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  • What's it gonna take to make what we do visible?

    KPIs, KPIs! If what we do as automation engineers is not visible to the financial management systems, it never happened! In this Automation Minute, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes suggests picking projects that can show a step-change in performance and profitability, and not ones that can be overwhelmed or hidden by G&A allocations.

    06/05/2007
  • Reader Feedback: Keeping it simple

    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.

    06/04/2007
  • Anyone watching your assets?

    Every system benefits from having properly trained individuals examining diagnostics and error messages, but fieldbus has the power to free those savvy techs from tedious hours watching screens.

    John Rezabek
    06/04/2007
  • Get up, out and about

    Though some engineers say their industries and job prospects have recovered recently, many say that their administrators’ main mission is to wring as much short-term cash as possible from their operations.

    Jim Montague
    06/04/2007
  • Loop controllers

    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. This month, we focus on loop controllers.

    06/04/2007
  • Analyze this!

    Measurement and control of physical properties such as level and flow are the heart of process control. But measurement and control of the molecular composition of a process stream are also of vital importance.

    Dan Hebert
    06/04/2007
  • Payback time

    The best-paid engineers and technical professionals answering our 2007 Salary Survey are growing more numerous and collecting bigger bonuses, while their lower-paid colleagues are decreasing.

    Jim Montague
    06/04/2007
  • Take one for the team!

    Organizations that only serve declining memberships are missing the point. The number of automation professionals isn’t declining; it is the number of them who feel the need to be included that’s declining.

    Walt Boyes
    06/01/2007
  • Living control systems?

    Self-reconfiguring and assembling devices may have some surprising unintended consequences. We’re talking the potential for almost unlimited versatility that could change the international balance of trade.

    Jeffrey R. Harrow
    06/01/2007
  • Complacent with compliance?

    OPC Certification creates a solid quality baseline for interoperability that separates the wheat from the chaff, according to OPC specialist Eric Murphy, and serious end-users will demand nothing less.

    Eric Murphy
    06/01/2007
  • OPC is on the rise in process control

    In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Executive Editor Jim Montague comments on a recent survey about the impact of object linking and embedding for process control. Listen and learn about OPC's present and future direction in the process industries.

    05/22/2007
  • The rest of the best of the best

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their multipart series of talks with some of the Great Minds in Process Control.

    05/22/2007
  • Why are automation professionals the Rodney Dangerfields of high tech?

    Automation Minute  In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes wonders why we as an industry don't get the respect we deserve. Afterall, we’ve been doing networking since before there was Ethernet and computers since before companies had IT departments.

    05/15/2007
  • Special E-Show Daily edition from Matrikon Summit 2007

    The editors of CONTROL report on the presentations, case studies, panel discussions, demonstrations and networking events at this year’s technology conference for industry executives, process control engineers and other professionals held this spring in Chicago.

    05/14/2007
  • Foundation fieldbus in hazardous areas

    Implementing Foundation fieldbus can seem like a daunting task, and when coupled with hazardous-area considerations, may approach information overload; however, it doesn't have to be an explosive concept.

    C. Bruce Bradley
    05/11/2007
  • Three-element boiler control system

    Ask the Experts” is moderated by Béla Lipták, editor of the three-volume Instrument Engineer’s Handbook. In this column, he welcomes questions from the readers concerning process control and automation problems.

    05/11/2007
  • Compact, high-functionality signal isolators

    Many process control applications and systems require signal isolation and conditioning. The challenge is to provide these functions with compact, inexpensive and easy-to-use devices.

    05/11/2007
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