2018 Control Process Automation Hall of Fame - Part 1: Thomas McAvoy

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Unlike in days of yore or in modern, but backward realms or quaint hierarchies, where crowns are inherited, bought or won by war or intimidation, new inductees to the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame are selected by their peers—the current, active members. We say that Hall of Fame members stand out for three qualities: the extent of their process control knowledge, their wisdom in applying that knowledge, and their success in sharing it with others. It’s a good kind of fame. Members nominate potential inductees, members vote for their choices among the nominees, and those votes determine each year’s new group. Our editors just facilitate the process by…

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State of Technology: Level Measurement

2018 State of Technology Report: Level MeasurementThis State of Technology report brings together all of the latest and best articles on level measurement, and covers the latest trends, articles, back-to-basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions. Download it here.

 

Our latest issue: April 2018

Control April 2018 Digital EditionUnlike in days of yore or in modern, but backward realms or quaint hierarchies, where crowns are inherited, bought or won by war or intimidation, new inductees to the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame are selected by their peers. Read the issue.

 

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Vortex flowmeter calibration and rangeability

How can we determine the best size to balance accuracy against pressure drop?

Q: I have a question regarding vortex flowmeters and hope that you can clear it up. The line size is 3 in.; the flow is minimum 6 m³/hr, normal 20 m³/hr, maximum 22 m³/hr. The vendor suggested using a 3-in. Endress+Hauser (E+H) Prowirl vortex flowmeter with minimum flow 4.03 m³/hr, maximum…

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