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  • Alarm management improves plant operations

    Alarm management is a hot topic, perhaps because incorrect presentation of alarms often confuses operators. This article shows how better alarm management empowers operators to improve plant performance.

    01/05/2007
  • The best of the best, Part 1

    Columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, bring their wits and more than 70 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments and problems in this month’s installment of Control Talk.

    01/05/2007
  • Ink control, steam drums, smart positioners

    Process control authority Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer readers' questions regarding ink control, steam drums and smart positioners.

    01/05/2007
  • Who do we trust?

    Among high-tech industries, surveys show that end users of process automation equipment and systems trust their vendors more than trade magazines, industry analysts and others.

    Walt Boyes
    01/03/2007
  • Industrial networking for the rest of us

    As networking technology and its applications continue to advance, the greatest innovations today are not in the networks per se, but in making them easier and more foolproof to implement.

    12/16/2006
  • Wireless aids molding machine ERP

    When reconfiguration or relocation of machines is required due to product demand, any associated disconnection and reconnection of the ERP system—sometimes involving rewiring—can be daunting.

    12/15/2006
  • Talking about talking

    Columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, bring their wits and more than 70 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments and problems in this month’s installment of Control Talk.

    12/15/2006
  • Same ol’ song and no dance

    From a vendor’s perspective, legacy is innovation’s worst companion, and according to Industrial Networking columnist Jeremy Pollard, it’s very difficult to be innovative if it leaves the installed base behind.

    12/14/2006
  • Water works

    To get higher billing and receivables cycle speeds, Greater Vancouver Regional District upgraded its data historian, resulting in savings, efficiency, and improved service to its customers.

    12/14/2006
  • AutomationXchange event report

    While basic plant-floor automation is no longer a mystery, advanced control often is, making techniques for solving difficult process control problems of high interest to end users and service providers.

    12/14/2006
  • Maintaining connections

    There are plenty of issues that cause network headaches, but never assume your electrical subcontractor is familiar with routing and terminating network connector cables, even if they do it all the time.

    12/13/2006
  • Open is as open does: Upgrade and migration for DCS the Foxboro way

    Betty Naylor-McDevitt has worked her way up through both the technical and engineering and sales and marketing tracks at Foxboro to become one of the recognized experts on DCS systems, and the Foxboro I/A Series system in particular. As Marketing Director for Foxboro, she shares her view of upgrading, migration, and open systems with Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.

    12/12/2006
  • The truth will set you free

    One part of a well-planned tactical assault on potential customers seems to include making your web site a place for customers to painlessly contribute to, comment and critique what you make, deliver, and support.

    12/12/2006
  • The DCS spirit lives on everywhere

    Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and today’s sophisticated networks.

    12/12/2006
  • Project roadmaps get you there

    This article illustrates how correct project engineering documentation deliverables help to eliminate scope changes during concept development and design, and minimize analyzer system lifetime costs.

    12/12/2006
  • Physical layer diagnostics: Who needs them?

    In this month’s installment of On the Bus, process control specialist John Rezabek explains the difficulties of getting a quality installation of physical-layer hardware for fieldbus diagnostics.

    12/11/2006
  • Blood and guts

    Executive Editor Jim Montague notes that taking a closer look at biological processes can help adapt or improve existing process controls and systems. Read why in this month's installment of Control Report.

    12/11/2006
  • OPC UA and bridging the chasm

    In this installment of OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy says that as OPC UA begins its approach to the chasm, the infrastructure is already being laid to ensure it can successfully bridge the gap.

    12/10/2006
  • Highlights from the Invensys Customer Conference

    Invensys Process Systems' Hesh Kagan outlined the company's strategy for making wireless a real and sustainable technology for process manufacturers at the Invensys Customer Conference in Dallas.

    12/07/2006
  • Highlights from the Invensys Customer Conference

    Foxboro's Thad Frost outlined the company's extensive and detailed roadmap for the company's I/A Series control system architecture during the Invensys 2006 Customer Conference in Dallas.

    12/06/2006
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