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  • Fonterra Dairies of New Zealand

    Walt Boyes Interviews Alice Baucke, the Advanced Process Control Team Lead of Fonterra Dairies of New Zealand and Asks How They Collect and Use Data from Their 25 Different Control Systems

  • ISA100 Meets in Canada

    The ISA SP-100 standards committee met for three days following ISA’s Wireless Summit. The first SP-100 committee ballot is scheduled to follow this year’s ISA Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas, October 2-4. The committee plans to demonstrate the ISA100 at the Expo stressing the readiness of the networking technology, and the cooperation among potential suppliers.

    Dick Caro
  • Shootout at the Wireless Corral

    In this audio podcast for the Process Automation Media Network, Dave Kaufman of Honeywell and Jose Guittierez of Emerson put their guns on the table to talk wireless with CONTROL's Walt Boyes.

  • High Hopes for "Low PAN"

    Wireless sensing technology for manufacturing is converging in some areas. At the physical, or radio layer all of the major standards groups have converged on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. On July 2007, the ISA SP100 working group voted to use the latest update to this standard as the sensor network in its initial standard for wireless sensing in manufacturing.

  • Fieldbus Market Intelligence Report

    An electronic survey of Control readers was conducted in June, 2007, in order to identify usage and application trends of fieldbus networks among the process automation professionals who comprise Control ’s readership. Detailed survey results are presented on here.

  • One Man’s Story – Part 1

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at

  • Detecting Bunker C Oil Mass Flow

    “Ask the Experts,” on, is moderated by noted process control authority Béla Lipták. Béla and his cadre of leading experts in process automation, recruited from among the co-authors of the Instrument Engineer’s Handbook 4th Edition, are “in the box” all month answering process control questions from all comers. The best will be published here. In order to eliminate misunderstandings, please include P&ID sketches using ISA symbols with your questions.

  • A Too-Smart Solution?

    The benefits of installing smart metering systems in the plight of utilities are clear, but implementation is complex.

    Dan Hebert
  • Distillation, Part 5: Multiple Products

    In Part 5 of this series on distillation control and optimization, we find that adding a side-stream component to your process gives an additional degree of freedom, but makes it even more essential to not mismatch the variables.

    Bela Liptak
  • The Ethernet Bandwagon

    Ethernet capability, smaller footprints localized processing power on deck for I/O products.

    Patti Pool
  • Survey Snapshots Wireless Users

    CONTROL recently conducted its first SP100 Wireless Survey of almost 500 readers about where and how they use wireless in their plant-floor applications.

  • Action Figures of Summer

    Jim Montague talks about the few process control-related heroes found in the mainstream media and in less-hyped branches of literature and the fine arts.

    Jim Montague
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