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  • An interview with Matrikon's Mike Brown

    In this first ever ControlGlobal.com podcast, Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of process optimization and real time process management with one of the people who invented the discipline, Process Optimization Guru Mike Brown.

    12/20/2005
  • Raise an alarm about alarms

    Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation. But nowadays, more and more plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.

    12/15/2005
  • How to avoid alarm management mistakes

    This article examines common mistakes made implementing an effective alarm management project and recommends a methodology that will make your plant and personnel more productive.

    12/15/2005
  • Alarm notification goes global

    Software and hardware from HMI and PLC vendors now push alarm notification, identification, and analysis to new levels undreamed of in the hard-wired world.

    12/15/2005
  • Second-tier systems replace legacy controls

    Got an old control system? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt looks at a few case histories where companies chose products and services from second tier vendors to replace their legacy control systems.

    12/15/2005
  • How to bring thermography in house

    Got any naked thermal images of your gas plant? Would you like to see some? We thought so. This article shows how simply doing more thermal imaging can increase efficiencies and generate savings.

    12/15/2005
  • Metal legos streamline sampling and control

    The new sampling and sensor initiative (NeSSI) delivers a smaller, smarter approach that is resulting in savings now, and improved process control soon. So where does NeSSI go from here?

    12/15/2005
  • Under the hood of override control

    All the techniques for preventing reset windup of non-selected controllers will perform comparably to reset feedback if the dynamics of the various loops aren’t too dissimilar.

    12/14/2005
  • Want to see something really scary?

    Getting into your control system requires skill, but it's not beyond the ability of a professional hacker who is being paid to get into your system undetected.

    12/13/2005
  • Secure your wireless information channel

    Among the obstacles that process control pioneer Dick Caro sees affecting the advance of wireless technology are the security of the information channel and powering wireless devices.

    12/13/2005
  • Tuning cascade loops

    Tuning a cascade loop is simple, as long as the concepts of the cascade loop are understood. In this installment of "How Do I . . ." we take a look at a common cascade loop application.

    12/12/2005
  • Yokogawa rolls out plan for global leadership

    Yokogawa recently marked its 90th anniversary by laying out plans for an aggressive growth trajectory. Here's Publisher and VP of Content, Keith Larson's take on the Tech Innovation Fair held in Japan.

    12/08/2005
  • Top 50 Automation Companies of 2004

    We polled a distinguished panel of industry experts and advisors for our annual list of the industry's Top 50 instrumentation and controls suppliers in North America. Find out who made this year's list.

    12/05/2005
  • It's a great time to be an end-user!

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes says the Big Boys are prepared to buy your loyalty with all sorts of goodies, so keep your price high. It's a buyer’s market out there for the first time in decades. Read why.

    12/02/2005
  • 10 things end-users need to know about vendors

    The selection of a supplier, especially for large control systems, is a complex undertaking. To help end-users with automation vendor selection, here’s a checklist organized in 10 categories.

    12/02/2005
  • PAT slaps pharmas with control system aftershave

    Though users in other process industries have seen it coming for years, Process Analytical Technology (PAT) is now bringing similar improvements and benefits to many pharmaceutical applications.

    11/22/2005
  • Intrinsically safe fieldbus applications

    This article takes a look at ways companies get around limited power and other hazardous environment barriers to connect more fieldbus devices using a technology that goes beyond FISCO.

    11/22/2005
  • PPAR-5 convenes in San Diego

    Around the Loop columnist Terry K. McMahon reports on the pharma roundtable recently held in California and why process understanding (PU) is the real meaning of the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) guidance.

    11/22/2005
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