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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Back to the Basics: Basics of Level Measurement

    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.

  • Asish Ghosh on Process Safety

    In This Edition of the Monthly Control/ARC Podcast Series, Walt Boyes and ARC's Asish Ghosh Talk About Process Safety and Why It Seems So Hard to Accomplish, Even After Years of Trying.

  • Control/ARC Podcast: Tom Fiske

    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.

  • Waterford Township Water Treatmeant

    Alexi Beck Gray Visits Waterford Township Department of Public Works and Learns How They Treat and Transport Water to Its Over Seventy-Four Thousand Residents

  • Back to Basics: DP Flow Measurement

    Walt Boyes tells it like it is in Flow Measurement: Part One-- Differential Pressure Flow Measurement, another in our Back to Basics series.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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