If a safety system is "good enough" for the lab, does that mean it's good enough for your plant? This on-demand webcast lets you listen in on a group of leading process industry safety system experts as they divulge the hidden costs and side effects associated with safety systems embedded with control systems.
KPIs, KPIs! If what we do as automation engineers is not visible to the financial management systems, it never happened! In this Automation Minute, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes suggests picking projects that can show a step-change in performance and profitability, and not ones that can be overwhelmed or hidden by G&A allocations.
Market analyst research reports often predict growth rates or adoption curves in a straight-line extrapolation of the recent past, but in the real world, things are seldom so predictable or comfortable.
Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.
In our April cover story, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, talks about the state of the art in training for the automation profession and how it is evolving to fit the needs of process control end users.
RoHS-type initiatives in the EU adhere to regulations that say control vendors must design products for environmentally safe end-of-life disposal. But who is jumping on this train in North American, and when?
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.
As supervisors and employees from outside the research environment are surveyed on thesis-based degree programs, continuing education expectations will convergeand not toward those of the supervisors.
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.
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 havent considered.
CONTROL looks at lights-out plants, online as-builts, remote asset management, and all the other things that will be necessary to make up for the lack of trained automation professionals in the next 20 years.
"The 6 Myths of Process Performance" identifies the right things to focus on for improved process performance. The myths represent outdated methods of plant performance improvement. Each myth is debunked in a short 5-minute video.