January 2006 Issue

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CONTROL is the only magazine exclusively dedicated to the global process automation market with a readership of 65,000 plus engineering, operations and management professionals. The publication reports on developing trends, illustrates successful applications, and updates the basic skills and knowledge base that provide the profession's foundation.

Articles

  • The house that function blocks built

    Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on what’s happening in the world of industrial fieldbus.

  • My opinion doesn't count!

    Why do we do the Reader's Choice Awards? Because an editor's opinion doesn't matter, that's why. Read Editor Walt Boyes' column about this year's survey and find out who's the best...according to you!

  • Readers' Choice Awards: Are you being served?

    The results are in and winners announced. Process control professionals report who offers the best technologies and who best meets their needs in CONTROL's 14th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

  • A process only mankind can control

    Global warming, devastating hurricanes and rising ocean currents are all signs of a presently-out-of-control global heat balance that may result in colder winters and our summers permanently disappearing.

  • Microsoft Factory getting ready to take control

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt surmises that when Microsoft Factory software arrives in the not-too-distant future, the cost of asset management will drop to the point where everybody can afford it.

  • Control system migration or migraine?

    Birds know when to fly south for the winter, but how do automation engineers figure out when it's time to migrate? CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes looks at the latest battleground between vendors.

  • Under the hood of override control: Part 2

    Users can accomplish forced initialization under adverse conditions, output tracking, and other methods of implementation, including selection based on error and override control using Foundation Fieldbus

  • A spoonful of industrial computers

    CONTROL's contributing editor Wayne Labs notes that while that well-known spoonful of sugar may work for sick kids, manufacturers may need a dose of industrial computing to cure ailments in their processes.

  • Web mash-ups: 1+1=3

    CONTROL Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes an in-depth look at a new web technology that will affect how you'll use the Internet, and how this latest trend could be applied to automation.

  • Five rules for helping a middle-aged engineer

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner provide their unique brand of commentary on the handling of cascade loops, then offer up some humor with the Top 10 reasons you should migrate to a new DCS.

  • What happens at PAR, stays at PAR

    Around the Loop's Terry McMahon reports on topics covered at the 11th Pharmaceuticals Automation Roundtable, including staying focused on simple logic, and continuing development of automation personnel.

  • Users left with skid marks

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes an unbiased and detailed look at the way end users and skid builders feel about each other and concludes that what we have here is a failure to communicate.

  • Flame detector stops false alarms

    Multi-spectrum IR sensing and neural network processing is combined in one device to give automation professionals a potent new tool in protecting people and plants from dangerous flame sources.