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  • Can Foundation fieldbus (FF) stay hungry?

    FF may be facing unexpected challenges in its task to remain useful as it integrates ever more closely with EDDL, COTS Ethernet, and Internet-bsed and/or wireless networking. Executive Editor Jim Montague reports.

    Jim Montague
    04/10/2007
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

    Jim Montague
    05/01/2007
  • Can we Talk?

    There is some major-league wriggling going on as participants try to avoid simply discussing whether many U.S. oil and gas producers and their supporting industries are doing their best on process safety.

    Jim Montague
    05/10/2007
  • Get up, out and about

    Though some engineers say their industries and job prospects have recovered recently, many say that their administrators’ main mission is to wring as much short-term cash as possible from their operations.

    Jim Montague
    06/04/2007
  • Payback time

    The best-paid engineers and technical professionals answering our 2007 Salary Survey are growing more numerous and collecting bigger bonuses, while their lower-paid colleagues are decreasing.

    Jim Montague
    06/04/2007
  • Maybe You Didn’t Hear Me

    Why do engineers and their companies tolerate safety standards that aren’t enforced until after accidents occur, and why do they accept safety device certifications that only cover compliance in lab-based settings?

    Jim Montague
    07/13/2007
  • Action Figures of Summer

    Jim Montague talks about the few process control-related heroes found in the mainstream media and in less-hyped branches of literature and the fine arts.

    Jim Montague
    08/01/2007
  • Automation Process Knowledge Management

    Tribal Knowledge - New Tools Are Putting Process Know-How into Online Pools, Letting Newbies Access More Useful Knowledge, and Even Awakening Some On-the-Job Training Efforts

    Jim Montague
    07/11/2011
  • First Aid for Process Security

    Viruses and Cyber Attacks ARE Looming. Help From Governments and Standards Is Lacking. Some Engineers and Managers Are Fighting Back to Protect Their Applications and Companies. Here's How They Do It

    Jim Montague
    10/07/2011
  • Serious Sustainability

    There's a Lot More to Truly Going Green Than Efficiency. Here's How Some Experienced End Users and Their Applications Are Mastering Process Sustainability

    Jim Montague
    06/06/2011
  • Airbags for Intrinsic Safety

    It Is Crucial to Learn About IS, It Is Also Vital to Learn How It Can Be Aided by HPT, DART and Other Coming Tools

    Jim Montague
    06/01/2012
  • Search for the Asset Management, Part II

    GlaxoSmithKline, Beamex and Emerson Process Management team up to streamline calibration and asset software - and use far less paper-at GSK's plant in Cork, Ireland.

    Jim Montague
    03/06/2012
  • Beyond the Eyes

    Process Control Applications Are Designed, Built and Operated by People With the Usual Eyeballs, Therefore They're Subject to Blinders Imposed on Sight

    Jim Montague
    03/08/2012
  • Valero's Good Examples

    Automation in the Refinery of Today It's Not Business as Usual

    Jim Montague
    11/12/2012
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