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  • Variable-Speed Drives Save Energy

    Variable-speed drives aren't new technology, but are getting attention now in the process industries because of their potential to save energy. In this podcast, Control ME Nancy Bartels talks with Ivan Spronk of Schneider Electric about VSDs, how they work and how they can save energy in process operations.

  • Value, Safety and Security of State-Based Control

    Walt Boyes talks with ABB's Dave Huffman about the value, safety and security of state-based control. Don't know what state-based control is? Then you should listen to this three part podcast and find out...

  • Utilities Kingston Implements Plant-Wide Control System to Streamline Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Utilities Kingston, owned by the City of Kingston, Ontario, is an international leader in the wastewater treatment field. The $103 million CDN expansion of the Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, uses state-of-the-art equipment and best practices that serve as a model to municipalities world-wide. By making the plant as efficient as possible, Utilities Kingston (UK) and the City of Kingston help protect the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Basin and communities downstream. The goals for the Ravensview plant were to increase effluent capacity, improve effluent, air and water quality, reduce noise and provide superior bio-solids handling, energy savings and efficiency. Utilities Kingston partnered with J.L. Richards (JLR), an engineering architect and planning company, to design the control system. They chose Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System solution which included programmable automation controllers (PACs), intelligent motor control centers (MCCs) and variable frequency drives, as well as field services including Protection Plus Startup Services, Factory Acceptance Testing and TechConnectSM phone and online support, meeting the specified criteria needed for this project and delivering the best long-term value.

    Rockwell Automation
  • Using FPGAs to Accelerate Vision Applications

    Embedded vision is everywhere around us. It's in our phones, cars, medical devices, grocery stores, gaming systems, factories and more. At the rate vision is being added to embedded systems, chances are you will need to have some knowledge of vision within the next few years. There are an enormous amount of applications that can benefit from adding vision because it enables machines or products to know more about their physical surroundings and how to interact with them. Embedded vision can also enhance safety by detecting danger and preventing accidents, boosting efficiency by improving the throughput and quality of manufacturing, simplifying usability, and fueling innovation by enabling designers to do things previously thought impossible. This video will explain how FPGAs can be used to accelerate the incorporation and use of embedded vision applications in your machines.

    National Instruments
  • User-Centered Design at Work Podcast

    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 Advisory Group
  • Upgrading Control Systems

    Find out why people upgrade control systems and what the best ways are to do a system migration.

  • Updating and Migrating Legacy Systems

    Systems upgrades can be painful and costly. Invensys knows this, so it has smart guys like Graham Bennett, senior principal migration consultant, whose job is to help users of competitive systems to migrate to Invensys as painlessly as possible. Similarly, he helps existing Invensys customers move forward while keeping as much of their asset investments as possible. Filmed at the 2013 Foxboro & Triconex Global Client Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Bennett demonstrates different ways he handles migration with old or competitive equipment where there's no reengineering or intellectual property changes required.

  • Understanding the Vortex Flow Measuring Principle

    The vortex flowmeter is used for measuring the flow velocity of gases and liquids in pipelines flowing full. The measuring principle is based on the development of a Karman vortex shedding street in the wake of a body built into the pipeline. In this short clip, Endress+Hauser illustrates how the Vortex Flow Measuring Principle works. Watch this short clip to learn more.

  • Understanding the Ultrasonic Flow Measuring Principle

    An ultrasonic flowmeter is a type of flow meter that measures the velocity of a fluid with ultrasound to calculate volume flow. The ultrasonic flowmeters measure the difference of the transit time of ultrasonic pulses propagating in and against flow direction. This time difference is a measure for the average velocity of the fluid along the path of the ultrasonic beam. By using the absolute transit times both the averaged fluid velocity and the speed of sound can be calculated. In this short clip, Endress+Hauser illustrates how the Ultrasonic Flow Measuring Principle works. Watch this short clip to learn more.

  • Understanding the Electromagnetic Flow Measuring Principle

    Magnetic flowmeters function under the principles of Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction. According to this law, a conductor that passes through a magnetic field produces voltage proportional to the relative velocities between the magnetic field and the conductor. The law can be applied to flowmeter systems because many fluids are conductive to a certain degree. In this short clip, Endress+Hauser illustrates how the Electromagnetic Flow Measuring Principle works. Watch this short clip to learn more.

  • Understanding the Differential Pressure Flow Measuring Principle (Pitot tube)

    Differential pressure flowmeters, also known as DP flowmeters, create a cross sectional change in the flow tube, which causes the velocity of the flowing fluid to change. A change in velocity occurs whenever there is a change in flow cross-section; i.e., with a decrease in velocity, an increase in pressure occurs. In this short clip, Endress+Hauser illustrates how the Differential Pressure Flow Measuring Principle works. Watch this short clip to learn more.

  • Understanding the Coriolis Flow Measuring Principle

    A Coriolis measuring system is of symmetrical design and consists of one or two measuring tubes, either straight or curved. The Coriolis principle enables the precise mass flow rate, density and temperature measurement and calculates the volumetric flow rate, flow velocity and concentration of a medium mixture. In this short clip, Endress+Hauser illustrates how the Coriolis Flow Measuring Principle works. Watch this short clip to learn more.

  • Triconex Integrated Control & Safety

    Safety is your number one priority. Unexpected risk to your operation is always just around the corner -- whether it be cyber security breaches, natural disasters, or disruptions to safe and smooth production. You need a tried and true platform you can trust to keep your plant running and intelligent tools to help you quickly remedy any situation, or better yet, help you prevent an incident before it even happens.In this video, Steve Elliott, director of product management for the Triconex brand discusses the benefits of having an integrated control and safety system. This video was filmed at the 2013 Foxboro and Triconex Global Client Conference in San Antonio, TX.

  • Transportation

    * Real-time Traffic Information Display System
    * Railroad Crossing Real Time Monitoring System
    * Port Container Yard Lighting Control System
    * Wharf Crane Control System

  • Top 50 Automation Companies

    End users, analysts and competitors alike want to know: Who's the biggest of them all? Walt Boyes, editor of Control, and Larry O'Brien, research director for ARC Advisory Group, have the scoop. Watch this video to find out.

  • Top 10 and The Lost Companies

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks about the most popular articles of 2007 on, and why we built the Directory of Lost Companies wiki.

  • Tofino for the Triconex Safety System

    Walt Boyes of Control magazine talks with Eric Byres of Byres Security and Joe Scalia from Invensys Operations Management about the introduction of a custom Tofino for the Triconex Safety System.

  • TiPS on Alarm Management

    Alarm management seems to be harder than it looks. Steve Apple, from TiPS, provides some simple, yet effective guidance to alarm management in this podcast interview with Control's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.

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