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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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Why calibration measurement software?

Field calibration is faster and more accurate with digital calibrators and a CMS, but there’s a catch. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reports on the state of the art in calibration systems for the operator.

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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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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.

06/12/2006

What's Hiding in the Cloud?

A Factory in the Cloud Sounds Like Science Fiction, but We're Heading There, at Least for Some Applications. Here's How to Clear Away the Mist to Get the Most from This Technology

11/18/2013

Welcome to the Bus Wars, Part Tres

You may not be aware, but a new bus war is being waged in your plant — the battle of the motion networks. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides analysis and commentary on the newest battle over fieldbus.

09/01/2006

Web mash-ups: 1+1=3

CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes an in-depth look at a new web technology that will affect how you'll use the Internet, and how this latest trend could be applied to automation.

01/16/2006

Virtualization Technology Yields Hard Number Savings

Learn About the Benefits that Malisko Engineering and Gallus BioPharmaceuticals Are Seeing by Implements Virtualization Technology Such As PlantPAx, VMware ESXi and ACP ThinManager

04/02/2013

Valve Actuators and Positioners Go Digital

Digital Fieldbus Technologies Catch Up to Valve Actuators and Positioners

03/08/2012

User-friendly advanced control

Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, looks at the latest advances in simulation and modeling technologies for improved loop control, including new software packages and embedded APC systems.

10/26/2006

User-Centered Design at Work

User-Centered Design Theory Is Interesting, but Is Anybody Actually Using It?

03/14/2011

Use RFID to improve your automation systems

Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, addresses RFID technology and explains how RFID systems are being lnked to process automation systems to deliver process improvements.

08/22/2005

Use BACnet/IP to Connect Building Automation and Process Systems

Process and Building Automation Systems Can Be Linked Using the BACnet Protocol, Either at the HMI or the Controller Level

10/30/2014

Under the Hood with MPC

MPC Is Not Designed for Abnormal Situations. Process Knowledge Is Still Mandatory for Operators

10/31/2012

The skinny on PC-based control systems

In this column, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at why a process skid manufacturer thinks PC-based control makes sense for its—and other—process applications.

05/07/2007

The right tool for the job

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03/20/2006

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The Automation PR Problem

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07/09/2012

Technically speaking: Will standards mesh?

Reliability, scalability and mobility are the trump cards of wireless mesh networks and should result in triumph over other wireless topologies, according to Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE.

10/24/2004

System Integrators Strike Back

Product-Based Vendors Sometimes Don’t Meet Customer Needs because They Are Aiming for the Broad Market

05/13/2009