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  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair 2006

    Automation Fair’s focus on strategic maintenance was described in detail in a presentation by Rockwell Automation's Mike Laszkiewicz on the general state of competency erosion at industrial facilities.

    10/27/2006
  • User-friendly advanced control

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, looks at the latest advances in simulation and modeling technologies for improved loop control, including new software packages and embedded APC systems.

    10/26/2006
  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair

    Highlights from yesterday's activities include the keynote address by Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell's chairman and CEO, who reported on his company's efforts in the globalization of manufacturing technologies.

    10/23/2006
  • Wireless Sensor Network 2006 Management Survey

    Let us know what type of wireless data monitoring networks and sensor points you currently deploy, and what led you to choose a wireless network rather than a traditional network, in this online survey of transport protocols for wireless sensor networks (WSNs).

    10/16/2006
  • Diagramming drum level control

    Harold Wade suggest a few additional points be made to the three-element boiler level control figures in a previous article that show how signals from the steam flow FT and the drum LT combine in the LIC.

    10/16/2006
  • Jacket temp: Thermocouple multiplexers

    In this installment of Ask the Experts, Bela Liptak and his cadre of automation experts suggest to a reader how to tune a reactor temperature control loop for nearly all exothermic chemical reactors.

    10/14/2006
  • Portability and accurate sewer flow

    While most competitive designs measure velocity and infer flow, this new battery-operated wireless meter measures flow directly and quotes accuracy in terms of flow rate.

    10/14/2006
  • The world according to…

    There may be no going back to the days when people believed that ISA was the voice of the end user, but if it wants to carve out new territory for itself, it needs to put money back into niche groups.

    10/13/2006
  • Flowmeters clean and dirty

    CONTROL contributor David W. Spitzer provides a look from a process automation perspective at how magmeters and Venturi meters are vying with ultrasonics for clean and dirty water applications.

    10/13/2006
  • Still life

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner invite Wendy Kramer, Mark Sowell and Control Hall of Fame inductee Terry Tolliver to comment on improving the control of batch distillation applications.

    10/13/2006
  • Unintended consequences: It’s the law!

    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 haven’t considered.

    10/10/2006
  • Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?

    Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics—a good portion of it realized through data validation.

    10/10/2006
  • Oh the humanity!

    In this installment of Control Report, Executive Editor Jim Montague finds the process control and automation field is awash in irony, unexpected twists and tragic comedies that would make O. Henry proud.

    10/10/2006
  • Mission possible: Control and IT integration

    Despite what you may have heard, it is possible for plant and enterprise IT departments to play well together. CONTROL's Dave Harrold reports on changes, new concepts, and new methods in distributed control.

    10/10/2006
  • Accurately scoping process analyzer projects

    This article covers the formal details of a project approval scope document, including front-end engineering design, front-end loading, project execution modeling, and independent project analysis.

    10/10/2006
  • Production monitoring of water/wastewater

    A water, sewer and electric utility provider in Florida has develped an automated software system for supply and distribution that substantially improves water operations in the age of high-priced power.

    10/10/2006
  • Best-practices gulf is poised to widen

    As best-in-class, global manufacturing companies strive toward standardizing systems and improving business processes, the gulf between top-performers and technology laggards continues to widen.

    10/10/2006
  • Advancements in data acquisition devices

    Our rundown of new systems and devices for industrial processing applications shows technological advances are keeping up with how DAQ is being used by controls and instrumentation engineers.

    10/09/2006
  • Highlights from the Emerson Global Users Exchange

    Headlines from the three-day event include a presentation on the ControlWave SCADA system, recently acquired by Emerson, which includes some new features such as video security over SCADA and the ability to integrate security with numerous other SCADA devices.

    10/05/2006
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