2007

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  • Buildings, bureaucrats, and brutes

    CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, describes a design project for a pretty efficient building: one that heats itself and does not need to pay energy, even when the outside temperature is near freezing.

    Béla Lipták
    01/15/1998
  • Envelope optimization

    Using envelope optimization as a tool, the next generation of process control engineers will be able to convert today's technology into a force that will turn a profit and improve the quality of our lives.

    Béla Lipták
    01/15/1998
  • Who do we trust?

    Among high-tech industries, surveys show that end users of process automation equipment and systems trust their vendors more than trade magazines, industry analysts and others.

    Walt Boyes
    01/03/2007
  • The power of the Sun: Part 1

    In discussing global energy issues, CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, estimates that global warming damage will consume as much as 20% of the global GDP by 2020 even without energy wars.

    01/05/2007
  • Physical layer diagnostics: Part II

    In this month’s installment of On the Bus, process control specialist John Rezabek summarizes the current and soon-to-be-released offerings of four of the leading suppliers of physical-layer hardware.

    01/05/2007
  • Seeds with teeth!

    Senior Tech Editor Jim Montague muses that maybe it's time to think up some new incentive programs for individuals and teams to make more and better innovations in process control applications.

    01/05/2007
  • Best practices in control system migration

    Migration from your old control system to a new one is as an inevitable as death and taxes. But, the key to minimizing the pain is to abide by the control system migration best practices listed here.

    01/05/2007
  • Alarm management improves plant operations

    Alarm management is a hot topic, perhaps because incorrect presentation of alarms often confuses operators. This article shows how better alarm management empowers operators to improve plant performance.

    01/05/2007
  • The best of the best, Part 1

    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 month’s installment of Control Talk.

    01/05/2007
  • Ink control, steam drums, smart positioners

    Process control authority Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer readers' questions regarding ink control, steam drums and smart positioners.

    01/05/2007
  • 2007 Readers' Choice Awards

    Once again, the end users have spoken. Process control professionals assess the best technologies and vote on who best meets their needs in the 15th annual CONTROL Readers’ Choice Awards.

    Control Global Staff
    01/09/2007
  • The ABCs of XML - Part 3: XSLT

    This article provides more of what you need to know to survive in the world of connected data by introducing the XSLT programming language, which brings the benefits of XML to industrial automation applications.

    01/10/2007
  • Winning the battle for interoperability

    In a special-to-the-web article for OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents his thoughts on what it will take to achieve the mission of true interoperability.

    01/16/2007
  • Why traditional automation marketing has to change

    New to ControlGlobal.com is Automation Minute. In this videocast, Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes notes that suppliers who aren't thinking about new ways to work with their end users risk being steam rolled over by those that do. The Internet has given us the ability for this to happen, and what can happen usually does.

    01/22/2007
  • Automation Products Bulletin

    Compiled by the editors of ControlGlobal.com and ControlDesign.com, this monthly e-newsletter will keep you up to date on the most current new products available to the market place for process, factory and machine-control applications.

    01/26/2007
  • Reaching the young crowd

    It’s time the industry develops new content and new ways of delivering it to young automation professionals, the ones who are so hard to find, and who are so leery of joining professional organizations.

    02/01/2007
  • All the best brains go to the Hall of Fame

    Each year, the top three vote getters are inducted by their peers into the Process Automation Hall of Fame. The careers of this year’s class run the gamut from the theoretical to the ruthlessly practical.

    02/01/2007
  • Ghost writers on the web

    New detection software programs that generate relevant text on a given subject are getting better at identifying existing content, but a casual reading shows most of what they reveal has no meaning.

    02/01/2007
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