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2019 Readers' Choice Awards

End users toast the companies that provide the best in process control

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Engineering, installing and maintaining automation systems for safe, efficient, quality production takes many talents. Along with a real grip on the technologies and techniques of process control, you must have a good understanding of manufacturing principles, finances, people and more. One of the most important tools in your belt is your hard-won knowledge of what works. Through real-world experience, you've found products and brands you can rely on to give the best combination of performance, ease of use, reliability and reasonable cost. But no single automation professional is an expert in every one of the myriad categories of process control hardware, software and…

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Resources

2018 Flow2 Tablet small compressorFlow Measurement,
Part II

The latest eBook from the editors of Control continues the conversation about flow measurement via a collection of articles about the latest trends, technologies and implementations. Topics covered include flowmeter selection, wireless flow measurement and more. Download it here.

 

1902 DE tablet small2Our latest issue: February 2019

Edge computing is enabling routine data gathering, storage on databases and latency-reducing data processing, while also delivering less burdensome reports-by-exception, anomalies and longer-term trends for analysis to the cloud and other enterprise-level users. Read the issue.

 

Voices: Ask The Experts

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Can you remotely control a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) fractionation process from a centralized control center?

Q: Can you remotely control a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) fractionation process from a centralized control center? The distance is 400 kilometers. If not, what are the high-risk reasons that necessitate having a local control room at the site of the fractionation process?Ahmed…

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