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

Two new inductees join the Hall of Fame

2018 Control Process Automation Hall of Fame

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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Industrial Networks

2018 State of Technology Report Industrial NetworksThe editors of Control have compiled the latest articles, case studies and trends on the topic of industrial networks in this new State of Technology report. Topics covered include: FDI technology, Ethernet, field-to-cloud technology and more. Download it here.

 

Our latest issue: April 2018

April 2018 Control 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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    OPA is not like fieldbusGreat article (OPA plugs and plays). In case anyone thinks that this is just fieldbus all over again—it is not. The objectives are similar to Foundation fieldbus, but that standard had two major faults: It was directed at new (greenfield) installations, and it had no…

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  • Can we resolve the climate debate? - Part 4

    By Béla Lipták

    The process control principles described in the first three parts of this series have shown, that storage and transportation of intermittently available renewable energy is the key to stop climate change. The world seems to be reaching the same conclusion, as the storage market has grown 46% in…

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    By John Rezabek

    Jake and his assistant were searching. The outbuilding had some ambient monitors for oxygen and carbon monoxide (CO), since it housed the continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) for the nearby boiler. The stack sample being analyzed was potentially suffocating or otherwise lethal, so sirens…

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  • Distributing I/O

    By Ian Verhappen

    Despite the name “distributed control system,” the original systems did not distribute the I/O but kept all the hardware located near the control room in a controlled-environment interface room. Then, in the 1990s when networks improved and fiber optic became more common, the I/O started being…

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