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  • MeadWestvaco does more than cut down trees

    After hearing chairman and CEO John Luke deliver one of the keynotes at National Manufacturing Week last March, it became clear that this was one company that really has its act together.

    06/10/2005
  • 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.

    06/10/2005
  • My opinion doesn't count!

    Why do we do the Reader’s Choice Awards? It sure would be easier for the editorial staff of this magazine to sit down and pick out some editors’ choices. These choices would, in some cases, be considerably different, I can assure you. The reason we don’t is that our opinions don’t matter.

    06/10/2005
  • SCADA system specification

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out where to obtain a general specification of a SCADA system.

    06/07/2005
  • Bonkers vortex meter spells double trouble

    Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner offer up a bit of humor along with the answer to April's Puzzler on why a vortex meter measuring toothpaste went bonkers.

    06/05/2005
  • 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.

    06/05/2005
  • Reflections on the 2005 WBF conference

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

    06/02/2005
  • ISA AD Spring Symposium turns 50

    With more than 250 significant petrochemical and refining facilities within commuting distance, Houston is the epicenter of the process analyzer universe.

    06/01/2005
  • 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.

    06/01/2005
  • The A Ship and B Ship: Which one are you on?

    If you approve invoices and plans from subcontractors that do work you wish you could be doing, then most likely, you are becoming more of a B-Ship paper-pusher than an engineer.

    06/01/2005
  • Real-time expert system a real gold mine

    Mine revenues jumped $7 million per year at Kemess Mines in British Columbia after installation of an expert system controlling the process, and pushed throughput by 5%.

    06/01/2005
  • 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.

    05/30/2005
  • CONTROL’s 2005 Buyer’s Guide

    Now available online, the 2005 Buyers Guide provides the process automation, instrumentation and controls community with the industry's newest and most comprehensive directory to suppliers of machine components and devices in more than 100 different product categories. From Annunciators and Analytical Instrumentation to Valves and Weighing Systems, it's all inside.

    05/25/2005
  • Free Download of Technical Reference Book on Measurement and Control

    ControlGlobal.com has partnered with Omega Engineering to make the Transactions in Measurement and Control technical reference series available for free download. Add Force-related Measurements to your reference shelf and watch this spot to download future editions of this popular educational series.

    05/20/2005
  • Special rules for tuning level controllers

    Loss of level controls can kill a process in a heartbeat, so tuning them properly should be a priority. F.G. Shinskey reports on the different tuning rules that apply to level loops based on vessels being regulated.

    05/20/2005
  • 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.

    05/20/2005
  • 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.

    05/17/2005
  • 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.

    05/15/2005
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