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  • Intrinsically safe fieldbus applications

    This article takes a look at ways companies get around limited power and other hazardous environment barriers to connect more fieldbus devices using a technology that goes beyond FISCO.

    11/22/2005
  • PPAR-5 convenes in San Diego

    Around the Loop columnist Terry K. McMahon reports on the pharma roundtable recently held in California and why process understanding (PU) is the real meaning of the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) guidance.

    11/22/2005
  • CAN solutions drive onto plant floor

    Semiconductor technologies and strategies are helping implement the Controller Area Network protocol in industrial applications, fueling the demand for integrated industrial CAN semiconductor devices.

    11/21/2005
  • Engineers can control the economy: Part II

    In this second installment, CONTROL Columnist Béla Lipták, PE, illustrates an assumed ANN model of the U.S. economy to show what can happen when advanced process control meets economics.

    11/14/2005
  • Largest Foundation fieldbus complex completed

    SECCO’s petrochem process facility goes from bare ground to on line in 27 months using a main instrument vendor to engineer and implement automation and control systems, and manage its multiple suppliers.

    11/10/2005
  • 5 steps to effective alarm management

    For operators, engineers, superintendents, plant managers and anyone impacted by process alarms and events, this multimedia tutorial presented by Matrikon reveals the 5 stages to integrating a successful alarm management philosophy.

    11/10/2005
  • Is advanced control ready for Prime Time?

    Fuzzy logic can minimize false alerts without compromising detection and notification of actual events, but there is always a tradeoff between sensitivity and increasing likelihood of false notification.

    11/10/2005
  • 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
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