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Living control systems?

Self-reconfiguring and assembling devices may have some surprising unintended consequences. We’re talking the potential for almost unlimited versatility that could change the international balance of trade.

By Jeffrey R. Harrow

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The relay logic syndrome

The coming together of nanotechnology, biology and medicine, information sciences, and cognitive sciences should give traditional automation and control devices new performance and capabilities.

06/07/2006

The past, present and future of PLCs

Famous futurist and 2005 ISA Rimbach Lecturer, Jeff Harrow, contributes to the discussion of the future of process automation and how today’s PLCs will eventually feel like the TTL logic chips of older days.

02/10/2006

Seven commandments for successful integration

Other Voices contributor Scott Little provides a clear example on the importance of good communication and why a concisely written description of operation is a good idea.

07/27/2005

Occupational therapy for the control engineer

Can companies and technologies adapt to change in a positive manner? CONTROL Contributor Dick Morley says yes and believes that with some occupational therapy, you can survive!

10/10/2005

Morley sees manufacturing’s future

Dick Morley, creator of the modern PLC, provides wit and accumulated wisdom to how a simple understanding of technology and marketing can supply the core for a successful new product.

04/01/2007

More tech, more tech, more better tech!

This "special to the web" edition of Tales From the Front offers concrete suggestions on how the industry can help create true economic profit, while at the same time increase its knowledge base.

06/14/2005

Illusions of freedom and security

As our society moves towards a more regulated work environment, choosing between the cubicle life or being self-employed has become more difficult. CONTROL contributor, Dick Morley, provides informal tips.

04/07/2006

Ghost writers on the web

New detection software programs that generate relevant text on a given subject are getting better at identifying existing content, but a casual reading shows most of what they reveal has no meaning.

02/01/2007

Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

CONTROL columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

11/01/2006