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  • Why do you need performance supervision?

    One way to unlock control system secrets is to implement PSS, a smart performance reporting system that can dramatically help save time, money, and prevent problems with your processes.

    04/17/2006
  • Correlation flowmeters expand technology

    Just when you thought there were more than enough flowmeter technologies, along comes a new kid on the block, presenting new options for gauging and measuring fluid velocity.

    04/17/2006
  • Data logger size matters

    New requirements and regulations are constantly being foisted on you and your plant, and many of these requirements necessitate acquisition and recording of data. Compact data loggers offer a solution.

    04/17/2006
  • Nasty flows require novel flowmeters

    A new multi-phase flowmeter from Agar is unique in that it delivers the goods. The flow measurement system provides gauging of oil, water and gas flows simultaneously without completeley separting the phases.

    04/17/2006
  • Are analyzer vendors ignoring new standards?

    A Product Roundup of process analyzers finds vendors avoiding mentioning NeSSI or PAT compatibility like the plague. What’s keeping them from adopting the new standards, we wonder?

    04/13/2006
  • End users walk the walk

    There’s been a huge language shift in the industry during the past 20 years which is driving end user nuts. It seems the higher you go up in the automation food chain, the harder it is to describe what you do.

    04/07/2006
  • Illusions of freedom and security

    As our society moves towards a more regulated work environment, choosing between the cubicle life or being self-employed has become more difficult. CONTROL contributor, Dick Morley, provides informal tips.

    04/07/2006
  • Unified theory of everthing

    The big problem is that control systems don’t all support OPC the same way or to the same degree, so there’s often no consistent way to capture and transmit even simple items like the status bit of a transmitter.

    04/07/2006
  • Purchasing controls equipment on the Internet

    Going once, going twice. Sold! Learn how process automation professionals are saving thousands of dollars buying or selling industrial controls equipment through online auctions on the Internet.

    04/04/2006
  • Process simulators aren't just for training

    From design to startup and beyond, operator training simulators certainly appear to be worth all the trouble, especially since they can save time and money throughout a process plant's entire lifecycle.

    04/04/2006
  • Get going with Gigabit

    Synchronous protocols based on IEEE1588 deliver workable determinism, but are they necessary given faster Ethernets now available? Paula Doyle, Doctoral researcher, explains their significance.

    03/24/2006
  • OPC as the network glue

    Industrial Networking columnist, Ian Verhappen, addresses open process connectivity (OPC) and how you can use different flavors of it depending on the application and system requirements.

    03/22/2006
  • Wire, cable, and connectors are crucial

    As the use of wire and connectors increases with added networking functions and interoperability-–and decreases, as networks simplify-–cabling has become forever crucial in industrial networking applications.

    03/22/2006
  • Meat packers print and network via Ethernet

    Not content with merely adding printing functions to one machine, a bag dispenser builder sought to organize its printing and dispensing by combining up to four printer/roll units using EtherNet/IP.

    03/22/2006
  • Use your own head

    Executive Editor Jim Montague implores us to think and act like a reporter, don’t trust opinions (including mine and yours), remember to take all stories with a grain of salt, and of course, don't despair.

    03/21/2006
  • Network training, tips, and techniques

    The Spring 2006 edition of Industrial Networking looks at the key elements of a well-planned network training program, without which the prospect of building a dependable data network is just an illusion.

    03/21/2006
  • Building automation steps forward

    In commercial building automation and control, major technology evolutions generally lag adoption in industry. The transition from costly pneumatics to printed circuits was such an evolution.

    03/21/2006
  • Management lessons from the U.S. Navy

    After spending a little time on the Dark Side, Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt learned that if a company wants to succeed, it has to care about subordinates, make the tough decisions, and share the wealth.

    03/20/2006
  • HART 6: The very model of a modern calibrator?

    Can HART, version 6, turn your calibrator or field programmer into a primary asset management tool? CONTROL’s Ian Verhappen takes a closer look at the latest and greatest in field calibration.

    03/20/2006
  • The right tool for the job

    The next horizon for portable HMI applications may be the cell phone, which is cheap, ubiquitous, and produced in larger annual quantities than any consumer electronics device in history.

    03/20/2006
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