls Provide DCS Capabilities, But They Can Also be Implemented and Reconfigured More Easily than Dedicated, Hardwired, Less Software-Based Systems

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The Call for Knowledge Engineers
McMillan and Weiner Talk About Need for Engineers to Improve Their Marketability, Establish Their Brand

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How to Find Sealed Sensors, plus Pitot Tubes on Airplanes
Our Experts Discuss the Pros and Cons of Sealed Sensors and the Role Pitot Tubes Could Play in Aviation

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Practical Steps for Your Big Data Journey
Focus First on the Data and Assets that Are Most Important to Your Operations

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Four Ways to Collect Process Plant Data
PCs with HMI Software Can Work As Plant's Sole Data Collection Tool

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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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