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  • 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
  • Ten steps to secure control systems

    This "special to the web" article summarizes the 10 most important design and process principles that, while not guaranteed to secure a system, ensure your control systems are as secure as practical.

    05/12/2005
  • The cyber security assessment methodology

    Check out the methodology behind cyber security in this "special to the web" article by Jay Abshier, and assess your network’s intrusion protection/detection plan.

    05/12/2005
  • Predictive maintenance to the rescue!

    As the maintenance crisis continues to brew, process control vendors are stepping on the marketing toes of the traditional maintenance suppliers, whereas they should be stepping up to save the day.

    05/10/2005
  • The next generation of smarter valves

    In the next decade, much improvement and change is expected in the design of smart and self-diagnosing control valves, with potential advantages outweighing the required investment of time and money.

    05/10/2005
  • Radar love dominates the level scene

    Market researchers last year predicted radar sensors would be the fastest-growing sensor, and they got it right — this time. Check out CONTROL's Product Roundup of new level instrumentation devices.

    05/10/2005
  • PITTCON/2005: Good meeting, bad place

    Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon reports on the 56th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, along with its companion Exhibit of Modern Laboratory Equipment (PITTCON/2005).

    05/09/2005
  • Special rules for tuning level controllers (Part-1)

    In Part I of his article on tuning level controllers, process control consultant F.G. Shinskey points out that loss of level controls can kill a process in a heartbeat, so tuning them properly should be a priority.

    05/01/2005
  • Can integration keep your processing plant safe?

    Contributing Editor Wayne Labs reports that the best way to reduce the risks of dealing with dangerous chemicals and equipment that can fail in manufacturing is to integrate safety and process systems from the start.

    04/20/2005
  • Who should provide your network support?

    Decisions about how to support your factory networks can present hard choices. Is outsourcing that support a better choice than utilizing your own IT group? Contributing Editor Wayne Labs reports.

    04/20/2005
  • King Coal is back!

    In his Control Report, Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt surmises that going into coal processing control may be the kind of career opportunity that only comes along once in a lifetime.

    04/20/2005
  • Process analyzers avoid meeting standards

    Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt's Product Roundup of process analyzer systems and components finds that most manufacturers are avoiding NeSSI and PAT standards like the plague.

    04/19/2005
  • Dispelling the myths of HART-enabled devices

    Even though millions of HART-enabled field devices are installed in locations around the world, myths and misconceptions about this powerful technology for control systems abound.

    04/19/2005
  • Three decades of DCS technology

    Distributed control system technology and its pioneers have had a profound effect on our profession and should be recognized, according to Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon.

    Terrence K. McMahon
    04/18/2005
  • How to succeed at alarm management

    Find out how you can improve the effectiveness of your distributed control alarm systems by better managing the techniques, tools, standards, and procedures you use in your process plant.

    D. Shook PhD, PE,
    04/13/2005
  • How to perform alarm rationalization

    If you don’t deal with your computer-based control alarms in a disciplined manner, uncontrolled alarm growth can result, which can lead to out-of-control alarm systems. Find out what the top 10 reasons are to rationalizing your alarm management system.

    04/13/2005
  • How to rescue your plant from alarm overload

    Everyone who has a distributed control system has encountered alarm management issues. The reason is simple: A DCS makes over-alarming all too easy. Find out ways you can rescue your plant by taking responsibility and ownership of your alarm management system.

    04/13/2005
  • Security could put process control under IT

    With new technology and strategies being developed to protect industrial systems from current and future threats, process control needs to figure out where it's going, according to IA Insider's Andrew Bond.

    04/12/2005
  • Patching SCADA systems

    Since the SCADA community is forced to live with unpatched systems with many known vulnerabilities, compensating security controls are required, according to this "special to the web" article by Dale Peterson

    04/11/2005
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