2006

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  • 15 case-in-points of common control myths

    In a time-proven tradition of subjecting everything to scrutiny and ridicule, columnists McMillan and Weiner offer up the following 15 examples used to help illustrate and demystify control mythology.

    04/18/2006
  • 2006 AutomationXchange PAT Roundtable

    Pfizer senior manager team leaders, Lou Pillai and Martin Warman, join the company’s director of process and technology global sourcing, Jeff Miller, in a discussion on PAT with our editors.

    08/22/2006
  • 2006 Process Automation Hall of Fame

    Look, kids! Real automation heroes! Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the automation stalwarts whose contributions to the art and practice of the discipline earned them a spot as inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame.

    02/07/2006
  • A big grain of salt

    Executive Editor Jim Montague warns us not to let frequently repeated misconceptions and outright lies about new technology get in the way of statistics, because they can serve almost any purpose.

    11/01/2006
  • A disaster safety checklist

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution for business resumption following a negative event. However, ASSE offers this safety and security checklist to assist you before, during and after a disaster.

    01/10/2006
  • A discussion on wireless with David Kaufman

    Kaufman has been heavily involved in SP100, ISA's wireless standard committee; in the HART Wireless Working Group, and in charting Honeywell's course to creating a process automation wireless system.

    06/21/2006
  • A model-based approach for viscosity control

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out how you can develop a model-based approach for viscosity control.

    02/17/2006
  • A process only mankind can control

    Global warming, devastating hurricanes and rising ocean currents are all signs of a presently-out-of-control global heat balance that may result in colder winters and our summers permanently disappearing.

    01/09/2006
  • A spoonful of industrial computers

    CONTROL's contributing editor Wayne Labs notes that while that well-known spoonful of sugar may work for sick kids, manufacturers may need a dose of industrial computing to cure ailments in their processes.

    01/16/2006
  • A word about cyber security

    A determined hacker can wreak havoc with your plant or steal your secrets without blinking an eye. But don't leave it to the folks in the IT Department to protect your control systems. Read why.

    01/10/2006
  • Accurately scoping process analyzer projects

    This article covers the formal details of a project approval scope document, including front-end engineering design, front-end loading, project execution modeling, and independent project analysis.

    10/10/2006
  • Advanced process control in practice

    Around the Loop columnist Terry McMahon takes a look at a few recently published works that are heralding the advent of advanced process control technology as a standard tool for practicing engineers.

    02/13/2006
  • Advancements in data acquisition devices

    Our rundown of new systems and devices for industrial processing applications shows technological advances are keeping up with how DAQ is being used by controls and instrumentation engineers.

    10/09/2006
  • All around loop controllers

    Every month, CONTROL editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find, and present them here to make your job easier. This month, we take a look at loop controllers.

    06/12/2006
  • All wound up

    Feeling a little guilty over neglecting all their motor enthusiasts, McMillan and Weiner present an interesting case of the “now you see it, now you don’t” in terms of a cycle in series pump system.

    06/12/2006
  • America's secret automation think tank

    CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt has found a way to solve global warming, our dependence on foreign oil, and the loss of our jobs: Turn the problems over to the NCMS.

    04/17/2006
  • Analyzers not ready for prime time

    It is easy to see why the analyzer market doesn’t work for end users, but it is harder to find a solution. Clues can be found, however, in one small part of the analyzer market that is improving rapidly.

    11/02/2006
  • ARC Benchmarking Consortium at Age 1

    Hercules' Gary E. Lipson talks to CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, about his participation in ARC's Benchmarking Consortium in this "special to the web" podcast on ControlGlobal.com.

    03/03/2006
  • Are analyzer vendors ignoring new standards?

    A Product Roundup of process analyzers finds vendors avoiding mentioning NeSSI or PAT compatibility like the plague. What’s keeping them from adopting the new standards, we wonder?

    04/13/2006
  • Are the wireless standards stalled?

    At one point, SP100 nearly didn't issue a true standard. Now, HART Wireless is in trouble, too. What’s it going to take to not repeat the SP50 debacle? CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, comments.

    06/01/2006
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