Expansions and contractions in the process automation industry
Microsoft teams with OPC Foundation to support IIoT; Emerson updates SCADA system, RTUs.
Microsoft Corp. is working with the OPC Foundation to enable almost any IIoT scenario using interoperability between the millions of OPC UA-compliant applications and equipment. Microsoft will enable IIoT users to connect manufacturing equipment and software with extended support of OPC UA's open-source software stack. Microsoft’s extended support for OPC UA spans its IoT offerings from local connectivity with Windows devices to cloud connectivity via Microsoft Azure. Integration with Azure IoT allows customers to easily send OPC UA data to the Azure cloud, as well as command and control OPC UA devices remotely from the Azure cloud.
Pepperl+Fuchs broke ground June 2 on its new U.S. distribution and engineering center in Katy, Texas, near…
Product Roundup: More capable software improving calibration tools
Resource Guide: Best summer reading, videos in process automation
ISA, Beamex to host calibration workshop
We need a standard for stating measurement accuracy
Control's monthly guide brings you invaluable industry information to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments.
JUSTIFY INVESTMENT WITH ROI
The 29-page whitepaper, “Your next automation or information system upgrade: define ROI to win approval” by Eric Mayer, analyzes different return on investment scenarios, delivers real-world examples of ROI benefits…
Capacity control of reciprocating compressors
Flow control leveraging better technologies, lower costs
Ask the Experts: Valve characteristics, flow of sandy condensate
Experts weigh in on distillation plant measurement problems
Liquid radar level moves up to 80 GHz
Narrower beams, smaller antennae and higher sensitivity handle compact, cluttered or non-conductive applications.
Noncontact radar level technology is widely used, offering accuracy to 2 mm, range approaching 200 meters, and tolerance of extreme pressures and temperatures with high stability, no moving parts and little maintenance. Steady improvements in signal processing that allow it to accommodate a broad range of vessels and process materials, along with reduced power consumption (including two-wire versions that operate on 4-20 mA) and lower costs have made it the first choice of many instrument specifiers for liquid level.
But conventional noncontact radar is restricted to 26 GHz, which leads to compromises in antenna size and beam angle that limit its ability to accommodate foam, buildup and spurious reflections from mounting fittings, tank…
VEGA Americas, Temco explore latest in radar instrumentation
Radar level adds abilities
State of Technology Report: Level Instrumentation
Enabling accuracy and precision faster and in more devices.
MOBILE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
CMX calibration management software communicates with an optional Android mobile device application, Beamex bMobile, enabling fully paperless maintenance inspections. The software lets users plan and schedule activities,…
Béla Lipták on safety: Oil and Gas
2016 Readers' Choice Awards
'Working Monitor' Regulator Solves Pressure Problems
Online resources to help you understand pressure instruments better
Thin-film RTDs offer fast response, streamline calibration
Compact size and clever design of resistance temperature detectors improve OEE in sterilization applications.
Thermocouples, RTDs and thermistors each have application areas where they excel, but none of the available versions seemed to work at a yogurt ingredient factory in Denmark. Fortunately, recent developments in thin-film technology, advanced…
Endress+Hauser iTemp TMT82: Reliable, accurate, SIL 2/3 certified
Keeping tabs on temperature resources
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
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
Here are 10 online resources to help you understand analyzers, their limitations and advances.
PROCESS ANALYZERS 101
This 45-minute video, "Continuous Gas Analyzers," was presented at the Siemens Industry 2013 event. The presentation covers analyzers, sample systems, sample points, defining requirements and budgets, and understanding overall…
Statistical process control: How to quantify product quality
How to simplify analyzer installation
Data analysis is only as beneficial as the process and equipment it improves
Operational performance criteria and the future of multivariable control
Fine points of compressor surge control
Making the case for hardware standardization
Operations and management are the real customers, and they have little patience for unforeseen foibles of the process control system.
Having a searchable database of all human knowledge, events, weather, trivia, reviews and history in our pocket or purse is practically a foregone conclusion. And while we have our fashion choices of iPhone or Android, there’s a degree of…
Not your fathers’ DCS migration
ControlEdge PLC eases integration with DCS and IIoT
A forced march from Dow Chemical’s MODV DCS to Experion PKS
Safer heat treating for aerospace manufacturer
Turck turns I/O devices into field logic controllers
Using Argee on Turck’s multiprotocol Ethernet I/O devices allows users to develop and use field logic controllers (FLCs), which can allow small- to mid-size OEMs and manufacturers add logic without investing in a PLC.
Engineers, OEMs and integrators have struggled for years to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, but Turck reports its new Argee technology solves this challenge, and empowers manufacturers to add logic to compatible I/O devices without a PLC, driving down the cost per I/O point and increasing control flexibility.
The Argee environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing common with PLCs. Inside Argee, users can set condition and action statements to be carried out by the I/O device. Its intuitive design includes a flowchart similar to ladder logic, which enables easy programming by users at all levels.
In short, using Argee on Turck’s…
Schneider Electric clicks at Connect 2016
Emerging trends in PLCs, PCs and PACs
Redundant PACs bolster PlantStruxure PES
Lifecycle the focus of Foxboro roadmap
Self-service analytics for non-data-scientists
Predicting and averting process and equipment problems takes tools to easily search, annotate and analyze existing historian data.
Though plant operations typically generate mind-boggling quantities of data—both structured and unstructured—plant engineers and operations personnel can only leverage a small percentage to make better process decisions. This is because most…
How to manage the Ethernet spectrum
Special Report: Trends in HMI/SCADA
SCADA shines light on solar fleet
Model-less multivariable control in practice
Eliminating the model offers the advantages of model-based control without the headaches.
A steady stream of articles since 2004 have cast light on the performance and ownership challenges of model-based, multivariable predictive control (MPC) from a practical operations-oriented perspective1. This body of work has led to the idea of…
Take the path to model-less multivariable control
How to simulate wireless control
Real-Time Control for Optimization Goes Beyond Energy Saving
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
Innovations abound in CONNECT Expo Hall
Schneider Electric and its partners show how coordinating process control technologies can optimize users' applications and ensure their success.
Like a really great gift basket with seemingly endless treats, the Expo Hall at this week’s Schneider Electric CONNECT 2016 user group conference reveals one terrific surprise after another.
The Expo Hall is organized by industries, functional…
Resource Guide: Drives and motors turn up value
Product RoundUp: Motors and drives refuse to stand still
Why not more sophisticated capabilities for motors and drives
Ask The Experts: Maximum rangeability of linear valves
A question about a pressure-independent balancing and control valve prompts an expert dissection of rangeability.
Q: I happened to read your article, “Rangeability of equal-percentage control valves” (Sept. 2013, p. 102). It was informative and crystal clear as to what rangeability for =% control valves means. This is the first time my mind was getting…
Correcting butterfly valve operation
Product roundup: Valve accessories getting refinements, innovations
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
Valves, Actuators, Positioners - the Good Stuff
Drive turns pump into smart, connected asset
Process optimization, energy management and asset management benefit from services-based Altivar Process drive.
The new Altivar Process variable speed drive from Schneider Electric offers a platform of standard, engineered and special features to meet the needs of industrial and municipal process applications where high functionality of features is…
Motors and drives: Driving forces
The future of internet access to field devices
Innovations to allow the use of existing 4-20 mA or fieldbus infrastructure for high-speed Ethernet in hazardous areas are being prototyped and demonstrated.
Remember the world-wide-wait? You may recall a time “before Google,” when a frequency-shift-keying (FSK) device called a “modem” connected to a broader network, be it CompuServe or AOL. Modems let users employ their twisted-pair phone lines…
What does good control room design look like?
Simply virtualized HMI solution
Training simulators smooth operations
Detection of oil in or on water
The dynamic world of alarms
A conversation with Prosys' Darwin Logerot on what does and doesn't work with alarm systems management
Stan: Last month, Nick Sands, co-chair of the ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016, “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industry” standard and DuPont’s global alarm management leader, gave us an insightful perspective on what’s really needed. Here we…
Alarm awareness, management on the upswing: ARC survey
Alarm management is more than just rationalization
Design alarms and HMI for smooth operations
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
Analytics opens new possibilities
Cloud-based data analytics offer new possibilities for collaboration.
When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and the cloud, many imagine the kinds of applications inspired by consumer markets, where complex mashups allow, for example, grocery stores to know that green jelly beans sell best next…
Mine the gold in Big Data
How IIoT can aid assets for CapEx and OpEx savings
SCADA systems harbor untapped data
Pepperl+Fuchs breaks ground on $25M U.S. distribution center
New 110,000-square-foot facility in Katy, Texas, will showcase the company’s factory automation sensors at work.
On June 2, Pepperl+Fuchs broke ground on its new U.S. distribution and engineering center in Katy, Texas, outside Houston. The new, 100,000-square-foot US Distribution Center (USDC) represents a $25 million investment for the leading manufacturer of…
Resources Guide: make sure intrinsic safety doesn't blow it
Process safety would be better if it had strong regulations as German beers do
How to do wireless for safety systems
FieldComm Group and friends speed Field Device Integration adoption
Don’t be afraid to explore new process control and automation technologies
OPC UA on the rise from Unified Architecture to Universal Application
Let’s use smarter things to make plants run safer and better
Apps make automation processes, equipment run better and more reliably
How Paul Studebaker’s experience with the Waze traffic app got him thinking about technology’s impact on the industry’s future.
Call me a grumpy old man. I like to remind today’s young whippersnappers how we used to get things done before the Internet and cell phones, with planning, communication, paper maps and phonebooks. I never bought a GPS or an iPod. I don’t use…
Exploring the future of wireless adoption in process control
Eagle Mine takes wireless underground
WIA-PA and WIA-FA to be added to IEC wireless standards
Because a typical industrial network combines all three physical layers -- fiber, copper and wireless -- the differences between each type of network needs to be managed from the design stage.
It seems every controls-related publication contains at least one article on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However almost all are vaporware or exist in PowerPoint only, with few implementations that couldn’t have been done with…
Triconex forges process safety’s future
There are advantages to one unified protocol for Ethernet
Ethernet changes process automation plant floors
Exploring the tools, skills needed to navigate the Industrial Internet of Things
Understand key IIoT concepts and lingo, and apply them in a way that serves your process application, facility and business.
Familiar things can look strange sometimes, and be hard to handle until you recognize them. Green and sustainable manufacturing were in vogue few years ago, and mostly turned out to be new hats for efficiency. Cybersecurity became more approachable…
Redundancy, versatility added to Universal I/O
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
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.
POWERFUL TUTORIALS AND TIPS
"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
Hosted by Sydney-based electronics design engineer David Jones, EEVblog and its YouTube channel have videos on everything from building to tearing down power supplies in an eight-part series on lab supply design. Watch the videos here.www.eevblog.com
POWER TECHNOLOGY SUBSITES
The Power Supply Technology subsite in the Applications & Technologies section at Mouser…
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
State of Technology Report: I/O Systems
FLEX investments take aim at engineering costs
ExxonMobil commits to thinking differently with electrical integration, configurable I/O
Open systems threaten smooth migrations
IIoT developers start delivering better process data
ISA, CSIA to offer online project management course
Where were the water treatment and quality experts before Flint's water disaster?
Food & Beverage Forum: Customer is king
A technological approach to a classic sauce
Employing FactoryTalk Batch software, the century-old Ragu sauce gets a boost from modern technology
Steve Christian remembers the days—not too long ago—when production schedules were printed on sheets of paper and distributed to operators at his plant, who would manually twist valve handles to send the Ragu sauce tomato slurry from one kettle…
Batch control blasts off
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
Chemical plants streamline distributed controls
How FactoryTalk software provided the vision Scotts Company needed to grow
Simulators pay for themselves with fewer trips and incidents, wrinkle-free transitions, knowledge capture and process improvements.
One of the earliest applications for simulator-based training was to train airplane pilots. Today, simulators are used to train people across many professions, including as health care (e.g., for surgeons), aviation, military, aerospace, shipping,…
A strategy for success involves innovation at every level
New hardware, software and platform enhancements improve safety performance while boosting engineering productivity.
One of the best ways to build a useful, successful future is on the foundation of a useful, successful past. And Schneider Electric's Triconex safety business, together with its legendary Tricon products, is one of industry’s best examples of…
How history, principles and standards led to the safety PLC
The ins and outs of safety instrumented systems—part 2
The ins and outs of safety instrumented systems—part 1
Neural nets improve flame detection
Restrained growth for cybersecurity market: IHS Technology
Re-skilled workers bring the Industrial IoT to life
IT tools aid operations technology cybersecurity
Genpak plant roof collapses as staff evacuate building
How to secure your industrial networks
Physical safety, cybersecurity can't be separated
Airport Kabuki and Functional Security
How systematic enclosure design optimizes field instrumentation performance
Specifying an enclosure for sensitive field-based control and instrumentation equipment is not a trivial task.
When designing or configuring enclosure protection for sensitive field-based equipment, it pays to consider the entire system—including the enclosure material, its insulation and heat transfer characteristics—rather than focusing simply on…
Panel modification centers opening
Pentair improves panel integrators efficiencies