ISA, Beamex to host calibration workshop
The workshop will explore latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant technicians and engineers seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and efficiency.
The International Society of Automation and its calibration partner, Beamex Inc., have scheduled their Calibration Best Practices: Interactive Workshop for Thursday, Aug. 18, at Space Center Houston, gateway to NASA's Johnson Space Center.
The jointly sponsored workshop will explore the latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant technicians and engineers seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and efficiency. Instructors will discuss day-to-day challenges and how best to solve them through new and innovative strategies and advances in calibration technology—all designed to save time while achieving quality metrics and improving safety.
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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…
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Here are 10 online resources to help you understand analyzers, their limitations and advances.
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CSIA gives Morley first lifetime achievement award
System integrators credit PLC inventor with paving way for their profession.
In a surprise move during the April 21 awards dinner at their 2016 executive conference, members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) revealed that they recently gave "father of the PLC" Dick Morley the organization's first-ever…
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Model-less multivariable control in practice
Eliminating the model offers the advantages of model-based control without the headaches.
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How to specify valves and positioners that don’t compromise control
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How HMIs are delivering more detailed and accurate data
Human-machine interfaces keep perfecting ways to deliver and display more detailed and accurate data in more varied formats and environments.
Just as sensors and I/O provide process data for analysis and control, plant-floor HMIs deliver information needed for informed, efficient and safer choices. Additionally, just as microprocessors, software and the Internet will always need to…
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Clear and rapid presentation key for leading operator interface trends
To help keep up with the newest trends, we've compiled this special report highlighting the past year’s operator interface developments.
Today’s leading trends in operator interface, human-machine interface (HMI) design and engineering center around presenting more information, presenting the right information at the right time and presenting it clearly and rapidly.
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Resources Guide: make sure intrinsic safety doesn't blow it
Our Control Monthly Resource Guide brings you the latest online resources on a variety of process control topics.
Our monthly resource guide is compiled by Executive Editor Jim Montague. This month, we focus on your online needs for intrinsic safety.
USER'S GUIDE TO INTRINSIC SAFETY
The classic "AN9003—A User's Guide to Intrinsic Safety" is a 20-page…
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We know many of the problems that compromise productivity; now we have the technology and can afford to take care of them.
Finally, a WiFi-enabled smart toaster. Where was this gadget back when I could eat a full loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread toast without gaining a pound? My old-school toaster dates from the 1980s — older than most of the instruments where I work —…
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WIA-PA and WIA-FA to be added to IEC wireless standards
Chinese committee introduces two new wireless standards designed specifically for process and factory automation.
I’m sure readers of this column are familiar with the wireless sensor network standards, WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. However, the Chinese national committee to IEC has also introduced two additional standards: WIA-PA for Process Automation,…
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Ethernet changes process automation plant floors
There are advantages to one unified protocol for Ethernet
Everyone could communicate and interoperate on the same Ethernet network, but only if enough major and regular customers demand a mixed network.
Well, I was chugging along researching this issue's cover article, "Alive and growing," about how industrial Ethernet is basically taking over plant floors and process applications, when I hit a snag. Of course, Ethernet is saving cable, digitizing…
How Ethernet is inexorably claiming its place as the plant nervous system.
Oh sure, Ethernet is just a cable and some software, but pretty much anything and everything can happen on it—and happen fast—and that's its main attraction.
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Back to school time: All you need to know about power supply
Do you need a course refresher on power supplies? We have you covered.
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"Programmable DC Power Supply and Precision DC Source" tutorials include definitions, applications and power-supply fundamentals, such as load considerations and line and load regulation. They provide tips for using a programmable DC power supply to build the most accurate test system. National Instruments
LAB POWER SUPPLY VIDEO SERIES
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POWER TECHNOLOGY SUBSITES
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ISA, CSIA to offer online project management course
ISA and CSIA now offer system integrators a web-based project management course.
The International Society of Automation and the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) agreed Jan. 20 to provide a web-based project management course for system integrators.
"Project Management for Automation and Control System Integration" (MT08W) will be taught live online by an ISA expert during four sessions spread over two consecutive weeks. The course will cover all aspects of project management phases, functions, responsibilities, techniques and tools. The course will debut in March with four-hour sessions taught on March 8, 10, 15 and 17. Another offering is planned for fall 2016. Description and registration information is at ISA's website.
CSIA conference set for April 19-22
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Batch control blasts off
Fueled by the transferable ANSI/ISA-88 standard and streamlined by software, batch control is reaching escape velocity in its traditional processes, and migrating to new worlds of applications.
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The ins and outs of safety instrumented systems—part 2
From analyzing risks to operation and maintenance: how to avoid common pitfalls when designing, engineering and implementing SIS.
This is Part 2 of our Control Talk series on safety instrumented systems. You can read Part 1 here.
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Understanding cybersecurity for operational technology
Control Special Report highlights the differences between IT and OT cybersecurity and the challenge of protecting industrial control systems.
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How systematic enclosure design optimizes field instrumentation performance
Specifying an enclosure for sensitive field-based control and instrumentation equipment is not a trivial task.
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