Control State of Technology Reports

Control's State of Technology series is designed to provide process industry professionals with an up-to-date, top-level understanding of a range of key process automation topics. Each report is a compendium of the latest trends, articles, back-to-basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions compiled by our editors.


Level Measurement, Part II

Download the 2018 Level Measurement, Part 2, eBookThis eBook from the editors of Control continues the conversation about level measurement. In 2018 Level Measurement, Part II, you will find an updated collection of articles covering various aspects of level measurement.

Among the topics within this eBook are: 

  • Process control as inventory control
  • Prevent pressure transmitter problems
  • DP depends on good impulses
  • Polymer reactor level measurement

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I/O Systems

cgsot 1809 io 178 compressorAll you need to know about I/O can be found in the pages of this eBook. This report includes the latest technology trends, articles written by the editors of Control and tutorials. 

Here is some of what you can find in this State of Technology report: 

  • How do we deal with the brittle? 
  • Task for to release new Power over Ethernet wiring standard
  • Honeywell rises to ExxonMobil challenge
  • OPA Forum expands open, interoperable standard for process control device interfaces - Part 1 and Part 2
  • and more. 

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Oil & Gas 

Download the 2018 Oil & Gas State of Technology ReportThe editors of Control and other industry experts chart the past and present forces enabling the oil & gas industry's future. They propose a range of possibilities for improving productivity and cutting costs in new and existing plants. Learn about recent challenges issued and solutions identified by companies like Honeywell, Chevron, Rockwell Automation and more. Topics covered in this State of Technology Report include: 

  • Honeywell rises to ExxonMobil challenge
  • Innovation boosts safety at Chevron
  • Oilfield solution streamlines asset integration 
  • and more. 

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Control Systems: PLCs & PACs

SOT ControlSys PLC PACThis State of Technology Report: PLCs & PACs brings you all of the latest articles, case studies and trends about control systems, specifically programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs). The downloadable eBook includes such content as: 

  • Exploring the love/hate relationship with distributed control
  • Alternate paths from field to cloud
  • Process automation systems gain flexibility, simplicity
  • Controlling fuel gas to a fired heater
  • and more.

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Temperature and Pressure 

CT1806 SOT Temperature Pressure 179x238 compressorThe 2018 Temperature and Pressure State of Technology Report is a compilation of Control articles, back-to-basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions highlighting the latest trends and developments in temperature and pressure. Process automation professionals will benefit from the useful information in this ebook. 

Topics covered in this State of Technology Report include: 

  • Insights to process and loop performance
  • Optimization of cooling systems
  • Controlling fuel gas to a fired heater
  • and more.

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HMIs, Industrial PCs and Enclosures

2018 State of Technology HMI Industrial PCs Enclosures 2This State of Technology Report brings together all of the latest and best Control articles on HMIs, Industrial PCs and enclosures, and covers the latest trends, articles, back to basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions.  Process automation professionals will find helpful information in this unique, downloadable ebook.  

Topics covered include: 

  • Interfaces
  • SCADA
  • Mobility 
  • Open-source computers
  • and more.

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The latest in 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 the 2018 State of Technology Report: Industrial Networks eBook.

Topics covered include: 

  • Major industry partners collaborate to advance FDI technology
  • Ethernet as an enabler
  • Alternate paths from the field to cloud
  • Wireless is a cornerstone of digitalization 
  • What is cost pervasive networking?
  • Build those firewalls
  • IT, OT unite during gas network upgrade
  • and more. 
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The latest in level measurement

2018 State of Technology Report: Level MeasurementThe editors of Control and Controlglobal.com have compiled the latest information on level measurement in this new eBook.

Topics covered include:

  • Merging old and new in level
  • The expert inside-better networked devices
  • Levels of inference-what smart engineers are getting
  • Virtual sensors validate vital data
  • A flash of inspiration on field devices

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The latest in Flow

2018 State of Technology Report: FlowThe editors have compiled the latest articles, case studies and trends on the topic of flow in this new ebook. Topics covered include:
  • The expert inside:  Flow instrumentation
  • Wireless flowmeter woes
  • Ask the experts:  Orifice flowmeter straight run
  • Ask the experts: Controlling fuel gas to a fired heater
  • Ask the experts: Hydrogen mass flow

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The latest in HMIs and industrial PCs

2017 State of Technology Report: HMIs and Industrial PCsThe editors have compiled the latest articles, case studies and trends on the topic of HMIs and industrial PCs in this new ebook. Topics covered include:

  • HMIs are multiplying, diversifying, and gaining flexibility
  • Prepare to rationalize and operate on alarms from the Internet of Things
  • Advice on implementing ANSI/ISA standards for operator interfaces
  • Design alarms and HMI for smooth operations
  • Human factors engineering delivers ROI

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The latest in oil & gas applications

2017 State of Technology Report: Oil and Gas ApplicationsPanelists from ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Rice University chart past and present forces enabling their industry’s future and propose a range of possibilities for improving productivity and cutting costs in new and existing plants. 
This ebook includes these topics:
  • Bright oil and gas future will rely on innovation, efficiency
  • ExxonMobil makes strides to simplify, standardize its designs and solutions
  • A digital foundation for the chemical, oil and gas industry
  • UOP pioneering ‘optimization-as-a-service’
  • Human factors engineering delivers ROI

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Maximize I/O flexibility

2017 State of Technology Report: Input/Output SystemsMoving automation engineering off the critical project path starts with accommodating even late changes in instrumentation requirements. Learn more in this new ebook. 

Topics covered include:

  • Maximize I/O flexibility
  • ExxonMobil’s patented progress toward integrating control systems
  • The Open Process Automation initiative presents predictable challenges in I/O systems
  • A new paradigm for control system migrations 
  • Making the case for hardware standardization

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The latest in level measurement


2017 State of Technology Report: Level MeasurementThe latest trends, technology and implementations on the topic of level measurement are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.

Topics covered include:

  • Liquid radar level moves up to 80 GHz
  • Radar level adds abilities
  • Density delivers in-process analysis
  • Level switch safety; level for flow
  • Resource guide: The latest in level measurement

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The latest in control systems


2017 State of Technology Report: Control SystemsThe latest trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.

Topics covered include:

  • Pressure rising for open, secure systems
  • Exploring the love/hate relationship with distributed control
  • Making the case for hardware standardization
  • Breaking the interoperability barrier
  • Edge computing helps old controllers
  • Process automation systems gain flexibility, simplicity
  • Pathways from operations to enterprises are getting shorter, simpler
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The latest in temperature and pressure measurement

2017 State of Technology Report: Temperature and Pressure MeasurementThe latest trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.

Topics covered include:

  • Taming temperature and pressure
  • Secrets to good vessel temperature and pH control
  • Living on the edge with surge control
  • The deal breakers
  • Resource guide: Temperature and pressure don't stress

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The latest in flow measurement

2017 State of Technology Report: Flow MeasurementThe latest flow measurement trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.

Topics covered include:

  • When and how to use pulse width modulation of controller outputs
  • Getting the most out of valve positioners
  • Maximum rangeability of linear valves
  • Orifice flowmeter rangeability
  • Flow of sandy condensate
  • Piercing thick flow problems 
  • And more

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The latest in industrial networks

2017 State of Technology Report: Industrial NetworksWireless sensor networks are approaching the final frontier with more applications pushing the envelope beyond being used as a replacement for wires.

Though not yet the “killer app,” they’re enabling unique applications that can’t be done with conventional systems at close to the same cost/benefit ratio. Topics covered in our latest State of Technology report include:

  • The world wide wait revisited
  • Open the borders
  • Open up the options
  • How to manage the Ethernet spectrum
  • The final control element frontier

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Workstations and enclosures

2017 State of Technology Report: Workstations and EnclosuresA modern approach to engineering plant-floor enclosures improves efficiency, reliability, safety and more. Recent developments described in this Technology Update include:

  • Better and more efficient ways to control temperature and humidity
  • Choosing among the leading protection methods for hazardous areas
  • Selecting the most efficient approach to enclosure modification and customization
  • The increasing potential for reducing costs and standardizing enclosures using electronic marshalling

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The latest in oil & gas

2016 State of Technology Report: Oil and GasThis update to our 2015 Oil & Gas ebook explores in great detail how rising global demand, climate change concerns and the drive to U.S. energy independence have created a strong environment for innovation in the process control industry.

Topics include:

  • Oil & Gas Forum: Primed to exploit enterprise connectivity
  • How SCADA provides wellhead awareness
  • Capturing APC benefits from secondary units
  • Foundation fieldbus in hazardous areas
  • Detection of oil in or on water
  • Excerpts from our Ask the Experts series

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The rise of configurable I/O

eHandbook: The rise of configurable I/OThis I/O Systems eHandbook covers the latest technology trends and developments, including tutorials, application testimonials and product solutions. 

Topics covered include:

  • Programmable I/O can be a multitasking master
  • ExxonMobil commits to thinking differently with electrical 19
    integration, configurable I/O
  • Benefits of integrating smart I/O in asset management system

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The latest trends in power systems

2016 State of Technology Report: Power Systems

From sourcing and ensuring uninterrupted flows of clean electricity to monitoring, regulating and metering generation and consumption throughout a facility, process automation professionals are well advised to seek and control power.

Control’s latest State of Technology report delves into the many aspects of power systems of interest in process plants. Topics include:

  • Standardization for wireless sensor power sources
  • ExxonMobil’s efforts to streamline capital project execution
  • Benefits of merging process and power/electrical controls
  • And much more

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New trends in level instrumentation

2016 State of Technology Report: Level InstrumentationThis collection of coverage from Control magazine and ControlGlobal.com delivers the most recent trends and developments in level instrumentation.

Topics in this latest State of Technology ebook include:

  • How to deal with (or eliminate) DP impulse line problems
  • Control oil/water interfaces
  • Improve boiler drum level control
  • And much more ...

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The latest in PLCs, PCs and PACs

2016 State of Technology Report: PLCs, PCs and PACsThis new ebook includes articles describing innovation applications of PLCs, PACs and PCs. 

Topics covered include:

  • PLCs and PACs can solve the protocol translation problem
  • Four ways to collect process plant data
  • Creative ways to cut costs in hazardous areas
  • How PLCs of critical facilities are protected from cyber attacks
  • Case Study:  Process automation, controls boost production at yogurt plant

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The latest flow measurement trends

2016 State of Technology Report: Flow MeasurementThis anthology of recent coverage in Control magazine and ControlGlobal.com highlights recent developments in flow control and includes examples of outstanding implementations in the process industries. Topics covered include:


  • Digital signals support low-maintenance approach to differential pressure measurement
  • Why and how to establish installed valve flow characteristics
  • Flow technologies team up to offer users better measurements
  • What is the difference between uncertainty and accuracy in flowmeters?
  • Experts weigh in on distillation plant measurement problems
  • Should you use a Coriolis flowmeter as a backup system?

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New trends in operator interface

2016 State of Technology Report: Operator InterfaceTo help keep up with the newest trends, we've compiled this special report of recent coverage in Control magazine and on ControlGlobal.com that highlights the past year’s operator interface developments. It also includes examples of recent outstanding implementations in the process industries.

Some specific topics covered include the following:

    • How better designed systems help operators respond to abnormal situations;  
    • what you need to look for in operator displays;
    • the real cost of poorly performing HMI systems;
    • how to create a lasting plan for managing alarms and more.
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The latest in industrial networks technology

2016 State of Technology Report: Industrial NetworksThe editors of Control have created this new report with all the latest information on industrial network innovations. Various topics covered include the following:

    • Wired, wireless and the IIoT
    • A second chance for fieldbus
    • Cybersecurity myths and "mythnomers"
    • Networks in practice and more.
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2015 level & flow State of Technology Report

2015 State of Technology Report: Level and FlowThe editors of Control have compiled this 38-page ebook designed to explain the latest trends and improvements in level and flow technologies. Combining capabilities means better measurement and smarter, more capable sensors and transmitters. You'll learn how using networking methods and data management tools can increase the range of applications and help users make better decisions. Topics covered include:

    • Advances in flow measurement and control
    • Advances in flow instrumentation
    • Level technologies-faster and more precise
    • Wireless level monitoring
    • Preventing tank farm overfill hazards

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2015 oil and gas State of Technology Report

2015 State of Technology Report: Oil and GasThis 45-page ebook designed to explain how  the strong outlook for extraction and refining fuels technical advances for safety, compliance and productivity. It explores in great detail how rising global demand, climate change concerns and the drive to U.S. energy independence have created a strong environment for innovation in the process control industry. Download the report and learn about:

    • Improving oil and gas well safety
    • How refineries get back on track to save energy
    • How to combine pipeline control and safety and more.
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The latest in field calibrators and management tools

2015 State of Technology Report: Field Calibrators and Management ToolsThis 35-page ebook is designed to explain the evolution of field calibrators over the past three decades and what's in store for the future. It explores in great detail technology trends and discusses the pros and cons of both analog and digital calibrators.  Whether you're interested in current trends, products or tutorials, you'll find what you need in this exclusive collection. Learn about:

    • Calibration in the 21st century
    • Declining need for calibration?
    • Smart calibration and more.
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2015 trends in controllers and control systems

2015 State of Technology Report: Controllers Control SystemsAs we look to the future, we see rapid changes coming in operator interface, computing, data analytics and virtual reality. This state of technology report shows the breadth of application of our existing control systems and demonstrates the strength of the foundation they offer for future developments. This report covers topics including:

    • Blending control with enterprise applications
    • Real-time control for enterprise optimization
    • Combining building and process automation systems and more.
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Benefits of 2015 operator interface technology

2015 State of Technology Report: Operator InterfaceOptimizing the operator interface is a critical issue in plant safety and performance, one in which people, technology and procedures have to be perfectly aligned. The new State of Technology Report: Operator Interface is a compilation of the most useful articles on this topic from the editors of Control. Topics include:

    • Best practices for operator interface
    • Optimizing operator performance
    • The latest in HMI developments
    • The control room of the future and more.
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2015 trends in I/O systems

2015 State of Technology Report: I/O SystemsAll you need to know about I/O can be found in the pages of this ebook. Technology trends, articles and tutorials written by the editors of Control and including:

    • How smarter I/O addresses a host of issues
    • Why wire, cable and connectors are crucial
    • Why industrial couplers aren't commodities
    • What additional work remains, now that automation is off the critical path.
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2014 trends in flow and level instrumentation

2014 State of Technology Report: Flow and Level InstrumentationThe technology trends, articles and tutorials in this ebook are compiled from recently published pages of Control magazine. Topics include:

    • Advances in flow instrumentation
    • How level reaches new heights
    • The right tool for tricky measurement jobs
    • The lowdown on radar level management and more.
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