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Data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be

Access and run disparate data streams in parallel for innovative analyses, better decisions and optimized production.

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All the richest, juiciest, most actionable data isn't worth spit if it can't be accessed. And all the most sophisticated analytical software, algorithms and techniques are just as worthless if they can't crunch that data to enable better decisions and optimize operations, production and profit. There's no point in either if they can't work together.In the badder old days, obstacles between raw, detailed plant-floor data and thorough, timely analysis were mountainous. Data points, signals and parameters were manually gathered and entered on paper or old computerized spreadsheets, which were hard to organize and easy to lose. Plus, not only was the collection process…

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Resources

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The latest trends, technology and implementations on the topic of HMIs and industrial computers are detailed in this new eBook from the editors of Control. Topics covered include: HMI requirements, device protection, safety, 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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  • Natural gas metering mismatch

    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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  • Reader feedback: June 2019

    I read the editorial, “Electricity in the air” (Jan. ’19, p. 9), and good heavens, don't beat yourself up because electric cars are on the way. If we're doing things right, every generation should come up with something more efficient and cleaner than what happened before. However, that…

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  • Why aren't there more wireless weighing systems?

    By Ian Verhappen

    Weighing systems tend to be installed in difficult to reach locations, such as underneath truck unloading systems, on beams supporting vessels, below conveyor belts, etc. And these locations are also often widely dispersed. For these reasons, a weighing system needs to be simple, small and…

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  • Counterfeits evolve from dangerous crap to Trojan horses.

    By Paul Studebaker

    As an engineer, I suppose I'm especially incensed by counterfeit engineered components. I’ve devoted much of my life to avoiding having to interact with and trust people, so I love the notion that you can write a specification and the object of your desire will arrive on the dock, ready to bring…

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  • Resource guide: Human-machine interfaces

    Textbook HMI chapterThis 176-page chapter, "Human machine interface" by Prof. Ted Evans at the University of Toledo's College of Engineering, is one of many resources for his electrical engineering courses that are available at his homepage. This chapter covers HMI history, graphics for situation…

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