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Common methods, best practices for IIoT solidify

The only question now is how make IIoT simple, effective and secure in process applications

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It always helps when someone else scouts ahead, cuts through the jungle first, and sends back guidance about sought-after destinations and avoiding hazards. And, just as geographical explorers assist travelers who come later, computing/networking pioneers can research, develop and experiment with new and emerging digitalized technologies to help those not as far up the learning curve. This is especially true for information technology (IT) experts, whose know-how is becoming more crucial to users in process control/automation and other operations technology (OT) disciplines as their industries are increasingly overrun by the Internet and its eponymous and unnecessarily…

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CT 1906 SOT Temp Press Small compressorTemperature & pressure management

Find the latest trends, technology and implementations on the topic of temperature and pressure management are detailed in this new eBook from the editors of Control. Topics covered include: diagnostics, pressure transmitter problems, and more. Download it here.

 

1906 CT Digital edition thumb compressorOur latest issue: June 2019

It was inevitable the Internet would take over from fieldbuses and their protocols. The only question now is how make it simple, effective and secure in applications and the HMI/SCADA, MES, ERP and other functions that serve them. Read the issue.

 

Voices: Ask The Experts

Natural gas metering mismatch

Why there will be two Volume 2s in the Instrument Engineers' Handbook

Q: We have a problem of production mismatch on the custodian metering system in our natural gas station (Figure 1). There are two trains with two different runs. It is a gas treatment and export station. We export to the LNG station and also to some domestic users. The details:Total production:…

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