By Katherine Bonfante, Managing Editor, Digital Media
In October 2008, Control marks its 20th anniversary. As part of our year long celebration, weve launched a special section on our site, where our editors look back at automation technologies for the past 20 years, and make their own prognostication about what the future holds.
You can access our 20th anniversary video page by logging on to ControlGlobal.com/20years.
Our celebration entails monthly videos covering different automation technologies, such as batch automation, primary process variable measurements, operator interface and others.
So far weve covered the following subjects:
- Advanced Controls
- The Future of OPC and Software Connectivity
- Control Valves
- Networking Technologies
Our recently released video on advanced controls features Editor in Chief Walt Boyes peering into the crystal ball, and seeing what the control strategies of the future will be like.
Our video The Future of OPC and Software Connectivity, launched in June, looks at how this important concept is developing. In this video, Boyes asks, will software of the future be built like Legos? If you want to know his answer, log on to our page and watch the video.
Executive Editor Jim Montagues May report, Control FutureCast: Control Valves, talks about how field transmitters and controllers have been getting smaller, faster and cheaper for decades, and speculates on what the next changes will be. Montague answers this question, and predicts control valves next technological change.
Back in April, Vice President of Content Keith Larson hosted our first FutureCast video Networking Technologies. In it, he reviews the ongoing development and prevalent use of digital communication protocols to communicate and integrate process control and plant information streams.
All of our FutureCast videos are available on our 20th anniversary page. In upcoming months, we will be covering batch automation, primary process variables, operator interface and calibration subjects.
Check back monthly to see our process automation video predictions, or contact me directly at email@example.com with ideas of other automation technologies you would like us to cover.
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Results of test measurements on fill-fluid and fiber-bundle detector designs.
Future Trends for Instrumentation in Hazardous Areas
Reviewing the future of instrinsic safety.
Download PDFs of these white papers at ControlGlobal.com/whitepapers.
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Asish Ghosh on Process Safety
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The current state of simulation/training technology and how its likely to evolve.
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