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  • SCADA system makers pushed toward security

    Idaho National Laboratory and the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure have teamed up with utilities and makers of distributed control system software to offer advice on how to make system security a major part of the critical infrastructure.

  • Modeling software for continuous batch processes

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question regarding good modelling software for a batch and/or a continuous esterification process.

  • What kind of training do you really need?

    As supervisors and employees from outside the research environment are surveyed on thesis-based degree programs, continuing education expectations will converge—and not toward those of the supervisors.

  • Staying on the level

    Every month, CONTROL’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find and present them here to make your job easier. This month, we focus on level measurement.

  • Industrial PCs take on new functions

    A roundup of products new to the market shows the advanced computing functions and diversification of industrial PCs is allowing new forms and new functions for process control applications.

  • Sensing leakage and emissions at the valve

    Process control authority Bela Liptak brings in specialists from his cadre of co-authors to answer a reader's question regarding future trends of sensing emissions at the valve.

  • Loop gain in aluminum extrusion processes

    Process control authority Béla Lipták answers a reader's question regarding PID loops and if they can be used without having to change the loop gain when the number of pumps used is changed.

  • 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.

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