Where's the batch? ISA88 was the first attempt to create a manufacturing language. Walt Boyes talks about the direction ISA88 and ISA95 are taking and what the future holds for batch and hybrid manufacturing.
Honeywell's Peggy Hewitt talks with Control's Walt Boyes about www.letstalkprocesscontrol.com, Honeywell's new extension of its voice of the customer into the digital realm. This isn't replacing the Customer Advisory Boards, but extending and amplifying them. Peggy Hewitt explains in this seven minute podcast.
In this edition of the monthly Control/ARC Podcast Series, Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, and Executive Editor, Jim Montague, speak to ARCs John Blanchard about market forces and technology trends affecting process analytical technology (PAT). Is it just the FDA, or are there real, valid reasons to use PAT?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
To help users identify counterfeit devices, the alliance between U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American Council of Independent Labs (ACIL) has drafted several recommendations. These tips include looking for and inspecting certification marks, checking for inferior packaging and/or missing parts or product information, and only buying from suppliers who are well known to you.
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks with the 2008 inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame Vernon Trevathan, William M. Hawkins and Dale E Seborg. They talk about what it takes to have career in process automation.
CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartles tackles one of the biggest challenges the engineering field will face over the next few decades. The demographic bomb the process control industry is living with, with very few candidates in the pipeline to take the place of those contemplating retirement. Manufacturers need to take action to diffuse the bomb starting now -- earlier would be even better!
In this 11-minute video update, recorded during the 2007 Honeywell User Group Americas Symposium in Phoenix, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the evolving importance of user groups in our industry with Enterprise Products Randy Underwood and ExxonMobils Dave Otto, chair and co-chair, respectively, of the Honeywell User Group.
KPIs, KPIs! If what we do as automation engineers is not visible to the financial management systems, it never happened! In this Automation Minute, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes suggests picking projects that can show a step-change in performance and profitability, and not ones that can be overwhelmed or hidden by G&A allocations.
CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels tackles relationship issues inherent in plant-to-enterprise integration projects and says it's not the complex, knotty, technical problems, but rather the squishy skills that can make or break your project.
In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Executive Editor Jim Montague comments on a recent survey about the impact of object linking and embedding for process control. Listen and learn about OPC's present and future direction in the process industries.
In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes wonders why we as an industry don't get the respect we deserve. Afterall, weve been doing networking since before there was Ethernet and computers since before companies had IT departments.
This presentation, offered as an exclusive podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, explains how fieldbus is being used today in process automation applications, how it will be used in the future, and how the unique requirements of different projects are being met.
In this podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, Dr. Gene Yon, president of Adaptive Instruments at Accutech, provides his perspective on industrial wireless to CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.
SCADA is changing rapidly, and the end users agree. In this Automation Minute videocast, CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes notes that the technology is in fact highly volatile, with many challenges and changes coming in the next few years.
New to ControlGlobal.com is Automation Minute. In this videocast, Control Editor in Chief Walt Boyes notes that suppliers who aren't thinking about new ways to work with their end users risk being steam rolled over by those that do. The Internet has given us the ability for this to happen, and what can happen usually does.
Betty Naylor-McDevitt has worked her way up through both the technical and engineering and sales and marketing tracks at Foxboro to become one of the recognized experts on DCS systems, and the Foxboro I/A Series system in particular. As Marketing Director for Foxboro, she shares her view of upgrading, migration, and open systems with Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.
Krishnakumar Nagarajan, head of plant automation solutions for the Engineering and Industrial Services practice of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), explains his companys interest in penetrating the process automation market in the United States.
National Instruments' Jack Barber talks with Editor in Chief Walt Boyes about NI's Alliance Partner Program, what it means for suppliers to work with system integrators, and how both can benefit from the relationship.
Pavilions Matt Tormollen, and Halliburtons Richard Ella, join Editor in Chief Walt Boyes in a conversation about the development of a complete virtual reality simulation model for optimizing oil fields for production.
Walt Boyes, editor in chief of CONTROL magazine, is passionate about what has to be done in order to make sure the next generation of process automation professionals is ready to provide institutional knowledge when we've retired. Boyes describes what companies currently are doing, and what companies and process automation professionals can do to help avert the upcoming demographic disaster. recorded June 14, 2006, at the Honeywell User Group Americas Symposium.
PAS founder and CEO Eddie Habibi discusses ways to improve your alarm management system. Habibis newly released book fills a void in an area within the process industries that has been kept under wraps until now.
In this week's featured Podcast for the Process Automation Radio Network, CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, interviews founder and CEO of Transpara Inc., Michael Saucier, on the companys first new product: a Visual KPI software application that delivers rich scorecard data and trends to mobile devices.
In another in ControlGlobal.com's series of podcast interviews, CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, interviews Bruce Bathurst about the companys unique and innovative series of all-digital, fieldbus-equipped wet chemistry parametric sensors.
Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of wireless in industrial environments with Elpros general manager, Graham Moss, who has some interesting opinions about SP100, Wireless HART, the usefulness of mesh networking in process plants, and why he thinks it won't work.
In this first ever ControlGlobal.com podcast, Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discusses the state of process optimization and real time process management with one of the people who invented the discipline, Process Optimization Guru Mike Brown.