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  • Making automation pay enterprise-wide

    From the plant floor to the front office, the means often justify the ends, so if the level of credibility does not exist in your company that allows new automation to get approved, then you have some work to do.

    01/18/2005
  • Industrial PCs are all grown up

    Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, notes that industrial PCs have matured from similar-looking, pre-packaged desktop PCs to products specifically designed for particular process automation applications.

    01/18/2005
  • Knights of the pharma industry roundtable

    The PAT Initiative is much more than using process analyzers in pharmaceuticals processes. It is about gaining true understanding of the mechanisms that drive the process and their robustness.

    01/17/2005
  • 2005 Salary Survey: Par for the course

    CONTROL magazine readers continue to drive salaries on par with the industry, but the green is getting closer as demand for engineers heats up. Find out how your salary stacks up against your peers.

    01/17/2005
  • Ladies' salaries are on par with the men

    Yes, the process industriers are as male-dominated as ever, but this year's Salary Survey provides evidence there are women making great careers for themselves out there.

    01/17/2005
  • Readers' service scores

    Find out who won as readers broadcast their opinions on the best suppliers in the process control and automation industry in CONTROL magazine's 13th Annual Readers' Choice Awards.

    01/13/2005
  • Cyber vulnerabilities in control systems

    As steps are being taken to ensure the cybersecurity of control systems in the automation industries, securing and maintaining these systems will require employees to have more operations and IT experience.

    01/10/2005
  • Selecting an automation security consultant

    This "special to the web" article by Charles Landis notes that you may want to consider hiring an expert to design a process control security program that is in your best interest financially and operationally.

    01/10/2005
  • Intrusion detection and cybersecurity

    Presented here are the current intrusion detection and cybersecurity monitoring techniques used in enterprise networks that can provide early identification of attacks from the most common threat agents.

    01/10/2005
  • Securing manufacturing and control systems

    This ISA Technical Report provides recommendations and guidance for effectively using electronic security technology to protect manufacturing automation and control systems.

    01/10/2005
  • SOUND OFF! on CONTROL's Editor's Blog!

    Want to know what's really going on in the industry? CONTROL's Intrepid Roving Editors blog from just about anywhere on almost any process automation topic.

    01/05/2005
  • Analysts say flowmeter sales are growing

    In this month's Product Roundup, CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt taps into the flowmeter market and discovers that although traditional markets are creeping along, Asian sales are booming.

    01/04/2005
  • Motor drives "hunt" for success

    MalAsia strikes drive manufacturers, but motion control is stepping up, according to CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt's Product Roundup of motor drives and motion control devices.

    01/04/2005
  • Sounds corny, but biomass may save America

    In this month's edition of Control Report, Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt recommends bringing your process plant and its jobs to the Midwest, where it's a lot better and safer than the Mideast.

    01/03/2005
  • The hard road to our competitive edge, Part II

    In Part II of his Lessons Learned column, Béla Lipták describes one of the many small steps process control professionals should take on the difficult, but necessary road to recapturing our competitive edge.

    01/03/2005
  • Unified architecture – The future of OPC

    With its eye on the future, the OPC Foundation has preserved all the work that has gone before and embarked on the creation of the Unified Architecture as a way of adjusting to the ever-changing Microsoft world.

    12/28/2004
  • Beaming it up to the enterprise

    Getting aggregated data from the plant up through the enterprise is the easy part, according to Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, but getting realtime data to the enterprise level is much harder than we'd like to admit.

    12/28/2004
  • OPC maximizes object-oriented systems

    Control devices for passing data from one OPC DA server to another have gotten smarter and have more to say, making it easier for vendors, OEMs, machine builders and end users to communicate with them.

    12/28/2004
  • Has Ethernet/IP become the new face of mining?

    When Australia's mining industry set out to find a standard interface for coal shearing machines as part of its Longwall Automation Project, EtherNet/IP proved to be a ground-breaking technology.

    12/27/2004
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