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  • Users want an industrial wireless standard

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes takes a look at how existing standards for wireless products in industrial process plant applications compare with the real needs of process automation.

    09/12/2005
  • Top ten signs you're an endangered species

    Why is the instrument engineer such a rare find? The answers may be in the standard dialog on the causes of endangerment. Here are the Top Ten Signs you are an Endangered Species.

    09/11/2005
  • Can an automation engineer control the economy?

    In this month's installment of his Lessons Learned column for CONTROL magazine, columnist Béla Lipták, PE, shows what can happen when advanced process control meets economics.

    09/10/2005
  • Three alternative approaches to better loop control

    What's wrong with those ramps? Well, as the performance of control loops declines over time, there are better alternatives to properly handle potential problems. Check out what to avoid when tuning your ramps.

    09/10/2005
  • How to perform Solenoid testing

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question. Find out from the experts how to perform a life assessment calculation for a Solenoid valve.

    09/04/2005
  • Hurricane update: Struck oil refinery restarts

    Three weeks after Hurricane Rita ripped through Texas, the oil refineries in the region are beginning to process gasoline again. The storm knocked out power and scattered the workforce, yet the restoration is underway. Follow us as the arduous task of picking up the pieces continues.

    09/01/2005
  • Keep the bus from slowing to a crawl

    Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on the digital fieldbus network in this exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

    08/31/2005
  • Jim Montague joins editorial team

    Jim Montague is the new Executive Editor at Control magazine. He brings a wealth of automation and controls knowledge to the position, with 13 years of experience as an editor, most recently as News Editor for Control Engineering magazine. Jim has a BA in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and will be based in Itasca, Ill.

    08/31/2005
  • Justifying HART investments to management

    In putting together a case for investing in HART technology, maintenance and operations departments need to stress to management the situations that won't occur as a result of using its capabilities.

    08/30/2005
  • System security: Protect your intellectual assets

    Manufacturing automation system security is more than using anti-virus software. It's an essential business strategy to protect your intellectual property — and your competitive advantage.

    08/30/2005
  • Cleaning common fluid lines

    Process control authority Bela Liptak answers a reader's question regarding how to clean out common lines without a whole bunch of solvents and/or pigging systems.

    08/30/2005
  • You better know more!

    There is excellent training out there, provided by trainers who aren’t vendors, and don’t have the barely hidden agenda of wanting to sell you stuff.

    08/28/2005
  • Process I/O: Great gadgets galore

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at recent developments in I/O, wiring and terminals and concludes that it looks like we might be emerging from the new product doldrums.

    08/28/2005
  • OPC for process historian data optimization

    OPC not only provides a standardized mechanism for collection of real time process data, it also enables multi-vendor historical analysis solutions that help maximize return on process history investments.

    08/25/2005
  • Distributed intelligence stands alone

    To make server-based systems work, the real-time controls have to go it alone when necessary. CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at some of the distributed intelligence that makes it all possible.

    08/24/2005
  • Fieldbus Wars continue: EDDL vs. FDT/DTM

    Fieldbus technology expert Dick Caro predicts that as Ethernet-based control networks converge into the domain of fieldbus, there will eventually be a conflict between OPC/DX, FDT/DTM, and EDDL.

    08/23/2005
  • Energy alternatives – Hydrogen

    Around the Loop columnist Terry McMahon asserts that recent industry attempts at producing hydrogen for transportation fuel from natural gas is a huge thermodynamic blunder.

    08/22/2005
  • Intrinsically wicked

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner rustle up answers to why an electrode changed when it was inserted, then provide a bit of humor with a Top Ten list of reasons not to retire.

    08/22/2005
  • Failing safely with shutdown systems

    This month's edition of Ask The Experts focuses on a reader's need for clarification of international standards for the design of a gas and fire shutdown system for offshore oil and gas platforms.

    08/22/2005
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