Fluke’s faster, easier pressure calibrator
All-in-one tool lets less-experienced techs calibrate like a pro.
Not just anybody can perform effective pressure calibrations. And especially with today’s highly stable, precise instrumentation, any drift in the applied calibration pressure due to small leaks or pump idiosyncrasies can result in doing more harm…
Resource guide: calibration education
Control 2017 Readers' Choice Awards
Expansions and contractions in the process automation industry
Product Roundup: More capable software improving calibration tools
2017 State of Technology: Flow measurement
The latest flow measurement trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.
The latest flow measurement trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.
Topics covered include:
When and how to use pulse width modulation of controller outputs
Getting the most out of valve…
Product roundup: flow gathers strength
Webinar: Process management report from the field
Orifice flowmeter rangeability
Density delivers in-process analysis
Product roundup: level finds new heights
Familiar technologies from Endress+Hauser, Orion Instruments, Vega Americas, Emerson, and others, are being enhanced with new and useful bells and whistles.
Free-space radar with Bluetooth
Micropilot FMR10 and FMR20 free-space radar level transmitters have Bluetooth wireless communications and 4-20 mA outputs that allow remote configuration via the SmartBlue app. FMR10 measures liquid levels at ranges…
Ask the experts: Level switch safety; level for flow
Resource guide: Temperature and pressure don't stress
26 things to not do in temperature, flow, valve, differential pressure and pH applications
Product roundup: temperature and pressure
E+H unveils new Midwest temperature, analyzer plants
To keep up with demand for its temperature and analyzer products, Endress+Hauser opened two new manufacturing facilities on May 31, including a more than $8-million, 42,000-square-foot temperature measurement plant at its North American headquarters…
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
Resource guide: process analyzers seek the truth
Connecting process analyzer systems
Ask the experts: PID terminology causes confusion
Definitions of terms evolve as control technology advances and proprietary algorithms merge.
I am a Instrumentation engineer from India. For the past 10 years, I have referred to your Instrument and Automation Engineers’ Handbook, also known as "the bible for instrumentation" in India. I have a problem in understanding PID controllers.
Opening minds about controllers, part 1
Invisibility of process control
Common automation myths debunked
Criteria and procedure for controller tuning
How we can support a proliferation of smart devices
'For the efficacy of our engineering cleverness to endure, we need all our edge devices to migrate to a sustainable, standardized path,' argues John Rezabek in his latest column.
Can you solve the logic for a “test-reset-acknowledge” annunciator function in three relays or less? When refurbishing a previously-owned analyzer shelter with lower explosive limit (LEL) combustibles detectors and ambient oxygen sensors, the…
The Open Process Automation initiative presents predictable challenges in I/O systems
ExxonMobil makes strides to simplify, standardize its designs and solutions
NAMUR blazes trail toward open control
Breaking the interoperability barrier
Product roundup: PLCs, PACs and PCs proliferate
Cloud and virtual computing may be getting all the buzz, but programmable devices and distributed control are having a renaissance, too.
Restful API on PAC enables IIoT
SNAP programmable automation controllers (PAC) have gained what's reported to be an industry-first RESTful API to close the IT/OT gap, and enable rapid Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) development. The API…
How to troubleshoot and calibrate 4-20 mA
Turck turns I/O devices into field logic controllers
Schneider Electric clicks at Connect 2016
HMIs are multiplying, diversifying, and gaining flexibility
What are the best ways for these interfaces, screens and displays to serve today's accelerating, Internet-based applications and settings?
Big and bigger data is zipping from sensors, transmitters, processes and plants over Ethernet networks to control systems, enterprise levels, Internet servers and the cloud. However, because users still learn most of what they need to know through…
Yokogawa Corp., eSimulation Inc. form partnership
ICC 2016: Clarksville utilities automate securely
ICC 2016: Predictive analytics at Sierra Nevada Brewing
An ‘entitlement’ approach to continuous process control improvement
How Ascend Performance Materials chooses, prioritizes and performs improvement projects.
Greg: During our process control improvement (PCI) initiative at Monsanto and Solutia, we developed a methodology that went from opportunity sizing to opportunity assessment, ending up with a list of opportunities prioritized based on cost and…
Expanding advanced process control to secondary units
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
Resource guide: motors and drives turn on process industries
Our latest guide delivers white papers, tutorials, videos and more from Omega, Rockwell, ABB, Yaskawa, and others
Basic motor overview
The five-page paper, "AC-powered motors in automation: general purpose, inverter/vector duty and stepper motors," provides a good overview of the main motor types used in many control and automation applications.
Read it here.
How automation can best affect the ratio that defines energy efficiency
Nord Drivesystems delivers biggest gearbox
Webinar: When to Transition from Low to Medium Voltage Solutions
Product roundup: the latest in motors and drives
Getting to the truth about deadtime, rangeability, valve performance, positioners, lambda tuning, controller gain, fuzzy logic and neural networks
There are a lot of misconceptions in the application of automation systems in the process industries. Sometimes these errors in thinking don’t cause much harm because good design practices keep the user out of trouble, but they keep us from the…
Control's 10 most-read articles of January 2017
Top 10 Control articles of 2016
Resource Guide: valves, actuators and positioners
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
Advice on implementing ANSI/ISA standards for operator interfaces
Energy efficiency tools
Power control joins process control to aid energy efficiency
Bonnie Ramey, DuPont senior process control engineer and HMI expert, explores how these standards are critical for improving the performance of operators, enabling them to better do the tasks needed for abnormal conditions, operational states and production objectives.
Greg: The operator is on a moment-to-moment to basis, making sure the process is safe, reliable and productive. It appears to me that the operator interface developed for the original distributed control systems in the 1970s did not improve much for…
Human factors engineering delivers ROI
How to reduce alarm chatter
Prepare to rationalize and operate on alarms from the Internet of Things
Why automation has limitations in emergency situations
There’s a balance to seek between automation and relying on human perceptions, knowledge, training and decision-making, says John Rezabek
Watching the movie “Sully,” which dramatizes the heroic “save” of then-US Airways flight 1549 after taking off from New York's LaGuardia airport, we’re reminded of the role played by Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III’s experience…
The dynamic world of alarms
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
Intrinsic safety gives an inch
A few worthy, proven technical innovations are making their way into IS solutions and settings.
Some things never change, which means they just change more slowly than we usually notice. One of these tortoises is intrinsic safety (IS) in the process industries, and most control engineers and other folks I know are grateful for its…
Where wireless meets intrinsic safety
Pepperl+Fuchs breaks ground on $25M U.S. distribution center
Resources Guide: make sure intrinsic safety doesn't blow it
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…
Embracing changing technologies provides more options, opportunities
The future of internet access to field devices
FieldComm Group and friends speed Field Device Integration adoption
Don’t be afraid to explore new process control and automation technologies
How can we connect a F&G system?
We're seeking a suitable way to monitor a fire and gas system without running cables.
Q: A petrochemical plant has a PLC-based fire and gas (F&G) system with monitoring in the control room. We need to add monitoring at the fire station. Cabling between three stations (two control rooms and one fire station) and using mimic panels…
A visible twist on wireless
How power will be transmitted wirelessly to wireless transmitters
Wireless adoption to-do list
Ethernet: What’s new and what’s next?
Protocol organizations report progress toward proficiency in process control applications.
Many industrial networks solutions built on IEEE 802.x Ethernet standards are available to vendors and end users. Even as vanilla Ethernet evolves with the support of organizations such as the Ethernet Alliance, many Ethernet-based standards—or…
Defining ethernet determinism depends on the application
How to manage the Ethernet spectrum
OPA is not a standards-developing body, which means they will either have to adopt existing standards or work with another standards-developing organization such as ISA, FM, or UL to create any required documents.
The Open Process Automation Forum (OPA) and the team led by end-user companies ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BASF to develop the next generation control system have stated from the start that the solution will be based on open standards.
Product roundup: Terminal blocks and I/O
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
Power supplies: just another detail?
Careful specification can prevent startup problems and maintenance headaches.
As a chemical engineer by training, one aspect of automation that I had to pick up post-graduation was a basic understanding of electrical engineering. Although it wasn't a natural fit for me (my alma mater makes Chem Es take an electrical…
2016 State of Technology Report: The latest trends in power systems
Back to school time: All you need to know about power supply
Pathways from operations to enterprises are getting shorter, simpler
Avenues and hurdles are getting streamlined thanks to more capable components, software and networks, but the primary task remains convincing potential users.
It used to be a long, twisting trip from operations on the plant floor or out in the field back to the administrative and enterprise levels. All kinds of added devices, programming, signal conversion, networking and other checkpoints were navigated…
Honeywell picked for China crude-to-chemical plant
Resource guide: all about APC, simulation and modeling
When minimizing cost compromises functionality, its price may be too high
Digital device configuration
Take control of condition information
Why centralized machinery health management isn't just for the biggest companies.
As budgets get tighter and experienced personnel become harder to come by, organizations worldwide are looking for novel ways to optimize their machinery health management. At Hexion, we’re no different. Because we operate sites around the globe,…
Usability: Are apps the answer?
Big data analytics to manage asset performance
Emerson’s ‘pervasive sensing’ initiative providing deeper analytics for asset performance
Procedural automation everywhere
Few and surmountable obstacles lie between us and command-perform-verify.
ISA released the ISA-106 “Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations” initial Technical Report (TR) defining models and terminology in August 2013, and several manufacturers have implemented their interpretation of this document…
Resource Guide: The best of batch control
A technological approach to a classic sauce
Batch control blasts off
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
The Industrial Internet of Things will not control processes without process control professionals.
Greg: Specialists doing process control improvements are doing a disappearing act. While the biggest loss of expertise is in application of advanced process control (APC), the efforts to improve control strategies, tuning, measurements and valves…
Six users win awards from Schneider Electric
Building cybersecurity firewalls
Why and how to secure industrial control and safety systems at every conduit.
Cybersecurity is all the rage now with everyone wondering if someone is peeking under their petticoats or will hack their control system and take over their process, a la Stuxnet, leading to a disaster. This is an important issue that requires a…
IEC 61511 second edition updates
Process safety delayed
Design for safety instrumented systems reliability
DeltaV Mobile brings process data beyond the control room
Resource guide: cybersecurity cornucopia
Panacea Technologies unveils Panacea Update Manager
ARC Advisory Group, SANS Institute to collaborate on cybersecurity education
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
2017 State of Technology: Workstations and enclosures
A modern approach to engineering plant-floor enclosures improves efficiency, reliability, safety and more.
They look simple, but paying attention to the details of designing and specifying plant-floor enclosures for workstations, controllers, input/output (I/O) systems and instruments can pay off handsomely in lower initial, operating and maintenance…
Product roundup: Enclosures don't get boxed in
Resource Guide: Enclosures, panels and boxes
How systematic enclosure design optimizes field instrumentation performance
Panel modification centers opening