This Month’s Cover Story

Top 50 Automation Companies of 2017: Digitalization takes over

The IIoT is transforming the Top 50 into software and services companies

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All the wells, mines, platforms, refineries, plants, columns, pipelines, sensors, analyzers and instruments are still chugging away as usual. Everything else is changing. Everything, that is, related to data acquisition, monitoring, process control, analytics, modeling, simulation and optimization, which are quickly moving into software, Ethernet-based, Internet protocol (IP) networking, and server-based data processing. This storm surge of digital transformation, driven by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud computing, advanced analytics and the push to managed services, continues to transform how the Top 50 biggest worldwide and North American automation…

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Level Measurement, Part II

The latest eBook from Control continues the conversation about level measurement. In this eBook, you will find a collection of articles covering various aspects of level measurement. Download it here.

New Quizzes! Test your control knowledge

Greg McMillan and Control Global test your process automation control knowledge in ControlGlobal Quizzes. New quizzes are released every two weeks. The first five quizzes are now live! Test your smarts.

Our latest issue: November 2018

It may not get all the attention lavished on the IIoT, virtualization, cloud computing and other forms of digitalization, but none of these phenomena would be as powerful without the wireless technologies supporting them 24/7/365Read the issue.

On demand: Live streamed panel discussion with safety experts

Now available on demand, this interactive panel of process safety experts explore profitable safety, process safety and digital strategy, IIoT and process safety, and more. Watch on demand.

Voices: Ask The Experts

How to optimize pumping cost

Use a variable-speed pump and minimize valve pressure drops.

Q: Delivery of transmix fuel to two separation towers is being upgraded. Coriolis meters were installed and are currently functioning. Two PID flow control loops currently maintain flow. The transmix liquid passes through a series of heat exchangers on its way to the towers. It is estimated that…

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    As the guy from the refinery up the interstate from his facility, who is most responsible for bringing in Foundation fieldbus (FF), let me weigh in on John Rezabek’s “Is fieldbus dead?” and the responses to it.Is Fieldbus better than 4-20 mA instrumentation? Yes. Is it harder to install and…

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    Radio mobile slidesThis 41-slide PowerPoint, "Radio Mobile radio frequency (RF) site surveys," shows how Radio Mobile Freeware by Roger Coudé works to identify wireless pathways with help from GPS coordinates, but it also contains useful background on irregular terrain, elevation maps and survey…

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    By Ann Neal

    The world of Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding rapidly. By 2025, the total global worth of IoT technology is estimated to reach $6.2 trillion. While by 2020, there will be around 26 smart objects per every human being on Earth. Contrary to the popular belief, however, most smart devices…

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  • Good grounding practices - Part 1

    By William L. Mostia, Jr., P.E.

    Grounding can be the ultimate common cause due to its ubiquitous nature of connecting everything electrical together, and a great unknown because much of it and its operation are invisible to us. This article discusses what makes up a good instrument grounding system and why. It doesn’t…

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  • Good grounding practices - Part 2

    By William L. Mostia, Jr., P.E.

    Part 1 describes the reasons we ground and specifications for ground resistance. Here, I discuss why it’s necessary to connect instrumentation to the power ground system, and the theory and practice of shielding.That “dirty” power groundIn the past, there was a common refrain by…

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  • A practical path to standardized field device integration

    By Ted Masters, President and CEO, FieldComm Group

    With all the hype about Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and other global advanced information initiatives, it’s hardly surprising that suppliers are promoting products that highlight readiness for digitalizatian. Many solutions are available to take advantage of process…

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