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  • Fieldbus smokescreen? Helson responds

    In order to disperse the smokescreen, Ron Helson, Executive Director of the HART Communication Foundation, responds to CONTROL contributing Editor John Rezabek’s column regarding HART technology.

  • Beware straight-line projections

    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.

    Keith Larson
  • More about cost estimating process analyzer projects

    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.

    Gary D. Nichols
  • Reader feedback

    A little reader feedback suggests that getting employees out to learn about their trade and upcoming/current technology is a good thing, but first you must convince short-sighted management to commit to it.

  • Best of the best, Part 4

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their interviews with the big names in process control. This time they talk with Bob Heider, adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
  • Focus on PLCs and PACs

    Every month, Control’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find and present them here to make your job easier. This month, we focus on PAC and PLC-based controllers.

  • What’s next for process analyzers?

    In this month's installmnet of Product Roundup, we focus on process analyzers and instrumentation that might just help you solve a process problem or two.

    Patti Pool
  • 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
  • Control valves for slurry service

    In this installment of Ask The Experts, noted process control authority and CONTROL Columnist Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer a reader’s question regarding control valves for slurry services.

  • Ruggedized keyboard is rated NEMA 4X

    CONTROL gives you a whole department full of tasty new products and services. This month, we introduce a new and eminently useful ruggedized keyboard from iKey suitable for washdown environments.

  • Flowmeters get around

    The lowly flowmeter ends up in some of the most interesting places. CONTROL contributor and flow expert David W. Spitzer shares some odd and interesting flow measurement applications.

    David W. Spitzer
  • Why calibration measurement software?

    Field calibration is faster and more accurate with digital calibrators and a CMS, but there’s a catch. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reports on the state of the art in calibration systems for the operator.

    Dan Hebert
  • Users driving the bus

    Contributing Editor John Rezabek provides commentary on end-user participation in councils and committees, formulating directions and priorities as a valuable service to the supplier community.

    John Rezabek
  • Wireless industrial standard begins to take shape

    CONTROL contributor Dick Caro, a member of the ISA committee developing a set of wireless industrial networking standards, reports to us the latest progress on SP100 activity from Karlsruhe, Germany.

    Dick Caro
  • Getting employee training right

    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.

    Dan Hebert
  • The virtues of simplicity

    If we can design higher level development tools, both hardware and software, all the way down to kids’ toy level, imagine what we’re about to see for design tools for professional automation applications.

    Walt Boyes
  • Morley sees manufacturing’s future

    Dick Morley, creator of the modern PLC, provides wit and accumulated wisdom to how a simple understanding of technology and marketing can supply the core for a successful new product.

    <A href="" target=_blank>Dick Morley, CONTROL Contributor</A>
  • Special Report: User backlash at SP100 meeting

    CONTROL contributor Dick Caro, a member of the ISA SP100 committee devloping a set of wireless industrial networking standards, reports to us on SP100 activity. This is his latest progress report.

    Dick Caro
  • OPC, Modbus and Fieldbus, Oh my!

    Just as Dorothy and her companions each had unique characteristics, end users are faced with a multitude of protocol choices for use in the heart of their industrial process: their communications network.

    Eric Murphy
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