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  • Would you want your kid to do this job?

    Despite a shortage of young engineering professionals, most of us don't want our kids to grow up to work in the automation industry, but what is automation but applied information science?

  • The whys and hows of enterprise integration

    CONTROL's Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt reports on enterprise integration, who's doing it, how well it is going, and how information is provided from the process control system to enterpise-level software.

  • ARC Benchmarking Consortium at Age 1

    Hercules' Gary E. Lipson talks to CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, about his participation in ARC's Benchmarking Consortium in this "special to the web" podcast on

  • System integrators are today's new users

    CONTROL contributor and WBF Chairman, Maurice Wilkins, offers his thoughts on where all the end users from manufacturing companies who attend events have gone in this installment of Batch Dispatch.

  • Level indicators reach new heights

    In this installment of Field Test, CONTROL’s Jim Montague talks to end users of Magnetrol/Orion’s Eclispse and Aurora products to get the real skinny on how well they work.

  • A model-based approach for viscosity control

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out how you can develop a model-based approach for viscosity control.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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