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  • Model-predictive control can solve valve problem

    CONTROL columnist Greg McMillan addresses the use of fine adjustment valves to reduce process variability and suggests that now is a fine time to break away from old valve problems and into model-predictive control.

    11/09/2005
  • Rising levels of process level measurement devices

    Worldwide and regional shipments of process level measurement, solids process, and inventory tank gauging devices are projected to increase steadily through 2009, according to a new report.

    11/09/2005
  • PLCs and Industrial PCs merging identities

    These days, you can’t tell the players without a program — or with one. Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt provides a Product Roundup of PLCs and Industrial Computers.

    11/09/2005
  • Wireless winning wider acceptance in automation

    A recent survey shows the undeniable appeal of wireless sensor networking is apparently convincing more end-users and system integrators to plan on implementing these technologies.

    11/07/2005
  • Daytime talk is a hoot and a holler

    McMillan and Weiner imagine a transcript of a control engineer on a daytime talk show and offer up the Top 10 reasons why you won’t find a model-based control text book anywhere in today’s college classroom.

    11/06/2005
  • Serving up asset management

    Asset management is like pizza that comes in many flavors and styles. It can be cut into several pieces, cooked with ingredients from home, or ordered out. So, would you like yours thin crust or deep dish?

    11/05/2005
  • Training EPCs with whip, chair and gun

    Despite what we think, instrumentation and control is not a core component of most EPCs, but rather a necessary support service that sells the bread and butter of process and mechanical engineering.

    11/05/2005
  • SecureSystems Insider: Top Five White Paper downloads

    SecureSystems Insider probes the latest system advances designed to safely control and securely your critical SCADA control systems. The following are the Top Five White Paper downloads from the SSI monthly E-newsletters.

    11/04/2005
  • How safe is your job?

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes implores you to watch trends, stay current in your field, and have a backup plan just in case the levee breaks. After all, when it comes to job security, the best defense is a good offense.

    11/01/2005
  • Data dummies

    Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on what’s happening in the world of industrial fieldbus.

    10/21/2005
  • Tips on installing a fieldbus safety system

    Even though standards allow sharing of the physical layer for safety and control communications, Parity Check columnist Ian Verhappen doesn't feel that too many users, if any, will mix the two systems.

    10/21/2005
  • What is field control?

    Fieldbus technology expert Dick Caro asserts that field control is an idea whose time has come and, when presented with the facts, should be the objective for all new process control system designers.

    10/21/2005
  • Into the mesh

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, identifies the leading candidates for best system architecture supremacy in the wireless arena and believes software algorithms will be key for high bandwidth mesh networks.

    10/19/2005
  • New book explains Process Analytical Technology

    Around the Loop columnist Terry K. McMahon reviews this new work which compiles tutorials and offers hard experience in implementing process analyzers by a distinguished panel of experts.

    10/19/2005
  • Process simulation: Your job is still safe…for now

    Armed with a CAD package and simulation software, a single engineer can design the product, plant, and control system. Check out why the concept of a one-person design team is still a goal for the future.

    10/17/2005
  • Expanded flow diagnostics cast a wider net

    Here’s how to use several methods, such as element status checking, to improve flowmeter availability, increase consistency, and reduce costs in many applications and environments.

    10/17/2005
  • pH linearization lubricates waste control

    Learn how a simplified technique for linearizing pH can enhance control in waste treatment applications and eliminate the need for gain-adjusting techniques.

    10/17/2005
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