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  • Nuclear power makes sense

    Whether you believe in global warming, the Kyoto Protocol or hugging trees, building nuclear power plants will create thousands of jobs for control engineers, operators and technicians.

  • 15 case-in-points of common control myths

    In a time-proven tradition of subjecting everything to scrutiny and ridicule, columnists McMillan and Weiner offer up the following 15 examples used to help illustrate and demystify control mythology.

  • The Bad Hall of Fame

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner induct some really bad instruments, final control elements, and systems into the Bad Hall of Fame, then proffer the Top 10 signs your life is like a Reality TV show.

  • Resolutions are made to be broken

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner provide their unique brand of commentary on process trends and dynamics, then offer up some humor with their Top 10 broken New Year’s resolutions.

  • Control system migration or migraine?

    Birds know when to fly south for the winter, but how do automation engineers figure out when it's time to migrate? CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes looks at the latest battleground between vendors.

  • It's a great time to be an end-user!

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes says the Big Boys are prepared to buy your loyalty with all sorts of goodies, so keep your price high. It's a buyer’s market out there for the first time in decades. Read why.

  • Distributed intelligence stands alone

    To make server-based systems work, the real-time controls have to go it alone when necessary. CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at some of the distributed intelligence that makes it all possible.

  • Seven commandments for successful integration

    Other Voices contributor Scott Little provides a clear example on the importance of good communication and why a concisely written description of operation is a good idea.

  • Applied control theory moves out

    Industry group gets automation industry support from companies that believe the partnership between industry and academia is most beneficial when theory moves out of the classroom and into the plant.

  • More tech, more tech, more better tech!

    This "special to the web" edition of Tales From the Front offers concrete suggestions on how the industry can help create true economic profit, while at the same time increase its knowledge base.

  • An alarming situation

    Alarm systems of one type or another always have been part of industrial machine, robot, and skid control systems, but CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, notes that there's more to alarm technology than meets the eye ... or ear for that matter.

  • Make your automation processes better

    There is no lack of technologies available that can improve your automation systems. The trick is to find, evaluate, and implement them without spending an inordinate amount of time, or taking on too much risk.

  • C’mon, vendors, let’s step up!

    ISA has been trying for years to get employers in the process industries to support process automation careers, but it could do a lot more if it had the volunteer involvement it used to have from vendors.

  • Ten steps to secure control systems

    This "special to the web" article summarizes the 10 most important design and process principles that, while not guaranteed to secure a system, ensure your control systems are as secure as practical.

  • The cyber security assessment methodology

    Check out the methodology behind cyber security in this "special to the web" article by Jay Abshier, and assess your network’s intrusion protection/detection plan.

  • Predictive maintenance to the rescue!

    As the maintenance crisis continues to brew, process control vendors are stepping on the marketing toes of the traditional maintenance suppliers, whereas they should be stepping up to save the day.

  • Can integration keep your processing plant safe?

    Contributing Editor Wayne Labs reports that the best way to reduce the risks of dealing with dangerous chemicals and equipment that can fail in manufacturing is to integrate safety and process systems from the start.

  • King Coal is back!

    In his Control Report, Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt surmises that going into coal processing control may be the kind of career opportunity that only comes along once in a lifetime.

  • Three decades of DCS technology

    Distributed control system technology and its pioneers have had a profound effect on our profession and should be recognized, according to Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon.

    Terrence K. McMahon
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