2006

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  • Would you want your kid to do this job?

    Despite a shortage of young engineering professionals, most of us don't want our kids to grow up to work in the automation industry, but what is automation but applied information science?

    03/10/2006
  • Wireless Sensor Network 2006 Management Survey

    Let us know what type of wireless data monitoring networks and sensor points you currently deploy, and what led you to choose a wireless network rather than a traditional network, in this online survey of transport protocols for wireless sensor networks (WSNs).

    10/16/2006
  • Wireless aids molding machine ERP

    When reconfiguration or relocation of machines is required due to product demand, any associated disconnection and reconnection of the ERP system—sometimes involving rewiring—can be daunting.

    12/15/2006
  • Wire, cable, and connectors are crucial

    As the use of wire and connectors increases with added networking functions and interoperability-–and decreases, as networks simplify-–cabling has become forever crucial in industrial networking applications.

    03/22/2006
  • Why users need one twisted-pair bus

    We have a new contributing editor, John Rezabek, taking over the On the Bus column on ControlGlobal.com. Rezabek is a well-known fieldbus expert and process control specialist at ISP Corp. in Lima, Ohio.

    08/07/2006
  • Why do you need performance supervision?

    One way to unlock control system secrets is to implement PSS, a smart performance reporting system that can dramatically help save time, money, and prevent problems with your processes.

    04/17/2006
  • Why do we have global warming?

    CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, finishes his Lessons Learned series on global warming, and what the process control confraternity can do about understanding and perhaps controlling it.

    05/18/2006
  • Who's working at your plant?

    The backgrounds of intruders may be a mystery, but the backgrounds of people regularly on your site shouldn't be. How carefully does your company check the references of people at your plant?

    01/10/2006
  • Who's gonna fill those shoes?

    Walt Boyes, editor in chief of CONTROL magazine, is passionate about what has to be done in order to make sure the next generation of process automation professionals is ready to provide institutional knowledge when we've retired. Boyes describes what companies currently are doing, and what companies and process automation professionals can do to help avert the upcoming demographic disaster. – recorded June 14, 2006, at the Honeywell User Group Americas Symposium.

    06/16/2006
  • Who should do your next project? Part 2

    In part two of this two-part series, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at how your company’s own internal capabilities and characteristics can affect automation contractor selection.

    07/14/2006
  • Who should do your next project?

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at ways you can make an automation contractor selection based on project size, scope, and support requirements in this installment of Technically Speaking.

    06/12/2006
  • Which PLC/HMI platform should I choose?

    Read what The Experts had to say to a reader's question regarding which PLC and HMI platform to choose for their particular process plant automation and controls applications.

    05/10/2006
  • Where does the control system integrator go?

    The CSI must be brought into the design phase of the construction process prior to the selection of major equipment and control components in order to review them from a control system standpoint.

    04/24/2006
  • What you should know about plant security

    By being aware of the red flags, process plant personnel can enhance the potential for preventing security breaches in their industrial control systems.

    01/10/2006
  • What kind of training do you really need?

    As supervisors and employees from outside the research environment are surveyed on thesis-based degree programs, continuing education expectations will converge—and not toward those of the supervisors.

    11/10/2006
  • What happens at PAR, stays at PAR

    Around the Loop's Terry McMahon reports on topics covered at the 11th Pharmaceuticals Automation Roundtable, including staying focused on simple logic, and continuing development of automation personnel.

    01/16/2006
  • What Asset Management Can Do for You

    CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, takes a look at the latest battleground in process automation: the way we do asset management. What's a poor, confused process engineer to do?

    03/14/2006
  • Welcome to the Bus Wars, Part Tres

    You may not be aware, but a new bus war is being waged in your plant — the battle of the motion networks. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides analysis and commentary on the newest battle over fieldbus.

    09/01/2006
  • Web-based DAQs spread access, information

    Modern data acquisition devices use networks, the Internet, and wireless to deliver intelligence. Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt provides a Product Roundup of recorders and data acquisition devices.

    10/11/2005
  • Web mash-ups: 1+1=3

    CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes an in-depth look at a new web technology that will affect how you'll use the Internet, and how this latest trend could be applied to automation.

    01/16/2006
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