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  • SP100 Committee Listens to WirelessHART

    The ISA SP100 standards committee was presented with WirelessHART specificationas that were voted on by the HART Communications Foundation’s membership in June 2007.

    Dick Caro
    07/15/2007
  • Apprion Updates Wireless Ion System

    Apprion unveils its next Ion System for industrial application networking, enabling secure, reliable, wireless networks in large process plants.

    07/15/2007
  • Will your New Control System fail?

    Find out what to do to keep your new control system from failing. A veteran control system integrator tells you what you need to know.

    Nels Tyring
    07/15/2007
  • Mission Control

    Custom-built command-and-control centers are an expensive option, but they provide concrete benefits.

    Dan Herbert
    07/15/2007
  • Aluminum anodizing temperature control

    “Ask the Experts” on ControlGlobal.com is moderated by noted process control authority Béla Lipták. Béla and his cadre of leading experts in process automation, recruited from among the co-authors of the Instrument Engineer’s Handbook 4th Edition, are “in the box” all month answering process control questions from all comers. The best will be published here. For clarity, questions should be accompanied by P&ID sketches using ISA symbols.

    Bela Liptak
    07/15/2007
  • Of Family Trees and Brand Patriotism

    Keith Larson talks about the results of or May survey. We asked Control subscribers to identify the current parent companies of different process automation brands. See the results.

    Keith Larson
    07/15/2007
  • Out of the Automation Box

    ISA announces the S100 Compliance Institute to test and enforce compliance with new wireless standard. The S100 will be avilable to the publin in late 2008.

    Walt Boyes
    07/13/2007
  • Reader Feedback: Taking One for the Team

    A little reader feedback suggests that repeating the patterns of behavior of the past three decades in process automation will, not surprisingly, yield similar results.

    07/13/2007
  • Justifying Fieldbus, Part I

    Asset management and wiring saving cost were common justifications for installing Foundation fieldbus in refineries 10 years ago. Today, the cost to replace DCS with electronic field devices must be justified.

    John Rezabek
    07/13/2007
  • Maybe You Didn’t Hear Me

    Why do engineers and their companies tolerate safety standards that aren’t enforced until after accidents occur, and why do they accept safety device certifications that only cover compliance in lab-based settings?

    Jim Montague
    07/13/2007
  • The Flow Report

    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.

    07/13/2007
  • Alphabet Soup Improves Business visibility

    The technical details of using S88, S95 and other tools are well-documented. The reason why using them makes good business sense hasn’t been well known—until now.

    Dave Harrold
    07/13/2007
  • The Energy - Future Process Control's Role

    Find out about the “zero energy home of the future” and the hydrogen economy. What are the potentials of process control in wind, ocean wave, and geothermal energy systems.

    Bela Liptak
    07/12/2007
  • Round Up Them Puzzler Answers

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
    07/01/2007
  • Outsourcing to the Rescue?

    Farming out parts of your operation can save time and money and fill necessary skills gaps, but it's not a cure-all.

    Nancy Bartels
    07/01/2007
  • Automation Minute

    Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes says suppliers who aren't thinking about new ways to work with their end users risk being steam rolled over by those that do.

    06/30/2007
  • Maintaining a competitive edge

    WBF gives a leg up to manufacturers looking to take advantage of the automation/information nexus.

    Lynn Craig
    06/29/2007
  • How to diffuse a demographic bomb

    CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartles tackles one of the biggest challenges the engineering field will face over the next few decades. The demographic bomb the process control industry is living with, with very few candidates in the pipeline to take the place of those contemplating retirement. Manufacturers need to take action to diffuse the bomb starting now -- earlier would be even better!

    06/27/2007
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