July 2005 Issue

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Articles

  • Control system architectures: Remote control

    By using fieldbus, OPC links, secure data transmission systems, appropriate software and modern server technologies, you, too, can build your own server-based architecture. That is, if you are ready for it.

  • How can we save ISA?

    The resignation of ISA’s third Executive Director in less than six years makes CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes wonder what ISA has that still matters to the typical process automation end user.

  • Top 10 signs a startup has gone wrong

    Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, offer up a bit of humor regarding startups, and how Stan avoided being fired despite a recent Monday morning hangover.

  • The U.S. chemical industry: R.I.P.

    Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon mourns the demise of the U.S. chemical industry, as national plants are being shuttered in ever-increasing numbers with production headed overseas.

  • With a little help from my friends

    CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt adds to his growing collection of writing awards and takes time out to give credit to control engineers who make it possible.

  • Getting batch material transfers under control

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.

  • Getting Loopy with Control Loops

    This month's edition of Ask The Experts focuses in on manual control loops and offers guidance on which PID control mode should be used when, and what the range of tuning settings should be.

  • New software works with older process

    For this potato chip maker, achieving higher productivity starts with understanding the process, whether it's continuous or batch-oriented, and that means gathering as much data as possible.

  • Do you need a single-source middleware solution?

    As integrated middleware solutions vie with best-of-breed products, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert wonders if there will ever be a true integrated solution that covers the entire middleware space?