2006

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  • 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
  • Download the new control valve handbook here!

    The Control Valve Handbook, Fourth Edition, is now available online. This latest version presents information on control valve performance and new technologies, and includes input from experts in the field.

    11/01/2006
  • Energizing the enterprise

    Asset management will put the zip back in your plants! CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the industry’s stampede toward asset management systems for productivity improvement.

    11/01/2006
  • How to select control valves, Part 3

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, gain and stability are key characteristics. The non-commercial valve selection chart in this article serves as a reference tool you can download!

    11/01/2006
  • Collaborative process control: The Dow/ABB story

    This article discusses what was involved in building a close working relationship with a vendor and the elements that are essential to starting and sustaining any collaborative relationship that yields results.

    11/01/2006
  • Highlights from Automation Fair 2006

    Highlights from the five-day event include the keynote address by Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell's chairman and CEO, who reported on his company's efforts in the globalization of manufacturing technologies.

    10/30/2006
  • Standards for better not worse!

    ISA, WBF, MIMOSA OAGi and OPC have set up the Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline (MIG) working group to bring harmony to two of the automation industry’s most important standards.

    10/27/2006
  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair 2006

    Automation Fair’s focus on strategic maintenance was described in detail in a presentation by Rockwell Automation's Mike Laszkiewicz on the general state of competency erosion at industrial facilities.

    10/27/2006
  • 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
  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair

    Highlights from yesterday's activities include the keynote address by Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell's chairman and CEO, who reported on his company's efforts in the globalization of manufacturing technologies.

    10/23/2006
  • 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
  • Diagramming drum level control

    Harold Wade suggest a few additional points be made to the three-element boiler level control figures in a previous article that show how signals from the steam flow FT and the drum LT combine in the LIC.

    10/16/2006
  • Jacket temp: Thermocouple multiplexers

    In this installment of Ask the Experts, Bela Liptak and his cadre of automation experts suggest to a reader how to tune a reactor temperature control loop for nearly all exothermic chemical reactors.

    10/14/2006
  • Portability and accurate sewer flow

    While most competitive designs measure velocity and infer flow, this new battery-operated wireless meter measures flow directly and quotes accuracy in terms of flow rate.

    10/14/2006
  • 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
  • Flowmeters clean and dirty

    CONTROL contributor David W. Spitzer provides a look from a process automation perspective at how magmeters and Venturi meters are vying with ultrasonics for clean and dirty water applications.

    10/13/2006
  • Still life

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner invite Wendy Kramer, Mark Sowell and Control Hall of Fame inductee Terry Tolliver to comment on improving the control of batch distillation applications.

    10/13/2006
  • 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
  • Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?

    Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics—a good portion of it realized through data validation.

    10/10/2006
  • Oh the humanity!

    In this installment of Control Report, Executive Editor Jim Montague finds the process control and automation field is awash in irony, unexpected twists and tragic comedies that would make O. Henry proud.

    10/10/2006
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