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  • 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
    04/05/2007
  • 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
    04/03/2007
  • 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
    04/02/2007
  • 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
    04/01/2007
  • 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="mailto:dick@barn.org" target=_blank>Dick Morley, CONTROL Contributor</A>
    04/01/2007
  • 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
    04/01/2007
  • 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
    03/30/2007
  • GE Fanuc’s new push into process

    The company's new Proficy Process Systems offering includes global namespace and available redundancy, along with integrated analysis, execution and ERP connectivity.

    GE Fanuc
    03/21/2007
  • The latest from ABB Automation World

    CONTROL Editor-in-Chief Walt Boyes blogs all week from ABB Automation World 2007. This year, a record number has gathered in Orlando to see what ABB has to offer, and CONTROL covers it all!

    03/20/2007
  • A Return to Single-Loop-Integrity

    Control in the field is becoming mainstream once again – just as the ISA SP50 fieldbus committee predicted it would be. CONTROL's regular contributor Dave Harrold looks at the integrity of the control loop.

    Dave Harrold
    03/19/2007
  • The business value of automation

    WBF’s Director of Strategic Industry Alliances, Rodger Jeffery, is excited about the new challenges our industry faces and suggests we regroup, reorganize, and commit to a stronger working alliance in regards to standards.

    Rodger Jeffery
    03/13/2007
  • The new energy opportunity

    The changing energy landscape promises to keep process automation professionals quite busy for many years to come. Now, if we can just get that potential through to a few more idealistic adolescents…

    Keith Larson
    03/09/2007
  • On the same page

    Many plant-floor engineers and IT technicians report they’re coming to a new appreciation of the efficiencies and savings that can be generated by simply integrating their industrial and corporate networks.

    Jim Montague
    03/09/2007
  • Come together

    Integration of plant-floor, building, physical security, and enterprise network means more changes for unathorized access and more need for intelligent security, cooperation, and training.

    03/09/2007
  • Ins and outs of remote I/O deployment

    This article for Industrial Networking magazine summarizes data from the recently published Remote I/O study that indicates which market segments have the strongest growth in use of remote I/O.

    Jim Taylor and Joe Feeley
    03/09/2007
  • Data access from everywhere

    Limitations have kept mobile data access on the tradeshow floor and out of most process plants, but things are changing for the better because of a number of hardware and software tools that are making it practical.

    03/08/2007
  • Measuring flare gas; Controller set points

    This installment of Ask The Experts focuses on best flare gas measuring devices and how to keep liquid out of the service lines, and how to set up a trim controller to achieve very tight control.

    03/08/2007
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