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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Loop controllers refuse to die

    The single-loop controller is alive and well and living in process automation. Find out what they are used for in this Product Roundup of loop controller devices, and maybe you can solve a problem or two.

  • The Bad Hall of Fame

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner induct some really bad instruments, final control elements, and systems into the Bad Hall of Fame, then proffer the Top 10 signs your life is like a Reality TV show.

  • Routers and switches get serious about security

    With Ethernet on its way to becoming a dominant industrial network, new switches and routers are being developed with not only a traditional focus on environmental hardening, but also security-enablement.

    Rich Merritt, Senior Technical Editor
  • Can process control help stabilize global warming?

    CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, continues his Lessons Learned series on Global Warming, and what the proceess control confraternity can do about predicting the timing and sizing of future events.

  • Networking data not for dummies

    By using process variable (PV) and Status information only, you can effectively take a small sip from the fire hose of information available with today’s smart transmitters. Be careful you don’t get soaked!

  • What Asset Management Can Do for You

    CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, takes a look at the latest battleground in process automation: the way we do asset management. What's a poor, confused process engineer to do?

  • Valve innovations aid nuclear slurry pretreatment

    Plug valves, stem extensions, and automation enable remote control and repairs in radioactive waste vessels at the Hanford Waste Treatment Project (WTP) in southeast Washington State.

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