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.
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.
Faking It Can Be A Good Thing. Control Executive Editor Jim Montague and ARC Senior Analyst Tom Fiske talk about the benefits of using sophisticated simulation software for plant design, control system checkout and employee training. The right simulation software can save millions of dollars, ease plant start-ups, improve plant safety and help the next generation of process operators develop their skills. Fiske says that, among other things, simulation software is the teaching tool perfectly in tune with the learning habits of the iPod and Wii generation.
Where's the batch? ISA88 was the first attempt to create a manufacturing language. Walt Boyes talks about the direction ISA88 and ISA95 are taking and what the future holds for batch and hybrid manufacturing.
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We've been measuring level since the days of the Pharaohs, so why is it still so hard? Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks about the basics of measuring level, and how to select the correct level technology for your applications.
Editor in chief Walt Boyes talks about effective alarm management processes. Over the past 50 years many process industry disasters could have been avoided if only the proper alarm systems had been in place. The switch of alarm management systems from panel walls to display screens and DCSs resulted in system operators' loss of visual pattern recognition. This switch caused the newer generations of alarm operators to develop tunnel vision. Meanwhile lack of careful alarm rationalization causes them to be inundated with too many alarms, making it impossible to respond to the important ones. Watch this 5-minute video and learn how to design an alarm system that contributes to your plant's "inherently safe" lifestyle.
Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes explains the basics of this fundamental control operation. Learn about dead band, lag time, PID control, manual and adaptive loop tuning and why your loop tuning problems can't always be fixed by software.
As the economy crashes, process automation is poised to ride it out. Walt Boyes speaks with ARC Research Directors Larry O'Brien and Craig Resnick on the state of the process automation economy, and the Control/ARC Top 50 automation companies.