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  • Industrial PCs take new forms for new jobs

    As the boundaries defining traditional industrial PCs used in manufacturing disappear, they’re morphing into new, fanless, diskless forms, and taking on tasks once reserved for PLCs and other plant-floor devices.

  • Fieldbus in biopharma applications, Part 1

    This article highlights issues associated with the installation of a multiple-fieldbus control system at a pharma processing facility and talks about its implications for handling an entire manufacturing suite.

  • Who should do your next project? Part 2

    In part two of this two-part series, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at how your company’s own internal capabilities and characteristics can affect automation contractor selection.

  • Innovations in batching, dosing and weighing

    Challenges brought on by new regulations and technical problems for batching, dosing and weighing have pushed users to find some innovative and surprising solutions beyond our own industry.

  • Process optimization in oilfield production

    Pavilion’s Matt Tormollen, and Halliburton’s Richard Ella, join Editor in Chief Walt Boyes in a conversation about the development of a complete virtual reality simulation model for optimizing oil fields for production.

  • Vendor vs. vendor

    CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes issues a challenge to end users everywhere: Tell your vendors to stop playing Spy vs. Spy and participate fairly in standards creation for fieldbus and wireless.

  • Fieldbus Wars continue

    As wireless Ethernet continues its aggressive growth, end users have to wonder, “Will it replace fieldbuses?” Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt investigates the situation and finds that clearly a battle is shaping up.

  • Talking MOLA with Thermo's David Faulkner

    Walt Boyes revisits his old career at Texas Nuclear as he talks MOLA (moisture online analyzer) with David Faulkner, product manager with Thermo Electron Corp., the successor to the old Texas Nuclear.

  • Siemens Summit shows automation optimism

    Aubert Martin, president and CEO of Siemens Energy & Automation, shares his outlook on the company’s performance and prospects during a keynote presentation at this year's Automation Summit.

  • A discussion on wireless with David Kaufman

    Kaufman has been heavily involved in SP100, ISA's wireless standard committee; in the HART Wireless Working Group, and in charting Honeywell's course to creating a process automation wireless system.

  • Who's gonna fill those shoes?

    Walt Boyes, editor in chief of CONTROL magazine, is passionate about what has to be done in order to make sure the next generation of process automation professionals is ready to provide institutional knowledge when we've retired. Boyes describes what companies currently are doing, and what companies and process automation professionals can do to help avert the upcoming demographic disaster. – recorded June 14, 2006, at the Honeywell User Group Americas Symposium.

  • Connectivity that counts

    Today, much fruitful activity in the process automation realm is on the meaningful integration of applications with each other, so that true knowledge and information—and not just more data—is the outcome.

  • Highlights from the Honeywell Users Group Symposium

    Headlines from the three-day event include excerpts from presentations by Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions' Roger Fradin, who shares his company's process automation vision; ExxonMobil's Johan Nye and Michael Sarli on security risks and tomorrow's plant operators; and Genentech's Chris Schreil on his company's joint development with Honeywell on a new control system.

  • All around loop controllers

    Every 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, we take a look at loop controllers.

  • The ABCs of XML: Part I

    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.

  • Intrinsic safety versus explosion proof

    CONTROL contributing editor, Ian Verhappen, takes a look at why intrinsic safety is so popular in Europe and other areas outside the U.S., and why it has never really caught on yet here in North America.

  • Who should do your next project?

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at ways you can make an automation contractor selection based on project size, scope, and support requirements in this installment of Technically Speaking.

  • All wound up

    Feeling a little guilty over neglecting all their motor enthusiasts, McMillan and Weiner present an interesting case of the “now you see it, now you don’t” in terms of a cycle in series pump system.

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