The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits, from the obvious cost reduction brought about by the elimination of wiring to the availability of better plant information, improved productivity and better asset management.05/15/2013
Sensors used for temperature monitoring and data acquisition can be quite varied. Applications ranging from simple room temperature monitoring to highly sophisticated batch process control can all be highly dependent on obtaining accurate temperature readings. The primary types of sensors used for this purpose are resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermocouples, integrated circuit temperature detectors (ICTDs), thermistors, and infrared sensors.05/15/2013
For decades, process instrumentation specifiers have faced the decision whether to use a mechanical switch or a continuous transmitter for a given application. Either type of instrument can be used to effectively control industrial processes and protect equipment and personnel -- and each has associated pros and cons. Application specifics typically drive decision-making, dictating which approach is most effective from performance, cost and lifecycle support perspectives.05/16/2013
Asset Managements: Best Practices for Developing Device Tasks to Operate with High-Level Batch Recipe Management
As manufacturers with batch operations strive to improve shareholder value through increased profitability, they are increasing investments in factory automation to reduce costs and increase operational flexibility. Equipment suppliers have responded with more capable devices, controls and software to meet these needs.05/23/2013
Plant safety is at or very near the top of almost every manufacturer's operating priority list, often with a stated goal of zero incidents or accidents.06/13/2013
The data historian has long been seen as a venerable workhorse for engineers and technicians in the process industries, but changing economic conditions are forcing managers and executives to realize not only its importance but that it is a critical component to any process industry operation.07/03/2013
Recent innovations in model identification, automated testing, and controller operating modes are creating opportunities to bring new efficiencies to the process of sustaining APC controllers.07/03/2013
Process engineering has undergone significant transformation over the years, catalyzed by advances and innovation in software both within individual disciplines and also in the integration across the workflow.07/03/2013
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This 36-page semiannual report are highlights of the general assembly meeting in Shanghai and first FOUNDATION for ROM demonstration at Petrobras in Brazil07/08/2013
Without measurement there is no control. As with any type of measurement, results need to be expressed in a defined and clear way to allow everyone to interpret and apply those results correctly. Accurate measurements and good measurement practices are essential in industrial automation and process environments, as they have a direct effect on the success of the desired outcome. Pressure, the measure of a force on a specified area, is a straightforward concept, however, depending on the application, there are many different ways of interpreting the force measurement. This white paper will identify the various units of pressure measurement, while discussing when and why certain pressure measurements are used in specific applications.07/10/2013
Looking to achieve stronger and more consistent bottom-line results in manufacturing?07/22/2013
Manufacturing firms have used remote management of automation tasks for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. But due to recent changes in technology and strategy, remote management has recently jumped to the forefront.07/22/2013
How Automation Improves Performance of Electric Utilities. PC-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems increase uptime, cut costs and improve utilization.08/22/2013
This white paper explains how businesses benefit from the in-depth information that new PLCs and PACs can provide on processes, machines and manufacturing operations.09/16/2013
Preparing for the Future: King's Hawaiian Standardizes Technology Requirements for All Machine Builders at New Facility
Challenge: Create a common infrastructure for machine builders for first centralized data-collection system on a greenfield site09/30/2013
Wild Turkey Bourbon Preserves Quality with High-Tech Batch and Sequence Management from Rockwell Automation
Bachelor Controls implements PlantPAx process automation system for increased control and access to information10/02/2013
This paper reviews and presents examples of the bottom line benefits available when using an FDT Frame Application and device DTMs to get early notification of potential problems, saving money and avoiding unscheduled shutdowns.10/22/2013
Learn how to use multi-variable temperature/pressure calibrators for flowmeter calibration.10/22/2013
Wireless technologies have been used for decades in the water/waste water industry in a multitude of applications including tank level indication, pump and motor control, flow and pressure monitoring, etc. However, recent concerns regarding the potential for hacking and cyber-attacks into these wireless systems have raised the importance of wireless security to a new high. This paper will discuss security issues within an Industrial Wireless Network, and address the ways in which these networks can be designed to be more reliable while being more secure.10/22/2013