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  • 2007 Process Automation Hall of Fame

    Each year, the top three vote getters are inducted by their peers into the Process Automation Hall of Fame. The careers of this year's class run the gamut from the theoretical to the ruthlessly practical.

  • Ghost writers on the web

    New detection software programs that generate relevant text on a given subject are getting better at identifying existing content, but a casual reading shows most of what they reveal has no meaning.

  • Still pondering whither fieldbus?

    In this month's installment of On the Bus, Contributing Editor John Rezabek predicts HART devices will work so well that your career may be over before you can justify the cost to replace them with fieldbus.

  • Real-world education

    Many newly minted control and automation engineers find they need months of training to learn how their employers apply their technologies because of lack of coordination between schools and employers.

  • Digital fieldbus networks

    It's not so easy to deploy digital fieldbus networks in existing process plants. Working to upgrade from discrete and analog connections to digital fieldbus networks presents a host of options and challenges.

  • Yokogawa shedding quiet company image

    While it’s difficult to gauge quantitatively where Yokogawa stands in its market-share quest, recent project wins reflect the aggressive moves the company is making to become a more dominant global leader.

  • Something’s fishy at the water treatment plant

    The new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta reuses millions of gallons of water and requires constant monitoring of its complex, closed-loop filtration system, ultimately leaving only small amounts of sludge.

  • First the application, then the product

    CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes defines a range of applications and types of level measurement devices and techniques used for figuring out even the most complex level measurement problems.

  • NeSSI taxis for takeoff

    Though acceptance and networking hurdles remain, the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) is starting to emerge in real-world, standardized, modular process control applications.

  • The evolution of plant automation

    Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.

  • Pressure control optimization

    Floating pressure control means that, at minimum pressure, the heat required at the reboiler is minimized, its capacity is increased, and fouling is reduced.

  • Automation Products Bulletin

    Compiled by the editors of and, this monthly e-newsletter will keep you up to date on the most current new products available to the market place for process, factory and machine-control applications.

  • Why traditional automation marketing has to change

    New to is Automation Minute. In this videocast, Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes notes that suppliers who aren't thinking about new ways to work with their end users risk being steam rolled over by those that do. The Internet has given us the ability for this to happen, and what can happen usually does.

  • Winning the battle for interoperability

    In a special-to-the-web article for OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents his thoughts on what it will take to achieve the mission of true interoperability.

  • The ABCs of XML - Part 3: XSLT

    This article provides more of what you need to know to survive in the world of connected data by introducing the XSLT programming language, which brings the benefits of XML to industrial automation applications.

  • 2007 Readers' Choice Awards

    Once again, the end users have spoken. Process control professionals assess the best technologies and vote on who best meets their needs in the 15th annual CONTROL Readers’ Choice Awards.

    Control Global Staff
  • The power of the Sun: Part 1

    In discussing global energy issues, CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, estimates that global warming damage will consume as much as 20% of the global GDP by 2020 even without energy wars.

  • Physical layer diagnostics: Part II

    In this month’s installment of On the Bus, process control specialist John Rezabek summarizes the current and soon-to-be-released offerings of four of the leading suppliers of physical-layer hardware.

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