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  • Lost in translation

    This month's Tales From the Front submission to CONTROL, by frequent contributor Loren Jones, advises us to spell directions out exactly as the boss gives them to us, so that we don't get lost along the way, too!

    03/01/2005
  • In the trenches of Fieldbus War II

    Like the 20th Century’s Great Conflict, the first Fieldbus War never really ended. But what will the outcome be this time? CONTROL writer Ian Verhappen takes an educated guess on how the battle may turn out.

    03/01/2005
  • What's in your server?

    Security threats to control system networks are a fact of life. Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt shares tips and techniques he culled from end users and vendors on how you can keep the Barbarians at bay.

    02/26/2005
  • Making a HART connection

    This "special to the web" aricle is designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Fnd out its benefits and dispel the myths surrounding this powerful technology.

    02/23/2005
  • Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Can they be implemented at your plant?

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/23/2005
  • The communications nexus

    There is a point where field communications and security meet. Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments on what to do when you get there in this "special to the web" exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

    02/23/2005
  • Process controllers don't do windows

    Embedded operating systems dominate the process control market, but this soon could change according to Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert in his monthly Technically Speaking column for CONTROL.

    02/22/2005
  • Server-based DAQ/HMI system cuts seat charges

    To eliminate seat charges for additional HMI terminals across the country, WPS Energy has developed its own web-based data acquisition and HMI system that is applicable across the process control industry.

    02/21/2005
  • Control software opens up, prices come down

    Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt showcases the latest software offerings that are becoming more open to the web, networks and fieldbuses in this month's Product Roundup of control software products.

    02/21/2005
  • American farmers: Far a field with automation

    You think process engineers are in the forefront of automation? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt says that when it comes to improving process efficiency, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you been down on the farm!

    Rich Merritt
    02/15/2005
  • Split personality

    This month’s Control Talk proves a real pressure test for readers of CONTROL. Columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner provide answers and the Top 10 signs your company has downsized too much.

    02/15/2005
  • Hoist by our own petard

    Reader Feedback from the February issue says that when the game leaves town, people are left twiddling their thumbs, and that the passivity of engineers is the true enemy, not the Chinese.

    George E. Daly
    02/15/2005
  • Change (Management) is good!

    The reality is that when it comes to automation software, there is hardly a moment when things aren’t in some sort of flux. Managing Editor Steve Kuehn reports in his monthly Actionable Items column for CONTROL.

    02/15/2005
  • Power supplies from China cut costs considerably

    Competitive pricing from Asian manufacturers has prompted market growth of power supplies and considerable cost cuts. CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt provides a Product Roundup.

    02/14/2005
  • How vulnerable is your SCADA system?

    Maj. Barry Charles Ezell, Ph.D., US Army, asserts that the same theory, model and methods used to quantify vulnerability to critical military infrastructure may be used to assess vulnerability to SCADA.

    02/09/2005
  • Confronting digital espionage

    Where does defending against digital espionage fall on your priority list? See what cybercrime experts recommend as the best steps you can take to secure your company's manufacturing processes.

    02/09/2005
  • Securing IP control protocols

    Is it impossible for all SCADA IP control protocols to implement a common security protocol? This "special to the web" article by SCADA security consultant Dale Peterson, says the answer is in the question.

    02/09/2005
  • Can we talk?

    How do you stay current with problems and threats in process automation if nobody will talk about their experiences and solutions? Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments in this "special to the web" editorial.

    02/09/2005
  • CONTROL invites you to "Ask the Experts"

    ControlGlobal.com presents "Ask the Experts," a new department moderated by noted process control authority and columnist Bela Liptak. Save yourself the hefty consulting fees by getting the answers to your questions from Liptak's cadre of professional automation experts.

    02/07/2005
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