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  • How to avoid alarm management mistakes

    This article examines common mistakes made implementing an effective alarm management project and recommends a methodology that will make your plant and personnel more productive.

  • Alarm notification goes global

    Software and hardware from HMI and PLC vendors now push alarm notification, identification, and analysis to new levels undreamed of in the hard-wired world.

  • PAT slaps pharmas with control system aftershave

    Though users in other process industries have seen it coming for years, Process Analytical Technology (PAT) is now bringing similar improvements and benefits to many pharmaceutical applications.

  • 5 steps to effective alarm management

    For operators, engineers, superintendents, plant managers and anyone impacted by process alarms and events, this multimedia tutorial presented by Matrikon reveals the 5 stages to integrating a successful alarm management philosophy.

  • Is advanced control ready for Prime Time?

    Fuzzy logic can minimize false alerts without compromising detection and notification of actual events, but there is always a tradeoff between sensitivity and increasing likelihood of false notification.

  • Into the mesh

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, identifies the leading candidates for best system architecture supremacy in the wireless arena and believes software algorithms will be key for high bandwidth mesh networks.

  • Process simulation: Your job is still safe…for now

    Armed with a CAD package and simulation software, a single engineer can design the product, plant, and control system. Check out why the concept of a one-person design team is still a goal for the future.

  • How do vendor web sites stack up?

    Is it easy to find the information you're looking for on vendor web sites, or do you get lost after the first dozen clicks? Here’s a summary of the results of a recent survey on how supplier web sites measure up.

  • Process I/O: Great gadgets galore

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at recent developments in I/O, wiring and terminals and concludes that it looks like we might be emerging from the new product doldrums.

  • Interpretation of the ANSI/ISA-5.01.01 standard

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out if they agree to the intepretation given with reference to the ANSI/ISA-5.01.01 standard.

  • Do you need a single-source middleware solution?

    As integrated middleware solutions vie with best-of-breed products, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert wonders if there will ever be a true integrated solution that covers the entire middleware space?

  • HART communication – Dispelling the myths

    This "special to the web" aricle is designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Fnd out its benefits and dispel the myths surrounding this powerful technology.

  • How to manage your alarm systems

    Initiatives in alarm management are extensive and are based on the wealth of experience and knowledge end users provide. Find out ways you can save review time, improve production, and reduce downtime.

  • 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.

  • Reflections on the 2005 WBF conference

    In this "special to the web" article for, WBF Chairman Maurice Wilkins offers his thoughts on the 2005 WBF conference held last month in Atlantic City.

  • Security is more than hating Microsoft

    In his June editorial for CONTROL, Editor in Chief Walt Boyes believes we are picking unfairly on the security flaws of Microsoft, while ignoring the wider implications of the problem for process automation.

  • On the bus: Design hurdles to fieldbus technology

    Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on the digital fieldbus network in this exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

  • Life's a batch!

    Efficient batch control can be both an art and science, writes CONTROL contributor Gregory K. McMillan, so act accordingly for best results, and always remember "it's survival of the fittest" out there.

  • 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.

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