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  • Mission Control

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

    Dan Herbert
  • Aluminum anodizing temperature control

    “Ask the Experts” on 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Maintaining a competitive edge

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

    Lynn Craig
  • 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!

  • Users get an early look at WirelessHART

    At the May 2007 SP100 meeting, Executive Director Ron Helson and Chief Engineer Wally Pratt of the HART Communication Foundation gave a detailed presentation to the committee on WirelessHART. For the first time in a completely public forum, we are pleased to provide this same presentation. This is the straight scoop, without any FUD, straight from the source.

  • Highlights from the 2007 HUG Symposium

    Our E-Show Daily coverage of this year's event in Phoenix includes reports on the presentations, case studies and panel discussions given during the technical conference for industry professionals.

  • Dramatic efficiency, quality improvements for Canadian papermaker

    This videocast from the Process Automation Media Network shows how Catalyst's Elk Falls integrated paper mill on Vancouver Island in British Columbia uses advanced control and optimization techniques to eke out multimillion savings while simultaneously improving product quality.

  • Cyber security interview with Kevin Staggs

    Honeywell global security architect Kevin Staggs sits down with CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes to discuss the changing process control security landscape.

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