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  • Tuning rule bonanza

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner say in order to get good performance, you need to measure and track the process, the controls, and the equipment under actual real-time operating conditions.

  • Artificial intelligence in process automation

    Just how smart will controller intelligence get? CONTROL’s Béla Lipták reports on changes, new concepts, and innovative methods in the use of artificial intelligence in controlling automated processes.

  • Analyzers not ready for prime time

    It is easy to see why the analyzer market doesn’t work for end users, but it is harder to find a solution. Clues can be found, however, in one small part of the analyzer market that is improving rapidly.

  • Intrinsically safe Foundation fieldbus H1 networks

    This article provides you with the information needed to understand what is required to implement an intrinsically safe (IS) Foundation fieldbus H1 network in a classified hazardous area of your plant.

  • UCSC and automation education

    There aren’t many schools training automation professionals, but who can blame them for not wanting to do more than a head nod toward teaching the tools and techniques in their science and engineering curricula?

  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    CONTROL columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

  • New maintenance strategy: Don’t break it!

    CONTROL contributing editor and pioneering Foundation fieldbus user John Rezabek provides analysis and commentary on the ultimate preventive, predictive, proactive and preemptive maintenance strategy.

  • A big grain of salt

    Executive Editor Jim Montague warns us not to let frequently repeated misconceptions and outright lies about new technology get in the way of statistics, because they can serve almost any purpose.

  • Download the new control valve handbook here!

    The Control Valve Handbook, Fourth Edition, is now available online. This latest version presents information on control valve performance and new technologies, and includes input from experts in the field.

  • Energizing the enterprise

    Asset management will put the zip back in your plants! CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the industry’s stampede toward asset management systems for productivity improvement.

  • How to select control valves, Part 3

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, gain and stability are key characteristics. The non-commercial valve selection chart in this article serves as a reference tool you can download!

  • Collaborative process control: The Dow/ABB story

    This article discusses what was involved in building a close working relationship with a vendor and the elements that are essential to starting and sustaining any collaborative relationship that yields results.

  • Highlights from Automation Fair 2006

    Highlights from the five-day event include the keynote address by Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell's chairman and CEO, who reported on his company's efforts in the globalization of manufacturing technologies.

  • Standards for better not worse!

    ISA, WBF, MIMOSA OAGi and OPC have set up the Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline (MIG) working group to bring harmony to two of the automation industry’s most important standards.

  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair 2006

    Automation Fair’s focus on strategic maintenance was described in detail in a presentation by Rockwell Automation's Mike Laszkiewicz on the general state of competency erosion at industrial facilities.

  • User-friendly advanced control

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, looks at the latest advances in simulation and modeling technologies for improved loop control, including new software packages and embedded APC systems.

  • Show Daily Edition from Automation Fair

    Highlights from yesterday's activities include the keynote address by Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell's chairman and CEO, who reported on his company's efforts in the globalization of manufacturing technologies.

  • Wireless Sensor Network 2006 Management Survey

    Let us know what type of wireless data monitoring networks and sensor points you currently deploy, and what led you to choose a wireless network rather than a traditional network, in this online survey of transport protocols for wireless sensor networks (WSNs).

  • Diagramming drum level control

    Harold Wade suggest a few additional points be made to the three-element boiler level control figures in a previous article that show how signals from the steam flow FT and the drum LT combine in the LIC.

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