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  • Podcast with ARC on "Domino Theory"

    Control contributing editor Rich Merritt conducts a wide-ranging interview with ARC Advisory Group principal analyst John Blanchard on a variety batch-related topics and trends. The interview is a follow-up to Merritt's "Domino Theory" cover article on batch processing in the September 2008 issue of Control. The two discuss the ISA88 standard's history, whether the word "batch" can be mentioned to continuous control users, how ISA88's documentation procedures can help users and where ISA88 and ISA95 may be headed in the future.

  • Podcast from ISA 2008: Wireless Enable Your Old Gauges

    Harry Sim left Honeywell for Cypress Envirosystems (a subsidiary of Cypress Semicon) two years ago because he had an idea that needed Silicon Valley innovation and technology. Now, with Honeywell’s help, Sim’s wireless gauge readers are giving new life and a digital flair to outmoded dial gauges—at Genentech and other pharma sites. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Senior Editor Paul Thomas spoke with Sim at the recent ISA 2008 show in Houston.

    Pharma Manufacturing
  • Peter Terwiesch of ABB

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, asks Peter Terwiesch, chief technology officer for ABB, how the foreseen recession could affect industries serving automation businesses, automation vendors, and automation end-users.

  • Our Toilets Are Not for Customers!

    End users now have much more power to improve or hurt a brand image, and many automation vendors are slow to realize what this means.

  • Operational and Business Readiness

    Matt Willmott discusses the top business issues process manufacturers are facing today and how an integrated main automation contractor approach can help overcome those challenges and ensure a smooth transition from project into operations.

  • Market Intelligence Report: Operator Interface/HMIs

    Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are increasing in number, variety, resolution, sophistication and related computing power, and so are becoming all-pervasive in most process applications. To help make sense of this rapidly changing market, Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, presents the results of Control's latest Market Intelligence Report on HMIs. Respondents reported on how they use HMIs to interact with their plants’ control systems, the age of their existing HMIs, their visual presentation preferences and on how well their HMIs handle alarms.

  • Market Intelligence Report: Field Instruments

    Control’s Walt Boyes reports on how end users are using field instruments, analyzers and final control elements. Wired or wireless, this is where the rubber meets the road.

  • Leaving a Higher Stack of Wood

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks about industry ethics. He reflects on how companies used to assign a mentor to train new young employees, but now this is not a common practice. If we want to leave behind a well prepared profession once we retire, we have to take the time to train these newbees ourselves. If we don't do it who will?

  • Industrial PC

    Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, tries to answer some questions about the changing nature of industrial PCs and asks for readers to contribute their thoughts as well. Many industrial PCs no longer need the keyboard and screens of the past and can run in headless configurations on DIN rails, on boards and in chips. So how is it possible to define, write about and use them? Are the enclosure-based PCs of the past still useful? All these questions prompted a variety of answers.

  • How To Be A Contender

    The Control/ARC podcast features ARC Vice President Dave Woll discussing what it takes to be a 21st-century automation professional, whether as a manager or as a team member.

  • Honeywell Super-Hero Users

    Users at Honeywell's 2008 User Group Conference describe how Honeywell’s capabilities help them improve their plants’ safety, reliability and efficiency performance.

  • Having A Career in Process Automation

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks with the 2008 inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame Vernon Trevathan, William M. Hawkins and Dale E Seborg. They talk about what it takes to have career in process automation.

  • FutureCast: Advanced Control

    Advances in computing power and statistical analysis have made it possible for Control's Walt Boyes to peer into the crystal ball and see what the control strategies of the future will be.

  • Early Education

    The process control and automation industries are loosing practical knowledge to retirement and outsourcing, and veteran engineers aren't being replaced quickly enough. Why is the U.S. not encouraging, attracting, and training the engineers it will need in the future, and what can be done about it? Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, says the magazine will explore this issue during 2008, and asks users to share their experiences and efforts to inspire junior high and elementary school students to get bitten by the engineering bug.

  • EAM - Is there a "there" there?

    Managing editor Nancy Bartels talks about process manufacturers who are integrating EAM with SCADA or other control systems. They are taking advantage of factory floor data to optimize maintenance operations and support the transition to preventive and predictive maintenance models.

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