Spend 10 minutes with Tom Griffiths, global product marketing manager for analytical sensors and instruments, for answers to questions such as, what are some of the analytical measurement challenges facing process manufacturers today? What developments in analytical measurement are on the horizon? and more.
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.
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.
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.
Alarm management issues have been at the core of many dangerous events and fatal accidents. Control's readers respond with their plans, beliefs and attitudes about the value of alarm management projects and processes.
Featured speaker Ed Michel, Reliability Manager at Frito-Lay, offers a unique look at how Frito-Lay is discovering new ways to improve productivity and sustainability by focusing on asset reliability. Ed explains how efforts have led to reduced downtime and less packaging material scrap.
Control magazine surveyed its audience to find out how industry professionals obtain basic training. Watch this video report where digital managing editor, Katherine Bonfante, goes over the survey's findings. There's a big gap between what companies are saying and what they are doing to provide training for their employees. Watch this report to learn more.
Learn correlation of sensor wire length with accuracy. Avoiding Long Sensor Wires video is one of six short educational videos entitled "Temperature Insights" from Emerson Process Management. The series provides insight into effectively and efficiently measuring temperature in a manufacturing process.
Data, data, it's all about the data. Nothing makes a control system fail faster than a failure of the data acquisition system. Walt Boyes, Control's editor in chief, takes you back to the basics on data acquisition systems and software.
In this edition of Control's Back to Basic video series, executive editor Jim Montague studies calibration of field instruments. Calibration is often misunderstood and sometimes misused. This error can lead to costly lawsuits. Knowing what field instrument calibration is and what the pitfalls are can save you and your plant time and money.
Walt Boyes talks about cybersecurity and its relationship to functional security. Today the process automation world is vulnerable to online safety disasters derived from online hacking, sabotage and/or cyberstupidity accidents. Sometimes, these cybersecurity breaches result in human death. Watch this Back to Basics episode and learn how you can defend your security control systems from cybersecurity attacks.
Editor-in-chief Walt Boyes talks about the Coriolis mass flowmeter and how these have changed over time. The earliest flowmeters were volumetric in nature. They measured the volume of the liquid or the gas flowing inside them, but if the temperature, density, or viscosity changed, the flow reading would be less accurate. Watch this video report to learn how Coriolis flowmeters have changed over time.
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.
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.
Editor in chief Walt Boyes takes a look at the wet chemistry measurements. Density. ph, ORP and conductivity are deceptively simple and similar. Watch this video report to learn more about these three measurements, how to differentiate them and understand them. Also watch to learn more about density analyzers.