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Combining Building and Process Automation Systems. Is It Better?

Combining Building and Process Automation Systems Can Ease Plant Support, but Be Prepared to Ante Up

By Dan Hebert

Most process plants have a need for some type of facilities management and corresponding building automation systems. The degree of sophistication ranges from very simple for a plant with mostly outdoor equipment, such as a petrochemical facility, to quite complex for pharmaceutical and other plants where climate control and air quality are integral parts of the process.

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Applied control theory moves out

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07/21/2005

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08/22/2005

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09/27/2005

Into the mesh

Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, identifies the leading candidates for best system architecture supremacy in the wireless arena and believes software algorithms will be key for high bandwidth mesh networks.

10/19/2005

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Who should do your next project?

Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at ways you can make an automation contractor selection based on project size, scope, and support requirements in this installment of Technically Speaking.

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Who should do your next project? Part 2

In part two of this two-part series, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at how your company’s own internal capabilities and characteristics can affect automation contractor selection.

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