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  • Time after time

    Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, weigh in with answers to the January Puzzler that asked why the load cell indication would shift at high noon regardless of the time in the batch sequence.

    03/15/2005
  • ISA <I>Transactions</I> abstracts on ControlGlobal.com

    ControlGlobal.com is pleased to publish abstracts from one of the very few scholarly journals in the process automation field. Keep pace with technology developments and applications from the world's experts.

    03/10/2005
  • Bumpless pump sequencing

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question regarding problems with the control scheme for two variable speed pumps.

    03/08/2005
  • Sensing trouble

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes issues a cognitive dissonance alert! If you want to play in the big leagues and move into the process of control, you would do well to go back and concentrate on the fundamentals.

    03/02/2005
  • Save time and money with field calibrators

    Portable, handheld calibrators save time for technicians on site, OEMs, and large industrial engineering and construction companies. Contributing Editor Wayne Labs provides an in-depth report.

    03/02/2005
  • Lost in translation

    This month's Tales From the Front submission to CONTROL, by frequent contributor Loren Jones, advises us to spell directions out exactly as the boss gives them to us, so that we don't get lost along the way, too!

    03/01/2005
  • In the trenches of Fieldbus War II

    Like the 20th Century’s Great Conflict, the first Fieldbus War never really ended. But what will the outcome be this time? CONTROL writer Ian Verhappen takes an educated guess on how the battle may turn out.

    03/01/2005
  • What's in your server?

    Security threats to control system networks are a fact of life. Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt shares tips and techniques he culled from end users and vendors on how you can keep the Barbarians at bay.

    02/26/2005
  • Making a HART connection

    This "special to the web" aricle is designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Fnd out its benefits and dispel the myths surrounding this powerful technology.

    02/23/2005
  • Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Can they be implemented at your plant?

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/23/2005
  • The communications nexus

    There is a point where field communications and security meet. Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments on what to do when you get there in this "special to the web" exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

    02/23/2005
  • Process controllers don't do windows

    Embedded operating systems dominate the process control market, but this soon could change according to Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert in his monthly Technically Speaking column for CONTROL.

    02/22/2005
  • Server-based DAQ/HMI system cuts seat charges

    To eliminate seat charges for additional HMI terminals across the country, WPS Energy has developed its own web-based data acquisition and HMI system that is applicable across the process control industry.

    02/21/2005
  • Control software opens up, prices come down

    Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt showcases the latest software offerings that are becoming more open to the web, networks and fieldbuses in this month's Product Roundup of control software products.

    02/21/2005
  • American farmers: Far a field with automation

    You think process engineers are in the forefront of automation? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt says that when it comes to improving process efficiency, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you been down on the farm!

    Rich Merritt
    02/15/2005
  • Split personality

    This month’s Control Talk proves a real pressure test for readers of CONTROL. Columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner provide answers and the Top 10 signs your company has downsized too much.

    02/15/2005
  • Hoist by our own petard

    Reader Feedback from the February issue says that when the game leaves town, people are left twiddling their thumbs, and that the passivity of engineers is the true enemy, not the Chinese.

    George E. Daly
    02/15/2005
  • Change (Management) is good!

    The reality is that when it comes to automation software, there is hardly a moment when things aren’t in some sort of flux. Managing Editor Steve Kuehn reports in his monthly Actionable Items column for CONTROL.

    02/15/2005
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