Control 2017 Readers' Choice Awards
Automation professionals name the companies they say offer the best technology in more than 80 product categories.
Love may seem too strong a word to apply to the feelings process control professionals harbor for their favorite brands—according to Plato, “Love is a serious mental disease”—but it’s more than “like.” Every day, thousands of Control…
Expansions and contractions in the process automation industry
Product Roundup: More capable software improving calibration tools
Resource Guide: Best summer reading, videos in process automation
ISA, Beamex to host calibration workshop
Exclusive: Endress+Hauser's Proline 300/500 smart Coriolis mass and electromagnetic flowmeters
Top 10 Control articles of 2016
Electrical capacitance tomography keeps eye on scale
Piercing thick flow problems
Emerson Automation Solutions offers new tools for reliable, safe level measurement
Resource Guide: the latest in level measurement
Liquid radar level moves up to 80 GHz
VEGA Americas, Temco explore latest in radar instrumentation
Product roundup: temperature and pressure
Ask The Experts: How to protect a venturi flowmeter?
How to troubleshoot and calibrate 4-20 mA
Taming temperature and pressure
Maintaining energy efficient enclosure climate control
Meggitt offers HART-enabled vibration sensors
Meggitt's PCH420V vibration sensor has a programmable transmitter that allows vibration data to be accessed by HART enabled process controllers.
Meggitt's PCH420V is the first HART®-enabled piezo-electric vibration sensor enabling continuous online monitoring of balance-of-plant assets with a digital connection to PLC or DCS systems for local analysis of multiple vibration bands. They are capable of installation in multi-drop configurations and reduce wiring requirements. HART functionality enables the user to specify vibration frequency bands, detector types and full-scale measurement ranges—effectively enabling field-configuration for specific monitoring requirements.
PCH420 sensors are powered by the network for continuous coverage, unlike wireless solutions only offering snapshots of asset performance and employing batteries that require frequent replacement. Utilizing PCH…
Designing and testing networking devices for harsh environments
2016 Readers' Choice Awards
Meggitt provides HART-enabled piezo-electric vibration sensors
Resource Guide: Weighing systems tip usefulness scale
Control's Monthly Resource Guide brings you the latest online resources on a variety of process control topics.
This four-section webpage by Omega Engineering covers "Weighing Applications," "Weighing System Design," "Installation and Calibration" and "Specialized Installations." The whole group is located at…
Quickly Test Load Cell Systems
The Care and Feeding of your Weigh Cells
Industrial Safety Disasters: Not Again-Again and Again
10 analyzer resource guides you need to know about
Statistical process control: How to quantify product quality
How to simplify analyzer installation
University labs round out theoretical education with practical process control experience
Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner speak with Dr. Kelvin Erickson of Missouri University of Science and Technology, regarding his approach to preparing students for the future of process control.
Greg: The future of the automation profession depends upon replenishing and revitalizing the expertise in process control. Nearly all of my protégés have retired without an opportunity to mentor and develop their sequels. There was a dearth of…
Objectives and descriptions of PID-related labs at Missouri University of Science and Technology
Testing a First-Order Plus Deadtime model
Ask the experts: How to determine open-loop gain?
Edge computing helps old controllers
Offloading even small and simple tasks can open up controller free time.
One day, the site’s dual-redundant controllers had enough. One of numerous pairs of controllers had been experiencing ever-decreasing “free time,” with creeping loop additions and the burden of a few iterations of manufacturer “point”…
Exploring the love/hate relationship with distributed control
Embracing changing technologies provides more options, opportunities
DCS market to decline and recover: ARC Advisory Group
Making the case for hardware standardization
Turck turns I/O devices into field logic controllers
Schneider Electric clicks at Connect 2016
Emerging trends in PLCs, PCs and PACs
ICC 2016: Clarksville utilities automate securely
ICC 2016: Predictive analytics at Sierra Nevada Brewing
Water Forum: When to install a condition monitoring system
Inductive Automation’s Ignition Community Conference 2016 innovates in all directions
Expanding advanced process control to secondary units
Advanced control on fuel and steam can control emissions while saving millions.
It’s no secret that advanced process control (APC) has played a major role in the process industries for many decades. However, while many organizations focus only on major process units, there’s often an untapped opportunity to do more, and…
Boilers as fast as fast can be
Continuous improvement of continuous processes
Model-less multivariable control in practice
Our readers tell us who they think delivers the best technology in our industry
There's knowledge in our readers. That's why every year we ask our loyal audience to help us determine which automation service providers offer the best products and brands they can rely on to get the best combination of performance, ease of use,…
Working with IoT is not as easy as it sounds
Avoiding the Internet of spam still requires human intelligence
Online resources: PLCs and industrial computers
Software development: Every company's next core competence
Motors and drives make magic
Ongoing innovations, added intelligence and networking let motors and drives serve in unusual applications and replace obsolete equipment
Just when it seems like today’s sophisticated motors and drives can’t possibly add more efficiencies and capabilities, engineers conjure up new tricks and refinements, followed by end users and system integrators who materialize new settings and…
Innovations abound in CONNECT Expo Hall
Resource Guide: Drives and motors turn up value
Product RoundUp: Motors and drives refuse to stand still
From on-site coverage of TechED and new developments from ExxonMobil, to the latest in valve flow and reciprocating compressors, these were the most-read stories in 2016.
1. Live from Rockwell Automation TechED 2016
The editors of Control, Control Design and Smart Industry were on site at Rockwell Automation TechED 2016, June 12-17 in Orlando, to bring you the breaking news and best sessions on evolving…
Resource Guide: valves, actuators and positioners
Ask The Experts: Control valve for cavitating acids?
Ask The Experts: Maximum rangeability of linear valves
Correcting butterfly valve operation
Control's monthly guide brings you invaluable industry information to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments.
THE CLASSIC VALVE BOOK
The fourth edition of the 295-page classic text, "Control Valve Handbook," by Fisher Controls International and Emerson Process Management reports this classic text has been a primary reference since its first printing in1965.
Reader feedback: How large does an actuator have to be to handle actual process conditions?
New Valve Actuators Address Both Ends of Torque Spectrum
All About Actuators, Positioners
Drive turns pump into smart, connected asset
Prepare to rationalize and operate on alarms from the Internet of Things
The future of internet access to field devices
Special Report: Trends in HMI/SCADA
Human factors engineering delivers ROI
How to reduce human error, accidents and illness with user-centered work environments.
Human factors engineering (HFE), also called ergonomics, applies scientific theory, principles, data and methods to optimize human wellbeing to spaces, devices and systems for human use. HFE deals with how people and their environment mesh. Breaking…
How to reduce alarm chatter
Training simulators smooth operations
The dynamic world of alarms
Alarm awareness, management on the upswing: ARC survey
How Smart Can You Get? The Newest in Data Recorders
Data Acquisition Must-Haves
The Latest Data Acquisition Tools
Data Acquisition and Logging Gets on Track
Safety data strengthens The Connected Enterprise
Visualizing and contextualizing safety data can have a positive impact on productivity and compliance.
"Information is one thing, but safety information is quite another," says George Schuster. He should know. He’s charged with business development for the Global Safety Team of Rockwell Automation and has seen many plants and factories begin to…
Analytics opens new possibilities
Mine the gold in Big Data
How IIoT can aid assets for CapEx and OpEx savings
SCADA systems harbor untapped data
Where wireless meets intrinsic safety
How to deal with the constraints of putting access points in hazardous areas.
In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be necessary to worry about explosive atmospheres. Unfortunately, plant environments are far from ideal, with most process plants being about 80% Class I, Div. 2 (Zone 2) and another 10% Class I Div. 1 (Zone 1), so…
Pepperl+Fuchs breaks ground on $25M U.S. distribution center
Resources Guide: make sure intrinsic safety doesn't blow it
Process safety would be better if it had strong regulations as German beers do
FieldComm Group and friends speed Field Device Integration adoption
Don’t be afraid to explore new process control and automation technologies
Wireless adoption to-do list
Each process application has its own unique characteristics and needs, but there remain some basic, common steps for getting wireless up and running in any facility or setting.
Examine and add up each process application’s essential functional requirements, and let them be a guide to identify the most appropriate wireless technology and components;
Compare present hardwired networks and any existing wireless ones, and…
Wireless hits the open road
Wireless sensor networks keep pushing the envelope
Defining ethernet determinism depends on the application
How to manage the Ethernet spectrum
Triconex forges process safety’s future
Product roundup: Terminal blocks and I/O
Because they're the crossroads, nexus and Grand Central Station for sensor signals and data arriving and requests and actuation instructions departing, it's a big help that I/O and terminal blocks are more flexible and capable than ever.
Compact, Remote I/O for Zone 2/Div 2
LB System remote I/O has more power in less space with high-performance, compact modules plugged into a backplane. Energy-saving power management and low-power dissipation allow maximum packing density. With the…
2016 State of Technology Report: The rise of configurable I/O
Exploring the tools, skills needed to navigate the Industrial Internet of Things
App Platform aims to ‘drive the 33s’
Be just 33 seconds more productive each hour, and the savings mount quickly.
Rockwell Automation previewed its new, forward-looking App Platform for mobility at this week’s TechED conference in Orlando. While focused first on redefining smartphone use on the plant floor – with the aim of making individual workers more…
Opto 22 adds mobility to operator interfaces with groov Action Plan
Mobile trends in industrial automation
Smart Industry conference promises real-life approach to IIoT
2016 State of Technology Report: The latest trends in power systems
Control’s latest State of Technology report delves into the many aspects of power systems of interest in process plants.
From sourcing and ensuring uninterrupted flows of clean electricity to monitoring, regulating and metering generation and consumption throughout a facility, process automation professionals who want a smooth-running, efficient and reliable facility are well advised to seek and control power.
This anthology of recent articles delves into the many aspects of power systems of interest in process plants. Remote and wireless systems are speeding development and standardization of energy harvesting and improved battery systems.
Line-powered supplies that used to only transform electricity and maybe offer surge protection are now monitoring and measuring current and voltage profiles, implementing alerts and alarms, and sending data up to…
Back to school time: All you need to know about power supply
Process and power/electrical controls merging into unified systems
Why can't your power source for wireless communication be as simple as a D-cell battery?
Advantages and disadvantages of using ac line reactors and dc link reactors
When minimizing cost compromises functionality, its price may be too high
One core duty of engineers is to spend their company’s or their client’s money efficiently, by understanding the function or value of an application, and seeking a way to deliver this function in the best way.
If you are cohabitating with a non-engineer, you may have discovered, like me, that “form” and “function” are rarely combined in the same purchase. I thought about this while nursing along the first fire of the season in my…
Digital device configuration
How to succeed in career and system migration
Major flare gas recovery project delivered on time, on budget
Big data analytics to manage asset performance
Emerson’s ‘pervasive sensing’ initiative providing deeper analytics for asset performance
Resource Guide: Asset management for fun and profit
Schneider Electric acquires MaxEAM
Resource Guide: The best of batch control
Control's monthly resource guide brings you the latest online resources on a variety of process control topics.
ISA batch standard site
The International Society of Automation (ISA) website has many details about the standard and the activities of its ISA88 committee, including contact information for many of its leaders and members. Articles and resources…
A technological approach to a classic sauce
Batch control blasts off
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
Chemical plants streamline distributed controls
Six users win awards from Schneider Electric
Determine which assets warrant attention, then use analytics to decide when and how to intervene.
Maintaining the physical health of your assets can be a challenge, and it becomes even more challenging when your organization is in a “cost cutting mode” while still attempting to optimize performance and maintain safety. Failures such as…
Cybersecurity in the SIS world
‘Deepwater Horizon’ film likely sacrifices real safety discussion for Hollywood tropes
How history, principles and standards led to the safety PLC
International Society of Automation presents standards and practices awards
Feds weigh in on cybersecurity
Building a united front for cybersecurity
Emerson offering new lifecycle management capabilities
Chemistry: What you don’t know can hurt you
Recognize aggressive media and know how to specify materials of construction.
Greg: Here we enjoy some war stories on material selection by Hunter Vegas, senior project manager at Wunderlich-Malec Engineering in Greensboro, N.C., a cofounder and key resource of the ISA Mentor Program revitalized by the Nov. 16, 2015, Control…
Genpak plant roof collapses as staff evacuate building
How to secure your industrial networks
Physical safety, cybersecurity can't be separated
Resource Guide: Enclosures, panels and boxes
Purge, pressurization guide
The 18-page introduction and technical review that leads off “Bebco EPS purge/pressurization systems engineers guide” thoroughly covers considerations involved in explosion-proof enclosures, intrinsic safety (IS),…
How systematic enclosure design optimizes field instrumentation performance
Panel modification centers opening
Pentair improves panel integrators efficiencies