Control/ARC Process Automation Podcast Series

Process Automation Radio NetworkThe Control/ARC Process Automation podcast series library contains audio interviews of some of the biggest names in process automation. Listen to any of the podcast interviews and hear various subject-matter experts on industrial controls.

 

 

 


Podcast: Enhancing Operator Performance

Macrh 28, 2014
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about many of the new tools and methods for improving operator performance from prioritized data displays that aid situational awareness to sit-stand workstations to assist alertness. Listen to this podcast now.

Control Top 50 Companies

Jan 08, 2014
In this podcast, David Clayton at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the companies on this year's Top 50 list, and the economic and technical trend affecting them, including the resurgent natural gas sector, process control in developing economies, and possible mega projects. Listen to this podcast now.

Virtualization and Cloud Technology

12/4/13
In this podcast, Harry Forbes at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the latest trends and innovations in cloud-based technology and virtualized computing, and some of the best ways that listeners can safely and securely take advantage of them. Listen to this podcast now.

Process Security Podcast

11/6/13
In this podcast, Sid Snitkin at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor, about the latest trends and innovations in process security, and some of the best ways that listeners can go about making their applications and facilities more secure. Listen to this podcast now and take the cybersecurity survey.

Mobile Automation Professional

9/26/13
In this podcast, Ralph Rio at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor, about how mobile automation professionals are getting free of their control rooms, what tools they’re using, and how others can do it too.

Wireless Field Networks

9/17/13
In this podcast, Harry Forbes at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about some of the latest innovations and best practices in wireless field networks used by process control engineers and their colleagues.

Collaboration Tools and Platforms

8/9/13
In this podcast, Ralph Rio at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about some of the latest innovations and best practices in collaboration tools and platforms used by process control engineers and their colleagues.

Legacy DCS Renovations Possible

7/08/13
In this podcast, Harry Forbes at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about supporting legacy distributed control systems (DCSs) and related equipment, and how many new and easier-to-use tools are helping these renovation and upgrade projects to multiply.

Process Safety Puzzle

5/23/13
In this podcast, Barry Young of ARC Advisory Group, talks with Nancy Bartels, Control's managing editor, about the piecing together the necessary components for process safety.

IT Improves Process Automation

4/23/13
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how IT and data center technologies have been moving into process control and automation.

Enhancing Operator Performance

3/28/13
In this podcast, Dave Woll at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about enhancing operator performance, and how prioritized data, simpler displays, human-factors-designed equipment, fatigue-reduction efforts, alarm planning and other tools can all improve situational awareness and performance.

2013 Process Automation Hall of Fame

2/22/13
In this podcast, Dick Hill at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor, about the four new inductees in Control’s Process Automation Hall of Fame for 2013, and some of the issues raised by their experiences and the challenges they see the process control field facing in the future. The four new hall-of-famers are: Peter Martin of Invensys Operations Management, Dennis Brandl of BRandL Consulting, Ian Verhappen of Industrial Automation Networks, and John MacGregor of ProSensus.

Control Top 50 and Readers' Choice Awards 2013

1/24/13
In this podcast, Craig Resnick at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor, about some of the economic trends swirling around the Control/ARC Top 50 Companies and the 21st annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and how those trends will likely affect both control and automation suppliers and readers.

Advanced Process Control Podcast

11/29/2012
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds, senior consultant at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about advanced process control, and how to make it simpler to implement and maintain.

Process Security Podcast

10/30/2012
In this podcast, Barry Young, principal analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about process security, and how to draw the line on how much security is enough for which control systems and applications.

Process Simulation Podcast

9/26/2012
In this podcast, Dick Slansky at ARC Advisory Group, Talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about process simulation, and whether simulations for design, configuration, training, optimization and other tasks are coming together in new way.

Wireless Comes of Age

8/23/2012
In this podcast, Harry Forbes of ARC Advisory Group speaks with Nancy Bartels, Control's managing editor, about the state of wireless usage in process automation now, why some are still reluctant to use wireless, and the knotty question of the effect of "standards wars" on the adoption of wireless.

Staffing and Knowledge Management

7/25/2012
In this podcast, Dave Woll of ARC Advisory Group speaks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how the market for process automation and control engineers and related professionals is staying red hot, despite the overall economic doldrums in the U.S. and worldwide.

Process Sustainability Podcast

6/18/2012
In this podcast, John Blanchard of ARC Advisory Group, speaks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how "green" practices are multiplying in increasingly varied process applications, and how listeners can adopt sustainable methods, too.

Process Safety and Security

5/22/2012
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds of ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the increasingly close ties between process safety and cybersecurity, and how thinking about security as a safety and availability issue is helping engineers justify and implement it in their own organizations.

The Mobile Automation Professional

4/26/2012
In this podcast, Dave Woll at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the mobile automation professional, how increasingly simple and secure remote access is changing many process applications and which of these tools and methods might be most useful to listeners.

The Control Room of the Future

03/26/2012
In this podcast, Peter Reynolds at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the Control Room of the Future, and whether smart phones, tablets PCs, simulations and other hi-tech tools can help turn control rooms into futuristic collaboration centers, or if any other practices can help achieve that bright future.

2012 Process Automation Hall of Fame Podcast

02/24/2012
Dick Hill at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the three new inductees in Control's Process automation Hall of Fame for 2012 -- Mark Nixon, Tom Phinney and Vernon Heath -- and some of the issues raised by their experiences and the challenges they see the process control field facing in the future.

Readers' Choice Awards 2012

01/27/2012
Barry Young, principal analyst ar ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about some of the significant trends swirling around the 20th annual Readers' Choice Awards, and how those trends may affect respondents and readers as they choose their favorite technologies, suppliers and services in the process industries. Listen to this podcast.

2011 Control/ARC Top 50 Automation Companies

12/28/2011
Walt Boyes, Control editor in chief, and David Clayton and Preet Shoker from ARC Advisory Group reveal deep insight into the 2011 Top 50 Automation Companies.

The Asset Management and Sustainability Connection

11/28/2011
"Sustainability" may be the Buzz Word of the Year. But it turns out that it also has great potential to be a real money saver for your operation, especially if you focus on the energy potential savings that accrue from using asset management and maintenance best practices. In this podcast, Ralph Rio, Research Director, Enterprise Software, at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Nancy Bartels, Control's managing editor, about the sustainability/enterprise asset management (EAM) connection and how it can impact both your operations and your maintenance departments -- and your bottom line.

Process Security 2011 Podcast

10/17/2011
With all the news about looming computer viruses and possible cyber attacks, it's no wonder so many process engineers are concerned their applications and facilities may be exposed to unauthorized probes and potential intrusion. In this podcast, Barry Young, principal analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the state of process security, how the U.S. government, standards organizations and suppliers are responding, and what end users can do to improve their own process security.

Lifecycle Costs Podcast

09/26/2011
Process control and automation can control process plants and cut lifecycle costs. In this podcast, Paula Hollywood, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how end users and systems integrators are becoming more aware of how automation can help reduce expenses over the lifetime of their application and equipment. Find out how others can do it too.

Wireless Podcast

08/16/2011
In this podcast, Harry Forbes, senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how some of the struggles over wireless networking methods and protocols are shaking out, and how end users can benefit from using wireless technologies.

Process Sustainability 2011 Podcast

June 21, 2011
There's a lot more to truly going green than efficiency, which is why experienced end users are scrambling to master process sustainability. In this podcast, Wil Chin of ARC Advisory Group and Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, discuss how process sustainability is evolving, typed of applications where it's emerging, and where its going in the future.

Information Wants to Be Everywhere

April 19, 2011
The slick, convenient, user-friendly tablets and smart phones that are so popular on the home front are making inroads into the workplace. In this podcast, Ralph Rio of ARC Advisory Group and Control's managing editor, Nancy Bartels, discuss the trend, the vision of real-time process information on demand everywhere all the time, and the reality of making it happen in the process environment.

User-Centered Design at Work Podcast

March 22, 2011
More process control engineers are recognizing that operational errors cause most process slowdowns and shutdowns. The March 2011 cover article explores how some innovative users are preventing these user-based problems. Executive editor Jim Montague interviews ARC's senior process analyst Dave Woll to comment on the users' preventative measures.

Control/ARC 2010 Top 50 Automation Companies

January 12, 2011
Walt Boyes, editor of Control, and Larry O'Brien of ARC discuss the issues and the background of the annual Top 50 report.

Condition Monitoring

November 29, 2010
How big is big-time condition monitoring? Jim Montague interviews ARC Advisory Group's research director, Wil Chin, about the November cover article's assertion that unused diagnostic capabilities existing in plants can be used to start or improve a condition monitoring program, and whether doing so is actually possible. Listen to this podcast.

The Straight Scoop on Stuxnet

October 19, 2010
Stuxnet, the scary new virus in town, may make you want to rethink your control system security. Control's managing editor, Nancy Bartels, and ARC's Bob Mick sort out the hype, hysteria and hoop-la and get to the nitty gritty of what this computer worm, aimed directly at control systems, means for your cybersecurity plans.

Process Safety

May 25, 2010
Executive Editor Jim Montague talks with ARC's Research Director Larry O'Brien about process safety questions in the automation industry today. Listen to this podcast and learn more about the industry and its safety.

Wireless Workers

April 20, 2010
They've thrown off their hardwired chains, are roaming plants at will, and getting a lot more done than their cable-bound counterparts. ARC analyst Ralph Rio and Control executive editor Jim Montague talk about what wireless workers are up to, how they do it and how others can do it, too.

User Centered Design

March 22, 2010
ARC Senior Analyst Tom Fiske and Control's Walt Boyes share a deep interest in User Centered Design. This month's Control/ARC podcast lets them discuss it with insight.

The Control/ARC Process Automation Hall of Fame and Brain Drain

February 16, 2010
Control's
Walt Boyes talks with ARC's Larry O'Brien and Tom Fiske about the top automation professionals.

The 50 Largest Automation Companies

December 14, 2009
ARC's Larry O'Brien and Craig Resnick talk with Walt Boyes about vendors, rankings, mergers, acquisitions, technology trends and things end users need to watch for.

Predictive Maintenance, Wireless Sensing and Machine Connectivity Advances

November 17, 2009
Control's managing editor, Nancy Bartels, and ARC Advisory Group's research director, Ralph Rio, discuss how the advances in predictive maintenance, wireless sensing and machine connectivity are affecting EAM and the way companies now do maintenance.

Fieldbus Architectures

October 28, 2009
Fieldbuses are maturing, cooperating better, getting easier to use, and are being adopted in new and different applications. In this podcast, Larry O'Brien and Will Chin, research directors for automation at ARC Advisory Group, explore and analyze some of these trends surrounding the recent evolution of the major fieldbuses and their likely future.

Batch Operations

September 17, 2009
This month, Control and ARC Advisory Group's podcast series examines batch operations. The podcast includes commentary and insights by John Blanchard, ARC’s principal analyst. He is interviewed by Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor.

Wireless Gets Easier Podcast

August 20, 2009
Most folks now believe wireless can work in their process applications, and veteran users are proving it. This month, Control and ARC Advisory Group's podcast series examines wireless in the plant. The podcast includes commentary and insights by Harry Forbes, ARC's senior automation analyst, and Wil Chin, ARC's research director for automation. They are interviewed by Jim Montague, Control's executive editor.

The Effects of Web 2.0 on Collaborative Engineering

July 16, 2009
Walt Boyes and ARC analyst Dick Slansky discuss the effects of Web 2.0 on collaborative engineering and product lifecycle management-- a fascinating discussion, especially for everyone over 30!

PAT Is Not Just for Pharma – Podcast

June 19, 2009
PAT has shown huge promise yet Pharma has been slow to adopt. ARC's Paula Hollywood talks with Walt Boyes about the value and benefit the process industries have seen with PAT.

Practical Process Safety Podcast

May 19, 2009
Boom! Factories have been going boom and managers have lied to the CSB. Walt Boyes and ARC's Larry O'Brien discuss what appears to be a crisis in process functional safety in this month's Control/ARC Podcast edition.

Virtual Reality Simulation in the Process Industries

April 15, 2009
In the April edition of the Control/ARC Podcast series, Walt Boyes and ARC's Tom Fiske take a look at what was until only very recently science fiction, and has now become science fact–– the future of high fidelity virtual reality simulation in the process industries.

Enterprise Integration Podcast

March 17, 2009
Walt Boyes and ARC's Bob Mick discuss enterprise integration: how to do it, why to do it, and what the future will be for it. Mick provides insight into standards-based integration, and what the effect of the schism in the OPC ranks will be.

Enterprise Integration with ARC's Bob Mick

March 19, 2008
Control's Dan Hebert and Walt Boyes talk about Enterprise Integration with ARC's Bob Mick. This is a rocket-fast tour through the world of enterprise integration by a world class expert from both the vendor and end user side. Mick is passionate about what the value of integration can be, and informative about the perils and pitfalls too.

Top 50 Process Automation Companies

December 19, 2007
Listen to Walt Boyes, editor in chief of Control Magazine, and Larry O'Brien, Director of Research at ARC Advisory Group, speak on the ARC/Control Top 50 Process Automation Companies. Learn what their projections for the industry are in the upcoming years.