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  • 2005 Process Automation Hall of Fame

    CONTROL lines up this year's Process Automation Hall of Fame inductees, three chemical engineers who got interested in the nuts, bolts and wires of control processes they learned about in school.

  • Books for success in the process automation industry

    Covering the world of automation, instrumentation and control, these industry books available from ISA are authoritative, thorough, and written and reviewed by experts. See the extensive array of books selected by our Editors and available through that are designed to help students, professionals and practitioners succeed with today's automation challenges.

  • Technocrats take the '318 patent to task

    In this DigitalField Insider web exclusive, Managing Editor Steve Kuehn reports on the Solaia patent case and how it continues to weave its costly way through the courts and U.S. industry.

  • Process analytics: A U.K. initiative

    Littlejohn’s third remedy is sure to be much more controversial and fraught with complexity: A new way for instrument vendors to charge for on-stream analytical data.

  • What vendors say about control system security

    Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt provides detailed, unedited responses from process control vendors, software companies and security consultants on questions regarding control system security.

  • Patent infringement case remains a tangled web

    In the April issue of CONTROL magazine, Managing Editor Steve Kuehn reports on how Solaia may have finally met its match now that it has faced off against Rockwell Automation in a U.S. patent court case.

  • Taking the heat for replacing a brush hot

    Contributing writer and controls technician Loren Jones proves in this “exclusive to the web” feature that he can’t keep his big mouth shut, and learns that just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.

  • Mesh networks on the factory floor

    Is mesh network technology gaining favor in real-world industrial applications or is the industry still holding back? Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt goes looking for evidence of its current state of deployment.

  • The human aspects of process automation

    Maurice Wilkins, Chairman of the World Batch Forum, focuses on batch management, automation and integration in this "special to the web" monthly column for

  • In our view, a brand is more than a logo

    We all know advertising can reinforce our brand image, but it can't change it by itself. CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes asks, "How do your company's positive values live up to its brand?"

  • Look, Ma! No wires!

    CONTROL magazine's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes tells us whether wireless networking in process automation applications is ready for prime time in this "special to the web" editorial for

  • Plug in to standard solutions

    Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert notes that there is no single vendor or independent organization that promulgates Ethernet standards and that end users must modify commercial standards for their own use.

  • Deterministic networking on Ethernet

    Andreas Pfeiffer writes that if Ethernet has any hope of becoming an automation control standard, time-deterministic control must coexist within a single message format with non-real-time data.

  • Choosing an enlightened control path

    The rapid development of computer technology in advanced distributed control systems (DCS) has brought a Chinese fatty alcohol process plant safely into the modern control era.

  • One billion bottles a year on the wall

    A glass manufacturer's new monitoring and control system has increased both the number and quality of bottles the company makes, while at the same time shattering its refining process production costs.

  • Making automation pay enterprise-wide

    From the plant floor to the front office, the means often justify the ends, so if the level of credibility does not exist in your company that allows new automation to get approved, then you have some work to do.

  • Industrial PCs are all grown up

    Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, notes that industrial PCs have matured from similar-looking, pre-packaged desktop PCs to products specifically designed for particular process automation applications.

  • Knights of the pharma industry roundtable

    The PAT Initiative is much more than using process analyzers in pharmaceuticals processes. It is about gaining true understanding of the mechanisms that drive the process and their robustness.

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