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  • How to rescue your plant from alarm overload

    Everyone who has a distributed control system has encountered alarm management issues. The reason is simple: A DCS makes over-alarming all too easy. Find out ways you can rescue your plant by taking responsibility and ownership of your alarm management system.

    04/13/2005
  • Security could put process control under IT

    With new technology and strategies being developed to protect industrial systems from current and future threats, process control needs to figure out where it's going, according to IA Insider's Andrew Bond.

    04/12/2005
  • Patching SCADA systems

    Since the SCADA community is forced to live with unpatched systems with many known vulnerabilities, compensating security controls are required, according to this "special to the web" article by Dale Peterson

    04/11/2005
  • Jimmy Neutron meets the Woz

    Dick Morley, father of the modern PLC, believes a renaissance in industry technology will be the thrust for the next several decades. Will we, the control engineering geeks, be ready for simple innovations in the Age of Invention?

    04/06/2005
  • So much to learn, so little time

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out which books and online courses they recommend for continued education.

    04/05/2005
  • Can a cheap flowmeter be good?

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes finds that it isn’t the cost of the device but the durability that engineers are looking for. And it doesn’t have to be accurate, either, as long as it is very repeatable.

    04/05/2005
  • How to run a plant when expertise is lost

    When plant institutional knowledge leaves, process control soon follows. How do you keep your plant running if nobody remembers how? Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt reports.

    03/31/2005
  • Fermilab: Can cheap flowmeters be good?

    CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes takes a look at how an anti-matter factory works at one of the largest high energy physics labs in the world, and why flowmeters are critical to the operation of the plant.

    03/30/2005
  • Network distinctions: Part I

    This comprehensive survey of machine builders, system integrators and end users regarding their use of both wireless and wired Ethernet reveals the perceptions and realities of its use.

    03/29/2005
  • Digital data recorders deliver

    This month's Technically Speaking column compares mechanical, analog and digital recorders for data acquisition and concludes that local data logging can be the easiest way to satisfy regulatory requirements.

    03/29/2005
  • There's no business in show business

    No matter how the organizers spin it, the decision to move National Manufacturing Week to the suburbs next year won’t resonate well with exhibitors, according to Industrial Networking Editor in Chief, Joe Feeley.

    03/29/2005
  • Signal conversion or signal perversion?

    The challenge we face, according to contributing writer Ian Verhappen, is to integrate multiple protocols in a seamless environment, with the first step being digital communication between all components.

    03/29/2005
  • Get on the network in 30 minutes

    A new family of products is aimed at giving its users an easy transition from the existing serial RS-232 connections to the wide open Industrial Ethernet world of Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP.

    03/29/2005
  • Hackers target U.S. power grid

    Government quietly warns utilities to beef up their computer security over heightened concerns that electric companies have failed to adequately fortify defenses against a potential catastrophic strike.

    03/25/2005
  • Painting the world brighter

    A chemical batch manufacturing plant that creates finishes for automotive OEMs has improved its product quality, efficiency and reliability while saving $2 million with a control system upgrade.

    03/15/2005
  • Approach asset management incrementally

    According to Technically Speaking columnist Dan Hebert, PE, local condition monitors allow end users to approach asset management at their own pace, and to address the highest payback items first.

    03/15/2005
  • English, the <i>Lingua Franca</i> of control

    In his monthly Control Report, Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt surmises that just as English is the language of international business and air traffic control, so it is with process control.

    03/15/2005
  • The hard road to our competitive edge, Part III

    In Part III of this Lessons Learned article on recapturing our competitive edge, Béla Lipták suggests the ISA take the lead in educating the general public about the potential of process control and automation.

    03/15/2005
  • The case for valves: Not just open and shut

    Actionable Items columnist Steve Kuehn notes that precision flow control is ensured with well-specified, precisely controlled valves, but for the sake of your process, a penny saved may not be a penny earned.

    03/15/2005
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