2006

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  • Wean process off the redundancy pacifier

    With Foundation fieldbus, the old redundancy paradigm no longer applies, so where should we apply it to achieve the fault tolerance we need? Contributing Editor John Rezabek provides analysis and commentary.

    09/08/2006
  • We need a Hannover Fair USA

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt implores the industry to hold ISA Expo, National Manufacturing Week, Promat, Sensors Expo, IMTS, Pack Expo, AM Expo, and Quality Expo all at the same time and in the same place.

    07/14/2006
  • Water works

    To get higher billing and receivables cycle speeds, Greater Vancouver Regional District upgraded its data historian, resulting in savings, efficiency, and improved service to its customers.

    12/14/2006
  • Vendor vs. vendor

    CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes issues a challenge to end users everywhere: Tell your vendors to stop playing Spy vs. Spy and participate fairly in standards creation for fieldbus and wireless.

    07/03/2006
  • Valve innovations aid nuclear slurry pretreatment

    Plug valves, stem extensions, and automation enable remote control and repairs in radioactive waste vessels at the Hanford Waste Treatment Project (WTP) in southeast Washington State.

    03/14/2006
  • Users left with skid marks

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes an unbiased and detailed look at the way end users and skid builders feel about each other and concludes that what we have here is a failure to communicate.

    01/22/2006
  • User-friendly advanced control

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, looks at the latest advances in simulation and modeling technologies for improved loop control, including new software packages and embedded APC systems.

    10/26/2006
  • Use your own head

    Executive Editor Jim Montague implores us to think and act like a reporter, don’t trust opinions (including mine and yours), remember to take all stories with a grain of salt, and of course, don't despair.

    03/21/2006
  • Unscrambling safety regulations

    The May cover story of CONTROL magazine takes a look at how some end users and vendors struggle to understand new safety regulations and how they are dealing with safety standard issues.

    05/10/2006
  • Unintended consequences: It’s the law!

    Technology introduces both benefits and dangers, but as new solution building blocks become available, we have to be aware of not only their benefits, but also limitations their designers haven’t considered.

    10/10/2006
  • Unified theory of everthing

    The big problem is that control systems don’t all support OPC the same way or to the same degree, so there’s often no consistent way to capture and transmit even simple items like the status bit of a transmitter.

    04/07/2006
  • Under the hood of override control: Part 2

    Users can accomplish forced initialization under adverse conditions, output tracking, and other methods of implementation, including selection based on error and override control using Foundation Fieldbus

    01/16/2006
  • UCSC and automation education

    There aren’t many schools training automation professionals, but who can blame them for not wanting to do more than a head nod toward teaching the tools and techniques in their science and engineering curricula?

    11/01/2006
  • Tuning rule bonanza

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner say in order to get good performance, you need to measure and track the process, the controls, and the equipment under actual real-time operating conditions.

    11/07/2006
  • Tolerate less redundancy

    Today, with Foundation fieldbus, the old redundancy paradigm no longer applies. Chances are, though, it isn’t free. So where should you apply it to achieve the fault tolerance you need?

    12/05/2006
  • To safety standards and beyond!

    In 2004, ISA adopted the most recent safety standard, ANSI/ISA 84.00.01. And though it’s a good start, it’s clear that S84 is just the tip of the iceberg toward management of functional safety.

    02/10/2006
  • The world is a batch

    ISA 88 gives process automation a native language for batch processes, and much more. Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the state of the batch in the September cover story for CONTROL magazine.

    09/11/2006
  • The world according to…

    There may be no going back to the days when people believed that ISA was the voice of the end user, but if it wants to carve out new territory for itself, it needs to put money back into niche groups.

    10/13/2006
  • The whys and hows of enterprise integration

    CONTROL's Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt reports on enterprise integration, who's doing it, how well it is going, and how information is provided from the process control system to enterpise-level software.

    03/10/2006
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