Columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, bring their wits and more than 70 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments and problems in this months installment of Control Talk.
From a vendors perspective, legacy is innovations worst companion, and according to Industrial Networking columnist Jeremy Pollard, its very difficult to be innovative if it leaves the installed base behind.
While basic plant-floor automation is no longer a mystery, advanced control often is, making techniques for solving difficult process control problems of high interest to end users and service providers.
There are plenty of issues that cause network headaches, but never assume your electrical subcontractor is familiar with routing and terminating network connector cables, even if they do it all the time.
Betty Naylor-McDevitt has worked her way up through both the technical and engineering and sales and marketing tracks at Foxboro to become one of the recognized experts on DCS systems, and the Foxboro I/A Series system in particular. As Marketing Director for Foxboro, she shares her view of upgrading, migration, and open systems with Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.
One part of a well-planned tactical assault on potential customers seems to include making your web site a place for customers to painlessly contribute to, comment and critique what you make, deliver, and support.
Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and todays sophisticated networks.
Executive Editor Jim Montague notes that taking a closer look at biological processes can help adapt or improve existing process controls and systems. Read why in this month's installment of Control Report.
In this installment of OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy says that as OPC UA begins its approach to the chasm, the infrastructure is already being laid to ensure it can successfully bridge the gap.
DigitalField Insider covers the latest developments in fieldbus networks and increasingly intelligent, network-capable field devices. Measurement devices as well as control valves and motor drives are complemented by evolving strategies for predictive monitoring, calibration and asset management strategies.
Invensys Process Systems' Ken Brown addressed more than 800 of the company faithful at the Customer Conference in Dallas, where he discussed the strategic direction of the company and new technologies.