February 2006 Issue
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.
DigitalField Insider Columnist Ian Verhappen notes that the most important measure that can be taken to prevent difficulties with a given fieldbus or digital networking project is protocol communication.
ControlGlobal.com presents "Ask the Experts," a column moderated by noted process control authority and columnist Bela Liptak. Save yourself the hefty consulting fees by getting the answer to your question from Liptak's cadre of professional automation experts.
Laser-level technology is expanding options in sensor applications, and CONTROLs favorite sensor expert, David Spitzer, writes about the good and bad points of this new measurement technique.
Look, kids! Real automation heroes! Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the automation stalwarts whose contributions to the art and practice of the discipline earned them a spot as inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame.
Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt comments on the hoax being foisted upon us by tree-huggers with some enlightened research that completely debunks the junk science surrounding global warming.
Famous futurist and 2005 ISA Rimbach Lecturer, Jeff Harrow, contributes to the discussion of the future of process automation and how todays PLCs will eventually feel like the TTL logic chips of older days.
In 2004, ISA adopted the most recent safety standard, ANSI/ISA 84.00.01. And though its a good start, its clear that S84 is just the tip of the iceberg toward management of functional safety.
CONTROLs Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Fieldbus Foundation User Group, looks at the latest battleground in the Fieldbus Wars. Is this Fieldbus Wars II or can FDT/DTM and EDDL work together?
Knowledge earned by hard work and experience in process automation is waning at an alarming rate, but there are a few shining lights on the industrial landscape. CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments.
In the first of a six-part series, a team from Dow Chemical shares its perspective and techniques for developing its own process automation and safety systems, lessons learned, and why it took the path it did.
Implementation of the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) standards will simplify sample system design, installation and operation, fundamentally changing and improving the way we do process analysis.
Around the Loop columnist Terry McMahon takes a look at a few recently published works that are heralding the advent of advanced process control technology as a standard tool for practicing engineers.
Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner provide their unique brand of commentary on process trends and dynamics, then offer up some humor with their Top 10 broken New Years resolutions.
Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at the HMI marketplace and finds today's software packages are getting better and cheaper, but are increasingly disappearing into control system vendors' portfolios.
In this installment of Field Test, CONTROLs Jim Montague talks to end users of Magnetrol/Orions Eclispse and Aurora products to get the real skinny on how well they work.
ArchestrA provides the infrastructure of primary functional services that are common to virtually all industrial automation applications.
Krohne reports it has acquired Sweden-based INOR Process AB to add temperature measuring instruments for the process industry to its products.
Agilent Technologies Inc. and Yokogawa Electric Corp. report that their joint venture, Yokogawa Analytical Systems, has become a wholly owned Agilent subsidiary.
Emerson reports that its acquiring Artesyn Technologies for approximately $500 million in cash to help serve users with embedded power technologies.
The organization is seeking feedback form a broader community about the specifications usability for their environments before developing the applicable test software.
The standard covers conventional rotodynamic pumps, including open or closed impellers and single or double suction pumps.
National Manufacturing Week 2006 will offer its usual four-show format and expanded conference schedule March 20-23 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center near Chicago.
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