Voices: McMillan & Weiner

What You Need to Know about Starting Up a Plant or System

Planning, Communication and Keeping Track of the Details Are the Secret Sauce

By Greg McMillan, Stan Weiner

*Stan:* As instrument engineers for Monsanto, Greg and I got to check out and start up all of our projects. In this follow-through that was part of our job description, we learned what worked and didn’t work. Before smart instruments, we had to be smarter in order to calibrate and check out the instruments. Pneumatic controllers, transmitters and positioners were a special trip because they were frequently out of alignment and calibration just from being handled and installed.

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The best of the best, Part 5

Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their multipart series of talks with some of the Great Minds in Process Control. This month it’s Sheldon Lloyd, past VP of technology for Fisher Controls.

05/11/2007

The best of the best, Part 6

Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their multipart series of talks with some of the Great Minds in Process Control. This month it’s Terry Blevins, 2004 Control Hall of Fame inductee.

06/07/2007

Round Up Them Puzzler Answers

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

07/01/2007

One Man’s Story – Part 1

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

08/01/2007

One Man’s Story – Back to the Future

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

10/02/2007

Year End Puzzler Bonanza

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

12/10/2007

Straight Talk

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner Bring Their Wits and More Than 66 Years of Process Control Experience to Bear on Your Questions, Comments and Problems

01/04/2008

Deal or No Deal

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

02/05/2008

Up From the Ashes

This Month’s Column Tells How One Intrepid Fellow Survived a hit From a Reorganization Meteorite and Went on to Find Happiness as Part of a Process Control Improvement Team.

03/13/2008

Loops are Not Just for Continuous Processes

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner bring their wits and more than 66 years of process control experience to bear on your questions, comments, and problems. Write to them at controltalk@putman.net.

04/04/2008

Feeding on Feedforward

This Month’s Topic—Feedforward Control

05/05/2008

Disturbing Remarks

The Memories of Loops Gone Bad and Processes Gone Wild

07/03/2008

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Is There a Metaphysical Aspect to “Oneness?”

08/08/2008

Deltas Rule

Deltas Rule in the Equation for the Digital Implementation of the PID Algorithm

09/15/2008

Secure Answers for a Risky Business

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11/03/2008

APC and Wireless Rabbits

12/22/2008

It’s 12 a.m. Do You Know What Your PID’s Doing?

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01/12/2009

The Secret Life of pH Electrodes–Part 1

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Glass pH Electrode

02/11/2009

The Secret Life of pH Electrodes – Part 2

Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner Continue Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Glass pH Electrode

03/09/2009

The Secret Life of pH Electrodes - Part 3

Bringing Back Experts to Wind Up Our Discussion of One of the Grand Old Tools of Process Control- the pH Electrode

04/09/2009