Control's 2017 Process Automation Hall of Fame

Eric Cosman and Charles Moore named as the latest inductees who have shown a willingness to share, promote and disseminate their knowledge and ability to the benefit of others in the profession, the next generation, and to society as a whole.

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Unlike the legendary sword in the stone, which could only be possessed by the rightful King of England, the mantle of a member of the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame is available to anyone who rises high enough in the profession to earn the admiration of his or her peers. Since its inception in 15 years ago, the Hall of Fame has grown by adding new inductees nominated and selected entirely by existing members—the editors of Control simply facilitate the process, count the votes and write their stories. Together, the Hall of Fame members represent enormous knowledge across the world of process automation. Some are steeped in control theory, others in…

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Resources

State of Technology: Industrial networks

industrial networks sot cg 1704DS EGWireless sensor networks are approaching the final frontier with more applications pushing the envelope beyond being used as a replacement for wires. Download it here.

Our latest issue: April 2017

April CoverWe unveil the latest slate of Process Automation Hall of Fame Inductees, honored for their willingness to share, promote and disseminate their knowledge and ability to the benefit of others in the profession. Read the issue.

Voices: Ask The Experts

Adding safety trips on a reformer

How can we add flameout and fuel/air ration protection to 432 burners?

Q: I am an instrument engineer in an ammonia plant in Malaysia. I would like to seek your comments concerning the safe operation of a tubular reformer. We were recently audited by our corporate HSE division, and were required to install flame monitors at our reformer burners, and to trip the unit…

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