May 2005 Issue
Contributing Editor Wayne Labs reports that the best way to reduce the risks of dealing with dangerous chemicals and equipment that can fail in manufacturing is to integrate safety and process systems from the start.
ISA has been trying for years to get employers in the process industries to support process automation careers, but it could do a lot more if it had the volunteer involvement it used to have from vendors.
As the maintenance crisis continues to brew, process control vendors are stepping on the marketing toes of the traditional maintenance suppliers, whereas they should be stepping up to save the day.
In the next decade, much improvement and change is expected in the design of smart and self-diagnosing control valves, with potential advantages outweighing the required investment of time and money.
Now available online, the 2005 Buyers Guide provides the process automation, instrumentation and controls community with the industry's newest and most comprehensive directory to suppliers of machine components and devices in more than 100 different product categories. From Annunciators and Analytical Instrumentation to Valves and Weighing Systems, it's all inside.
Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon reports on the 56th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, along with its companion Exhibit of Modern Laboratory Equipment (PITTCON/2005).
There is no lack of technologies available that can improve your automation systems. The trick is to find, evaluate, and implement them without spending an inordinate amount of time, or taking on too much risk.
In Part I of his article on tuning level controllers, process control consultant F.G. Shinskey points out that loss of level controls can kill a process in a heartbeat, so tuning them properly should be a priority.
Market researchers last year predicted radar sensors would be the fastest-growing sensor, and they got it right this time. Check out CONTROL's Product Roundup of new level instrumentation devices.