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  • Podcast: An interview with Elpro Technologies' Graham Moss

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of wireless in industrial environments with Elpro’s general manager, Graham Moss, who has some interesting opinions about SP100, Wireless HART, the usefulness of mesh networking in process plants, and why he thinks it won't work.

    02/14/2006
  • The do's and don't of securing your data

    So what should you be doing? Well there are a number of steps to consider. The following guideline is designed to protect company information and help keep your industrial systems secure.

    02/14/2006
  • Advanced process control in practice

    Around the Loop columnist Terry McMahon takes a look at a few recently published works that are heralding the advent of advanced process control technology as a standard tool for practicing engineers.

    02/13/2006
  • Resolutions are made to be broken

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner provide their unique brand of commentary on process trends and dynamics, then offer up some humor with their Top 10 broken New Year’s resolutions.

    02/13/2006
  • HMI software is disappearing

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at the HMI marketplace and finds today's software packages are getting better and cheaper, but are increasingly disappearing into control system vendors' portfolios.

    02/13/2006
  • Lasers come to level measurement

    Laser-level technology is expanding options in sensor applications, and CONTROL’s favorite sensor expert, David Spitzer, writes about the good and bad points of this new measurement technique.

    02/10/2006
  • The past, present and future of PLCs

    Famous futurist and 2005 ISA Rimbach Lecturer, Jeff Harrow, contributes to the discussion of the future of process automation and how today’s PLCs will eventually feel like the TTL logic chips of older days.

    02/10/2006
  • To safety standards and beyond!

    In 2004, ISA adopted the most recent safety standard, ANSI/ISA 84.00.01. And though it’s a good start, it’s clear that S84 is just the tip of the iceberg toward management of functional safety.

    02/10/2006
  • Is FDT good for fieldbus and device networks?

    CONTROL’s Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Fieldbus Foundation User Group, looks at the latest battleground in the Fieldbus Wars. Is this Fieldbus Wars II or can FDT/DTM and EDDL work together?

    02/10/2006
  • Institutional knowledge for the future

    Knowledge earned by hard work and experience in process automation is waning at an alarming rate, but there are a few shining lights on the industrial landscape. CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments.

    02/10/2006
  • The MOD Squad: Process automation at Dow

    In the first of a six-part series, a team from Dow Chemical shares its perspective and techniques for developing its own process automation and safety systems, lessons learned, and why it took the path it did.

    02/10/2006
  • Standards bring order to chaos

    Implementation of the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) standards will simplify sample system design, installation and operation, fundamentally changing and improving the way we do process analysis.

    02/10/2006
  • 2006 Process Automation Hall of Fame

    Look, kids! Real automation heroes! Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the automation stalwarts whose contributions to the art and practice of the discipline earned them a spot as inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame.

    02/07/2006
  • Global warming: A trillion-dollar hoax

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt comments on the hoax being foisted upon us by tree-huggers with some enlightened research that completely debunks the junk science surrounding global warming.

    02/07/2006
  • Users left with skid marks

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes an unbiased and detailed look at the way end users and skid builders feel about each other and concludes that what we have here is a failure to communicate.

    01/22/2006
  • Flame detector stops false alarms

    Multi-spectrum IR sensing and neural network processing is combined in one device to give automation professionals a potent new tool in protecting people and plants from dangerous flame sources.

    01/22/2006
  • Improved performance for accredited thermal processes

    The move to a greater degree of furnace compliance for thermal treatments is building confidence between thermal processing equipment manufacturers and customers. This paper introduces ways you can optimize equipment to meet the need for improved performance.

    01/18/2006
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