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  • How to survive the oncoming train of technology

    Be warned: the light at the end of the tunnel is a train! Control engineers are being dragged back into the world of manufacturing with new technologies that will affect both how and where they work.

    08/04/2005
  • Real-time asset management and OPC

    Used as a standard technology platform from which to build real-time applications and practices, OPC can ultimately lead to an immediate impact on your bottom line. This article discusses how OPC can be applied in an industrial setting to help improve your asset management practices.

    08/04/2005
  • SCADA deployment using OPC

    Integrators must differentiate between a plant-based OPC mentality and SCADA applications when attempting to apply industrial standards to SCADA-based implementations.

    08/01/2005
  • New software works with older process

    For this potato chip maker, achieving higher productivity starts with understanding the process, whether it's continuous or batch-oriented, and that means gathering as much data as possible.

    07/30/2005
  • In the future: More, better, cheaper sensors

    According to Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, instrumentation companies are going to have to re-think their design criteria if they are going to make the “lights out” plant of the future practical.

    07/27/2005
  • Seven commandments for successful integration

    Other Voices contributor Scott Little provides a clear example on the importance of good communication and why a concisely written description of operation is a good idea.

    07/27/2005
  • Get your mind right about technology

    The new technology and techniques inherent in the use of today’s fieldbus systems, servers, smart valves and embedded controllers, is affecting our careers, our plants, and our jobs.

    07/25/2005
  • Do you need a single-source middleware solution?

    As integrated middleware solutions vie with best-of-breed products, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert wonders if there will ever be a true integrated solution that covers the entire middleware space?

    07/21/2005
  • Getting Loopy with Control Loops

    This month's edition of Ask The Experts focuses in on manual control loops and offers guidance on which PID control mode should be used when, and what the range of tuning settings should be.

    07/20/2005
  • On site flow calibration is painful but necessary

    Some new product introductions have raised doubt about what in-situ calibration for flowmeters is, and whether it can be duplicated with simulators and calibrators with expanded diagnostics.

    07/20/2005
  • Free Download of Data Acquisition Reference Book

    ControlGlobal.com has partnered with Omega Engineering to make the Transactions in Measurement and Control technical reference series available for free download. Add Data Acquisition to your reference shelf and watch this spot to download future editions of this series.

    07/18/2005
  • Getting batch material transfers under control

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.

    07/18/2005
  • Five justifications for alarm management

    Does the financial ROI combined with the overall operational benefits justify the expense of implementing an alarm management solution? This article finds that the most effective way is to perform an alarm assessment.

    07/17/2005
  • Integrating alarm management to boost plant production

    This article outlines five practical steps you can take to reduce nuisance alarms and improve alarm quality for control room operators. This includes the ability to identify deviation from normal operating ranges as the process or equipment approaches equipment design thresholds, unsafe, or undesirable operating conditions.

    07/17/2005
  • Hacking the grid: control systems under attack

    Security experts warn it wouldn’t be hard for a cyberpunk or terrorist to hack into a monitoring and control SCADA system and wreak havoc on a good portion of the U.S. (First of three parts.)

    07/13/2005
  • Protocol for SCADA field communications

    ControlGlobal.com contributor Dale Peterson offers his review of the AGA 12 standard, a serial link encryption and authentication protocol for SCADA field communications.

    07/13/2005
  • With a little help from my friends

    CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt adds to his growing collection of writing awards and takes time out to give credit to control engineers who make it possible.

    07/12/2005
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