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  • Foundation fieldbus – Working today, preparing for tomorrow

    This presentation, offered as an exclusive podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, explains how fieldbus is being used today in process automation applications, how it will be used in the future, and how the unique requirements of different projects are being met.

    02/27/2007
  • Energy saving solutions – Building IT with OPC

    OPC provides the advantages of standardized data connectivity among many isolated systems, industry-proven applications to turn that data into information, and hence into cost and energy savings.

    02/23/2007
  • OPC UA enables Business Intelligence (BI)

    In a special-to-the-web article for OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents his thoughts on OPC UA and how it offers the promise of unifying individual business units into true enterprise-wide solutions.

    02/16/2007
  • The ABCs of XML, Parts 1, 2 & 3

    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.

    02/14/2007
  • ISA SP100 keeps on its wireless path

    The committee plans to produce a standard by 2008 and currently appears to be on schedule. Although end-user demand for wireless is rapidly increasing, participation in the work of SP100 remains sparse.

    02/09/2007
  • Yon on wireless

    In this podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, Dr. Gene Yon, president of Adaptive Instruments at Accutech, provides his perspective on industrial wireless to CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.

    02/09/2007
  • The best of the best — Part 2

    In the second installment of this two-part series, Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, bring their wits and more than 70 years of process control experience to bear on your questions.

    02/07/2007
  • The application of thermocouples

    Process control authority Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer readers' questions regarding the application of thermocouples used in fire heaters.

    02/07/2007
  • Software ensures correct SIL3 certification

    FlexiSafe software from ICS Triplex Technology provides a pre-certified environment up to SIL3, and enables faster, easier creation of SIL-certified products.

    02/05/2007
  • Temperature measurement and control resources

    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, temperature measurement and control is the focus.

    02/05/2007
  • Getting into Enclosures

    Housing for control and automation devices and networks is evolving right along with the devices they contain, so it's even more important now to choose the appropriate enclosure for your application. Here's how.

    02/02/2007
  • Reaching the young crowd

    It’s time the industry develops new content and new ways of delivering it to young automation professionals, the ones who are so hard to find, and who are so leery of joining professional organizations.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
  • 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.

    02/01/2007
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