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  • The global energy future – Part 3

    Control's own Béla Lipták continues his series on the future of global energy, stating that in order to obtain maximum energy recovery, the various solar collectors described all need to track the sun.

  • What is taking so long?

    Despite its 30-plus-year history, advanced process control (APC) applications remain few and far between, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Dave Harrold, cofounder of the AFAB Group, reports.

    Dave Horrold
  • The skinny on PC-based control systems

    In this column, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at why a process skid manufacturer thinks PC-based control makes sense for its—and other—process applications.

    Dan Hebert
  • Controlling distributed processes

    The distributed process—while undeniably complex—can be defined by only two parameters and is relatively easy to control. Our very own guru, Greg Shinskey, provides a detailed tutorial on advanced control.

    F.G. Shinskey
  • Distillation control and optimization

    This ebook by noted process authority expert Béla Lipták provides a concise, yet complete analysis of distillation control, showing the potential for savings through better control and optimization.

  • One bus for all?

    When it comes to applications that allow our basic controls to function, system lock-ups are intolerable, so it pays to examine the heritage of fieldbus and carefully analyze the market that shaped it.

    John Rezabek
  • Finally playing nice

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes congratulates the members of the SP100 Industrial Wireless Standard committee for their willingness to compromise in the name of service to the end-user community.

    Walt Boyes
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

    Jim Montague
  • Fieldbus smokescreen? Helson responds

    In order to disperse the smokescreen, Ron Helson, Executive Director of the HART Communication Foundation, responds to CONTROL contributing Editor John Rezabek’s column regarding HART technology.

  • Beware straight-line projections

    Market analyst research reports often predict growth rates or adoption curves in a straight-line extrapolation of the recent past, but in the real world, things are seldom so predictable or comfortable.

    Keith Larson
  • More about cost estimating process analyzer projects

    Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.

    Gary D. Nichols
  • Reader feedback

    A little reader feedback suggests that getting employees out to learn about their trade and upcoming/current technology is a good thing, but first you must convince short-sighted management to commit to it.

  • Best of the best, Part 4

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their interviews with the big names in process control. This time they talk with Bob Heider, adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
  • Focus on PLCs and PACs

    Every month, Control’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find and present them here to make your job easier. This month, we focus on PAC and PLC-based controllers.

  • What’s next for process analyzers?

    In this month's installmnet of Product Roundup, we focus on process analyzers and instrumentation that might just help you solve a process problem or two.

    Patti Pool
  • Can Foundation fieldbus (FF) stay hungry?

    FF may be facing unexpected challenges in its task to remain useful as it integrates ever more closely with EDDL, COTS Ethernet, and Internet-bsed and/or wireless networking. Executive Editor Jim Montague reports.

    Jim Montague
  • Control valves for slurry service

    In this installment of Ask The Experts, noted process control authority and CONTROL Columnist Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer a reader’s question regarding control valves for slurry services.

  • Ruggedized keyboard is rated NEMA 4X

    CONTROL gives you a whole department full of tasty new products and services. This month, we introduce a new and eminently useful ruggedized keyboard from iKey suitable for washdown environments.

  • Flowmeters get around

    The lowly flowmeter ends up in some of the most interesting places. CONTROL contributor and flow expert David W. Spitzer shares some odd and interesting flow measurement applications.

    David W. Spitzer
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