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  • Batch executives speed up accurate feeds

    Despite great strides to the increased computing power of PC-based controls and software, many batch applications have been stuck with the same measurement and control methods for 30 years. No longer.

    03/08/2007
  • Best of the best, Part 3

    In the third installment of this series, Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, continue their interviews with the big names in process control. This time they talk with ISA Fellow Vernon Trevathan.

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
    03/08/2007
  • Final control

    What’s the latest on control valves? Editor in Chief Walt Boyes takes a look at the current marketplace for the final element that all control stuff is aimed at—the control valve that produces the end result.

    Walt Boyes
    03/07/2007
  • Get with the right plan

    The process of developing a strategic automation plan isn’t terribly complicated, and despite the number of different available models, each one uses similar techniques and yields similar results.

    Steve Elwart, Ergon Refining, Maurice Wilkins, and Steve Loranger
    03/07/2007
  • Cost estimating for process analyzer projects

    This article addresses cost estimating for capital projects on which an analyzer system is installed, through start-up and commissioning of the project, to the resultant lifetime cost savings that can be gained.

    Gary D. Nichols
    03/07/2007
  • Under pressure

    Each month, CONTROL 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, pressure instrumentation is the focus.

    03/06/2007
  • The end of the affair

    RoHS-type initiatives in the EU adhere to regulations that say control vendors must design products for environmentally safe end-of-life disposal. But who is jumping on this train in North American, and when?

    Mike Spear
    03/06/2007
  • Plant to enterprise – Putting the pieces together

    While improved technology has narrowed the gap, the pressure now is on to complete the plant-floor-to-top-floor link. But the path is a twisty one dogged by complex technical and cultural issues.

    03/05/2007
  • Bus War III: Process meets motion

    If you work in a process plant, you likely have a few motion applications. In this article, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides a general overview of the various motion networks competing today.

    03/01/2007
  • Profession development kit?

    For the automation profession to be successful and recognized as one of the most important disciplines in the world, ISA has to reinvent itself as the banner carrier for the automation profession.

    03/01/2007
  • Control of the solar-hydrogen plant

    Columnist Béla Lipták describes equipment and control requirements of the solar-hydrogen demo power plant and says we now are in critical need of them because the stakes are even higher.

    03/01/2007
  • Not jazzed about fieldbus? Try it

    Columnist John Rezabek notes that most systems now have excellent engineering tools and allow easy integration of fieldbus devices, so there are ever-fewer excuses not to try some truly distributed control.

    03/01/2007
  • Luddites unite!

    Tradition for its own sake is useless, of course, but tradition based on common sense is crucial for the success and safety of process control engineers and their applications.

    03/01/2007
  • Foundation fieldbus – Working today, preparing for tomorrow

    This presentation, offered as an exclusive podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, explains how fieldbus is being used today in process automation applications, how it will be used in the future, and how the unique requirements of different projects are being met.

    02/27/2007
  • Energy saving solutions – Building IT with OPC

    OPC provides the advantages of standardized data connectivity among many isolated systems, industry-proven applications to turn that data into information, and hence into cost and energy savings.

    02/23/2007
  • OPC UA enables Business Intelligence (BI)

    In a special-to-the-web article for OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents his thoughts on OPC UA and how it offers the promise of unifying individual business units into true enterprise-wide solutions.

    02/16/2007
  • The ABCs of XML, Parts 1, 2 & 3

    This three-part series for CONTROL introduces readers to the basic rules of XML, its terminology and related standards, and discusses what you’ll need to know to survive in the world of connected data.

    02/14/2007
  • ISA SP100 keeps on its wireless path

    The committee plans to produce a standard by 2008 and currently appears to be on schedule. Although end-user demand for wireless is rapidly increasing, participation in the work of SP100 remains sparse.

    02/09/2007
  • Yon on wireless

    In this podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, Dr. Gene Yon, president of Adaptive Instruments at Accutech, provides his perspective on industrial wireless to CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.

    02/09/2007
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