2016 Readers' Choice Awards
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,…
Online resources: Optimize calibration
Beamex teams up with Mark Draghicescu Racing
Speedy delivery of calibration data
Overcoming oil & gas measurement challenges
What is the difference between uncertainty and accuracy in flowmeters?
Béla Lipták says the there is no such thing as a perfect detector, therefore we never know what "true value" is.
What is the difference between uncertainty and accuracy in flowmeters? Why do custody transfer ultrasonic flowmeter manufacturers state uncertainty value instead of accuracy?
Accuracy (or more precisely,…
Digital signals support low-maintenance approach to differential pressure measurement
Online resources: Flow know-how
FCI offers ST100 Series/Air Gas Flow Meter Web Demo
Digital precision and stability allow accurate DP level and flow readings using two pressure transmitters.
A differential pressure (DP) application had capillaries—small-bore armored tubing connecting the remote seal to the transmitter—in excess of 50 feet. When the weather turned cold, there was enough of a viscosity change in the fill fluid to…
Endress+Hauser commissioning wizard: Guided, interactive, simple
Magnetostrictive level loses limitations
Advanced control for boiler drum level?
'Working Monitor' Regulator Solves Pressure Problems
Online resources to help you understand pressure instruments better
Pressure transmitters meet new challenges
Daisy Data Displays' X-Purge control gets redesigned
Endress+Hauser iTemp TMT82: Reliable, accurate, SIL 2/3 certified
Endress+Hauser's iTemp TMT82 HART temperature transmitter is safe for operation in explosion-hazardous areas
Endress+Hauser's iTemp TMT82 HART temperature transmitter is designed to meet the toughest requirements to be found in the chemical, oil & gas and power industries. Not only is the transmitter certified to SIL 2/3 (i.e., can be used in SIL 3 safety systems), it is also available with various international approvals guaranteeing safe operation in explosion-hazardous areas.
iTemp TMT82 is available as a head transmitter or as a unit for top-hat rail mounting. Conforming to HART® 7.0, it has two inputs and one 4-20 mA/HART output, thus supporting standard, redundant and differential temperature measurement. It can be used with TCs, RTDs, resistance transmitters (Ω) and voltage transmitters (mV). Sensor matching ensures the highest…
Keeping tabs on temperature resources
Endress+Hauser launches new generation temperature transmitter
ISA and Beamex offer free webinar on calibrating temperature instruments
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
Quickly Test Load Cell Systems
The Care and Feeding of your Weigh Cells
Industrial Safety Disasters: Not Again-Again and Again
Making Accurate Batches
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
Cascade tuning recommendations for starting tuning values
Online Resources: Loop Control Systems
Modeling the Weather, Measuring Bulk Solids with Radar and Benchmarks for Loop Checking Productivity
DCS enter new territory, do more and better
Modern DCS powers Connected Enterprise
Death of the DCS
Ignition software sparks flexible, affordable SCADA
MPC saves energy at oilseed processing plant
PLC creator explains the difference between PC-based control and PLCs
Here's how to save money on energy
The most significant reductions are discovered by measuring and monitoring energy flows.
Founded in 1979 to help building owners and managers reduce energy costs, Holmes AutoPilot spent the first several years working in non-industrial facilities including schools, churches, libraries, office buildings, pools, ice arenas and shopping…
New standards coming for cybersecurity of critical infrastructure
Here's how SCADA provides wellhead awareness
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
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
Product RoundUp: Motors and drives refuse to stand still
Why not more sophisticated capabilities for motors and drives
Robot pilots? Improving level detection reliability
Motors and drives: Driving forces
Valve demand to pass $98 billion
According to a recent study from The Freedonia Group Inc., worldwide demand for industrial valves is projected to climb 4.3% per year to reach $98.5 billion in 2019.
Worldwide demand for industrial valves is projected to climb 4.3% per year to reach $98.5 billion in 2019, according to "World Industrial Valves," a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc. The study projects market advances will be driven by growth in chemicals and other process manufacturing output, electric power generation and construction in healthy economic environments.
In addition, ongoing efforts to expand water infrastructures in developing countries and maintain water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems in developed nations will also contribute to sales increases. Finally, dollar gains will be boosted by greater use of "smart" valves and actuators, which contain multiple sensors and are linked to…
Why and how to establish installed valve flow characteristics
Azbil announces Smart ESD* Device for SIS applications
What is valve gain?
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
Motors and Drives: Process Automation Driving Forces
The Beautiful Engineering of the Keystone Pipeline
How process controls revive beer and history
Solid architecture runs The Connected Enterprise in the real world
Users chime in on benefits of operator training simulators
Operator training simulators (OTS) give users an understanding of how a plant functions and enable workers to learn how to solve problems and make better and faster decisions.
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,…
NovaTech upgrades PET plant in less than one week
Is artificial intelligence dangerous?
Here are better ways to customize enclosures
A lasting plan for managing alarms
Wanted: Better designed systems for operators
Connecting All Instruments to IIoT Seems Ideal, Smart and Practical, but Is It Really?
Siemens Brings Automation Education Event to Los Angeles
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
Data analytics still need the human touch
Make sure you can trust your diagnostic measuring tools
Should NoSQL be your next database?
Process safety would be better if it had strong regulations as German beers do
How to do wireless for safety systems
Closing the loop on process safety
The Best Way to Automate a Hazardous Area
Nominate your plant to win the FieldComm Group Plant of the Year Award
End users and manufacturers from all world areas are encouraged to enter their plant or customer’s plant for FieldComm Group's 14th annual Plant of the Year Award.
If you or your plant currently use FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus and HART™ communication technologies you can be awarded FieldComm Group's 14th annual Plant of the Year Award. The FieldComm Group is actively seeking qualified nominees for this year's award and end users and manufacturers from all world areas are encouraged to enter their plant or customer’s plant for this prestigious award.
The FieldComm Group Plant of the Year is the only international award presented to end user companies in the process automation industry to recognize the exceptional and valuable application of FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus and/or HART® Communication technologies. Nominations will be accepted until May 16, 2016. Nomination forms and program details are available…
Are end users always right? A deeper look at Foundation fieldbus, Profibus
Greenfield mining operation protects assets with WirelessHART
Ethernet changes process automation plant floors
Microcyber's WirelessHART solution is all you need!
ZigBee, EnOcean alliances partner
There are advantages to a one network for all Ethernet protocols approach
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.
At its most basic, Ethernet connects computing devices, establishes local area networks…
Bedrock seeks secure automation freedom with universal I/O
Smart Industry conference promises real-life approach to IIoT
Opto 22 adds mobility to operator interfaces with groov Action Plan
Mobile trends in industrial automation
Intelligent parking drone named winner of Siemens' first Mobility IDEA Contest
Process and power/electrical controls merging into unified systems
Here are the benefits they can provide together.
The ones and zeroes don't care what physics or events they represent. Pressure, temperature, flow, oil, gas, chemicals, water, ore, slurries, pulp or tapioca pudding—it's all the same to them. Likewise, mathematics, algorithms, software and…
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
Reader Feedback: NERC CIP Does Make the Grid Safer
Lockheed Martin wins next-generation refining and chemical facility automation system contract from ExxonMobil
EMRE has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to serve as the systems integrator in the early stage development of a next-generation open and secure automation system for process industries.
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to serve as the systems integrator in the early stage development of a next-generation open and secure automation system for process industries. Lockheed Martin will be responsible for the advanced processing architecture working with EMRE in this pre-development phase.
EMRE is continuously looking at existing processes and finding new and innovative ways of working using both internal and external ideas.
Vijay Swarup, vice president of Research and Development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company said "this breakthrough initiative could help transform refining and chemical manufacturing through the use of high-speed computational…
Leak detection helps wells meet OSHA PSM requirements
Reliance drives culture change with a digital revolution
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
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
In other news, CSIA will hold its 2016…
Where were the water treatment and quality experts before Flint's water disaster?
Food & Beverage Forum: Customer is king
Things to do and not to do in project execution
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.
Julius Caesar usually gets the credit for "divide and conquer," but there's evidence he was just the most famous in a long line of ancient rulers to use it. That's the way with any great idea—everybody wants to make it work for them. Of course,…
Chemical plants streamline distributed controls
How FactoryTalk software provided the vision Scotts Company needed to grow
Monin flavors western hemisphere with FactoryTalk Batch
How energy audits upgrades can boost profits at industrial facilities
Neural nets improve flame detection
Artificial intelligence opens new paths to intelligent, multi-sensory gas and flame safety
In August 2013, President Obama issued an executive order with the intent of helping improve petrochemical safety policies. Since then, nearly two and a half years later, there have been more than 400 petrochemical accidents, large and small.
Foundation fieldbus in hazardous areas
DHS suggests security strategies
Here are 7 strategies the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) suggest we put in place to effectively defend industrial control systems (ICSs).
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) released its report, "Seven Strategies to Effectively Defend Industrial Control Systems (ICSs)," this past December. It provides procedures that can be implemented immediately to counter common, exploitable weaknesses in control systems. Access the report here.
Drafted by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), the report states, "In fiscal year 2015, 295 incidents were reported to the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, and many more went unreported or undetected." As a result, the seven strategies are:
Implement application whitelisting to detect and prevent execution of malware;
Ensure proper configuration and patch management centered on…
How PLCs of critical facilities are protected from cyber attacks
7 steps to defend industrial control networks
Industrial control system cyber attacks are on the rise
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
Panel modification centers opening
Pentair plc reported Jan. 13 that it will offer rapid, locally modified enclosures at its Hoffman Certified Modification Centers (HCMC) via its network of local distributors.
Pentair plc reported Jan. 13 that it will offer rapid, locally modified enclosures at its Hoffman Certified Modification Centers (HCMC) via its network of local distributors. Pentair has plans for 14 HCMCs across the U.S., serving most major markets. To locate Hoffman distributors participating in the HCMC program, visit www.pentairprotect.com/hoffman/hcmc.
Pentair improves panel integrators efficiencies